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MBAs To Watch: Class of 2021

When business schools trumpet their “Star Power,” they’re generally referring to alumni CEOs and famous faculty. Sometimes, you’ll find a celebrity hunched over a laptop and poring over balance sheets like their peers. That was the case at IE Business School with Cristian Arens.

Arens doesn’t fit your MBA celebrity profile: former athletes or entertainers looking to transition careers or commercialize passions. Instead, Arens is a content creator and influencer — a hybrid of educator, entrepreneur, and evangelist. In other words, Arens is a brand. His YouTube channel has attracted 213,000 subscribers and his Invertire Joven podcast ranks among Spotify’s most popular. He has produced courses in areas like real estate investment, stock market fundamentals, and affiliate marketing. On top of that, his book, Money Code: 4 steps to Make Your Money Work, has made two best-seller lists on Amazon.

Cristian Arens, IE Business School

A REACH OF MILLIONS

Three years ago, Arens’ vision began to take shape in his native Peru. Here, he noticed that people lacked financial literacy, something that hindered them from controling their lives and ensuring their long-term security. It was an issue that resonated with Arens, who had long dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. In the end, he become something more: a difference-maker whose videos have been viewed by over 2.5 million people.

“My biggest achievement in my professional career is to be able to do what I love every day and to live my life at the fullest having a positive impact on other people,” he tells Poets&Quants. “When I finished university at the age of 22, I launched a startup, which lasted for a year but then failed (I learned a lot), and so I began to work in a large company in Peru. My “hobby” at that time was making financial education videos. A few years passed and I was able to quit my job to dedicate myself full time to this hobby. And now I continue to pursue this passion.”

This year’s MBAs To Watch are equally passionate about their causes, be it economic development, venture building, or social justice. Their options were curtailed by COVID. Still, they acted as the community builders who made the best from what was available. Many times, you would’ve found the MBAs To Watch leading from the back, never needing a spotlight — just a purpose. Steady and stout, they were often the unflinching voices of reason and reassurance. Texas A&M’s Azwad Haider personifies what it means to be an MBA to Watch. A Bangladesh-born history buff, Haider earned his classmates’ admiration for his can-do attitude that always placed his classmates’ needs front-and-center.

“Azwad Haider stood out as the rising tide that lifts all boats,” explains Dr. Janet Marcantonio, an executive professor at the Mays Business School. “Within his cohort, he was ubiquitously known for two things: always lending a hand and, as one classmate put it, “his unbelievable ability to look at a problem and quickly develop a creative, coherent, outside-the-box solution that is both actionable and successful.” Noting Azwad’s “active listening superpower” and “genius contributions in class,” another classmate captured the consensus perfectly: “Azwad is crazy intelligent and truly cares about others. If he contributes to his next team the way he contributed to ours, they will be so thankful to have him.”

LESSONS FROM THE STAGE

Maya Sugarman, USC (Marshall)

‘To compile the MBAs To Watch for the Class of 2021, P&Q reached out to over 70 top full-time MBA programs. This year, P&Q received 239 nominations, which were split between the Best & Brightest MBAs and MBAs To Watch. Overall, the 139 MBAs To Watch hail from 68 business schools, including Stanford GSB, Wharton, INSEAD, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, and London Business School. This list nearly achieves gender parity, with men outnumbering women by a slim 71-to-68 margin. Non-American students account for 46% of MBAs To Watch, with a quarter of the students holding an advanced degree beyond an MBA. Deloitte hired 9 members from the 2021 list, making it the largest employer of MBAs To Watch. Dell Technologies and Bain & Companies landed another 5 and 4 members of the class, respectively.

Who comprises this year’s MBAs to Watch? Think students from seemingly every background imaginable. Swetha Rajagopal entered USC’s Marshall School after working in a test prep firm, where she headed up content development and training programs. Despite Rajagopal’s education prowess, she may have been at a disadvantage in business school compared to classmate Maya Sugarman’s non-traditional background.

“I used to feel somewhat sheepish when I told people I was an actor before coming to business school,” Sugarman admits. “While my classmates had been busy with conference calls and board rooms, I had spent most of my time at open calls and in rehearsal rooms…I don’t know if I would be able to succeed in business without the skills I learned in theater. Acting is all about connecting with people, making bold choices, being quick to respond to the unexpected, and working with a team to make something inspiring. I am extremely proud of the years I spent onstage, and will carry those lessons with me moving into my business career.”

