Best & Brightest MBAs: Class of 2017

Some of Poets&Quants’ best & brightest MBA graduates of 2017


Name School Hometown Employer
 John Masline  Arizona State (W. P. Carey)  Burlingame, CA  PetSmart
 Ross Chesnick  Babson College (Olin)  Brookline, MA  Aquadat
 John Kluge  Babson College (Olin)  Charlottesville, VA  Alight Fund
 Katie Philippi  Boston College (Carroll)  Cumberland, RI  Hasboro
 Antonio Jimenez  Boston University (Questrom)  Valencia, Venezuela  Sensata Technologies
 Autumn Marie Wagner  Brigham Young University (Marriott)  Fairview, TX  Undecided
 Anvi Shah  Cambridge (Judge)  Mumbai, India  Amazon
 Austin Webb  Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)  Chapel Hill, NC  RoBotany Ltd.
 Jennifer Dunn  University of Chicago (Booth)  Pacific Palisades, CA  Boston Consulting Group
 Victor Ojeleye  University of Chicago (Booth)  Ottawa, KS  Cargill
 Joanna H. Si  University of Chicago (Booth)  Vancouver, British Columbia  McKinsey
 Andrew Ward  University of Chicago (Booth)  Costa Mesa, CA  Brigham and Women’s Hospital /  Boston  Consulting Group
 Todd Wisman  Columbia Business School  Harrisonburg, VA  U.S. Department of Defense
 Tiffany Yu Chia Chen  Columbia Business School  Tainan, Taiwan  Undecided
 Patrick Grumley  Cornell University (Johnson)  Minneapolis, MN  Bain & Company
 Ziad Jarjouhi  Cornell University (Johnson)  Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kraft Heinz
 Tom Allin  Dartmouth College (Tuck)  Jackson, MS  Undecided
 Kiz Syed  Dartmouth College (Tuck)  Boston, MA  Vanguard
 Erika Hines  Duke University (Fuqua)  Durham, NC  Bain & Company
 Jennifer Nicole Miller  Duke University (Fuqua)  Clarkston, MI  Deloitte Consulting
 Vedant Tomer  Duke University (Fuqua)  Toronto, Ontario  Bank of America Merrill Lynch
 Adam Parker  Emory University (Goizueta)  Winston-Salem, NC  Carter USA
 Itsuma Tanaka  ESADE  Yokohama, Japan  NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
 Laura Gonzalez  University of Florida (Hough)  Cali, Columbia  Johnson & Johnson
 Katherine O’Hara  University of Florida (Hough)  Tampa, FL  Accenture Strategy
 Charles Gallo  Georgetown (McDonough)  Cape Town, South  Africa  Noble Markets
 Tahira Taylor  Georgetown (McDonough)  Detroit, MI  WPP MBA Fellowship
 Kevin Boldt  Georgia Tech (Scheller)  Carrollton, GA  U.S. Army
 Vineet Kumar  HEC Paris  Asansol, India  Amazon
 Andrea Fouché  IE Business School  Cape Town, South Africa  Undecided
 Lolita Munos Taub  IE Business School  Carlsbad, CA  Undecided
 Blanca Gómez-Zamalloa Atiénzar  IESE Business School  Madrid, Spain  Boston Consulting Group
 Lucas Frye  University of Illinois  Easton, IL  Amber Agriculture
 Paul George  University of Illinois  Bangalore, India  Delphi Automotive
 Andrea Michahelles Barreno  IMD  Lima, Peru  Amazon
 Paul Jin Carlson  Indiana University (Kelley)  Boise, ID  Intel
 Jay Russell  Indiana University (Kelley)  Cincinnati, OH  Axiom Consulting Partners
 Myriam Ahmed  INSEAD  London, UK  Natixis
 Meganne Franks  University of Iowa (Tippie)  Iowa City, IA  Cognizant Technology Solutions
 Dr. Nick Deakin  London Business School  Staffordshire, UK  Citigroup
 Alana Digby  London Business School  Sydney, Australia  Strategy&
 Julia Paykin  London Business School  Montreal, Quebec  McKinsey
 Gabrielle Kuey  University of Maryland (Smith)  Chappaqua, NY  PwC
 Alexandra Moore  University of Maryland (Smith)  Reading, PA  Citigroup
 Nathan Spence  Melbourne Business School  Melbourne, Australia  Undecided
 Holly Price  University of Michigan (Ross)  Houston, TX  McKinsey
 Aaron Silver  University of Michigan (Ross)  Vineland, NJ  Deloitte Consulting
 Rose Glendinning  Michigan State (Broad)  East Lansing, MI  Dell
 Danny Plooster  University of Minnesota (Carlson)  Baraboo, WI  The Chartis Group
 Carolyn Escobar Kent  MIT (Sloan)  Durham, NC  Abraaj Capital
  • Hmmm

