Going back to school mid-career to earn an executive MBA is a tremendous accomplishment. Then, there’s April Powell. The recently named general manager for Bon Appétit Management Company at Washington University did earn her EMBA in 2017.
But she also had her second daughter in the middle of the program. While parenting her eldest daughter, 3. And she’s just recently had a third.
All this during a meteoric rise with Bon Appétit, where she started five years ago. Three years ago, she was promoted to director of operations for the 13-café Danforth campus before her most recent promotion.
To top it off, she recruited her boss into the WashU Olin EMBA program.
“She has an incredible engine,” District Manager David Murphy told the Bon Appétit blog. She has “huge confidence, but she’s a deep thinker—she has an insatiable appetite for understanding why things fail. That’s what a leader wakes up every day and thinks about. She never assumes that ‘good’ is good enough.