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Three WSB Grads Honored By Poets & Quants

By Paul Smirl

June 20, 2019

The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program is proud to announce that three graduating students have been featured by Poets & Quants—two as MBAs to Watch and one in the World’s Best and Brightest MBAs article. Learn more about Melissa, Jenna, and Michael below through videos, quotes, and stories.

Melissa Abney (MBA ’19)

Post-grad position: Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati

Melissa on why she chose the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA:

Mike Judge, director of the Center for Brand and Product Management, spoke with Poets & Quants about Melissa’s impact on the program:

“In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, Melissa through her leadership and actions has worked for the betterment of the quality of life for her student community.”

Jenna Herr (MBA ’19)

Post-grad position: Senior Risk and Compliance Specialist with A.T. Kearney in Chicago

  • Co-president of Graduate Women in Business
  • Supported the School’s partnership with the women’s leadership group Forté
  • Earned a specialized MBA in risk management and insurance

Jenna on her involvement in extracurriculars during her MBA:

“Student organization leadership has allowed me to practice the kind of community involvement I hope to engage in as a professional. For the past year, I have been on the forefront of business and social issues”

Joan T. Schmit, American Family Insurance Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance, spoke with Poets & Quants about Jenna’s leadership in the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program:

“Jenna Herr is a thoughtful, creative, generous, talented leader who represents the Best & Brightest, seeing what is possible and making it happen.”

Michael Hilfiker (MBA ’19)

Post-grad position: Associate at Cornerstone Research in Chicago

  • President of MBA Consulting Club
  • Presented on the impact of the changing tax landscape to students, faculty, and businesses
  • Earned a specialized MBA in corporate finance and investment banking

Michael on why he chose the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA:

“I chose the Wisconsin MBA because of the specialization model and the small class size. I felt that the small class size provided an opportunity for a closer-knit community and culture as well as a rich exposure to faculty and staff.”

Brad Chandler, director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, spoke with Poets & Quants about Michael’s accomplishments in the program:

“Last semester, he developed an original model in R and Excel for analyzing the impact of the Chinese tariffs on Amazon’s S. retail platform and customers. Amazon was so impressed, they asked to review and utilize his model internally.”


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