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Questions and Answers with Adam Smith Society Members.
Tori Westcott | Pittsburgh Katz Chapter
Tori Westcott, Ed.M, is a Harvard alumna and an MBA Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on finance and strategy. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Tori was the managing director of a successful nonprofit performing arts organization. As an experienced nonprofit leader, Tori has consistently exhibited strong financial leadership, commitment to innovation, and excellence in navigating complicated political, social, and industry landscapes.
Tori brings more than nine years of experience launching and leading education initiatives in-house at organizations like Boston Ballet and as a consultant. She hopes to leverage her MBA to have an even greater impact on society. Her goal is to guide finance and HR strategies for early-stage companies, especially as these companies deliver valuable innovations to tackle important human challenges. Tori and her husband started the Partners and Families Association at Wake Forest School of Law while managing his graduate school with their two young boys. When his law school was done, she began pursuing her MBA and founded MBALikeAMother.com, which is an internet community devoted to empowering parents to pursue advanced education and better career opportunities.
What motivated your desire to switch from the non-profit sector to the for-profit sector?
I decided to go from nonprofit to for-profit ventures because the ability to grow companies that impact the world faster and at scale is exciting. For-profit companies also offer a whole new set of opportunities for me to grow professionally.
MBALikeAMother.com has a clearly defined target audience; how did you reach this audience, both at Katz and campuses beyond?
Growing the community around MBA Like a Mother is a constant work in progress, but so far social media has been the primary driver in getting the word out. I have also found the Katz community to be extremely supportive. Administrators have been sharing the site on their marketing platforms and in talks with alumni, professors are advising me, and students are contributing to the content and sharing with their friends and contacts on social media. I'm incredibly grateful.
What's your favorite ballet, and why?
I know there are a ton of wonderful works out there, but I absolutely love The Nutcracker. It's a grueling stretch of the season for the dancers, but it's such an enduring holiday classic. I have so many fantastic memories associated with The Nutcracker and there is nothing like being swept up in the magic of the “Waltz of the Snowflakes!”