Congratulations to the Michigan Ross Class of 2022! At the commencement ceremony last week, the Sanger Leadership Center was proud to present six students with the Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award. The award recognizes graduating students who have made impactful contributions and demonstrated outstanding achievement within the Master of Management, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Accounting, Global MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA programs.

Meet the recipients below, now proud U-M alumni!

Siddhant Behera

MSCM ’22

Siddhant is a member of the Master of Supply Chain Management 2022 cohort. He admires his classmates’ uncompromised work ethic, unity, “never give up” attitude, and focus on always striving for diversity, equality, and inclusiveness. Prior to attending U-M, he was a marine engineer sailing across the three oceans, trading cargo at 88 ports in 27 countries. Siddhant is indebted to his parents and sister, the ships, officers, and crew from his sailing career, the amazing professors at Ross, and the phenomenal MSCM Class of 2022.

Marissa Bialecki

MBA ’22

Marissa earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The George Washington University and subsequently built her marketing career in Washington, D.C. While at Michigan Ross, Marissa was a Ross Leaders Academy fellow, peer coach, and served as President of the OMBA Council. She’d like to thank her parents, friends and classmates, professors, and the PTMBA program office for all their support over the past two and a half years. After graduation, Marissa plans to pivot to the tech industry and work in product marketing.

Shon Harris

MM ’22

Shon is a first-generation college student from Lansing, Michigan. He is graduating with a Master of Management with an emphasis in Technology & Operations. As Vice President and Parliamentarian of UMICH MANRRS, Shon equipped minority students studying science, technology, engineering, and math with the tools needed to succeed in professional spaces. He also volunteered with the Michigan Founders Fund, where he bolstered minority representation in entrepreneurship. This summer, Shon will begin his career as a Technology Architecture Delivery Analyst at Accenture’s Chicago office.

Taylor Knoop

MBA ’22

Taylor is a proud member of the Weekend MBA 2022 cohort and is awed by her classmates’ commitment to creating community with each other during the program. Currently, Taylor works with the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, which focuses on social impact strategy. Before coming to U-M, she worked in the non-profit space and earned her B.A. from the College of Wooster. Taylor is grateful for the support of her partner, Peter, their family and friends and is indebted to her class co-conspirator, Mike Atchoo, and the extraordinary WMBA 2022 class.

Takeshi Kokubun

GMBA ’22

Raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takeshi Kokubun (TK) served as the class president of the Global MBA Program. He has demonstrated leadership and has dedicated himself to deepening engagement among classmates. He enthusiastically participated in several action-based learning projects with his quantitative competence as a CPA and has fortunately built lifelong bonds with his teammates while developing servant leadership skills. After graduation, TK will pursue a management career in accounting and finance with the strategic insights he learned during his MBA tenure.

George Shara

MAcc ’22

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, George Shara is a first-generation U.S. born citizen and his family is from Lebanon. His culture and ethnicity are an immense part of who he is as an individual. Prior to obtaining a MAcc from Michigan Ross, George graduated from NC State University with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in economics. Upon graduation, he will be working at PwC – Detroit, as a core assurance associate. During his time at Michigan Ross, George served as the co-president of the MAcc Class of 2022. George hopes to continue his leadership and support the communities that he is a part of. In addition to his own hard work, he credits his mother, father, and sister for helping him get to where he is today.

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