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For her latest project, an Executive MBA grad takes on child care in the city

Judy Lu’s big business idea was inspired by a dare.

One evening, after an afternoon spent battling Toronto gridlock while taking her daughter to a play group across town, Lu (EMBA ’16) reflected on the limited options for children’s activities in her neighborhood.

Half-teasing, her husband egged her on. “You have an MBA,” he reminded her. “Why don’t you put it to use and fix the problem?” Not one to resist a challenge, she did.

Today, Lu and her supportive but still-stunned husband own and operate Buds and Blossoms — Happy Parents Happy Kids, a thriving children’s play centre in Cabbagetown, a central Toronto neigbourhood. In less than two years, the centre has become a fixture in the community — thanks to Lu’s affinity for solving problems and her eagerness to apply her business knowledge.

“The Executive MBA program teaches you how to stay focused on your vision.”


—Judy Lu, EMBA ’16

Learn more about how Judy Lu put her MBA to use to create Buds and Blossoms.

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