Fashion extraordinaire and media mogul Tyra Banks, 37, revealed to Access Hollywood that she has been enrolled in the Harvard Business School’s “Owner/President Management” program for the past year.
“I’m getting an executive education at Harvard Business School,” she said. “First term, we had a 180 classmates… and 18 were women, 18 out of a 180, so you can imagine. On my dorm floor, I was the only girl on my floor.”
Banks also revealed the vigorous efforts needed to stay afloat with an intensive curriculum.
“There’s tons of homework, and I’m constantly reading,” she explained. “Just when you think you’ve caught up and you’re ahead, BAM! They slap more on you.”
In recent interview with CBS News, Banks spoke of people’s mixed reactions when revealing her educational pursuits.
“I get mixed reactions. there are little facial expressions… the chin goes back, like, ‘Really?’” said Banks. “I’m, like, ‘Yeah, I’m going.’ How do I react to that? I kind of take a pause and kind of analyze what this is. and a lot of it is just shock.”
For Banks, the educational experience has provided her with expertise and knowledge. it is more about taking control of her business ventures and understanding the direction of the company, rather than relying on hired professionals to explain the terms and conditions.
“I think I could’ve leaned on all of my advisers. I have accountants, and lawyers, and this and investment bankers,” she continued. “But I don’t want to be that girl when I’m meeting with them, where I’m like, ‘Uh-huh, great.’ I now can say what’s the net present value on that. What’s the discounted cash flows of that, and that’s because of Harvard.”
The intensive curriculum is spread over the course of three-years. the cost of enrollment is $31,000.