Michigan Ross MBA Student Podcast Wins Two Awards From The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts


Business Beyond Usual, the podcast produced and developed by Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA students, has won two Communicator Awards of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

The podcast, which launched in 2016, is now in its third season of offering listeners a unique and authentic look at life as an MBA student and what being a member of the Ross community is all about.

This is the 25th year the Communicator Awards have honored excellence in marketing and communications. The judging panel for this year’s awards included the creative directors at Walmart and Starbucks, social media video directors at Vox Media and Fast Company, and marketing executives at GE Digital and Nissan North America. Other 2019 winners include the ESPN 30 For 30 podcast and the Accenture CIO podcast.

The first Award of Distinction from AIVA honored the Business Beyond Usual podcast as a whole in the Educational Institution category. The second award is in a general category that honors individual episodes of a podcast, for which Business Beyond Usual Episode #303 — Mental Health in Business School earned an Award of Distinction.

In the mental health episode, student producers took a multifaceted look into the common ways mental health issues manifest in business school, talked with embedded counselors at Ross, and offered listeners strategies for how to deal with similar challenges.

Listen to Episode #303:



The MBA team for the current season of the podcast includes executive producers Sheela Lal and Marjace Miles, MBA ’19; and a team of fellow MBA producers including Leslie Chang, Dillon Cory, Jamell Culler, Adam Fasher, Andres Fuentes-Afflick, Charlie Grant, Jason Rock, and Stephanie Simpson. 

You can listen to all past episodes of Business Beyond Usual, and subscribe to be alerted to new editions, on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or where ever you listen to podcasts.

Subscribe to Business Beyond Usual