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Michigan Ross Alumni: Meet the “Real Humans” Who Work at Top Consulting, Financial Services, and Tech Companies

By Monica Jianette

Clear Admit featured four recent alumni from the Full-Time MBA Program at the Ross School of Business in the organization’s Real Humans: Alumni series, which highlights graduates from top business schools and focuses on their career journeys.

The series categorizes MBA alumni into different fields, including consulting, financial services, and technology, emphasizing alumni who work for top companies in each field. In the consulting category, Dushyanth Nutulapati, MBA ’21, and Corey Bourbonais, MBA ’21, both of McKinsey & Co., represented Michigan Ross. In financial services and technology, Gabrielle Alves, MBA ’20, of Morgan Stanley and Marcos Coppa, MBA ’21, of Amazon, were featured from Michigan Ross.

Clear Admit asked each Michigan Ross alum which factors influenced why they chose to pursue an MBA at Ross.

“Academically, I always thrived in a practical, hands-on learning environment and Ross has always believed in this school of thought, with its flagship experiential program MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Projects),” said Nutulapati. “Through MAP and other team-based activities, I wanted to work with diverse peers from across the globe and learn from their practical experiences.”

Alves said her decision to attend Ross was influenced by the strong community and its membership in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

“I still remember attending Go Blue Rendezvous (GBR) — Ross’s admitted students weekend. At the event, I got a strong sense of the Ross community, visited the Big House, and bonded with current students and future classmates,” she explained. “The most monumental part of the experience was the Consortium Capstone. I was moved by the stories of the Consortium members at Ross, and it was clear that this was a family and where I wanted to be.”

When asked how their MBA experience prepared them for their current career, Coppa noted the extensive Michigan Ross alumni network and its help in preparing him for job applications and interviews. “I was able to access and meet dozens of alumni working for Amazon, which gave a great understanding of the company’s culture and what they look for in candidates,” he said.

The classes I took  – especially those through the Tauber Institute for Global Operations – and my summer internship, helped me better prepare for the full-time interview process. The focus I gave to developing my leadership and soft skills was key to my preparation. As an operations leader for Amazon, most of my job is about leading large teams and influencing other leaders.

Marcos Coppa, MBA ’21

Bourbonais explained that the opportunities at Michigan Ross prepared her for the rigor of her career in consulting. 

“I was able to take on leadership roles within the International Investment Fund, Consulting Club at Ross, Michigan Business Women, and MBA Fintech Club at Ross. Balancing these commitments with the challenging curriculum was ideal preparation for the pace and rigor of consulting,” she said.

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