McCombs School of Business | Mr. CRE
GMAT 625, GPA 3.4
IU Kelley | Mr. Jiu-Jitsu Account Admin
GMAT 500, GPA 3.23
Wharton | Mr. Sales From Law School
GMAT 700, GPA 11/20
Wharton | Mr. Rural Ed To International Business
GRE 329, GPA 3.6
Yale | Mr. Tambourine Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. LGBT+CPG
GMAT 720, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Community Involvement
GMAT 600, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Columbia | Mr. URM Artillery Officer
GRE 317, GPA 3.65
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer To PM
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (with Honors)
Harvard | Ms. Eternal Optimism
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Lady Programmer
GRE 331, GPA 2.9
Ross | Mr. Double Eagle
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Harvard | Mr. UHNW Family Office
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Certain Government Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. International Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. South East Asian Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Investor To Fintech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85

100 Best & Brightest Business Majors Of 2021

Freshman year can be a real wake up. Everything is faster and heavier – and academics are just part of the transition. For many, the biggest issues involve managing time and money. Sometimes, freshmen just take on too much.

Sven Wollschlaeger probably heard the warnings. That didn’t stop the University of Michigan Business major from co-founding a company as a freshman. Inspired by campus tours he took in high school, he built VenueTourist – which he describes as “a 3D and virtual reality tech company specializing in higher-ed campus tour creation.” Over four years, Wollschlaeger has taken his startup far beyond Ann Arbor – and racked up achievements that’d be the envy of MBA students.

“I am proud that we built and scaled VenueTourist from my dorm room to being deployed at universities all across the U.S. – from campuses like GWU to the University of Miami. We raised <$1M from the co-founder of JetBlue, and pitched to Google Streetview, Bessemer Venture Partners, and A16Z. We were invited to operate out of Dan Gilbert’s Detroit Venture Partners office (2019), and I just recently participated in Y Combinator’s Virtual Startup School. I learned the value of good products, great execution, exceptional teams, and starting!

100 STUDENT LEADERS FROM TOP 50 BUSINESS SCHOOLS

Wollschlaeger is among the 100 seniors honored in Poets&Quants’ Best & Brightest Business Majors of 2021. Entering its 6th year, the Best & Brightest features seniors who personify the best in business education. To compile this year’s list, P&Q invited each of the Top 50 undergraduate business schools to supply two representatives from their programs. The schools were given the flexibility to choose their students using their own selection criteria and process. However, P&Q encouraged the schools to consider students based on factors like “academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, innate potential, a striking personal narrative, and overall impact on the program.” Overall, the list includes 54 women and 46 men. In addition, 15 students hail from countries outside the United States, including Turkey, Ethiopia, Romania, Thailand, Haiti, and Ecuador.

Despite a sluggish economy, many Best & Brightest are already ticketed to the world’s top employers.  10 members have already accepted offers from Deloitte, with Bain & Company, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PwC scooping up 3 students a piece. In addition, you’ll find future consultants, bankers, and client developers at firms like McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Microsoft, and SpaceX among the Best & Brightest. In addition, 9 graduates are returning to campus to earn Master’s and law degrees.

Upasana Barot

Such students include Leah Wren Hardgrove. A legally blind Marketing major from Washington University, Hardgrove will be joining Google in product management after graduation. At the University of North Carolina, Mary Laci Motley built EATS2SEATS, which enables non-profits to operate stadium concession stands to generate financing for their causes. Not only has Motley survived the pandemic, but has expanded her enterprises to seven venues. At Wharton, Cristina Pogorevici entered a war-torn country to study entrepreneurship. Some students even stepped into the role of leadership. Case in point: Upasana Barot. She developed a 6-module peer mentorship curriculum at the College of William & Mary – one that has been adopted campus-wide.

“It always makes my day when mentees reach out about their positive experience with the program,” she tells P&Q.

Who are some of the most promising Business majors from the Class of 2021? Where have they interned and where will they be working after graduation? Which faculty and classmates do they admire the most? And what were the biggest surprises they faced and lessons they gained on the way to graduation? Click on the links below to learn about the next generation of consultants, financiers, c-suite executives, and entrepreneurs.

