MBA Mama is an online platform that provides ambitious women with tools and resources to leverage an MBA and strategically navigate family/career planning.

    • we support, encourage, and highlight women who are using an MBA to advance their careers
    • we reject the myth that career, higher education and family are mutually exclusive for women
    • we exist to shake things up and challenge the status quo
    • we are "strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business" as Beyoncé boldly declared in her hit song Who Run The World (Girls!)

    Join The MBA Mama Movement


    By joining our movement, you will get exclusive access to unique opportunities, such as:

    • be featured as Mama of the Month
    • access to our network of ambitious MBA Mamas
    • professional development
    • connect with MBA Mamas in your area
    • mama life hacks to save you time + money
    • mentoring from successful women in business
    • guest blog and share your story with aspiring MBA women 
    • build your personal brand as a thought leader on issues related to work-life integration


    Divinity Matovu, CEO

    Wharton School of Business, Class of 2017

    MBA Mom of Two

    Divinity has experience in law, consulting, non-profit management, retail, government, impact investing and education. Divinity holds a BA from the University of Southern California in Political Science and African-American Studies. She blogs for MBA Mama on topics like:

    Learn more about Divinity here and on her personal website.

    Nicole Pontón, COO

    Duke Fuqua School of Business, Class of 2017

    No Kids, Future MBA Mom

    Nicole has 10 years work experience in operations, consulting, international development and non-profit management. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations and Religion. She blogs for MBA Mama on topics like:

    Learn more about Nicole here.

    Our Co-Founder Story

    How We Met

    "Divinity and I met for the first time in February 2015 in Los Angeles at StartingBloc's Social Innovation Institute, although we later learned we'd both attended USC, have a ton of mutual friends and each spent time working in East and Central Africa. I was impressed with Divinity's pitch of MBA Mama in StartingBloc's Ideas Marketplace competition. Divinity was named one of the winners, and her prize was a team of 15+ fellows rapid prototyping the MBA Mama concept for half a day. I was on Divinity's team. We hit it off immediately. After discovering our shared passion for women's empowerment, we agreed to form a business partnership." - Nicole

    Where It All Began

    StartingBloc is a global Fellowship for social impact changemakers. Nicole and Divinity were both selected for the Los Angeles 2015 cohort.

    Pitch Day

    Divinity pitching MBA Mama publicly for the first time in February 2015 at StartingBloc's Ideas Marketplace. She met Nicole moments later.

    Dream Team

    Divinity and Nicole with some members of the MBA Mama StartingBloc rapid prototyping team.

    Co-Founder Magic

    Nicole organizing feedback during the MBA Mama rapid prototyping session. The rest is history!

    Inspiration + Vision

    "I was inspired to start MBA Mama in 2015 after seeing few images of - or resources for - women with children in MBA programs I was interested in. The StartingBloc family and Nicole's passion gave me the confidence to launch MBA Mama as a business. As Black and Latina founders, Nicole and I are proud to be the creators and leaders of MBA Mama. We both have overcome many hurdles to reach this point in our careers. We are committed to creating a company that revolutionizes how our society views work and family. We are thankful for the privilege to pursue our dreams of empowering career women who desire to live full, balanced lives."

    - Divinity

  • MBA Mama

    of The Month

    Mama of the Month (MoTM) is a special honor featuring outstanding, inspirational, powerhouse MBA moms who are rocking their roles as mamas and excelling academically and professionally.


    Click the photo of our most recently featured MBA Mamas to learn more about these phenomenal role models.

    Charanya Kannan

    MoTM - Feb '17

    Harvard Business School

    Class of 2017

    Valerie Rivera

    MoTM - Jan '17

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Class of 2017

    Candace Johnson

    MoTM - Dec '16

    Michigan Ross School of Business

    Class of 2017

    Allison O'Kelly

    MoTM - Nov. '16

    Harvard Business School

    Class of 1999

    Anna Nordstrom

    MoTM - October '16

    Univ. of Washington Foster School of Business

    Class of 2017

    Allegra Asplundh

    MoTM - Sept. '16

    UT-Austin McCombs School of Business

    Class of 2017

    Minah Lee

    MoTM - July /Aug '16

    The Wharton School

    Class of 2017


    Juliana Previatti Crema​

    MoTM - June '16

    London Business School

    Class of 2017




    Check out these snapshots of the diverse women who make up the MBA Mama community.

    Stephanie Farabaugh

    The Wharton School of Business, Class of 2016

    Mother of one

    Stephanie works for AbbVie, a biopharma company based in North Chicago, within their Commercial Leadership Program. She holds a degree in Finance and Psychology from Notre Dame. Before her MBA, she worked for Goldman Sachs. Stephanie has blogged about the decision to attend the same MBA program as her husband, Ray, being pregnant in b-school and telling her internship supervisor she was expecting

    Monique Benoit

    Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Class of 2015

    Mother of two

    Monique is a Merchandise Buyer for Target. She holds a BA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to b-school, she had five years experience in account and partnership management for chemical engineering companies. She has talked to us about knowing it was the right time to get her MBA, dealing with FOMO during b-school, and meeting her husband in b-school.


    Deepthi Desai

    Duke Fuqua School of Business, Class of 2017

    Mother of two

    Deepthi is a Duke Forte Fellow who holds a degree in Electronics and Communication from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India. Deepthi is a former engineer who has worked for Walmart, Accenture, and IBM. Deepthi blogged about her experience as an international MBA Mama making the transition to a U.S. b-school.

    Brooke Raybould

    Georgetown McDonough School of Business, Class of 2016

    Mother of one

    Brooke has a BS and BA in Business, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Finance & Investments from USC. Prior to her MBA, she worked as a real estate broker and Strategy/Ops Manager for a medical device company. Brooke has spoken to us about time management and meeting her husband while studying for the GMAT at Starbucks, choosing Georgetown and advice for aspiring MBA women

    Jane Bernard

    Executive MBA, University of Rochester

    Simon Graduate School of Business, Class of 2016

    Mother of four

    Jane is Director of Finance for Lifetime Benefit Solutions. She is the former COO of MassMutual Rochester and has over fifteen years experience in financial services. Jane blogged about how she knew it was the right time to pursue her EMBAchallenges of caring for a special needs child, and work-life balance

    Mimi West

    University of Virginia

    Darden School of Business, Class of 2016

    Mother of twin boys

    Post-MBA, Mimi is pursuing a full-time role in Land O’Lakes Inc.’s marketing division. She shared insights about how she leveraged an MBA to transition from being a stay at home mom and part-time music teacher to an MBA Mama and marketing guru.

  • Blog Posts

  • Launched April 15, 2015, the MBA Mama Blog features exclusive, inspirational content to inspire women in business. If you are interested in sharing your story or contributing content to MBA Mama's blog, please share your ideas and submissions by sending a pitch to our Editorial team.




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