Mariya Thompson, Admissions Counselor

Mariya Thompson

Academic Background

University of Pennsylvania, BS
Harvard Business School, MBA

Area of Expertise

Navigating career transitions, admissions process, and project management.

Work Experience

Mariya earned her BS in economics with concentrations in finance and real estate. She also has a certificate in Spanish.

Mariya spent several years as a real estate private equity analyst in Deutsche Bank’s New York City and London offices following her graduation from Wharton. After deciding to switch gears and transition to healthcare, Mariya pursued her MBA at Harvard Business School, where she was actively involved in the Healthcare Club and Healthcare Initiative.

Before joining Stratus, Mariya worked as a senior consultant in the Strategic Planning Division of Kaiser Permanente where she led cross-functional teams in spreading and scaling cost-saving initiatives as well as deploying quality and service improvements across the Hawaii region.

A little more in-depth

3 Random Facts:

  • I’ve visited 25 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
  • Before moving to chilly Ithaca, I spent the last six years ringing in the New Year on a stand-up paddleboard in Hickam Harbor, Hawaii.
  • In college, I was fluent in four languages: English, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese (my Spanish is still okay, but I’m out of practice with Portuguese).

Blogs by Mariya

MBA Candidates: How To Successfully Transition to a Healthcare Career

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How to Transition from the Military to Business School

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How to Answer the HBS MBA Admissions Essay Prompt

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