Ross Grads Make ‘MBAs to Watch’ List


It’s clear that recent Ross graduates Laura Florez and Kim Kennedy have the focus and determination to turn their dreams into reality.

This is probably why they both landed on Poets & Quants’ “MBAs to Watch” list.

Laura Florez, MBA ‘17

Laura hails from Bogotá, Colombia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Science Engineering in Operational Research from the Universidad de los Andes before coming to Ross for her MBA.

While at Ross, she held a variety of leadership roles, and she was the first international student elected co-president of Michigan Business Women. While she admits “there are millions of reasons why I decided to come to Ross,” a few in particular stood out for her, including Ross’ commitment to make a positive impact and its dedication to creating a strong community based on the power of diversity.

She is currently working at BCG in Chicago.

Read more about Laura Florez 

Kim Kennedy, MBA ‘17

Kim was inspired to go to business school “when I was sitting frustrated in a broken-down car in the middle of Malawi, realizing that sustainable economic development within emerging markets is primarily driven by private-sector actors.” Kennedy has lived or worked in 12 countries, and her goal is to become a chief human rights officer of a multinational organization.

While at Ross she worked to publish a case with the William Davidson Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and educational organization focused on providing private-sector solutions in emerging markets.  

When selecting among business schools, Kennedy paid close attention to second-year MBA students. “It was clear to me that the Ross MBA2s were a group of highly engaged individuals who never blinked at the opportunity to step up,” she said. “They were passionate and collaborative leaders, who balanced a sense of calm with an excited need to contribute to both the Ross community and to society. I selected the school because I knew it would help me develop into this type of leader.”

Kennedy now works at Nike after a successful internship, and has an amazing and promising career ahead of her.

Read more about Kim Kennedy 

Congratulations to these amazing alumnae! Go Blue!