Commencement Speaker

Marne Levine, Instagram

Marne Levine
Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

Marne Levine is Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, a community of more than 700 million who use the social platform to bring them closer to the people and things that they care about most. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally.

Marne joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as Vice President of Global Public Policy from 2010 to 2014. In this role, Marne led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. Marne also led the team responsible for developing Facebook’s global policies and programs.

Prior to Facebook, Marne served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.  Previously, Marne was Director of Product Management for Revolution Money and Chief of Staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers.  Marne began her career in 1993 at the United States Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton where she held a number of leadership positions.

Marne holds a B.A. in political science and communications from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not-for-profits including Lean, the Urban Institute, Women for Women International, LIFT, and the American Council on Germany and is a member of the Trilateral Commission.   She resides in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and two sons.

Student Speakers

Mara Macclean

Mara MacLean | BBA '18
BBA, MAcc,  MM, & MSCM Student Speaker

Mara came to the University of Michigan to explore her interests in business law and art history. As President of the Global Scholars Program, founding member of WeListen, and Campus Day Leader, Mara has had an incredibly full four years.

She credits her mentors and friends in Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity for the greatest sense of community at Ross. After internships at the Wall Street Journal and time spent abroad in Scotland, she is ready to move to Washington DC and work for the Department of State.

Mara thanks her professors, friends, and beloved family for the unwavering support and many laughs.

Scott Skinner | MBA '18
MBA & PhD Student Speaker

Originally from San Jose, California, Scott is a San Jose State University graduate whose past careers include: cook, actor, bartender, entrepreneur, journalist, Peace Corps Volunteer, and nonprofit manager. After this long professional journey, Scott came to the Ross School of Business to immerse himself in opportunities where he could learn more about various career paths.

As part of MAP, Scott worked for the Related Companies and got a taste for how real estate development can impact cities and shape communities. This year, Scott was a project leader in Ross’ new LBLE class and worked for The NRP Group, a real estate development firm with a passion for improving outcomes for its residents in affordable housing. Scott is very excited to join the NRP Group fulltime after graduation.

While at Ross, Scott also engaged in a variety of other activities. He served as President of his section, co-President of the Entrepreneur and Venture Club, VP of Clubs on the MBA Council, and was a proud member of Risky Business – the MBA student band. Scott is incredibly grateful for the opportunities that Ross has given him and even more grateful for the relationships he’s developed with his classmates and colleagues. 

Class of 2018 Recognition Awards

Student award recipients were selected by their graduating peers for being exemplary role models who display continuous dedication to the Ross School of Business.

Frank S. Moran Distinguished Leadership Awards

The Frank S. Moran Distinguished Leadership Awards are presented to two graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to improve the business school experience for students, staff, and faculty, and have been active in all aspects of the Michigan Ross community. One award is given to a student in a graduate program, and another award is given to a BBA student. Both are supported by a special endowment honoring Frank Sullivan Moran. Frank Moran was not just a successful business leader; he also was a philosopher and educator who cared deeply about helping people.

Grace Anne Nasr, BBA '18
Undergraduate Frank S. Moran Leadership Award

Grace is a Rochester, Mich. native, graduating from Ross with a minor in German. During her time on campus, Grace served as chair of an executive commission in the Central Student Government, was selected as a Carson Scholar, and studied abroad in Germany and Slovakia. Finding her home within Ross through BBA Council, Grace was elected president and worked with students and staff to create an inclusive and supportive community. These experiences shaped her undergraduate years and fulfilled her passion of community improvement on campus. After graduation, she will be joining General Motors in Detroit. Throughout this journey and onto the next, Grace thanks the leaders in her life for their support and love: her parents, siblings, classmates, friends, teachers, and mentors.

