Molly Berger, Applied Women's Studies
"After finishing my BA at Whittier College and working in the nonprofit field for a while I was struggling to figure out what my next educational and professional steps would be. I knew I wanted to continue working with nonprofit organizations and was eager to gain management and leadership experience but also knew that an MBA was not quite right. I was passionate about nonprofit work but wanted a major focus of my graduate studies to include gender issues. When a professor told me about the Applied Women’s Studies program at CGU I knew it was the perfect fit for me. It combined my passion for gender and women’s studies with the flexibility to emphasize nonprofit management and leadership courses at the Drucker business school. AWS allowed me to combine all my interests and tailor my graduate degree to my needs and preferences. I loved the variety of courses I was able to choose from and the freedom to design my own education plan. I was intellectually challenged on so many levels since I was surrounded by students from every discipline and background imaginable. Applied Women’s Studies itself is a small, tight-knit family, that I was immediately welcomed into and still feel a part of. My needs and concerns were always addressed and I never felt like I was just another face in the crowd. Since graduating I have put my education to great use at various nonprofit organizations and in a variety of different roles. I credit CGU and the Applied Women’s Studies program for excelling my career, expanding my network, and strengthening my personal passion for the issues I care about most. I know I am making the world a better place because of the work I am able to do everyday."
Master of Arts, May 2010
Applied Women’s Studies, emphasis on Nonprofit Leadership & Management
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Bachelor of Arts, May 2007
Self-Designed Major: Gender in International Politics, Whittier Scholars Program
Whittier College, Whittier, CA.
Volunteer Program Coordinator and Campaign Associate for Women’s Philanthropy
Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County Irvine, CA.
Director of Marketing
The SMART Project
Baldwin Park, CA.