BUILDING COMMUNITIES UP

INSEAD’s Toru Nanami experienced a more traditional business training. He spent five years as an investment banker with Barclays and Morgan Staley before returning to his family’s business: a Japanese green tea trading company that has been in business since 1865. Jennifer Reed Papadopulos also felt the pull of family. She left a consulting gig to return home to help run the financial side of her father’s business.

“For two years, I worked as my father’s right-hand woman,” writes the Babson MBA. “This enabled me to see the business world from a new entrepreneurial perspective.”

Christina Feng, Cambridge Judge

Christina Feng’s perspective is grounded in development. In Afghanistan, the Cambridge University grad was responsible for a $55 million dollar economic development project. Her classmate, Tomas Jauregui, also worked in the non-profit sector, helping entrepreneurs launch and build their ventures through Scaleup Argentina. Just down A421, you’ll find the University of Oxford’s Sophia Watkins. Before enrolling at Saïd, she launched the Forest Fund, which supported conservation and sustainable entrepreneurship in rural Brazil. At the same time, she co-founded a school that taught language skills to over 100 students in the municipality of Juína.

“My thus far unorthodox career has taught me to value authenticity in all my relationships,” Watkins notes. “It is a precursor to trust, an invaluable currency in complex multicultural contexts. I am proud to trust and be trusted by my local network in Juína, which includes ranch hands, miners, loggers, small-business owners, teachers, and indigenous people—whose perspectives I have come to value and better understand.”

Pages 4-6: 139 profiles of the MBAs To Watch (Class of 2021)

Jonathan Harris, Northwestern (Kellogg)

MBAs NOT ALWAYS WHO YOU EXPECT

Before earning his MBA at Fordham, Curt Huckley held the distinction of being the youngest communications director in the Texas Senate. Speaking of politics, Northwestern Kellogg’s Jonathan Harris won an election to be a member of Prince George’s County Board of Education in Maryland. Then again, prodigy might be the best term to describe Warwick Business School’s Jeff Slater. He didn’t attend college, serving an apprenticeship instead. By 19, he was already managing 30 apprenticeship participants before moving into consulting. And if you are looking for the most intriguing member of the class, you might start with Claire Herting, who once worked on the production of movies like Batman vs. Superman and Transformers 5.

“Claire is passionate about using data, analysis, and insight to make the world a better place. That may seem like a ‘typical top 20 MBA program student profile,’ but Claire is anything but. Rather, she is that but also so much more,” writes Dan Turner, associate dean for the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. “Did I mention that she brings to the world a ‘triple BA’ undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Cinema Studies, Literature, and Mathematics?… with a Minor in Spanish to boot? Or that she left a career in digital marketing to manage a large comics & game store in Ann Arbor, MI, all before joining the UW-Foster MBA community? Or that she enjoys community building… and playing board and video games… and championing diversity… and watching horror films…?”

Think Herting is interesting? Just ask the University of Wisconsin’s Natalie Marinello about her brush with fame. “During my tenure as regional manager for Davos Brands, Jonathan Goldsmith (famous for playing the Most Interesting Man in the World in the Dos Equis commercials) was an investor in one of our brands and I was able to spend an entire week with him (which included attending the Kentucky Derby) during an activation in one of my markets.”

MAKING HIS MOTHER PROUD

That wasn’t the only celebrity encounter among the MBAs To Watch. The University of Minnesota’s Jeffrey Merkel, for example, once sang onstage with Michael Bublé. More often than not, these MBAs were the ones in the spotlight. Ivey’s Kathryn Donville was a champion synchronized skater for the Canadian National Team. As an undergrad, the University of Wisconsin’s Carolyn Kane was a two-time Division III swimming champion (and four-time Academic All-American). By the same token, UCLA’s Gaelen LeMelle-Brown — a singer and pianist — has released two EP albums on streaming platforms.

Raluca Georgescu, CEIBS

That creative impulse is central to many of these MBAs to Watch. INSEAD’s Broderic Dytoc’s shelf is packed with championship trophies from being a professional street dance artist. Alex Ignatius, now an Accenture-bound graduate of Washington University, started her career as a member of the Lexington Ballet Company. Swetha Rajagopal is busy writing her third fantasy fiction novel, while Jeff Slater has published a children’s book. And how serious was CEIBS’ Raluca Georgescu about business? She left a fashion modeling career to become an auditor with Deloitte.

