Here’s How Michigan Ross Women Are Using Business to Change the World


Let’s face it: Michigan Ross Women are a force to be reckoned with.

They lead Ross clubs, launch innovative enterprises, and win awards by the droves. They’re competitive, ambitious, and especially supportive of each other as they take on the world of business. Between the powerful network and Ross experience, it’s no wonder that Ross women have left us impressed.

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to take stock of the recent amazing achievements of Ross students and alumni, as well as the Michigan Ross resources available to aid in their success. Check it out:


Meet the Incredible Women Leading Michigan Ross’ Most Influential Student Organizations

At Ross this fall, women leaders are presidents of the some of the biggest and most influential student organizations on campus.

Ross Women Dominate Poets & Quants ‘Women to Watch’ List

Not one, not two, but four Michigan Ross MBAs are featured in Poets & Quants’ recent “Women from the Class of 2018 to Watch” list. 

REPORT: U-M Among Top 10 Best Schools for Female Entrepreneurs

U-M is among an elite group of institutions recognized by the business magazine Pitchbook that includes Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Brown.

Podcast from Ross Students Tackles Gender Issues in Business

There is still a lot of work left to do to open the doors of opportunity for women throughout the business world. A recent episode of Business Beyond Usual, a podcast from Michigan Ross students, takes on this subject.



Ross Alum Named Most Powerful Woman in Banking

Catherine Bessant, BBA ‘82, is Bank of America’s Chief Operations and Technology Officer, where she oversees more than 100,000 employees and $16 billion.

Two Ross Alums Make List of Top Women in Technology

Priyanka Komala, MBA ‘13, works for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, overseeing technology strategy and development. Afua Bruce, MBA ‘11, was the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council at the Obama White House.

The Success of Sahi Cosmetics

Shelly Sahi, MBA ‘16, launched a makeup brand for women with medium skin tones. Her company has attracted thousands in funding––including $100,000 in a first-place win at Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest competition––as well as accolades from Marie Claire magazine.  

Ross Alum Inspires a New Generation of Female, African-American Entrepreneurs

Nicalia Matthews, MBA ‘15, started her podcast Side Hustle Pro with little more than “a mic and a dream.” The podcast was downloaded more than half a million times in its first year alone, and it’s consistently ranked one of the top 100 business podcasts in the Apple iTunes store.