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Alumna Abroad

A Q&A with Fatema Al-Mohri, MBA '16 Public Relations Manager, Aluminum Bahrain Company (Alba)

Fatema Al-Mohri
Where were you born? 

Manama — The Kingdom of Bahrain.

Where do you live and work now?

At Aluminium Bahrain Company (Alba) located in The Kingdom of Bahrain.

Why did you choose to attend William & Mary?

I was sponsored by my company to do my MBA at W&M. (Note: Al-Mohri was the first female employee at Alba to receive the company sponsorship for MBA study in the U.S.)

Some of the main attractions were the great reputation of the university and the professors, the Executive Partners Program, and the beautiful city of Williamsburg and the surroundings.

Did you have a favorite course and/or professor while you were at W&M?

The field consultancy was one my favorite courses because as a team we got to work with real companies and on actual prob-lems. It helped us apply many theoretical learnings in the real world.

How do you think your experience at W&M has affected your life and decisions you’ve made?

This experience has added a lot to me; it was one of the most rewarding experienc-es in my life.
Working in groups of different people, from different backgrounds, getting to know new cultures, living independently — all of this added to my experience and personal skills.

Do you think international experience as a student is helpful in future life and career?

Definitely. I was a class representative of the International Student Association and in the National Association of Women MBAs, and in the second year I was the VP of the International Women’s Club. This helped me to practice leadership po-sitions before going back to my job.

Al-Mohri with Alba’s CEO Tim Murray when she was promoted to PR Manager. Courtesy Fatema Al-Mohri
What career path(s) have you pursued?

After my MBA, I went back to Alba to work as the Head of Compensation and Benefits, and currently I am the Public Relations Manager at Alba.

Do you have any advice for current students?

“Nothing is more valuable than education” — Tim Murray, Alba’s CEO. Focus on your studies and always continue to learn.

Is there any valuable advice you've received or wished you'd received?

Keep challenging yourself and always keep a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.