This year’s Story Lab program gave Rossers the opportunity to learn how to tell their story, to listen with empathy to others, and to celebrate our unique campus culture
It's been an incredible year of growth for Story Lab, and while that's a reflection of the strong continuing partnership between Sanger and the Design+Business Club, it's also a powerful reminder of what we have at Ross—a community of people who genuinely care about each other, not just as students and peers, but as people. It’s been so humbling to see that come to life so vividly this year at Story Lab.Bidnam LeeMBA2, VP of Story Lab, Design+Business Club
Our Story Lab Kickoff in October started us off by featuring some of our stellar storytellers from last year and explaining the arc of the program. We also had an alum—Neil Tambe, MBA ’15, who is now the Executive Manager in the Office of the Chief of Police in the City of Detroit—return to campus to tell his story. Student storytellers included: Pavneet Ahluwalia, MBA ’19; Ivan Aragon, MBA ’19; Kristina Deoleo, MBA ’19; Feng Gao, MBA ’19; and Sheela Lal, MBA ’19.
At the Fall Story Lab retreats, 80+ students learned how to find their stories, refine their communication skills, and improve their executive presence. They were led by our partners at wolf&heron, an alumnae-owned company that specializes in storytelling and coaching.
Eight students from the retreat were selected to tell their story in front of hundreds of classmates at the Fall Ross Diaries. Storytellers included: Nayantara Choudhary, MBA ’19; Tracy Wolfbiss Cohen, MBA ’19; Nikki Farahanchi, BBA ’22; Mira Kaufman, BBA ’21; Benaan Khorchid, MBA ’19; Emily Lucas, MBA ’19; Emma Miller, MBA ’20; and Vishnu Suresh, MBA ’20.
In January, we held additional Story Lab retreats with wolf&heron for more interested students.
We had another full house in February for the Winter Ross Diaries, which included storytellers: Abhi Dua, MBA ’19; Candice Fu, MBA ’19; Jinny Han, MBA ’19; Kaitlyn Klingensmith, MBA ’19; Andrea Krushefski, MBA ’19; Guy Narcisse Fotso Tasse, MBA ’19; Antoinette Wade, MM ’19; and Samantha Yee, BBA ’19.
To wrap up the year at the Story Lab Finale, we hosted alum Keith Alessi (MBA ’79) at our Story Lab Finale, and also heard from six students, including: Emily Akhtar, MBA ’19; Tim Carter, MBA ’19; Mira Kaufman, BBA ’21; Chima Mbadugha, MBA ’19; Lauren Pfeiffer, MBA ’19; and Kristan Sock, MBA ’20.