Monique Lowery always loved numbers and math, and she expected them to shape her college and professional paths. She attended a math and science-focused high school and later majored in management at MIT. At the same time, Monique had a passion for giving back and working with children, which she nourished by volunteering as a tutor.
“I wanted to go into a service-oriented role after graduation,” Monique admits, “but when I spoke with my mentors, they suggested that I build my skills in the corporate sector first before transitioning into the nonprofit sector.”
Monique spent three years first analyzing retail store sales for Liz Claiborne and later managing budgets for an advertising agency. She excelled in these number- and data-heavy roles, but it wasn’t enough.
“I felt like I was going to work, doing a job, and that was it. I wanted something more fulfilling,” she says.
Following her MPA program at Syracuse University, the Education Pioneers Fellowship was exactly the mix of analytic-focused work and personal meaning Monique sought. For the first time, she could explore whether education was truly her cause. “I wanted to work in education but didn’t have prior experience, so I wanted to test out working in the sector without a long-term commitment,” she says. “With the camaraderie of a cohort, the EP model was a perfect fit.”
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