Amanda Forman




United States


Non profit



By Amanda Forman

Introduction to Amanda Forman

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best Friend: Kind
Manager: Tenacious

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I’ve worked for a large charitable foundation in the USA for the last few years running a character development program for business and community leaders. Coordinating events and partnerships as well as listening to the many business speakers that we brought in, has solidified my belief that business people have the power to change communities if they would wake up and use their potential for the common good. An MBA from Oxford is a way for me to transition into the for-profit world where I hope to demonstrate that business for good is a sustainable and better way.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

Joined the telegram app 😉 and then “left.” Having conversations with many of my classmates ahead of time really has helped build excitement and connections even before class has started. Now that everyone is arriving in town, it’s great to get off telegram and have amazing conversation with my classmates.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

The practical business skills needed to lead in an existing company or start my own as well as a network for amazing leaders.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

Prioritise what you want from the MBA and don’t try to do everything. I was encouraged to try new things, but not to continue to be involved in things if I don’t really love them after a few meetings. There are way too many opportunities to commit to things that aren’t really working for you.

Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?

The people! We have an incredible cohort of leaders and I can’t wait to get to know them and work with them this year.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

Accounting and the English spelling of words (like programme).

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

I’m not 100% sure of my next step, but I know that wherever I go, the ideas of social responsibility and sustainability will be part of the way I lead in that space.

Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

Don’t have a favorite one, but finally have one for my time here (thanks to my sister & cousin)

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