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Update | Spring/Summer 2023

Dean’s Letter: The Many Paths Into Business

Photography by Paul L. Newby II

Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy

One of my favorite aspects of the newest phase in the Wisconsin School of Business’ Trusted to Lead brand campaign is seeing the many different possibilities in business. Launched in February, the campaign features two dozen students who are pursuing their passions, values, and purposes as they define their career paths.

As I look over these stories, I am struck by how each student embraces their individual strengths and backgrounds to broaden the scope of what’s possible in business as they break boundaries and ignite change.

Take Charlie Forbes, for example. With an interest in both finance and politics, this fourth-generation Badger is merging his passions to bring a different perspective to Wall Street. You can meet Charlie and some of the other students featured in the campaign within this issue of Update.

As I read the stories included in this magazine, I’m equally excited about the many paths our alumni take into business—including this year’s outstanding 8 to Watch selections. Kelley Kollock is improving sustainability efforts at one of the world’s largest hotel chains. Tim Schlidt is raising capital to fund psychedelic therapies, creating a new wave of cutting-edge antidepressants. And Amber Scott is using her real estate expertise to create economic opportunity for underrepresented communities.

I am inspired by these stories and seeing how our students and alumni alike are chasing their dreams, redefining success, and doing business differently.

That is, after all, the Wisconsin way. I can’t think of any better way to be.


Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy
Albert O. Nicholas Dean
Wisconsin School of Business