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MOOCs, Self-Directed Learning, and the Pursuit of an Affordable, World-Class Business Education

In 2013, I began a public quest to use massive open online courses (MOOCs) to put together my own version of an MBA.  I needed a business education to move forward in my career, but after researching the options, I was not convinced that a $100,000 investment in a traditional MBA would pay off.

When I learned about the existence of free online courses from the world’s top universities, I thought there might be another way to get the business education I desired, at a fraction of the price.  I created a website, called No-Pay MBA, to document my journey and to help others learn from my experience.

The No-Pay MBA project and the idea that you can get a world-class business education without spending your lifesavings has captured many people’s imaginations, earning me exposure in some major publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, TIME, and Bloomberg Business.


The business school admissions website Poets and Quants covered the project in its early days, under the headline “An MBA for under a grand? Seriously!” The article was reposted to LinkedIn and was viewed and shared by 500,000 people.

Fortune has called me “a household name in the world of MOOCs.” I’ve contributed to the Financial Times in a special report on online learning. My career advice appears regularly on The Daily Muse.


Through my own self-made business education, I’ve discovered a passion for helping enterprising professionals unlock their potential using the tools of the digital age. I offer resources aimed at helping people design their own low cost business studies, including an online course and a networking service for independent learners.

I maintain a blog on self-directed business education. I am currently working on a full-length book on the same topic. (Stay tuned for book launch announcements!)


When I’m not learning, thinking, writing, and consulting about business education, I am an international development professional focusing on private sector development. I have worked in Central America and East Africa in business development, entrepreneurship support, and public-private partnership, particularly in agriculture-related industries.

I currently live and work in sunny Kigali, Rwanda with my husband and our large, lovable mutt.


To find out more about how I can help you or your company harness web-based tools to maximize your professional potential, click here, or drop me a line here.


I’m hard at work on a book about the future of business education.

As we get closer to the book launch, I’ll be doing giveaways and hosting online events.

Will you join me?

Join in the launch of my first book, Don't Pay For YourMBA!

Thank you!