Two Michigan Ross BBAs Named Among the ‘Best & Brightest’ In the Class of 2019
Ross School of Business students Jack Griffin (BBA ’19) and Chelsea Racelis (BBA/BA ’19) are among the list of top undergraduate business majors selected by Poets&Quants as the “Best & Brightest” from the Class of 2019.
For their work and accomplishments in and out of the classroom, Griffin and Racelis earned the title for embodying the Michigan Ross spirit and setting the standard for classmates to follow.
P&Q has published the “Best & Brightest” feature based on nominations from the top 50 undergraduate business schools since 2016. Among the criteria used to judge nominees are academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, and overall impact on their b-school program.
Meet the two soon-to-be graduates whom we are proud to call Rossers:
Griffin is passionate about tackling food insecurity across America. While at Ross, Griffin has devoted much of his time to growing FoodFinder, the registered nonprofit he founded in 2014 and where he’ll focus his efforts after graduation. He also has been part of the strategy committee for Maize and Blue Cupboard, the student-run food pantry on campus.
In recognition of his work to fight hunger, Griffin received the 2018 MLK Spirit Award and Rosalie Ginsberg Community Service Award through the University of Michigan. Paul Kirsch, managing director of the Office of Undergraduate Education, describes Griffin as “a very intelligent young man” who is “committed to social impact through business.”
However, Griffin discovered he is not alone in this pursuit. In fact, he says what surprised him most about being a Ross business major is the extent to which his classmates feel so strongly about using their skills to have a positive impact on their companies and in their communities.
“Dean Scott DeRue and Ross, in general, have done a great job of establishing business as a force for good, and it’s up to us as the business leaders of tomorrow to ensure that we use the resources at our disposal to leave the world better than we found it.”
Griffin has big plans for post-graduation: putting his education to work on FoodFinder’s mission and reach the goal of serving 100,000 people in 2019 alone.
As a BBA and international studies major, Racelis has made the most of her time at Ross to pursue her interest at the intersection of business and international human rights. She led and participated in many different activities on campus, including founding the Peer Facilitation Program for Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO) and as a research assistant to Professor Ravi Anupindi on the U-M President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights.
Racelis also has proudly showcased the best of Ross nationally and internationally. She was a national winner of the KPMG International Case Competition 2016, former president of the Michigan Undergraduate Consulting Conference, and served a Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw, Poland, during her senior year, among many other experiences.
The biggest lesson Racelis says she learned as a business major is to accept her own path.
“No one can validate your path but you. Business is what you make of it; it’s a tool you can use in so many ways,” she says. “I decided to use the organized, solution-oriented mindset of business as a tool for social change. What you use it for is up to you!”
“Chelsea is not only among the best and brightest students I have worked with, she is also someone who brings out the best in others. She fearlessly challenges assumptions and pushes her community to be better all while bringing people in and forming a sense of community among her peers.” - Katrina Vegter, Director of Undergraduate Advising at Ross.