Two Michigan Ross Grads Among Best MBAs in Class of 2018


Two recent Michigan Ross graduates are capping off the end of their Ross journey with a well-deserved honor: making a list of the Best MBAs of 2018.

Ariana Almas and Kristen Steagall, both graduates of the Class of 2018, made the list on Poets&Quants for their impressive leadership and achievements during their MBA studies at Ross. Learn more about Almas and Steagall below:

Ariana Almas

Before attending Michigan Ross, Almas earned a degree from Dartmouth in sociology and worked in the nonprofit sector. While at Ross, she undoubtedly had an impact: She was the first-ever VP of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the Ross MBA Council and she helped create and teach the inaugural course on Power and Identity Dynamics in Business.

Upon graduation, she was awarded the Frank S. Moran Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the business school experience for students, faculty, and staff.

Almas took on many more roles and challenges during the past two years. She served as a +LAB Fellow in the Center for Positive Organizations, co-president of the Service Corps Alumni Association, and was a lead organizer for MLK Day celebrations at Ross. She was also part of the first-place-winning team at the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions Case Competition.

Almas is taking on a human resources role at Microsoft in Washington state. She plans to launch a side hustle soon, and she also aspires to return to a social impact career.

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Kristen Steagall

This U-M double graduate––she earned a BA in Russian and Eastern European studies––lived in Russia for a year and then worked for a startup in New York City before pursuing her MBA.

She took on a variety of leadership roles at Ross, serving as president of the Tech Club, one of the largest clubs with more than 550 members; a +LAB Fellow at the Center for Positive Organizations; a teaching assistant; and a peer coach. She combined her passion for the performing arts with her business studies at Ross, consulting and doing research for the University Musical Society, writing a case on the turnaround of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and serving as lead choreographer (and winning “best actress”) for the Ross Follies.

After graduation she will be working at the McKinsey Digital Chicago Office.

Steagall took the opportunity to debunk a misconception about Michigan Ross when talking with Poets & Quants: “Because we emphasize community here, I think we get a reputation of being overly social and too nice,” she said.

“And while people here genuinely care about each other, it isn’t to the detriment of being competitive, determined and driven. We are all in an MBA program, after all! People have big plans and work hard towards making them happen.”

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