A radical change? Not as far as the Class of 2021 is concerned. Southern Methodist University’s Morgan Mitchell started out as a biologist before earning her CFA (and later joining Guggenheim Securities as an investment banker). Angela Wan spent three years as a nurse, where she counts all the lives she saved as her biggest achievement. After earning her MBA at UC San Diego’s Rady School, Wan is combining her love for medicine and business as a healthcare advisor for KPMG. When UC Irvine’s Lucio Chen started work as a consumer technology analyst, his industry knowledge was limited to operating a smartphone. Fast forward six months and he was being quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

“The proudest moment was my live interviews with BBC and CNBC (Squawk Box) on TV,” he writes. “My parents and friends were exhilarated to see a familiar face on TV. It was the first time in my professional career that my mom was incredibly proud and able to share something tangible with her friends about her son.”

MAKING A UNICORN UNIFORM

You could say the same about the rest of the moms (and dads) whose children made the MBAs To Watch list. Take Carnegie Mellon’s Priya Gupta. She led a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, creating a framework to guide the education arm’s grant-making strategy. Gupta’s classmate, Alvin Huff, became tagged as the “public art guy” in the City of Marietta. An economic development project manager, Huff handled everything from logistics to fundraising to put up an award-winning 130 foot mural celebrating the history of Elizabeth Porter Park. At the same time, IMD’s Anthony Wilson turned a near-bankrupt small juice company into a “premium” South African brand.

“I valued this as a professional achievement in South Africa, which has an unemployment rate of over 35%,” he explained. “The fact that I was able to save the company meant that approximately 20 people who worked there could still be employed and support their own families of five people or more. Saving one company therefore meant food security for employees and dependents who desperately needed a source of income. To me, this was even more meaningful than the professional achievement.”

Tarun Bhatia, National University of Singapore

It wasn’t always the fledgling firms that needed support from the MBAs To Watch. Tarun Bhatia experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he introduced one of India’s largest unicorns to basic operational practices. How dire was the situation? “Imagine a company worth billions that operated year-on-year with financial targets set in silo, that were allocated top-down by leadership without any discussions around how to achieve them,” Bhatia writes. In the end, Bhatia helped the firm create an integrated and transparent operation that enabled stakeholders to quickly identify the resources needed to execute their long-term strategy. In the process, Bhatia gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to become a credible leader who can drive transformative change.

“I learned that I needed to revamp key elements of my personal leadership style. Specifically, I learned that empathy and humility go a long way in engaging people and earning trust. As a leader, I understood that there exists a fine balance between displaying credibility and constant learning. Not always having the solution is acceptable, but a dedicated effort to solving problems is non-negotiable. The process wasn’t only about my vision of the end goal but also about two-way communication and sharing of responsibility.”

NEVER A DULL — OR UNUSED — MOMENT

When you look at the numbers, the MBAs To Watch are the MBAs who deliver. Thanks to his analytics know-how, Broderic Dytoc was able to boost his category’s sales to grow by 141% in just six months! Oxford’s Dave Miriuki has raised millions of dollars for Kenyan startups from his financial advisory firm. When it comes to sales excellence, it would be hard to top Christina Gohl. She hasn’t met an annual target that she couldn’t beat. That doesn’t mean she didn’t have a lot still to learn, she adds.

“I had progressed to the senior leadership team… and I remember sitting at the boardroom table realizing that while I understood the sales vertical very well, I couldn’t always predict with accuracy the impact my sales strategies would have on other areas of the business. I was a highly competent middle manager, but I needed to up-skill to become an executive.”

Rohan Shamapant, Georgetown (McDonough)

Most MBAs To Watch experienced that same epiphany, which is why they ultimately returned to campus. In many cases, they raced around the business school on a crazed mission to leave a legacy. Case in point: the University of Rochester’s Khushi Vijayakumar. An engineer-turned-banker, Vijayakumar managed two school investment funds when she wasn’t busy acting as a first-year coach or admissions ambassador…or serving as a teaching assistant for three courses…or making the Dean’s List. At the University of Texas, Kyle Johnson stayed busy organizing the McCombs School’s annual Elevate DE&I Conference. Despite taking the conference virtual, Johnson increased attendance to 426 people, all while adding corporate sponsors like Deloitte, Deloitte, and Chevron. To support Georgetown classmates, Rohan Shamapant, co-president of the Net Impact Club, held a fund-raiser.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, several of my colleagues suddenly lost internships that were secured, while others wanted to devote their time to help fight against the pandemic. We raised $150k in two months from students, faculty, administration, and alumni, which supported over 20 Hoyas to take on impact-oriented internships without compromising their financial security. I am proud to have empowered other incredible business leaders in a critical and uncertain moment.”