Ariana Almas, MBA '18
Graduate Frank S. Moran Leadership Award

Ariana arrived at Michigan Ross with a mission to explore all the ways business can make a positive societal impact. She supported an education-focused NGO in Cambodia for MAP, worked with small business owners during Ross Open Road, and completed her internship working on diversity and inclusion projects at Microsoft. On campus, Ariana served as an active member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and the Center for Positive Organizations +LAB Fellowship. She also served as the first VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion on the MBA Council and a co-president for Service Corps Alumni. Passionate about intra- and entrepreneurship, Ariana is excited to join Microsoft’s HR rotational program and also explore a potential “side hustle” upon graduation.

Ross Global Citizenship Community Service Awards

The Ross Global Citizenship Community Service Awards are presented annually to the graduating students who have made exemplary contributions to their community — both at Michigan Ross and beyond. Each award recipient designates the charity of his or her choice to which the award stipend will be donated. Conceived in 1998 by students of the Ross Global Citizenship Club, this award is supported by an endowment created through gifts from club members, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Briana Feng, BBA '18
Global Citizenship Award

Briana is from Rochester Hills, Mich., and is graduating with a BBA and a minor in German studies. During her time at U-M, Briana served as president of the Association for Chinese Economic Development, which encourages students to learn about the impacts of China’s development on the global economy. Briana is also grateful to two organizations: Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity and Wolverine Crypto Trading, both of which have allowed her to be inspired by incredibly driven individuals. Briana interned at Deloitte & Touche and McKinsey & Company in past summers, and she will be joining a blockchain startup on the West Coast after graduation. As part of the award, Briana has selected Kiva Microfunds, a crowdfunding platform for low-income entrepreneurs in over 80 countries, to receive a donation in her name.

Ali Raymond, MBA '18
Global Citizenship Award

​Ali came to Ross to pursue her interests of diversity and inclusion, organizational strategy and emerging market development. At Ross, she was the director of operations for the Social Venture Fund, the co-president of Net Impact, served the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee as the inclusion chair lead, and organized the social impact track for the national MBA LGBTQ conference. Prior to Ross, Ali worked as a project and program manager across industries including nonprofits and for-profits in Russia and Kazakhstan, U.S. startups, and the United Nations. Upon graduation, Ali will join Johnson & Johnson’s HR rotational program. As apart of this award, Ali selected the Ruth Ellis Center, a Detroit area workforce training and social service agency for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth of color, to receive support in her name.

Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Awards

The Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Awards recognize 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. The Sanger Leadership Center is the first sponsor of this award. Sanger's mission is to build a more connected, creative, and prosperous world, one leader at a time.

Andrew Walter Hatfield, MBA '18
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Andrew came to Michigan Ross to enact positive change. During his previous three careers as an educator and entrepreneur in Japan, a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Dearborn, and a project manager for MSF/Doctors Without Borders internationally, Andrew learned it would take more than subject matter expertise and good intentions to respond to the world’s most challenging humanitarian crises. He chose a Ross MBA to improve his operational, analytical, and managerial capabilities. Continuing his education, Andrew chose a career in consulting with the intention of one day returning to the humanitarian sector. Andrew completed his MBA with the loving support of his wife, Rosalie, and one-year-old daughter, Alexandria.

Cassandra Hoffman, MAcc '18
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Cassie earned her BBA from Michigan Ross in 2016 and is graduating with a Master of Accounting. Her involvement on campus is defined by her passion for community involvement and positive impact. Cassie served as the MAcc Student Association philanthropy chair, where she worked with Cornerstone School in Detroit to help students realize their full leadership potential. She was also a Center for Social Impact Nonprofit board fellow and a part of the Michigan Community Leaders Program. Her interests are in sustainability, technology, and accounting and she strives to combine these in the future assurance and financial reporting spaces. Upon graduation, Cassie will join Plante Moran. She is grateful for all the opportunities at Ross and endless support from the faculty, her peers, and her family.

Kosuke Kikuchi, MBA '18
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Originally from Japan, Kosuke spent 11 years in the automotive business at Panasonic Corporation. During his time at Michigan Ross, Kosuke focused on business strategy and data management and analytics. He was a board member of the Asia Business Conference, was involved in Data Insight & Action Group, and also participated in a social behavior change project for the Innovation In Action competition. After graduation, Kosuke will lead strategic business creation at Panasonic.

