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Rebecca Kurland

Program: Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2021
Country: United States
Field of Study: Development Economics, International Finance and Banking

Rebecca Kurland

Program: Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2021
Country: United States
Field of Study: Development Economics, International Finance and Banking
Biography

On putting your experiences in context

After working in impact investing for a few years, two things became clear to me: 1) I wanted to further explore the relationship between the private sector, society, and the planet; and 2) to do so I needed to gain some hard skills in finance and economics. I chose Fletcher because it offered an integrated curriculum that perfectly catered to my interests. Relative to traditional MBA programs, Fletcher’s MIB program asks students to contextualize the business environment within the frame of geopolitical events. It prepares students for a world in which business decisions are not isolated from political, economic, and social ones. For someone wanting to explore the intersection of business and society, Fletcher’s curriculum, experienced faculty, and diverse student body felt like the right choice.

On working well with others

There likely isn’t a single class or extracurricular activity at Fletcher that doesn’t require some amount of group work. While working on a team can have its drawbacks – from coordinating schedules to harmonizing working styles – group work in graduate school is the best way to prepare for working with others in the professional sphere. Regardless of plans to join the public, private, or civil sectors, it is near certain that every Fletcher student will one day need to work on a team with people unlike them. Fletcher provides endless opportunities for students to work together, not only to produce a great result in class, but to develop emotional intelligence and leadership skills along the way.

On bringing the material to life

This quintessential Fletcher moment occurred even before I officially enrolled. Last April I attended Fletcher’s Admitted Students Day and sat in on a Political Economy of Development class with Professor Katrina Burgess. That day the class was discussing remittances, and the content came to life as students from all over the world shared personal experiences with their families sending money to relatives in their native countries. It was the perfect introduction to Fletcher – theory was being animated by students’ lived experiences, while the professor facilitated learning by guiding conversation.

Fields of study

  • Business for Social Impact
  • Development Economics

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Social Investment Group
  • Fletcher Consulting Group
  • Fletcher Women in Business
  • Fletcher Design Thinking Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Political Science & French, New York University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Associate, Office of the CEO, Global Impact Investing Network, New York, NY
  • Board and Governance Liaison, Amnesty International USA, New York, NY
Languages
French, English