Mollie Breen (MBA 2020) is in the first cohort of 29 students in the joint MS/MBA program. Given her government experience, "I held strong beliefs that only the government did meaningful public work. But at HBS, I'm amazed to hear about how much impact people in business can and do have – it's so much more that spreadsheets and balance sheets."

Her HBS coursework has already helped shape Mollie's business ideas. "The curriculum inspires brainstorming," she says, and helps develop practical skills and approaches. "I've learned, for example, about the value of working with a cofounder who is different from me in background, who has different experiences and skill sets; each partner can be a complement to the other."

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