Jipeng (Jim) Luo, MSCM '18
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Born in Lanzhou, China and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jim obtained his bachelor's degree in neuroscience and biology from the University of Toronto. After graduating, he relocated to Michigan and worked as an engineering project manager in the automotive industry. Jim arrived at Michigan Ross to explore the evolution of global supply chains and their data-driven digital transformations in completing his master’s degree in supply chain management. Jim was elected to represent his fellow classmates as class president and helped to establish the Master of Supply Chain Management Student Association. Jim is sincerely grateful to his fellow classmates, the Ross faculty, the Specialty Master’s Program staff, and his family for their unyielding support on this memorable journey.

David F. McMahon, MBA '18
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Dave McMahon has spent the last nine years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dave graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in management. He spent the first five years of his career as an intelligence officer in the special operations community, deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After receiving an assignment to the University of Michigan to instruct ROTC, he was accepted into the Michigan Ross Evening MBA Program and started in fall 2015. He has recently separated from active duty and accepted a job as a customer success manager with Microsoft, and he and his wife Caitlin will be relocating to Boston in July.  

Drew VanDrese, MM '18
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Drew hails from Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A 2016 graduate in political science and history, he remained with Michigan’s hockey program for a fifth year before beginning his studies at Michigan Ross. A man of many interests, education has been paramount for Drew. He plans on attending law school in the future and credits his mentor, Red Berenson, for instilling in him the ambition to gain a graduate degree in business as well. Drew hopes to utilize his education and experience to create change through working in government. Drew thanks his family for encouraging fiercely independent thinking, Coach Berenson for his guidance, and the MM cohort for trusting him as president.

Faculty Awards

The Neary Teaching Excellence Awards are selected by the student body in recognition of outstanding contributions to their academic learning experience at Michigan Ross. All awards are presented at the respective program’s commencement celebration. The stipends that accompany the awards are made possible by the generosity of Robert D. Neary, BBA ’55, and Janet E. Neary, AB ’54. Mr. Neary’s career spanned 38 years with Ernst & Young, and both he and Mrs. Neary have been actively involved with the University since graduation. The Nearys’ support of these awards affirms their belief that teaching excellence is largely “the ability to make the pursuit of knowledge an exciting endeavor…the kind of excitement that is contagious and long-lasting.” 

Lori Rogala

  • Lecturer of Business Law

Venky Nagar

  • KPMG Professor of Accounting
  • Teitelbaum Research Scholar
Nagar grew up in India and studied Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He came to the US to study engineering at...

Reuven Lehavy

  • Victor L. Bernard - Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting
  • Faculty Director, Paton Accounting Center
Professor Lehavy's research interests include the usefulness of financial analysts' price targets, stock recommendations and earnings forecasts;...

James DeSimpelare

  • Lecturer of Accounting
James DeSimpelare's research focuses on taxation and fixed income analysis.

Ryan Ball

  • Coopers and Lybrand, Norman E. Auerbach Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ryan Ball is the Coopers and Lybrand, Norman E. Auerbach Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of...

Brad Killaly

  • Associate Dean, Full-Time and Global MBA Programs
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Strategy
Brad Killaly is the Associate Dean for the Full Time and Global MBA Programs. He returned to his alma mater in 2014, when he joined the Strategy...

Roman Kapuscinski

  • John Psarouthakis Research Professor of Manufacturing Management
  • Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Chair of Technology and Operations
Roman's research focuses on supply chain management and intersection of operational aspects with marketing and finance. This includes topics such as...

Fred Feinberg

  • Joseph Handleman Professor of Marketing
  • Professor of Statistics
  • Chair of Marketing
Prof. Feinberg's research examines how people make choices in uncertain environments. His work focuses on using statistical models to explain complex...

Laurie Morgan

  • Lecturer of Technology and Operations
  • Lecturer of Management and Organizations

Damian Beil

  • Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
  • Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Ford Motor Company Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Damian Beil teaches the MBA operations management core and an elective on strategic sourcing and Co-Directs the...