Cynthia Hass


United States


Corporate Responsibility



By Cynthia Hass

Get to know Cynthia Hass, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I am an entrepreneur at heart, passionate about media. Having traveled and worked in over 34 countries,  I’m excited to be at Oxford, my dream school. Prior to Oxford I ran two media companies and a digital agency focused on social good. I hold a B.A. from Boston University.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Corporate Responsibility / Media & Production

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Innovation in Journalism and Technology/ VC

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: USA

College: Lady Margaret Hall because of the history and legacy of the college, it was the first college to accept women at Oxford.

Twitter: @cynthiahass
Instagram: @cynthiahass

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Dynamic
Manager: Determined

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I was born and raised in California but spent about 8 years working in New York and Boston. After I heard I got into the MBA program, I decided to move to London and take part in a pre- MBA internship. This summer, I worked in Investor Relations at Supivaa, an investor advisory firm focused on impact investing. I’ve always been interested in investment and have a background in impact so I saw this as an opportunity to get involved and prepare for the MBA. Prior to this, I ran a digital media company in 8 countries and oversaw a digital agency that worked with brands like Dell, Microsoft and Google. I’d say a position I’m most proud of is as an undergrad at Boston University, I ran a production company for High School Musical Star and Actress, Monique Coleman. We were in 24 countries and worked on the behalf of inspiring youth; something I’m super passionate about.
All of this aside, what really inspired me to apply to the Oxford MBA was my love for the University and business for good. I’ve always worked on the ‘impact side of things’ no matter where my career has taken me so when I learned about Saïd Business School’s commitment to good, I knew it was the place for me. I’m super grateful I got in and am so excited to get started.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
This summer I worked in London on Investor Relations learning more about different DFIS, investors and family offices in various parts of the world and better understanding business across the globe. From 2018-2019, I took a year off to travel and solo traveled to 29 countries. It was cool to see how things work in various parts of the world and loved meeting so many people. As a part of it, I spent a month in the south of France taking french classes where I was able to get used to the academic environment again.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA? 
I hope to rediscover my passions and continue to learn more about what I love and what I’m good at. I’m seeing this program as a ‘fresh start’ for me and am excited to learn more about the investment and product worlds. In addition, I hope to gain a lifelong network and make meaningful friendships that will stay with me wherever I go.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Enjoy it, it will go by so fast, do your best but don’t forget to have fun. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Seize it and every moment you have.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I’m excited to start school again. I’ve been out of school for 4 years and am excited to get involved in things I’m passionate about and to try new things. I’m also looking forward to the people and all the opportunities available.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
I think the most difficult thing will be trying to take advantage of everything while also feeling like you’re missing out on everything, because there’s so much to do. Definitely managing time and opportunities.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
Everything I do has always been about helping someone. I believe post MBA I’ll be able to help on a larger scale because of what I’ve learned and the people I’ve been surrounded by. I hope to continue to lead and create things that help people.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I’m excited for horses and archery. When I was in New York, I learned how to do archery, so I’m looking forward to trying it with fire and riding horses and racing. Women’s soccer or football would be cool as well. As you can tell, I’m excited to try everything as there is so much to do. I’m excited to participate in the Oxford Union, and reignite my love for writing and words. I’m passionate about social justice and change so I’ll be looking at law orgs as much as fintech orgs. Definitely everything. I’m super excited.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#love #toomanyhashtags #travel

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