Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Columbia | Ms. Growth Strategy
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Emory Goizueta | Mr. English Teacher
GMAT 680 (plan to re-take), GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Brightside
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Harvard | Ms. Social Enterprise/Healthcare
GRE 324, GPA 3.5
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Dyslexic Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. 10 Years In Finance
GMAT Not Required / Waived, GPA 2.65
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. Australian Navy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
NYU Stern | Ms. Civil Servant To Fortune 50
GRE Writing May 31st, GPA Undergrad: 3.0, Graduate: 3.59
MIT Sloan | Ms. Designer Turned Founder
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Berkeley Haas | Mr. All About Impact
Harvard | Mr. Forbes U30 & Big Pharma
GMAT 640, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. FP&A
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Not-For-Profit
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9

The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World

Deepak Malhotra of Harvard Business School

Deepak Malhotra of Harvard Business School

Take, for instance, Leslie Robinson, 38, of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. The slight professor of business administration is one of the few instructors to make a repeat appearance on the “Top 40 Under 40”–an accomplishment that reflects an outstanding academic and teacher as well as an all-around incredible person. Robinson is credited with “bringing accounting to life” for her students–a task many would put on par with a miracle. From reviewing students’ backgrounds before the first day of class to running with MBAs in Reach the Beach, a 200-mile overnight relay, LesRob (as she’s affectionately called) has inspired a near cult-like adoration among her students–an entire class once serenaded her with Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.”

Other “Top 40 Under 40” profs share Robinson’s zest for connecting with students through extra-curricular activities and athleticism. Duke University’s Bill Mayew played varsity basketball at UNC –Wilmington and still shoots hoops with MBA candidates, often blocking their shots in student-versus-faculty games. Not to be outdone, Greg Fisher, 37, of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has 45 marathons and 16 ultra-marathons under his shoes. The South African is also an Ironman triathlete, thrice over.

Others, such as  Markus Giesler, 37, pursue entirely different professions alongside their academic careers. The marketing professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business maintains a recording studio in Germany and spends summers touring Europe with his band, the Rocksoldiers. These experiences color his classroom sessions and inform his research on entertainment and high-technology marketing. Adam Waytz of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is also in the music industry. The boyish and bespeckled 33-year-old teaches values-based leadership and ethics in one world and tours the globe with his rap group, Kill the Vultures, in another.

Nina Mazar of the Rotman School is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

Nicolas Glady of ESSEC is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

These standout pedagogues bring their rich extracurricular lives to the classroom. They’re engaging and energetic. Giesler tells of walking out of intense lectures dripping with sweat–he’s also been known to set off smoke alarms (once while lighting his dissertation on fire) and to reconvene class at the mall for an impromptu market research lesson. Xiaoyan Zhang, 37, a finance professor at Purdue’s Krannert School, tells of losing three pounds for every eight-week class she teaches.

Many of Poets&Quants’ top profs liven up intense, and doubtless dull, subjects with humor and interactive lessons. Northwestern University’s Kelly Goldsmith, 34, is known for her ready wit, enthusiasm, and anecdotes. The Kellogg professor of marketing includes comical clips of her stint on the TV reality series “Survivor: Africa” in the class’ end-of-year review video. Wharton’s Michael Sinkinson, 31, teaches risk from an insurance perspective by simulating the game show “Deal or No Deal”–complete with the series’ suspenseful “thinking music.”

These young academic superstars also connect with their students outside the classroom and build genuine and lasting relationships. Sinkinson meets with students regularly for lunch, while Goldsmith is a staple at students’ performances and extracurricular activities. ESSEC Business School’s Nicolas Glady, 34, responds to student emails around the clock, often in a matter of minutes, regardless of the time of day or night.

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