My name is Whitney Pollard. I am from Baton Rouge, LA born and raised. I have lived in the south my entire life prior to business school and couldn't be more excited to be at Michigan Ross. I am a first-generation college graduate and a proud product of a Historical Black College and University. Prior to Ross I worked in the manufacturing industry as an operations leader. I loved the manufacturing space but knew I wanted to make an impact on the hourly skilled labor workforce. I decided to come to business school to pivot into human capital in order to gain the skills needed. I knew Ross was my dream school from my very first interaction with admissions at a regional MBA school fair. I knew Ross's action-based learning, social impact opportunities, and career support within the HR industry would set me up for success. However the community and support I received during the recruiting process is what sold me and I am so grateful to be apart of this community forever.