Vallabh Sambamurthy, Albert O. Nicholas Dean at the Wisconsin School of Business, and Blair Nelson Sanford, assistant dean, MBA and master’s programs, are each recipients of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management’s 2023 Sterling H. Schoen Achievement Award.
The Consortium is a nonprofit alliance of top-tier business schools and corporate partners dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in business education and corporate leadership. Named after its founder, Sterling H. Schoen, the organization’s annual award recognizes courageous leadership and commitment to advancing the goal of equal opportunity in American business.
Winners are selected based on their contributions in four key areas: facilitating leadership in others toward business education and careers; supporting community projects nationally or globally that provide opportunities for people of color; supporting innovative approaches to problem-solving; and contributing generously through service, time, and effort to provide financial support for graduate business education.
Sambamurthy currently serves as the chair of The Consortium’s board.
“It is a wonderful honor to receive the Sterling H. Schoen Achievement Award,” Sambamurthy said. “I accept it with the utmost esteem for the award’s namesake, and all those who have been presented this award before me.”
“The Wisconsin School of Business has a longstanding and deeply rooted history with The Consortium, giving this award even more meaning to me,” he continued. “Our institution was one of three founding members of The Consortium in 1966, and we have since graduated hundreds of Consortium fellows who have gone on to make positive impacts in their businesses and communities.”
Sanford’s commitment to The Consortium has spanned nearly 20 years. She is currently the vice chair of The Consortium’s board of trustees and a member of the development committee. She is a former chair and member of the career committee.
Sanford said she has witnessed firsthand The Consortium’s impact on “hundreds of lives.”
“The dedicated leadership at The Consortium, along with my peers from great schools and corporate partners, allow us to move forward and become better each year,” she said. “The work cannot stop. I commit to continuing to be an agent for change in the future, and to live up to the standards of receiving this special award.”
Both Sambamurthy and Sanford were presented with their awards during a reception in New Orleans in June 2023.