Magdalena Kala ’09 Featured in Forbes

Friday, December 6, 2019
Magdalena Kala ’09 speaking to the Class of 2019 during the 126th Commencement ceremony.

Congratulations are in order for Magdalena Kala ’09, a vice president at Bain Capital. She was recently featured in Forbes' newly released “30 Under 30 In Finance 2020” as one of the top young financial minds. 

Kala left her home in Poland in 2006 to join the Mercersburg Academy community as a 10th-grade student. While at Mercersburg, she was valedictorian of her class; earned varsity letters in cross country and squash; served as a dorm prefect; and was a member of Cum Laude, The Fifteen, and The Mercersburg News. She was also a recipient of the Robert Michelet ’30 Scholarship Prize, the President’s Education Award, the Community Service Award, and the Harry Smith Senior English Award.

Following her time at Mercersburg, Kala graduated from Harvard University with an economics degree and earned an MBA from Stanford University. She is currently vice president of consumer, retail, and dining at Bain Capital in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a former member of Mercersburg Academy’s Board of Regents (2015–2018).

Kala returned to campus in May to give the address at the school’s 126th Commencement ceremony. She told graduating students in the Class of 2019, “Mercersburg has allowed me and all of you to explore various interests without limitations on who you should and can be. Cherish that spirit of exploration as you go through the next stage of your life. Follow the jungle gym of your curiosity instead and see where it takes you.”

Kala was also honored in June with the Alumni Council’s Young Alumni Leadership Award, which was presented on Reunion Weekend as her 2009 graduating class celebrated its 10th reunion.

Join our school in congratulating Magdalena for all she as accomplished and for her Forbes honor. Enjoy this article and video from her interview with Forbes.