A lot of people come to business school to do consulting. Luckily, I had the luxury of spending five years working across all sorts of industries, scopes, and time zones as a consultant. I learned a lot of valuable skills, but I wanted to use them to make the world a better place. So, I started a side social enterprise (Ripple Effect Ventures) in December 2018 with my efforts primarily concentrated in Rwanda. It gave me meaning, but I had no idea what I was doing without some real direction. I applied to schools that would allow me to grow it. Some of the schools I looked at used “social impact” as a buzzword and they treat it as an afterthought. When I set foot on Ross’ campus and realized impact permeates everything people do here and that they actually care. Not only that, but the students were people I could see myself grabbing beers, traveling, and letting my guard down with during this transformative journey. This is a time-consuming, stressful, and expensive process (compounded by the pandemic), so hit me up if you’re interested in talking about impact, consulting, diversity and inclusion, travel (I’ve been to 37 countries and counting, with some “learning experiences” along the way), the UM golf course, tailgating, or any other concerns or passions you’ve got. I’ll shoot ya straight.