Pages 4-6: 139 profiles of the MBAs To Watch (Class of 2021)

Tabria Lenard, London Business School

BRINGING NEW PROGRAMMING TO LIFE

Over the past two years, the MBAs To Watch have collected awards, won competitions, and been elected to offices in student clubs and government. More than that, they’ve developed programming for students that will last long after they’ve crossed the stage. At the London Business School, Tabria Lenard helped launch the first Black in Business club in Europe — one that has since been replicated at programs like HEC Paris. In turn, Giri Kesavan took it a step further, creating an entirely new LBS specialization in Technology.

“Working across Careers, faculty, industry, staff, and students over the past year I designed a new MBA concentration in Technology & Analytics, opening up opportunities for our students to pick up the skills needed to succeed in technology careers,” he writes. “The new Tech focus led to the creation of a strategic steering committee at the school that I chair focused on Technology Education & Careers across our degree programmes. LBS has always been about student-led impact on the community, and the result of these efforts led to a record 28% Full-Time employment for MBA2020 into Tech careers and 44% MBA2021 internships in the sector.”

Across the pond, Swetha Rajagopal created Mindful Masterminds, a 12-week self-development program at USC Marshall. “[It] combines team activities, discussion and journaling exercises, and meditation practices in a small team environment to foster conversation and growth around mindful leadership,” she explains. “I am very proud of this program because it is designed to go hand-in-hand with the school year and enables participants to not just cope with the stresses of academics, networking, and recruitment, but also reflect on the more important aspects of leadership and self-development that cannot be as easily facilitated in a classroom environment. Mindfulness in leadership is the need of the hour. I am hopeful that at the end of this first year of execution, my peers will find that they have grown as individuals and that they are better equipped to handle the changing demands of the post-COVID era.”

THE MAKINGS OF A HARVARD CASE

Perhaps the distinguishing feature of this year’s MBAs to Watch is how they leave everything better than they found it. That was certainly true at Indiana University’s Kelley School. Here, students can travel the globe to help startups and social ventures as part of its Global Business and Social Enterprise (GLOBASE) program. For Jake Frego, that meant heading to Thailand to work with Flying Squirrel Outfitters, a firm that provides “professional and economic empowerment” to rural women who hand-make sustainable hammocks and tote bags. The exercise enabled Frego to engage in the two activities that MBAs love most: building frameworks and making a difference.

Jake Frego, Indiana University (Kelley)

“We are confident that higher realized prices will improve livelihoods for both Brian and the women whom he employs,” Frego adds.

Sometimes, these projects can even deepen learning for MBAs across the world. That was the end result of a Washington University project led by Alex Ignatius on one New York firm’s decision to waive tips to servers.

“Our analysis found that while non-tipping narrowed the wage disparity between front and back-of-house staff and improved stability for servers, it had unintended negative consequences for the restaurants’ employees, customers, and owners,” Ignatius writes. “Informed by our study’s findings, the restaurant group reinstated tipping and moved to a revenue-sharing model for kitchen employees. Our student team made a lasting impact on a client whose industry was deeply affected by the pandemic. This work also served as the basis for a Harvard Business School case study, which will be taught at both Harvard and Olin this fall.”

PARENTS PROVIDE THE INSPIRATION

On the surface, the past year may have appeared as the worst of times for the MBAs To Watch. Traditions and treks were cancelled and events and courses were moved online. For every step back, there was a step forward as the pandemic raced across the globe. Manny Fadahunsi admits that Zoom fatigue sometimes made it difficult to stay engaged. At the same time, the Yale SOM MBA adds, “virtual setting has made it easier for professors to bring to class discussions more external speakers such as protagonists in case studies.” At Warwick Business School, Gabriela Murillo Alencaster struggled with issues ranging from feelings of isolation to frozen screens. Still, the virtual setting also freed her to join more extracurricular activities. If anything, adds UCLA Anderson’s Mitchella Gilbert, the new normal marked a return to an old normal, long undervalued and ever necessary.

“Personally, COVID helped me discover my inner homebody,” Gilbert jokes. “Taking classes online afforded me more time to work out, cook healthy food, decorate my apartment, and focus on raising capital.”

Aditi Bhandari, UC Berkeley (Haas)

As the Class of 2021 returns to work, the MBAs To Watch have been reflecting on where their journey began. For Claire Herting, business school has become a family affair. After all, her mother was also a career switcher who earned her MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School. Taraneh Thomas has also been following in her mother’s footsteps — literally since she was a toddler. Back then, Thomas would accompany her mother to Women in Business or Women in STEM conferences. Now, the Emory grad is finishing up her dual MBA/MPH on the way to a summer internship with at Bristol Myers Squibb. And Aditi Bhandari describes her mother as her “cheerleader” and “coach.” Her contributions really hit home when the UC Berkeley MBA found a picture that she drawn in 4th grade under the prompt, “Draw yourself at age 30.”