2021 Best & Brightest Undergraduate Business Majors

Business StudentBusiness SchoolHometownPost-Graduation Employer
Giselle Enriquez DurazoUniversity of Arizona (Eller)Tucson, AZGoDaddy
Brennen FederUniversity of Arizona (Eller)Tucson, AZProcter & Gamble
James SorrentinoBinghamton University School of ManagementOyster Bay, NYCitigroup
Rene VorilasBinghamton University School of ManagementWest Islip, NYProtiviti
Veronica Escobar-MesaBoston University (Questrom)Medellin, ColombiaThe Barthwell Group
Frances SmythBoston University (Questrom)Alexandria, VAMicrosoft
Spencer Russell CallBrigham Young University (Marriott)Omaha, NEHome Depot
Ashtynne WadeBrigham Young University (Marriott)Lindon, UTBoston Consulting Group
Nathan FeyrerBucknell University (Freeman)Breinigsville, PAGoldman Sachs
Amy YowellBucknell University (Freeman)Betterton, MDBank of America
Aditya Darshan GandhiCarnegie Mellon (Tepper)Mumbai, IndiaWolfe Research
Shiwani PathakCarnegie Mellon (Tepper)Edison, NJMorgan Stanley
Sarah BriceCornell University (Dyson)New York City, NYSC Johnson
Carol WangCornell University (School of Hotel Administration)Vancouver, CanadaSculptor Capital Management
Eva ChaffinUniversity of Denver (Daniels)Littleton, COErnst & Young
Milena RogersUniversity of Denver (Daniels)Portland, ORGoldman Sachs
Meghan MurrayElon University (Love)Bel Air, MDErnst & Young
Alexandra PirsosElon University (Love)Upper Saddle River, NJN.C. State (Grad School)
Drew BullockEmory University (Goizueta)Durham, NCFTI Consulting
Lori SteffelEmory University (Goizueta)Glenview, ILTruist Securities
Zackary HajjarFordham University (Gabelli)Brooklyn, NYJPMorgan Chase
Sekai KaminskiFordham University (Gabelli)Garnet Valley, PAIBM
Michael DuTotGeorgetown University (McDonough)Berwyn, PAAnheuser-Busch
Alexandra HornickGeorgetown University (McDonough)New York City, NYHiredScore
Amanda ArboledaUniversity of Georgia (Terry)Dacula, GAErnst & Young
Zakiyya EllingtonUniversity of Georgia (Terry)Allen, TXMcKinsey
Jake DiBenedettoGeorgia Tech (Scheller)Johns Creek, GACredit Suisse
Devika DuttGeorgia Tech (Scheller)Douglasville, GADeloitte
Salman Al-LuqmanUniversity of Houston (Bauer)Houston, TXAmerican Express
Micah OlsenUniversity of Houston (Bauer)Swampscott, MAVivint Smart Home
Jessica Lozano SchmittHult International Business SchoolMadrid, SpainElectric Potential
Tumelo SeemuleHult International Business SchoolFrancistown, BotswanaHult International Business School (Grad Student)
Bethany AntunaUniversity of Illinois (Gies)Wheaton, ILGoogle
Markos ChristoforouUniversity of Illinois (Gies)Elk Grove Village, ILDeloitte
Brianna JordanUniversity of Illinois (Gies)Naperville, ILLaw School (Undecided)
Sydney DixonIndiana University (Kelley)Houston, TXDeloitte
Blake Nolan BradleyIndiana University (Kelley)Bourbonnais, ILSpaceX
Andrew FedunLehigh UniversityYardley, PACitigroup
Jenny LinLehigh UniversityNesquehoning, PAKPMG
Anton BerryMarian University (Byrum)Clarksville, TNUndecided
Rachel KassingMarian University (Byrum)Maryville, ILUndecided
Alannah ScardinoUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst (Isenberg)Rochester, NYUndecided
Matthew KasslerUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst (Isenberg)Mansfield, MAPwC
Maddie KruegerMiami University (Farmer)Dublin, OHWest Monroe Partners
Grant StierwaltMiami University (Farmer)Bowling Green, OHBain & Company
Olivia DubiUniversity of Miami (FL)Dix Hills, NYMorgan Stanley
Ryan RebholzUniversity of Miami (FL)Bloomington, ILBoyne Capital
Priyanka KhetarpalUniversity of Michigan (Ross)Saginaw, MIBlackRock
Sven WollschlaegerUniversity of Michigan (Ross)Monroe, MIInsight Venture Partners
Noah Henry SkrokMichigan State University (Broad)Sterling Heights, MIUndecided

