Best & Brightest MBAs: Class of 2017

Members of Poets&Quants’ Best & Brightest MBA graduates of 2017


Name School Hometown Employer
 Sally Lambert  MIT (Sloan)  Concord, MA  Undecided
 Lauren Montagne  University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)  Raleigh, NC  Bain & Company
 Jamen Kyle Miller  University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)  Hickory, NC  Clark Realty Capital LLC
 Adam Maddock  Northwestern (Kellogg)  Ellicott City, MD  T-Mobile
 Jared Scharen  Northwestern (Kellogg)  Ellicott City, MD  eRetirements.com
 Sylvia Banda  Notre Dame (Mendoza)  Carmel, IN  Dimensional Fund Advisors
 Abigail Oduro  Notre Dame (Mendoza)  Accra, Ghana  Corning
 Ward Wolff  New York University (Stern)  San Francisco, CA  Undecided
 Matthew Nordman  Ohio State (Fisher)  Columbus OH  Nationwide Insurance
 Tada Yamamoto  Ohio State (Fisher)  West Chester, OH  McKinsey
 Ashley Thomas  Oxford (Said)  Colorado Springs, CO  Undecided
 Andrew Brennan  University of Pittsburgh (Katz)  Pittsburgh, PA  Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation
 Lamis Sleiman  Purdue University (Krannert)  Zahle, Lebanon  Amazon
 Ravi Teja Jagarapu  Purdue University (Krannert)  Visakhapatnam, India  Undecided
 Caitlin Crotty  Rice University (Jones)  McLean, VA  Deloitte Consulting
 David A. Distant  University of Rochester (Simon)  Hartsdale, NY  Citi
 Jorge Rosales Carpio  University of Rochester (Simon)  Lima, Peru  Simon-Kucher & Partners
 Michael Jay Orr  Southern Methodist University (Cox)  Corona, CA  Hershey Company
 Kate Archibald  Stanford GSB  Denver, CO  Undecided
 Federico Mossa  Stanford GSB  Sardinia, Italy  Netfix
 Sebastian Serra  Stanford GSB  Mexico City, Mexico  Undecided
 Timothy Carreon  University of Texas (McCombs)  Dallas, TX  Amazon
 Caitlin Goodrich  University of Texas (McCombs)  Seattle, WA  Deloitte Consulting
 Isabel Chirase  Texas A&M (Mays)  Amarillo, TX  Deloitte Consulting
 David St. Bernard  University of Toronto (Rotman)  Scarborough, Ontario  Bennett Jones LLP
 Alex Walker Turner  University of Toronto (Rotman)  Burlington, Ontario  McKinsey
 Hady Barry  U.C. Berkeley (Haas)  Conakry, Guinea  Undecided
 Kelly Deutermann  U.C. Berkeley (Haas)  Healdsburg, CA  U.S. Coast Guard
 John Moore  U.C. Berkeley (Haas)  Chino Hills, CA  Bain & Company
 Grace Guo  U.C. Davis  Chifeng, China  AT&T
 Christian Johnson  U.C. Irvine (Merage)  San Clemente, CA  Edwards Lifesciences
 Lynn Compton  UCLA (Anderson)  Boulder City, NV  McKinsey
 Colleen Thomas  UCLA (Anderson)  South Holland, IL  Accenture Strategy
 Helen ‘Mollie’ Hartung  USC (Marshall)  Los Angeles, CA  Amgen
 Laju Obasaju  USC (Marshall)  Bellmore, NY  AT&T
 Caroline Collins  Vanderbilt University (Owen)  Bloomfield Hills, MI  Microsoft
 Buzz Becker  University of Virginia (Darden)  Bixby, OK Hexagon Energy
 Molly Duncan  University of Virginia (Darden)  Greensboro, NC  McKinsey
 Lydia Islan  University of Washington (Foster)  Riverside, CT  Boston Consulting Group
 Vanessa Kritzer  University of Washington (Foster)  Seattle, WA  Microsoft
 Joshua Rodriguez  University of Washington (Foster)  Killeen, TX  Goldman Sachs
 Markey Culver  Washington University (Olin)  St. Louis, MO  The Women’s Bakery
 Conn Q. Davis  Washington University (Olin)  East Prairie, MO  Bain & Company
 Kyle Brengel  Wharton School  Richmond, VA  McKinsey
 Mary Gamber  Wharton School  New Canaan, CT  The Bridgespan Group
 Saba Shafi  Wharton School  London, UK  Undecided
 Jessie Wright  University of Wisconsin  Minneapolis, MN  New York City Ballet
 Kaitlin Koga  Yale SOM  Pearl City, HI  Undecided
 Claire Lee  Yale SOM  Seattle, WA  Deloitte Consulting
 Katy Mixter  Yale SOM  Weston, MA  Boston Consulting Group
  • 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?