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I Didn't Go To Harvard, But Here Are 10 Inspiring Women Who Did

I'm not an Ivy League graduate, and I'm 100% fine with that. Harvard was never in the cards for me. I did my time in university, got my Bachelors' and moved on. I've been learning on the job ever since. I love an intellectual challenge. Really, I love thinking. My mind is always looking for new knowledge.

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I Didn't Go To Harvard, But Here Are 10 Inspiring Women Who Did

I'm not an Ivy League graduate, and I'm 100% fine with that. Harvard was never in the cards for me. I did my time in university, got my Bachelors' and moved on. I've been learning on the job ever since. I love an intellectual challenge. Really, I love thinking. My mind is always looking for new knowledge. So who cares where I studied or how many degrees I have? I educate yourself. Well, to be honest, I care. When I said 100% I meant 95%... I do sometimes feel a slight pang of jealousy. Especially when I come across articles that start like this:

"Happy Monday, wage slaves! Here's a fun new data point from the Department of Education to put your life's drudgery into perspective: 10 years after starting college, the typical Ivy League grad earns more than twice as much as the typical graduate of other colleges." Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post

And if there were no obstacles, and dreams could come true I would go back in time and attend Harvard Business School. That's the whole truth. But one of the things I've learned in life is that "envy […] harms the one who feels it", and regret is totally useless. So whenever I feel the bitterness creeping up on me I celebrate someone else's success and move on feeling generous and lighthearted! Eventually.

With this in mind, let's take a look at some exceptional Harvard graduates. Yes, they're all women. Yes, I know International Women's Day was on the 8th, but do we really need to confine the celebration of 50% of the human race to one day?? (Yes, I procrastinated).

1.Karen Fonseth

Karen Fonseth (GMP, 2015) – CEO of Direct Action in Support of Community Homes (DASCH), a Canadian nonprofit that provides residential facilities and outreach programs for children, teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and developmental challenges.
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Karen Fonseth (GMP, 2015) – CEO of Direct Action in Support of Community Homes (DASCH), a Canadian nonprofit that provides residential facilities and outreach programs for children, teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and developmental challenges.

2.Heather Staker

Heather Staker (MBA, 2001) – President and Founder of Ready to Blend, which is bringing disruptive innovation into the classroom by helping K-12 teachers introduce technology into their lesson plans. It all began with this book.
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Heather Staker (MBA, 2001) – President and Founder of Ready to Blend, which is bringing disruptive innovation into the classroom by helping K-12 teachers introduce technology into their lesson plans. It all began with this book.

3.Elvira Lang

Elvira Lang (AMP 169, 2005) – Founder and CEO of Comfort Talk, which teaches medical professionals how to use hypnotic strategies to help patients manage pain and stress levels.
Via comforttalk.com

Elvira Lang (AMP 169, 2005) – Founder and CEO of Comfort Talk, which teaches medical professionals how to use hypnotic strategies to help patients manage pain and stress levels.

4. Varsha Rao

Varsha Rao (MBA, 1995) – Founder of Eve.com, one of the first e-commerce services around, and former Head of Global Operations at Airbnb. She's also an angel investor and mentors several startups.
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Varsha Rao (MBA, 1995) – Founder of Eve.com, one of the first e-commerce services around, and former Head of Global Operations at Airbnb. She's also an angel investor and mentors several startups.

5.Dianne Taylor-Gearing

Dianne Taylor-Gearing (GMP1, 2011) - President of NSCAD University. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design is based on a bold and interdisciplinary approach of combining art and technology to inspire creative innovation. Cool campus too.
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Dianne Taylor-Gearing (GMP1, 2011) - President of NSCAD University. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design is based on a bold and interdisciplinary approach of combining art and technology to inspire creative innovation. Cool campus too.

6.Adrienne Thomas

Adrienne Thomas (MBA, 1991) – CFO of TDJ Enterprises. Thomas is an expert on financial management for Christian ministries and charitable organizations. She has more than two decades of experience in building business models that support good deeds in the community.
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Adrienne Thomas (MBA, 1991) – CFO of TDJ Enterprises. Thomas is an expert on financial management for Christian ministries and charitable organizations. She has more than two decades of experience in building business models that support good deeds in the community.

7.Angela Chao

Angela Chao (MBA 2001) - Deputy Chairwoman of the Foremost Group shipping company, published author, and public speaker. Also, The Foremost Group has donated extensively to Harvard and provides scholarships to promising students from China and the US.
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Angela Chao (MBA 2001) - Deputy Chairwoman of the Foremost Group shipping company, published author, and public speaker. Also, The Foremost Group has donated extensively to Harvard and provides scholarships to promising students from China and the US.

8.Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson (MBA, 1991) - former CEO of the HBS Global Initiative and founder of GV Partners. She also lectures at Oxford and the Stockholm School of Economics, and she wrote this fascinating research for the OECD.
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Karen Wilson (MBA, 1991) - former CEO of the HBS Global Initiative and founder of GV Partners. She also lectures at Oxford and the Stockholm School of Economics, and she wrote this fascinating research for the OECD.

9.Katie Hood

Katie Hood (MBA 2001) - CEO of the One Love Foundation, which aims to end violence in relationships through education and empowerment. Hood is also the former CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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Katie Hood (MBA 2001) - CEO of the One Love Foundation, which aims to end violence in relationships through education and empowerment. Hood is also the former CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

10.Niyati Gupta

Niyati Gupta (MBA, 2011) - CEO and co-founder of Comcrop, an initiative that provides fresh and affordable agricultural produce to the citizens of Singapore through urban farming.
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Niyati Gupta (MBA, 2011) - CEO and co-founder of Comcrop, an initiative that provides fresh and affordable agricultural produce to the citizens of Singapore through urban farming.

Quite an inspiring list don't you think?

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