Shawn O’Connor, Stratus Prep’s Founder and CEO, is often asked to opine publicly about graduate school admissions, test preparation, and careers. He has written articles for and/or been recently quoted in countless publications including the online and/or print editions of US News Reports, Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, CNN.com, Smart Money, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Investopedia, among many others.
Salma Qarnain, Stratus Prep’s President, is a strategist who has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. After receiving her MBA from HBS, Salma served as the Director of Strategic Planning for AOL’s $1B Member Services organization and then as the Director of International Business Development. Salma left AOL to pursue her passion for the arts and joined Synetic Theater as its Managing Director and COO. While at Synetic, she increased annual revenue over 60% and produced 20 shows, serving a total of over 35,000 patrons per year and earning 30 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and nine Awards. Throughout her career, Salma has focused on mentoring and people development. She is always learning and genuinely enjoys helping others reach their personal and professional goals.
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