Best & Brightest MBAs: Class of 2017

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

CLASS OF 2017 BEST & BRIGHTEST MBAs

NameSchoolHometownEmployer
 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?