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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Maryam Adewumi, U.C. Berkeley (Haas)

“I am a proud Nigerian-American who is passionate about technology, healthcare, public policy, CrossFit, and baked goods.”

hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Fun fact about yourself: Over the past three years, I have organized a conference for over 300 undergraduate students interested in careers in technology.

Undergraduate school and major: University of Cincinnati BBA in Business Economics

Latest Job Title and Employer: Google financial analyst

Berkeley Haas is founded on four specific principles of leadership: Asking about the situation Quo, confidence Without attitude, students always, and beyond yourself. What principle resonates most with you and why? “Beyond Yourself” resonates most in my mind. When I think of my college experience, my time at Google, and my grueling MBA submission course, I think of everyone who has supported me or served as a mentor along the way. While at Haas, I look forward to growing as a leader and learning from those with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.

What is the best word to describe the Haas MBA students and graduates you have met so far and why? to open. Throughout the application process, I have relied heavily on current Haas students or alumni of color to ensure that I understand the intricacies of pursuing an MBA degree. I was struck by their thoughtfulness and willingness to answer questions or chat about their experiences during such a busy time.

Aside from your classmates and outlining leadership principles, what was the key part of your MBA programming at Berkeley Haas that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Haas speaks out loud about his commitment to social impact and DEI, which was a major factor in my decision to attend. The Center for Justice, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) as well as social impact and experiential learning opportunities were notable aspects offered by Haas.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at Berkeley Haas? With my post-MBA goal of transitioning to social impact or product, I am particularly interested in participating in the Social Sector Solutions (S3) program to learn directly from McKinsey consultants and work with their peers to solve real-world problems. In terms of clubs, I am pleased to be an active member of BBSA, Q@Haas and Net Impact.

Describe your biggest career achievement to date: While at Google, I managed the budget for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning teams, including Quantum Computing and Google Translate. During my time on the team, I overhauled the financial systems and tools used for budget tracking. The overhaul took more than a year, and required building a new budget management process, training dozens of AI/machine learning experts while ensuring the business was not disrupted.

How has COVID-19 changed your view of your career and life in general? I’ve always been passionate about social impact and DEI, but it’s always been something I do on the business side or outside of it. COVID gave me time to reflect on what was really important to me and what I wanted to do in my career, including earning an MBA.

What prompted you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? After four years working in finance, I decided to pursue an MBA degree to take a pivotal role in social impact or product management. Haas will provide the opportunity to continue building my technical skill set while taking courses that closely align with my long-term goals of working at the intersections of social impact and technology.

What other MBA programs have you applied to? Stanford GSB, Yale SOM, NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, UCLA Anderson, and Harvard’s Masters in Public Policy program. I was accepted into the majority of the programs I applied to, but Haas’ commitment to DEI, outlining leadership principles, and current students and alumni led me to Haas.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into the Berkeley Haas MBA program? Spend time really thinking about what makes Haas right for you, including career opportunities, pilot programs, courses, and professors. I also found that speaking to current students and alumni allowed me to learn more about the program and determine if I could see myself as a Haas student.

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