Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant

Favorite Professors Of Best & Brightest MBAs

Some of the favorite business school professors of our best & brightest MBA graduates

There is a rule of thumb in business school culture. To be a great professor, you need to excel in two of three areas: research, teaching, and experience. If you ask the Class of 2018, the best professors didn’t just leave them with unforgettable war stories, business models, or industry cases — instead, they will be remembered for who they were: mentors, champions, inspirations, sticklers, sages, and (most importantly) role models. They demanded a lot, and they gave back even more. These investments only accrue value as their students grow.

One such professor is Terry Taylor, who taught the Core Operations course at the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. An award-winning teacher and Best 40 Under 40 alum, Taylor embodied the openness and attention to detail that he strived to instill in his students, says Liz Koenig, a 2018 Haas grad.

Taylor “operated on the fundamental assumption that his students brought meaningful experience to the table that the rest of us could learn from,” Koenig explains, “and he leveraged that collective knowledge every chance he got. He was thoughtful and systematic about creating an inclusive environment where a wide variety of voices were heard, and planned everything (from the color of handouts to the setup of his whiteboard) to maximize our learning.”


University of Wisconsin’s Jan Heide

Terry Taylor wasn’t alone in bringing out the very best in his students. Head to the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business and you’ll hear Jan Heide’s name come up often. A charismatic force who teaches Introductory Marketing, Heide was more than a professor whose door was always open to students like Linda Liu.

“Professor Heide embodies everything I had hoped for in an instructor when I returned to graduate school: someone who would take what I already knew about business and deepen it, broaden it, challenge it,” Liu says. “Even when I thought a business case terribly dry, Professor Heide found subtle nuances to draw out important business lessons and humorous examples to lock them into your memory.”


Taylor and Heide were just two of the professors honored by this year’s Best & Brightest MBAs. Each year, Poets&Quants honors the faculty whose creativity, convictions, coaching, and conduct set the bar and foster a sense of community. As part of the nomination process, the Best & Brightest were asked to name their favorite professors, along with what made these faculty members so special. Turns out, there wasn’t just one strategy that enabled these classroom czars to connect deeply with their MBAs.

One way to connect is to entertain. While you won’t find faculty royalty jugging pins on a unicycle or mixing a standup routine with cold calling, professors like Yale SOM’s David Bach are master storytellers who share a secret: They exude a love for the material they teach — and the students who share their time.

“Dean Bach has the best classroom management skills of any professor I’ve encountered,” observes Hosanna Odhner. “His ability to drive a discussion and engage an entire room full of students is unparalleled. He manages to make a case about tax rates for mining companies in Australia as fascinating, suspenseful, and educational as a case about introducing Playboy magazine in Indonesia. Yet, with all his experience, responsibility, and expertise, he is one of the most approachable professors I’ve ever met. He never misses a chance to take an interest is his students’ lives.”


UCLA’s Elise Long

The same could be said for Elisa Long, who teaches core statistics at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. How good is Long? She made her subject – long dreaded for its dizzying terminology and merciless focus on minutiae, into must-see-to-believe class time.

“Her passion for statistics truly shines through to her teaching,” says Abby Williamson. “She used real world examples to make statistics relevant and accessible to all, no matter what your level of familiarity with statistics was before the class (including how she used statistics to beat breast cancer as well as win The Price Is Right). I found myself excited to go to class when I thought statistics would be one of the scarier core classes I had to take.”

Not every top business school professor is another Christian Bale or Cate Blanchett, whose inviting presence moxie and compelling delivery captivate the eyes and ears alike. Others succeed taking the Nick Saban or Pat Summit approach. They are the coaches who aren’t afraid to critique or push their students. They know talent when they see it – but understand it can only be fully realized by demanding a continuous commitment to pursuing perfection. This tough love is what MBA students have come to expect in Brian McCann’s Corporate Strategy class. Known for opening class with songs, this Vanderbilt stalwart goes all out, says Bennet Hayes, to give students the best possible experience.

“It’s the candor of the classroom discussion he catalyzes that drives the course. Students are held accountable to ground their commentary in solid reasoning, but Brian’s witty quips and care for students enables an environment in which everyone feels comfortable participating. It’s the kind of dynamic classroom environment that all students seek when returning to business school.”

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