“I had drawn a woman in a suit and scrawled under it, “I am a CMO,” writes Bhandari, who accepted a position at PepsiCo Frito-Lay after a successful summer internship with Ruffles. “I have no idea how 10-year-old me knew what a CMO was, but 10-year-old me definitely didn’t understand how young 30 is. Regardless, my mom had kept that drawing and reminded me of it when I first told her I was contemplating business school because I was feeling stuck at my media job. I think often about how she moved to this country younger than I am now, with a toddler in tow, to give me the opportunities she could only dream of. I am so grateful for her keeping me on track with my own dreams.”

Jake Frego found his “primary motivation” from his father. More than that, his father’s words and example imparted an entire philosophy that guided him through business school…and now beyond.

“He has worked in sports marketing for most of his career, and his personal triple bottom line is: “What do I get to do, who do I get to do it for, and who do I get to do it with?” Restated, this reads, “Do I enjoy my specific role, do the values of the organization align with my own, and do I work with great colleagues?” These questions rang true to me in college, and still do, because they capture the key components of a job: the mission, the values, and the people. Perhaps they aren’t unique to business, but my father’s experience taught me that I could pursue, and fulfill, them all with a business degree.”

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2021 MBAs To Watch

MBA Student

Business School

Hometown

Pre-MBA Employer

Internship

Post-MBA Employer

Glory Bantan Mafor

Arizona State (W. P. Carey)

Douala, Cameroon

Konkola Copper Mines

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Simone Bayfield

Arizona State (W. P. Carey)

Castro Valley, CA

Simone Bayfield Beauty

OH Partners

The Clorox Co.

Jatin Kapur

Arizona State (W. P. Carey)

New Delhi, India

Bharat Electronics Limited

Enterprise Technology Alliance

Undecided

Jennifer Reed Papadopulos

Babson College (Olin)

Torreon, Mexico

NA

NA

Undecided

Rachel Zelcer

Babson College (Olin)

Los Angeles, CA

LabCentral

Biogen

Syneos Health

Erin Deadmon

Boston College (Carroll)

Mocksville, NC

DrugDev (IQVIA)

Fidelity Investments

Fidleity Investments

Gráinne Dunne

Boston College (Carroll)

Athy, Ireland

AbbVie

PwC

PwC

Joshua McDuffie

Boston College (Carroll)

Spencer, MA

U.S. Marine Corps

Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

Airian Williams

Boston University (Questrom)

Beach Park, IL

Education Resource Strategies

IBM

IBM

Mark Easton Johnston

Brigham Young University (Marriott)

Stafford, VA

Four Foods Group

MediaKind

ConocoPhillips

Christina Feng

University of Cambridge (Judge)

Langzhong, China

Development Alternatives Inc.

NA

NA

Tomas Jauregui

University of Cambridge (Judge)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Endeavor Argentina

NA

NA

Frank Avino

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Arlington Heights, IL

PepsiCo

Deloitte

Deloitte

Matt Griffin

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Pittsburgh, PA

K&L Gates, LLP

Nike

Target

Priya Gupta

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Syracuse, NY

Intentional Futures

Google

Google

Alvin Huff

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Milledgeville, GA

City of Marietta, Georgia

Kearney

Kearney

Raluca Georgescu

CEIBS

Barcelona, Spain

Baozun E-Commerce

Gucci

Chanel

Echo Jin

CEIBS

Jiangxi, China

Smith & Nephew

Allergan Aesthetics

Danaher

Gabriela Arismendi

University of Chicago (Booth)

Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Schools

NA

Undecided

Santiago Vazquez

University of Chicago (Booth)

Guadalajara, Mexico

Travelport

HomeX

HomeX

Letty Perez

Columbia Business School

Monterrey, Mexico

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools

Deloitte

Deloitte

Ola Esho

Cornell University (Johnson)

Ilesha, Nigeria

U.S. Army

Fluke Corporation

Deloitte

Lawrence Nault

Cornell University (Johnson)

Orlando, FL

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley

Jessica Ahn

Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Torrance, CA

Accenture

IDEO

Bain & Company

Roderick Milligan

Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Augusta, GA

Chevron

Apple

Apple

Sarah Izzo

Duke University (Fuqua)

Sharon, MA

Fletcher Spaght

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Giovanni Lu

Duke University (Fuqua)

Lima, Peru

Premium Brands Peru

Kraft Heinz Company

Kraft Heinz Company

Thomas Egge

Emory University (Goizueta)