Business SchoolHometownPost-Graduation Employer
Lydia WhippleMichigan State University (Broad)Mason, MICisco Systems
Kayla FixelUniversity of Minnesota (Carlson)Germantown, WIDeloitte
Nate TayeUniversity of Minnesota (Carlson)St. Paul, MNDeloitte
Dimitri PunNew York University (Stern)Port-au-Prince, HaitiTwitter
Jessica WangNew York University (Stern)Collegeville, PAPwC
Gino EspositoUniversity of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)Milford, CTUniversity of North Carolina (Graduate School)
Mary Laci MotleyUniversity of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)Asheville, NCEATS2SEATS
Karan KishorepuriaNortheastern University (D’Amore McKim)Kolkata, IndiaUndecided
Abigale PurvisNortheastern University (D’Amore McKim)Woodinville, WAUndecided
Tyler AnconaUniversity of Notre Dame (Mendoza)East Setauket, NYKPMG
Megan WhelanUniversity of Notre Dame (Mendoza)Munster, INUniversity of Notre Dame
Abenezer MechaleUniversity of Pennsylvania (Wharton School)Addis Ababa, EthiopiaBain & Company
Cristina PogoreviciUniversity of Pennsylvania (Wharton School)Bucharest, RomaniaBain & Company
Rohil ChadaUniversity of PittsburghHillsborough, NJDeloitte
Katie GerberUniversity of PittsburghFairview, PADeloitte
Mateo GodoyProvidence CollegeNorth Providence, RIPwC
Anna RussoProvidence CollegeHuntington Station, NYNew York University (Graduate School)
Chloe JenkinsPurdue University (Krannert)Zionsville, INAmazon
Ariana LoorPurdue University (Krannert)Quito, EcuadorGraduate School (Undecided)
Rachel PerryUniversity of Richmond (Robins)Chiang Mai, ThailandUndecided
Lizzie ReedyUniversity of Richmond (Robins)Marietta, GAPerella Weinberg Partners
Ankita KodaliRutgers Business School (New Brunswick)Union, NJDeloitte
Kurt VoglRutgers Business School (New Brunswick)Middlesex, NJMicrosoft
Ross MeldrumUniversity of San DiegoChelmsford, UKGraduate School (Undecided)
Caroline MurrayUniversity of San DiegoDallas, TXUndecided
Aysegul AtesSouthern Methodist University (Cox)Izmir, TurkeyJefferies
Cameron PoliceSouthern Methodist University (Cox)Frisco, TXPJT Partners
Scott MuellerSyracuse University (Whitman)Ogdensburg, NJDeloitte
Ruth Yehyun BangSyracuse University (Whitman)Parkland, FLUndecided
Samantha BryantUniversity of Texas (McCombs)Austin, TXUndecided
RJ FinleyTexas Christian University (Neeley)Tustin, CAJPMorgan Chase
Ashley ServaisTexas Christian University (Neeley)Medina, MNDell Technologies
Alanna AustinTulane University (Freeman)New Orleans, LALaw School (Undecided)
Matthew ShernicoffTulane University (Freeman)Freehold, NJSterling Associates
Rohan ParikhVillanova UniversityMarlboro, NJBank of America
Kelsea WongVillanova UniversityMalvern, PABlackstone Group
Jeannie Patrice HirschUniversity of Virginia (McIntire)Rochester, NYWarburg Pincus LLC
Samuel R. LisnerUniversity of Virginia (McIntire)Virginia Beach, VADeloitte
Anabel CordanoWake Forest UniversityRidgefield, CTWake Forest (Grad Student)
Jeremy GreerWake Forest UniversitySuffield, CTTruist Financial
Sharae RatliffUniversity of Washington (Foster)Spanaway WAUndecided
Noah ReynaUniversity of Washington (Foster)Bellevue, WAAndersen
Lucas DionisopoulosWashington University (Olin)Lincoln, NEFinancial Technology Partners
Leah Wren HardgroveWashington University (Olin)Orlando, FLGoogle
Upasana BarotCollege of William & Mary (Mason)Suffolk, VAKPMG
William RyuCollege of William & Mary (Mason)Seoul, South KoreaAccenture
Jessica AntonUniversity of WisconsinSussex, WIUndecided
Jake ShenkenbergUniversity of WisconsinBloomfield Hills, MIAccenture
Berkan DelareynaWorcester Polytechnic Institute (Foisie)Istanbul, TurkeyUndecided
Matthew IaconisWorcester Polytechnic Institute (Foisie)North Attleboro, MATJX Companies

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