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Abraham Gore


MBA '13

Heller MBA's nonprofit focus suits him

Abe Gore is ready to hit the ground running

Abe Gore senses the social justice mission in every class he takes in the Heller MBA program. He learned about the Heller School from friends and family.

“It seemed like the best fit for me given my research about business schools with a nonprofit concentration,” says Gore. “The Heller MBA doesn’t have the nonprofit part as a sidebar of what they offer, it is what they offer!”

A Massachusetts native, Gore wanted to remain in the Boston area. But like many whose passion for social justice may be the overriding motivation to attend Heller, he had some trepidation about the quantitative parts of an MBA program.

Gore has traveled extensively in Latin America, including month-long stints in Mexico and Guatemala, and has lived on the West Coast of the U.S. After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, he took a job in specialty retail, second in command at a chain of running equipment stores. He then tried business-to-business sales, where he began dabbling in the nonprofit field as a volunteer in youth enrichment.

His pivotal entry into nonprofits was with an organization called 826Boston where he tutored kids from the ages of six to sixteen. He also volunteered in the Revision Urban Farm and Squash Busters, until the nonprofits he volunteered with became the focus of his life instead of extracurricular.

Gore says his course work has given him a deeper understanding about just how competitive the nonprofit marketplace is – and has prepared him to hit the ground running.

Since the Heller MBA program is accelerated, it’s also more affordable, Gore says.

“Things do come at you very fast, but fortunately the professors and teaching assistants make time for you,” says Gore.

Gore sees that his Heller education is preparing him well.

“This is what I came for and what the program delivers,” Gore says.

After graduation Gore would like to combine his nonprofit management skills with his retail and athletic interests to create an organization that increases access to healthy food choices, academic enrichment and athletic pursuits.

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