Acton, MA

U.S. Army

Bain & Company

Bain & Company

Kristen Little

Emory University (Goizueta)

Gurnee, IL

KPMG

EY-Parthenon

EY-Parthenon

Taraneh Thomas

Emory University (Goizueta)

Princeton, NJ

Caudex, McCann Health Medical Communications

PatientsPrecise

Undecided

Juhina Elmajdoub

ESADE

Tripoli, Libya

Xerox

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group

Anuar Jorge de Saráchaga

ESADE

Mexico City, Mexico

Lee Hecht Harrison Mexico

Bayer Business Consulting

Bayer Business Consulting

Diego Cammarano

ESMT Berlin

Milan, Italy

Ion Beam Applications (IBA

NA

Renaissance Fusion

Clifford Curda

ESMT Berlin

Fairfax Station, VA

Volkswagen Group of America

NA

Freaks 4U Gaming

Rachelle Antoine

University of Florida (Warrington)

Miami, FL

Wells Fargo

Owens Corning

Owens Corning

Perry Dube

University of Florida (Warrington)

Port Washington, NY

The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co

General Mills

General Mills

Mikaela Medeiros

University of Florida (Warrington)

Reno, NV

Capital One

Johnson & Johnson

Premier Nutrition

Teona Avaliani

Fordham University (Gabelli)

Miami, FL

Best Made Company

PwC

PwC

Curt Buckley

Fordham University (Gabelli)

Tyler, TX

Texas State Senate

Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight

Wayne Chan

Fordham University (Gabelli)

Las Vegas, NV

Certizen Limited

Citi

Citi

Mwemba Mwemba, Jr.

Georgetown University (McDonough)

Midland, MI

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

AbbVie

AbbVie

Rohan Shamapant

Georgetown University (McDonough)

Orange County, CA

Rockwood Leadership Institute

EY-Parthenon

EY-Parthenon

Abby Brenller

Georgia Tech (Scheller)

Knoxville, TN

Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

Westlake Plastics

Bain & Company

Sachin Suresh Pai

Georgia Tech (Scheller)

Mangalore, Karnataka

Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T)

Amazon

McKinsey & Company

Jonas Kanafani

HEC Paris

Saulx-Les-Chartreux, France

Implenia

NA

Amazon

Maria Olivo

HEC Paris

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Caribbean Biotech Labs,

Greentropism

L’Oréal

Cristian Arens

IE Business School

Lima, Perú

YouTube Content Creator

NA

YouTube Content Creator

2021 MBAs To Watch

MBA Student

Business School

Hometown

Pre-MBA Employer

Internship

Post-MBA Employer

Christina Gohl

IE Business School

Vancouver, Canada

Santevia Water Systems

NA

Undecided

María Carnal Fusté

IESE Business School

Barcelona, Spain

Naturgy Energy Group

Infosys Technologies

Oliver Wyman

Tanya De Andres Duran

IESE Business School

Mexico City, Mexico

Essity

Amazon

Amazon

Hannah Kohrs

IMD Business School

Minneapolis, MN

Medtronic

NA

Danaher

Haichen Liu

IMD Business School

Beijing, China

Beike Finance

NA

Beckman Coulter

Anthony Wilson

IMD Business School

Johannesburg, South Africa

Agis Holdings

NA

Lightrock

Luke Lindsay

Imperial College

Houston, TX

SI-BONE

SI-BONE

Undecided

Wanshu Chou

Indiana University (Kelley)

Taipei City, Taiwan

Longsys Electronics

PhysIQ

Undecided

Jake Frego

Indiana University (Kelley)

Hudson, OH

Eli Lilly and Company

DuPont

U.S. Department of Justice

Broderic Dytoc

INSEAD

Manila, Philippines

Shopee

NA

Undecided

Naomi Geita

INSEAD

Nyahururu, Kenya

Centum Investment Company

NA

Undecided

Toru Nanami

INSEAD

Shizuoka, Japan

HAMASA-EN Co

NA

Undecided

Kathryn Donville

Western University (Ivey)

Oakville, Ontario

Kent Asset Management

NA

Undecided

Kailey Howell-Spooner

Western University (Ivey)

London, Ontario

Shaw Communications

NA

Deloitte

Giri Kesavan

London Business School

London, UK

Deutsche Bank

American Express

Sky

Tabria Lenard

London Business School

Teaneck, NJ

Bloomingdale’s

Farfetch

Undecided

Maria Herold

University of Maryland (Smith)

Kensington, MD

Protiviti

M&T Bank

M&T Bank

Rachel Loya

University of Maryland (Smith)

Livingston, NJ

Cvent

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Deloitte

Kelly Gonzalez

McGill University (Desautels)

Barranquilla, Colombia

Grupo Bimbo

Deloitte

Deloitte

Ugo Umeano

McGill University (Desautels)

Lagos, Nigeria

PJM Interconnection

CIBC

CIBC

Nadia Ogene

University of Michigan (Ross)

Atlanta, GA

Hulu

Nike

Nike

Danielle Chatman-Moore

Michigan State (Broad)

Houston, TX

Deltek, Inc.

