Meet MC/MPA Mason Fellow Dorothy Tuma

August 28, 2013

Every year the Mid-Career/MPA Mason Fellows are the first to arrive on campus for a two-week summer seminar program. This year, several of them have volunteered to introduce themselves through the Harvard Kennedy School School (HKS) admissions blog with a self-authored post.

Below is a selected portion of the blog recently written by Dorothy M. Tuma:

After graduating with an MBA from the Anderson School, University of California Los Angeles, I worked in brand management for several years in California. During those corporate days, the progressively stronger tug on my heart to give back to my country Uganda finally overpowered me, driving me to start an organization that raises money in the United States but works with women in rural communities in Uganda.

Since resigning from corporate America, I have spent the last ten years on three initiatives: increasing the income earning capacity of incredibly resilient, yet highly disadvantaged women in rural Uganda; running a consulting practice that helps micro, small and medium sized enterprises in East and Southern Africa identify and pursue growth strategies; and lastly, volunteering for leadership roles with various associations that support women’s entrepreneurship in East Africa.

My work brings me face to face with the divide between the public and private sectors. Therefore, I am at Harvard Kennedy School to learn the language and frameworks of policy makers, to contribute toward increased understanding and co-operation between the private and public sectors in East Africa. During my time here, I will also establish mutually beneficial partnerships for women entrepreneur organizations in East Africa.

While I greatly appreciated the value of the academic components of the Mason Fellows summer seminar, of equal value - or dare I say even greater value - were the interactions that began and will continue not just throughout the year, but beyond graduation. I am so deeply impressed by the willingness of my class mates – who met me for the first time just a few weeks ago – to go out of their way to help me get things done. I believe that these summer connections will only get deeper and stronger with time.

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Dorothy M. Tuma, Mason Fellow

" I am so deeply impressed by the willingness of my class mates – who met me for the first time just a few weeks ago - to go out of their way to help me get things done," says Tuma.