Michigan Ross Student Named 2018 McGowan Fellow, Joining an Elite National Group


Congratulations to Wendy Lei, MBA ‘19! It was announced today that the Ross Full-Time MBA student has received the prestigious McGowan Fellowship for 2018-2019.

This elite program is sponsored by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a philanthropic family foundation established to honor the late William G. McGowan, former CEO of MCI. Only 10 students across the country are selected to receive the fellowship each year.


At Michigan Ross, Wendy’s areas of focus are strategy and operations. During her time at Ross, she has served as vice president of operations for the Community Consulting Club, vice president of club relations for the Business Analytics Club, and served as an events chair on the MBA Section Leadership Board. She is also a fellow in the Tauber Institute for Global Operations.

Most recently, Wendy interned at Amazon, where she created performance management strategies to reduce the company’s logistics costs and improve customer experience. Prior to Ross, Wendy worked in operations at Target Corporation. During her time there, she developed and directed implementation of companywide Back-to-School supply chain strategies. She also served as a mentor to diverse new hire candidates at Target. Additionally, as the Director of Test Prep for Minds Matter, she led test prep tutoring with accomplished high school students from low-income families. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Wendy hopes to pursue a career where she can inspire more women to join the field of operations.

Wendy received her dual Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Northwestern University. While there, she served as an executive board member for the school’s Dance Marathon to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.

The McGowan Fellows program creates a select community of highly talented individuals who are passionate about promoting and sustaining a dynamic movement of principled leaders committed to the betterment of society. Established in 2010, the program consists of second-year MBA students who are also in the top five percent of their class and will receive free tuition scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and experiential leadership training. The fund partners with 10 top-tier university business programs, which each school selecting one fellow annually. The McGowan partner schools are:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
  • Columbia University, School of Business
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  • University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
  • See the full list of scholars chosen from each school

Learn more about the Ross Full-Time MBA program