MBW - MBA Executive Board

The MBW - MBA Executive Board represents a diverse array of outstanding leaders from various backgrounds, career interests, and walks of life.  What ties us together is a shared passion for women's empowerment, and a shared vision that every woman and ally at Ross feels supported and empowered to flourish during business school and beyond.

Below you will find a current listing of our Executive Board for the 2019-2020 academic year.  We are pleased to be of service to the Ross family!

OUR TEAM

Emma
Kwenu Smith

Vice President, International Students

enksmith@umich.edu

Emma is an incoming second-year MBA candidate. Originally from Ghana, Emma worked as a revenue analyst in a global telecommunications company and transitioned into advertising strategy consulting for clients in telecommunications and financial institutions. At Ross, Emma is focused on the intersection of business and society, particularly on how organizations can address social challenges and drive impact through human capital development and education initiatives. She is passionate about representation and inclusion and is keen on leveraging her position as VP of International Students to increase the support structure for international students and give them a bigger voice at Ross. Emma holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa.

Becca
Christiani

Vice President, Culture

beccaann@umich.edu

Becca is a second year MBA candidate at the Ross School of Business. Prior to Ross, Becca has lived in Boston, Seattle, and Los Angeles and has worked in the non-profit space before pivoting to start-ups, both e-commerce retail and digital marketing. This summer, she will be working as an Operations Intern at Nike. She is originally from the Boston area and holds a BA from Williams College, where she double majored in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies.

Catherine
O'Donnell

Vice President, Culture

codonne@umich.edu

Catherine is an incoming second year MBA student. Prior to Ross, she worked in human resources at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Outside of work, she volunteered at School on Wheels, providing one-on-one tutoring to students experiencing homelessness, and served on the board of the Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY). Catherine graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Honors Anthropology. Catherine is passionate about sharing the power of positive organizational scholarship with the people and teams that she encounters.

Hana
Viswanathan

Co-President

hanalv@umich.edu

Hana is an incoming second year MBA candidate. Prior to joining Michigan Ross, she was a fundraising professional, partnering with NGOs and philanthropists to address human rights issues. Hana is passionate about large-scale social sector transformation, particularly through capacity-building, cross-sector collaboration, and social investing. She is also deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to MBW, Hana is involved with the Social Venture Fund, Center for Positive Organizations, and the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management. Hana hails from Washington, D.C. and holds a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill.

LaTresha
Staten

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

lcstaten@umich.edu

L. C. Staten is an incoming 2nd-year MBA student, originally from Detroit, Michigan. Prior to attending the Ross School of Business, she attended Boston University then spent the past six years in New York City working in the creative marketing industry with notable experience in new business development, advertising, brand strategy, and digital media. While at Ross, L. C. is focusing on technology, specifically product management, and experiential learning opportunities in the start-up/venture capital arena. She is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in her personal and professional life and is looking forward to adding this insight to her role within MBW.

Christine
Zaccack

Co-President

czaccack@umich.edu

Christine is an incoming second year passionate about the intersection of food, innovation, and health. Prior to Ross, she was a senior consultant in Deloitte's Human Capital practice, where she supported various clients through design thinking, organizational assessments, and project management. While at Deloitte, Christine helped elevate leadership development and inclusion initiatives within the firm. Prior to Deloitte, Christine was a strategy consultant at IBM. Outside of work, she supported the United Women in Business (UWIB) Foundation and lead the national organization and DC chapter boards.

Sasha
Mack

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

sashamac@umich.edu

Sasha is an incoming second year MBA student. Prior to Ross, she worked in Financial services at a Hedge fund in Connecticut and a Fintech company in NYC. Outside of work, she volunteered at and held leadership positions with Off-Beat players (a non-profit for young adults with autism and disability), Lawyers for Children (a non-profit law firm), and a number of other non-profits in the tri-state area. Sasha graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, minoring in Law & Society. Sasha is passionate about the intersection of business and innovation.

Sunaina
Kavi

Vice President, Prospective Students

skavi@umich.edu

Sunaina is a second year MBA student from the great state of Texas (Hook Em!). With a background in biomedical engineering and experience with both product management and product marketing she is looking to flex her Finance knowledge with an internship in technology banking in San Francisco this summer. She hopes to one day work in a female founded VC firm investing in tech companies founded by women.