    My point is the “Best and Brightest” aren’t going to McKinsey. They’re going to VC/PE/Hedge Funds or, better yet, starting their own companies. While a few are going to McKinsey/Goldman, the bulk are not- they don’t need what those firms offer or have already worked there. You really only find that profile at a handful of business schools.

  • FingWangIII

    Mckinsey would be proud of having anyone of those amazing people into their team. Things have changed, and so the MBA, now people consider many factors with ranking and prestige at the bottom.

  • Hmmm

    Meh, I’d group by tiers of school. Like unless there’s some major beef with a program candidates are probably better off going to an M7 than a T20-T30 school. Students that decline that M7 slot and choose a lower ranked school are statistically few (I know, everyone has anecdotals). I’d also wager that you’re going to find the “best and the brightest” at the top 2-3 schools- of course that is depending on how you define “best and brightest”. Most of those people aren’t going to work for McKinsey after graduation……

  • radish

    Thank you Jeff. I like this post a lot because it somehow treats some of ranking and/or prestige addiction in some students. When someone see that he/she can be distinguished and excel and do outstanding in school that is may be lower ranked but it is better for him/her based on fit and culture. It also means that when a student does such great achievement in lower ranked school, he/she will be the focus not his/her school fame or brand. I would highly encourage prospective students not to overemphasize on the school rank but instead insist a lot on the fit factor. You could be miserable at school number 1, doesn’t do well, and definitely, not getting into you dream job. It is highly likely that someone does well at lower ranked school to get the job that the miserable student at school number 1 couldn’t get it.

  • Jeff Schmitt

    Thanks for writing, Michelle. We reached out to 63 full-time MBA programs, with schools chosen based on their P&Q ranking, We suggested that programs choose students based on academic and professional achievements, extracurricular involvement, and their innate potential and ability. Schools were allowed to submit up to 4 students, who completed a detailed nomination form (with students also strongly encouraged to include an administrative or faculty recommendation). We also asked schools to solicit students for feedback on their choices. We then evaluated these nominations in-house, whittling them down to 100 (with another 100 being recognized as “MBAs To Watch” in July). It is a subjective process, to an extent, evaluating students off 2,500-3,500 words. Our goal is not to rank students. This is a means to engage readers by exposing them to students who have been wildly successful in their respective business schools. Through these students, you can get a taste of a particular school’s culture, along with insights on what you can expect over the one or two years that you’d spend earning your MBA. Beyond the educational purpose, we also wanted to honor these students beyond the on-campus celebrations, to bring them to a larger audience outside their families and classmates. These students are role models of the best in business. They are a way of looking at what is truly possible during your time in business school.

  • Sneakers OToole

    Most likely scenario is that the editor of poets and quants emailed the deans of various schools asking for people to be on this list and they responded with a diverse list of people that are involved in socially-justicey type things on campus and the editor just filtered down from there. So it’s probably totally meaningless.

  • Michelle

    How were these people found/chosen?