Dow Chemical Company

Dow Chemical Company

Lea Mavar

Michigan State (Broad)

Grand Rapids, MI

SOLCOMM, LLC

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Deepal Singh Chhabra

Michigan State (Broad)

New Delhi, India

Ernst & Young

Lam Research Corporation

o9 Solutions

Jeffrey Merkel

University of Minnesota (Carlson)

Marshfield, WI

Fairview Health Services

OptumCare

OptumCare

Kevin L. Vargas

University of Minnesota (Carlson)

Round Lake Beach, IL

IntriCon

Medtronic

Medtronic

Ryan Bash

MIT (Sloan)

Philadelphia, PA

U.S. Department of Transportation

Bain & Company

Bain & Company

Roger Tan

National University of Singapore Business School

Singapore

Kadence International

Allianz Insurance Singapore, Singapore

Undecided

Tarun Bhatia

National University of Singapore Business School

Mumbai, India

UC Strategy

Engie Factory APAC

Garena

Maria Katrina Volante

National University of Singapore Business School

Manila, Philippines

Manila Electric Company

BillionBricks

Undecided

Katarina Ernestus

New York University (Stern)

Westhampton, NY

Regency Integrated Healthcare

Biogen

Biogen

Jeremy Russell

New York University (Stern)

Toronto, Canada

Satori Consulting

Minoan

L.E.K. Consulting

Claire Boston

North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

J.P. Morgan Chase

Deloitte

Deloitte

Je’nique Whitney Harewood

North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Trinidad and Tobago

Morgan Stanley

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications

Jonathan Harris

Northwestern University (Kellogg)

Prince George’s County, MD

Booz Allen Hamilton

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Nicole Brunning

Notre Dame (Mendoza)

Troy, MI

Reading Partners New York

Reading Partners New York

Undecided

Eric Sweeney

Notre Dame (Mendoza)

Portland, OR

A3 Artists Agency

PwC

PwC

Kofi Oppong Asumang

Ohio State (Fisher)

Techiman, Ghana

KPMG

Microsoft

Microsoft

Ann Watercutter

Ohio State (Fisher)

Piqua, OH

Fahlgren Mortine

Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)

Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)

Dave Muriuki

University of Oxford (Saïd)

Nairobi, Kenya

Centum Investment Company

NA

Undecided

Sophia Watkins

University of Oxford (Saïd)

Manglaralto, Ecuador

Forest Fund

NA

Undecided

Jon Coulter

Penn State (Smeal)

Pittsburgh, PA

Intel

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Alexis Zawelensky

Penn State (Smeal)

Uniontown, PA

QuatriniRafferty

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson

Patrick Savage

University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

Pittsburgh, PA

Halliburton Energy Services

Highmark Health

Westinghouse Electric Company

Kelly DeMoya

Rice University (Jones)

Houston, TX

YES Prep Public Schools

Accenture

Accenture

Matthew Manriquez

Rice University (Jones)

Houston, TX

U.S. Army

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley

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MBA Student

Business School

Hometown

Pre-MBA Employer

Internship

Post-MBA Employer

Andrea Bell

University of Rochester (Simon)

Baldwin, NY

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Kalypso

Kalypso

Keenan Heyward

University of Rochester (Simon)

Philadelphia, PA

Essendant

MetLife

Merck

Khushi Vijayakumar

University of Rochester (Simon)

Bangalore, India

Nomura

William Blair

William Blair

Akshay Arora

Rutgers Business School

New Delhi, India

Wings Pharmaceuticals

Signify (Philips Lighting)

Undecided

Jamie Liptack

Rutgers Business School

New York City, NY

NYU Langone Health

Mars Wrigley

Mars Wrigley

Eszter Sztrányay

SDA Bocconi School of Management

Budapest, Hungary

GROW Group

NA

Undecided

Morgan Mitchell

Southern Methodist University (Cox)

Carrollton, TX

Brush Street Investments

Guggenheim Securities

Guggenheim Securities

Andy Tembon

Southern Methodist University (Cox)

