Thea Sokolowski




United States


Social Impact



I’m a very social MBA and will be writing from the perspective of an extreme poet, an American and someone with a deep interest in development and social impact.

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Posted by: on May 19, 2015

Where Tech Meets Tradition

Sunday dinner got a bit of an upgrade last weekend, when I found myself facing a table filled with Bob Goodson, Co-founder of Quid, Christian Lanng of Tradeshift, the DiNucci family of Silicon Valley fame, a myriad of SBS alumni and successful entrepreneurs, and of course, Dean Tufano and the Vice Chancellor of the University. […]

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Posted by: on May 14, 2015

All Work, No Play?

Scratch that. Reverse it. About two thirds of the MBA class took a serious break from real life this past weekend to engage in what was for many the most enjoyable weekend of the year. We took to the campus of fellow b-school HEC Paris, where we met MBAs from schools across Europe to compete […]

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Posted by: on March 24, 2015

That career thing

It’s sort of like that old toy, where you try to get a little silver ball through the complex maze enclosed in a plastic circle and out the other end safely. Often at first, you lack the perspective to be able to look at the path as a whole, to trace your moves before you […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2015

Adaptability and LSE’s Emerging Markets Forum

I spent the latter half of last week in London attending LSE’s Emerging Markets Forum, an extremely well organized and high profile event held annually by LSE’s student union. Big name speakers from a variety of industries addressed the audience of eager students and professionals to discuss topics around emerging markets, to offer warnings and […]

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Posted by: on January 29, 2015

(Bi)cycle Wars

One element of Oxford living that doesn’t get enough attention is cycling, or as my American self would call it, biking. This is a biker city, and if you live anywhere that’s more than a 5-minute walk from class, you’re going to want to get a cycle. This is one element I didn’t quite factor […]

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Posted by: on January 21, 2015

Hellary on Wheels

As we forge into Hilary Term (lovingly nicknamed “Hellary” from the combination of cold, dark winter weather and building intensity in the MBA), we’re settling more into ourselves as business students. Now more selective when it comes to how I spend my time, I can feel myself becoming focused, moving from exploration to a deep […]

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Posted by: on December 18, 2014

A Merry Christmichelmas to You

As our first term as MBA students draws to a close, I thought it appropriate to reflect on some highlights over the fast-moving train ride that has comprised the past few weeks. As the term ended early in December for the rest of the university, last week kicked off for me with a traditional Christmas […]

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Posted by: on November 26, 2014

Who says you have to have a job?

Muhammad Yunis says a job is an artificial thing. It is old-fashioned thinking. “A real human being,” Yunus told us, “is an entrepreneur. I’m not a job seeker; I’m a job creator.” Nobel Laureate, founder of the Grameen Bank (Grameen Foundation), lifelong social entrepreneur and incredibly eloquent speaker Professor Muhammad Yunus graced the halls of […]

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Posted by: on November 12, 2014

Let me tell you about my Monday

Continuing to juggle the simultaneous opportunities at my disposal as well as my wide array of interests, I straddled multiple sides of my perspective career path in a single night this week, in an evening that was so very Oxford. Amid the flurry of emails I receive on a daily basis around events happening in […]

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Posted by: on October 27, 2014

Themes of living with purpose and the need to build ecosystems dominate at Emerg...

Great minds from all reaches of the social entrepreneurship realm came together at Said Business School this weekend for an intensive, 2-day conference to discuss some of the arena’s most pressing insights, developments and issues. Lead by Oxford’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with Student Hubs, this year’s Emerge conference saw several major […]

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