Margaret T. Munford: Candidate for MBA, Class of 2016 Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business

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Margaret, or “Munny” as her friends know her, is a seventh generation Mississippian. She grew up in Jackson, Mississippi as the middle of three children. She sought a change of scenery when she went off to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where she studied History and Gender & Women’s Studies. She was co-captain of the Bowdoin Women’s Rugby team, leading the team to a fourth place finish in the 2007 Div. II Women’s Rugby National Championship.  Her Honors Thesis at Bowdoin focused on women’s leadership in early 19th-century antislavery movement. After Bowdoin, Margaret moved to Washington, DC where she worked for three years at the American Forest Foundation. She worked with the Conservation Solutions group, focusing on forest-carbon policy development and establishment of payment for ecosystem services systems. In 2010, Margaret left DC to travel around the world for eighteen months, doing virtual consulting work along the way. She visited 14 countries over 4 continents, including large swaths of the United States. During this time Margaret also recorded an album with her band, Munny & the Cameraman, and went on an 11-state tour playing over 30 shows. She then moved out to Portland, Oregon where she worked for three years as a leadership development consultant and instructional designer for Pivot Leadership.

At Fuqua, Margaret served as Co-President of FuquaPride and Fellow for the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics. Her favorite moments at Fuqua include the Annual Drag Show Party, watching the 2015 NCAA National Championship in Geneen Auditorium, and C-LEAD2.

Margaret interned as a strategy consultant with the Atlanta office of Bain & Co. and will join full-time in January 2017.  

What do you do best?

Build a fire

What makes you the best?

An impression of one of our career counselors, who has helped thousands of students throughout her tenure and is a strong source of support for many Fuquans. I admire her greatly.

Biggest success?

Being chosen as our class’s student graduation speaker.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To be fully appreciative of each day I have

Business: To be a well-respected, solution-oriented leader

Most challenging moment?

Figuring out how to lead peers effectively

Favorite Motto?

Everyone’s got a struggle you know nothing about.

Favorite People?

My siblings, my YaYas (women I have known since early childhood in Jackson, Mississippi), Dolly Parton

Favorite Places?

Western North Carolina, the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon, Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.

Favorite Products?

My FitBit, my Mountain Hardware Drifter 2 tent, Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey, my four bicycles

Current Passions?

Trying to be crafty with reclaimed wood