London, UK

PayScale

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Brian Aoyama

Stanford GSB

Darien, CT

Migo

Learn To Win

Undecided

Mariana Martins

Stanford GSB

Aveiro, Portugal

McKinsey & Company

Amazon

McKinsey & Company

Alina Dattagupta

University of Texas (McCombs)

College Station, TX

3M

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson

Kyle Johnson

University of Texas (McCombs)

Centreville, VA

GE Aviation

Danaher

Danaher

Azwad Haider

Texas A&M (Mays)

Chittagong, Bangladesh

British American Tobacco (BAT)

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Nicole Streifert

Texas A&M (Mays)

Saugus, MA

PureWrx

Microsoft

Microsoft

Peter Wang

Texas A&M (Mays)

Houston, TX

Reynolds Consumer Products

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Farzana Mussa

University of Toronto (Rotman)

Niagara Falls, Canada

Aga Khan Education Services

Deloitte

Deloitte

Frank Nosa Otabor

University of Toronto (Rotman)

Lagos, Nigeria

Alberta Health Services

Trinity Communication Services

Undecided

Aditi Bhandari

U.C. Berkeley (Haas)

Sugar Land, TX

Target Corporation

PepsiCo Frito-Lay

PepsiCo Frito-Lay

Jonathan Pan

U.C. Davis

Foster City, CA

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

QuickPickleKit.com

Undecided

Lucio Chen

U.C. Irvine (Merage)

Shenzhen, China

Boston Consulting Group

SAP Concur

Undecided

Eric Williams

U.C. Irvine (Merage)

Pasadena, CA

Daiichi Sankyo

Amgen

Amgen

Daniel Henderson

U.C. San Diego (Rady)

Valley Center, CA

Encore Capital Group

Illumina

Illumina

Angela Wan

U.C. San Diego (Rady)

Los Angeles, CA

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

NA

KPMG

Mitchella Gilbert

UCLA (Anderson)

Philadelphia, PA

Deloitte

Nike

OYA FEMTECH Apparel

Gaelen LeMelle-Brown

UCLA (Anderson)

Queens, NY

YouTube

Apple

Undecided

Aria Aaron

USC (Marshall)

Nashville, TN

Georgia-Pacific

Facebook

Undecided

Swetha Rajagopal

USC (Marshall)

Chennai, India

Ascent Education

USC Marshall Graduate Career Services

Undecided

Maya Sugarman

USC (Marshall)

Seattle, WA

Carmela Ice Cream

Optum

Optum

Daniel Cortez

Vanderbilt University (Owen)

San Antonio, TX

Deloitte

Hewlett-Packard

Deloitte

Joshua Eniola

Vanderbilt University (Owen)

Ibadan, Nigeria

Nestle

Freedom Mortgage

Undecided

Harsha Gummagatta

University of Virginia (Darden)

Hyderabad, India

Goldman Sachs

eBay

Undecided

Prateek Sinha

University of Virginia (Darden)

New Delhi, India

Cummins

Danaher (Hach)

Danaher (Hach)

Gabriela Murillo Alencaster

Warwick Business School

Mexico City, Mexico

P.M.I. Comercio Internacional S.A. de C.V.

NA

Undecided

Jeanne Roboh

Warwick Business School

Paris, France

Above Board Distribution

NA

Undecided

Jeff Slater

Warwick Business School

Faringdon, UK

City & Guilds (Apprenticeship)

NA

Undecided

Claire Herting

University of Washington (Foster)

Kirkland, WA

Vault of Midnight

Walmart

Walmart

Neesha Pinnaduwage

University of Washington (Foster)

Knoxville, TN

Honeywell

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Alexandra Ignatius

Washington University (Olin)

Washington, DC

Edelman

Walmart

Accenture

Dolapo Ojutiku

Washington University (Olin)

Lagos, Nigeria

Cummins

Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

Marshall Pollack

Washington University (Olin)

Bedford, NY

Discovery, Inc.

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group

Yoojin Jang

Wharton School

Seoul, South Korea

PwC

McKinsey & Company

Startup

Carolyn Kane

University of Wisconsin

Deephaven, MN

Lument

Link Logistics Real Estate (Blackstone)

Link Logistics Real Estate (Blackstone)

Natalie Marinello

University of Wisconsin

Aurora, IL

Davos Brands

Danone North America

AppHarvest

Michael Turco

University of Wisconsin

Hartland, WI

Deloitte

Intuit

Intuit

Manny Fadahunsi

Yale SOM

Lagos, Nigeria

Egbin Power

Amazon

CohnReznick Capital

Adhi Murali

Yale SOM

Dubai, UAE

VMWare

Citigroup

Citigroup

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