Mimi
Conley

WILC Co-Chair

maureliz@umich.edu

Jess
McClain

WILC Co-Chair

jessmccl@umich.edu

Jess McClain is an incoming second year MBA student. Originally from the metro Detroit area, she spent the last five years working for Target in merchandise planning and supply chain. After graduation, Jess plans to pursue consulting in the Chicago area. Jess is excited to bring together prospective students, current students and alumni at the Women in Leadership Conference this fall.

Rosie
Sharp

Vice President, Finance & Membership

sharpro@umich.edu

Rosie is a second year MBA/MS student with the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise focused on sustainability strategy and innovation. She is passionate about change management, resiliency building, unlocking human potential and transforming business to better serve society. Prior to Ross, Rosie working in international supply chain and agricultural development, and spent her first summer with AB InBev in their Procurement & Sustainability function. At Ross, she serves as the MBW Director of Programming Assessment, a D+B Facilitator, and as the VP of Recruiting for the Erb Institute Student Advisory Board.

Peter
Christiani

Vice President, Ally Engagement

peterchr@umich.edu

Peter is entering his second year at Ross and is excited to further engage the Ross ally in educational experiences and meaningful discussions to understand how to ensure allies are informed and equipped be a source of empowerment while in the Ann Arbor bubble and beyond. Engaged ally-ship has been something he has considered his whole life, and he looks forward to galvanizing more members of the Ross community to similarly recognize the value of being an active ally while on campus and after they leave.

Joe
Garcia

Vice President, Ally Engagement

joegar@umich.edu

Joe is entering his second year of a dual-degree program between Ross and the School for Environment and Sustainability. Prior to Michigan, he worked for B2B software startups in San Francisco and is pursuing a transition into impact investing. He is excited to work with Peter and the entire MBW board to broaden the reach of MBW allies across Ross and to foster more engagement and discussion among the group.

Tia
Ayele

Vice President, Corporate Relations

tayele@umich.edu

Tia is an incoming second-year student from Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to Ross, she worked in federal government consulting in Washington, D.C., in addition to founding Addis Ideas, a tech startup aimed at African development. Tia is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and looks forward to contributing this passion in her role as VP of Corporate Relations.

Kimberly
Ludas

Vice President, Corporate Relations

kludas@umich.edu

Kim is an incoming 2nd year in the Erb dual-degree program with Ross and the School of Environment and Sustainability. Originally from Southern California, she primarily worked in celebrity and influencer brand partnerships and is now focusing on sustainable finance. She is involved with Ross Business + Impact, and is passionate about working with large corporations and organizations to create change from within.

Kimberly
Josephson

Vice President, External Community Relations

kimbyjo@umich.edu

Kimby is an incoming second year MBA student. Before Ross, she worked in international development evaluating and supporting education programs in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She also spent a year teaching English in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Fulbright fellow. She studied international relations and Spanish at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Brittany
Minor

Vice President, External Community Relations

bcminor@umich.edu

Brittany is an incoming second year MBA student. Prior to Ross, she spent six years based on Washington, DC working in Emerging Market consulting focused regionally on Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. At Ross, Brittany is focused on strategy and finance with a long-term interest in venture capital impact investing in emerging markets. She is looking forward to using her role as VP of External Community Relations to find opportunities to connect Ross' amazing alumni community of women to current students. Brittany has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations and French, and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in International Economics.

Chelsea
Blau

Vice President, Internal Community Relations

cmblau@umich.edu

Chelsea is an incoming second year MBA/MS dual degree candidate at the Ross School of Business and Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. She is passionate about creating a healthier future for people and the planet through sustainable business practices. Prior to coming to Ross, she worked at a market research firm developing mobile applications to collect and analyze market trends. Chelsea is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area and holds a B.S. Atmospheric Sciences from Cornell University.

Sara
Oliphant

Vice President, Internal Community Relations

oliphans@umich.edu

Sara is a first year MBA candidate concentrating in strategy. Prior to Ross, she spent six years giving wings to people and ideas through a variety of roles at Red Bull. Sara is passionate about creating inclusive communities within organizations and hopes to contribute to building the MBW community through her role as a Vice President of Internal Community Relations. Sara is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and has a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from DePaul University.

Leslie
Solis

Vice President, Internal Community Relations

lsolis@umich.edu

Leslie is an incoming second year MBA student. Prior to Ross, Leslie worked in marketing, sales and business development in the professional services and technology industries. She also co-founded a women's e-commerce clothing brand. Leslie is interested in the intersection of consumer behavior and tech, specifically as it relates to leveraging innovation to reimagine the consumer experience within the e-commerce space. She is passionate about creating experiences that bring people together and hopes to share that through her role as a VP of Internal Community Relations.

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