Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Camren Kaminsky, University of Michigan (Ross)

Camren Kaminsky

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

“I exist every day to simply create impact and drive change while being my most authentic self.”

Hometown: Paradise Valley, Arizona

Fun Fact About Yourself: I created a TikTok account during the pandemic and to my surprise I gained over 100K followers. Being able to connect with people all around the world, especially the LGBTQ+ community was truly incredible! I shared my journey publicly from my race car driving days to the present so fellow LGBTQ+ people who are going through the same struggles I went through would not feel quite so alone. I wanted them to see another LGBTQ+ person living their life with all of its ups-and-downs in a way that would give them confidence to embrace their true self.

Undergraduate School and Major: Arizona State University | W.P. Carey School of Business, Business

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Director of Operations at Sky Advanced Solutions

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Michigan Ross’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Michigan Ross’s MBA programming emphasis on action-based learning was a key reason why I chose this business school. To be a student at Michigan Ross and actually be placed in real-world situations instead of only using the case study method is a gamer-changer. I find this approach that the Ross School of Business has taken best prepares the MBA candidates for the rapidly evolving world that we all know today.

What has been your first impression of the Ross MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far. Tell us your best Ross story so far. My first impression of the Ross MBA students and alumni is how extraordinary they are while being equally as humble. Rossers lead with such humility and empathy in every interaction – creating an environment that is an incubator for exponential personal growth. I feel very fortunate to be among all of these incredible people.

My first time on the Michigan Ross campus was for the Go Blue Rendezvous. Within a couple hours of stepping foot on the Michigan Ross campus, I was at The Big House (U-M Football Stadium) for dinner with Ross MBA students, alumni, and incoming students. It was a night full of fun, laughter and such excitement for what is to come from my business school journey.

What course, club, or activity excites you the most at Michigan Ross? What excites me the most at Michigan Ross is the diverse community that I will be surrounded by during my time on campus. The vast range of perspectives that my classmates will bring into every interaction is the catalyst to erode old ways of thinking – leading to greater innovation.

When you think of the Michigan Ross MBA program, what is the first word that comes to mind? Why? Community immediately comes to mind when I think of the Michigan Ross MBA program. The Ross community is like no other – when people say Go Blue, Go Anywhere – they mean it!

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: One of my biggest accomplishments was winning a formula race at the legendary Silverstone Circuit with over thirty thousand people watching in the stands. The race was extremely challenging with a variety of conditions, but when I passed that checkered flag – it was pure euphoria.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched, or listened to that you would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? Business Beyond Usual is a podcast at Michigan Ross with such fantastic information! Everything you need to know about business school is there waiting for you. I highly recommend it!

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? The reason why I pursued business school is simple. I seek the tools to continue to find ways in which I can participate, if not lead initiatives to create positive change in the healthcare space. After graduation, I hope to be in healthcare investment banking to continue these initiatives.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? I applied to LBS, Berkeley Haas, GSB, and NYU Stern.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Michigan Ross’s MBA program? The Michigan Ross admissions team wants to know you – not a narrative that you think fits into the business school. Be Real. Be You. That will be your ticket into this incredible school that I am so honored to be a student at.


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