78: How my MBA prepared me for a successful career in Consulting - with Surbhi Dhir

 How an MBA transformed Surbhi's consulting career Surbhi completed an MBA 9 years ago and went into consulting, moving from Accenture to Ernst & Young in 2013. She thought the MBA was an opportunity to open doors and found it to be life-changing. In fact, in her words, an MBA is not a degree, it’s a transformation. An experience beyond modules, methods and projects, it which will transform you if you allow yourself to be transformed. To get the most from her MBA, Surbhi started with...


77: Using an MBA to raise millions in funding and start two extraordinary social enterprises - with Todd Hannula, founder of Shine and daCunha

After getting his Executive MBA at Georgia State University, Todd Hannula found himself in the usual post-MBA corporate gig. Living in a small New Hampshire village he found that on top of his work he was spending up to 30 hours a week volunteering across a whole range of areas — everything from the local historical society, the library board, to garden planning. That experience provided a watershed moment, challenging what he thought was important in life. He realised that what he really...


MDE 23: Murray Grainger - bringing integrity to businesses across the globe

Ethics and compliance programmes are fairly new in the corporate landscape and Murray Grainger thinks, still thinly staffed: “Lots of people don’t know they exist. You have to use innovative ways of getting people to know you’re there.” But awareness is increasing and there are industry-wide initiatives and drives towards best practice. In Spain, where Murray bases himself, all companies are now required to have a compliance officer making them responsible and liable for failing to...


MDE 14: Helping people convert their purpose and passion into pay, Shannon Houde founder of Walk of Life Consulting

 PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Shannon Houde who left a stellar career in corporate America, NGOs and sustainability to go after her mission of getting the right people into the right jobs to advance their careers and create a more sustainable world. Looking at her background she is perfectly placed to advise people on the very world she has worked in for many years. Her partnerships with leading recruitment companies in the UK and USA also give her first...


MDE 12: From Corporate to Radio Show Host, Viv Oyolu, Founder of Dream Corner

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Viv Oyolu who hosts 'Dream Corner', a radio show that interviews inspiring women. So often the same celebrity names are touted around as 'successful' and while this might meet some people's definition of success, for many it can feel unobtainable. In contrast Viv interviews ordinary women aiming high and going after their dream. We follow Viv's fascinating journey from a background in marketing to completing a MBA at Durham...


MDE 6: Health challenges that led to creating Snack Food business, Sarah Dembitz, Founder of Saviour Snacks

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Sarah Dembitz who, after being advised to change her diet for health reasons, realised there was a market for a snack delivery service where the products had been checked by a nutritionist and actually tasted good - as "so many 'healthy snacks' taste like cardboard!" Her words and mine! I talk to her about how she grew her company Saviour Snacks, which is now a supplier of healthy snacks to Easy Jet,  the ups and downs of...