Student Spotlight: Grace Furman

Tell us about yourself.
Hi! My name is Grace Furman, and I am from Bethany Beach, Delaware. I am a student and fellow in the MBA-SBP program, and also completed my undergraduate degree here at Duquesne, at the Mary Pappert School of Music. I earned an accelerated BA in voice, as well as minors in business management, and intercultural engagement. I always knew that I wanted to get my MBA after graduation, however I did not know what I wanted to concentrate in until I moved to Ireland for a few months. In my time there, I became fascinated with the different sustainability initiatives incorporated in businesses, as well as in everyday life. I realized how important it is and wanted it to be a priority in my education.

The MBA-SBP program is unique not only for its concentration, but also because you are able to gain real consulting experience. For someone who didn’t have a degree in business or an extensive background, this was very important to me. Since starting the program and getting some consulting experience under my belt, I have decided that I would like to pursue a career in it after graduation, particularly in sustainability.

What skill would you like to master?
I would like to master cooking an egg over easy. For some reason I always break the yolk and it really puts a damper on my morning sometimes.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Why everyone should own a dog. I think that it’s very obvious, but some people need a little convincing.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
Hopefully establishing a consulting career and living closer to my family on the east coast.

Where would you spend all of your time if you could?
I would spend all of my time traveling. Experiencing different cultures and places provides so much knowledge and self-discovery, and allows you to be much more independent. When I was backpacking on my own, I was able to see so many amazing things and just grow as a person, and I am so glad I was able to do it.

Who inspires you to be better?
My mom inspires me to be better. She is the strongest and most resilient person I know, and I am so grateful she is in my life. Throughout having cancer and recovering during a pandemic, she continued to show up to work every day and inspire the children she taught. She has now made a full recovery, and continues to have a positive attitude and show immense strength during difficult times. I hope to carry some of these qualities in my personal and professional career.