Hello friends of MBAs Across America!
Even before Casey, Amaris, Hicham and I got back from the first summer journey last year, we started thinking about how we would recruit the inaugural class of MBAs Across America Fellows. We knew that getting the right people onboard would be make-or-break. You can’t send just any four people in a car across the U.S. for six weeks to work with entrepreneurs and expect the results to be great. After a few months of in-person info sessions, Google Hangouts, and phone calls, we we blown away to have over 70 individuals apply from twelve different MBA programs. We were ecstatic at both the number and quality of applicants. After a lot of careful thought, some tough decisions (all the teams were fantastic) , and using our four MBAx values as a predictive lens for impact, we finished with eight incredible teams ready to go for this summer.
We think of our MBAx1 class (last year was MBAx0) not just as participants in a program but co-founders in this movement, and we are so grateful and excited that each of them has raised their hand to hit the road this summer in support of American entrepreneurs and their communities. We are so grateful for their passion and feel they represent our highest collective aspirations for what we all know the next generation of MBAs can and must be to meet the challenges of our time.
Over the coming weeks we will be introducing them to you here. We are proud to introduce as the first of these the very first team of four that submitted their application, one of our two teams from Babson: Jennifer, Mayank, Peter, and Phil.
Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. I am a graduate of Les Roches School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and hold a Swiss Hotel Association Diploma as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel Management and Finance. I love to travel, meet new people and take on challenges, whether it be learning a new language, adapting to a different working culture, or leading a multicultural team. Over the duration of my undergraduate course and thereafter I worked with several hotel chains in the UK, France, Portugal and Qatar. Currently, I am working on a business idea and long-time dream of owning and operating a food service business which I intend to pursue full time upon graduating from Babson.
I was born and raised in a small town in India and have worked and lived in multiple metropolitan cities in my home country. I am a computer science engineer from Kurukshetra University. I have worked in Sustainability at a multinational business consulting and technology solutions company, Infosys. Due to my passion for sustainability, I love to find ways to integrate the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit into core business strategies. I am a developer at heart and like to turn business ideas into prototypes. Currently I am working on a new venture to improve energy efficiency in residential sectors. My long-term goal is to be a social entrepreneur.
I grew up in New Canaan, CT and studied economics at Fordham University in the Bronx. During my time at Fordham I worked in fundraising for a McKinsey & Company foundation that trains human resources for health in Northern Tanzania. After Fordham, in 2011, I went to work for an international disaster relief agency called Concern Worldwide. I spent most of my time analyzing their donor base to forecast private funding and create more targeted donor segments to increase the effectiveness of direct and digital marketing campaigns. Upon graduating from Babson’s MBA program I am hoping to gain some private sector experience in non-profit consulting or social financial services. My longer-term goal is to use my experience in fundraising and finance to start a social enterprise that creates opportunities for victims of human trafficking. In my free time I enjoy running, photography, video editing and listening to good music with friends.
Born in Eastern Europe, I immigrated to the US in 1983 and grew up in Newton, MA. After obtaining my BS in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I went off to Silicon Valley to work for Lockheed Martin Space Systems. While completing my MS in Electrical Engineering in 2007 from Stanford University, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of missile defense, satellites and classified systems, holding roles that encompassed project management, design, development, test and systems engineering. Upon graduation from Babson’s MBA program, I plan to join a tech startup, focusing on product development. Combining my engineering background with my business education, my longer term goal is to join a venture capital firm focused on nurturing the next generation of tech startups. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, golf and participating in philanthropic pursuits.