Favorite Business Professors Of The Class of 2020

Cornell University’s Deborah Streeter

“I admire Deborah Streeter, who is a leader in women’s entrepreneurship at Cornell and beyond. I met her during my first week at Cornell, in her “Women, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship” course and immediately was drawn to her executive presence. The way she commanded our classroom and difficult discussions surrounding gender roles in professional contexts made me so excited for her weekly classes, even when they were on Friday afternoons. She has been an empowering and encouraging mentor to me through my failed startup ideas, imposter syndrome struggles, and professional forks in the road. I am forever thankful for her guidance.”
Jessica Tao, Cornell University (Dyson)

“Although I have had a multitude of incredible professors, advisors, and mentors, Professor Mara Force is definitely one of my favorites. She had an amazing career on Wall Street and brought all of her experience into the classroom, teaching with engaging and entertaining lectures. She also sprinkles in hilarious anecdotes and stories about her cats! It has been really awesome to see such a professionally-successful woman teaching high-level, complex finance concepts, while still being so approachable and personally invested in students.”
Olivia Johnson, Tulane University (Freeman)

“My favorite professor is Wendy Lutter, a marketing professor here at the Carlson School. Although I am not a marketing major, I had Wendy for the required introductory marketing course, which is part of the Carlson School’s unique immersion core curriculum. She taught me the importance of understanding all aspects of business, not just what your intended profession is (finance in my case.) Wendy also left me with a powerful message about how it is our job as Carlson School graduates to challenge the norms of business and create equity in the workplace.”
Cameron Herbert, University of Minnesota (Carlson)

University of North Carolina’s Kristen Wilson

Kristen Wilson, who teaches The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Strategic Management in the Modern Corporation, is one of my favorite professors at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Kristin teaches both courses in case-style, requiring students to assess real-world situations. She integrates the fundamental laws of economics to justify both ethical dilemmas and the strategic choices of corporations. “Strategic Management in the Modern Corporation” challenges me to move beyond base-level thinking and fact memorization. Kristin acts as a mediator where students (all second-semester seniors) discuss and debate their opinions, and she requires them to back up ideas with deep analysis, critical thinking and the knowledge they’ve learned in their previous business classes. I walk away from her class every day with further insights into the discussion topics because of her aim to spark conversation amongst students, not to simply place her opinion on the table. This class enforces that it is always important to have an opinion, one that is well thought out and based in fact rather than solely emotion.”
TJ Tucker, University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

“I have had many fantastic professors at Emory, but often our relationships exist solely within the classroom. Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig is an exception, taking an invested interest in his students by cultivating out-of-class relationships and dialogue. Seemingly in everyone’s brain trust, Dr. Rosensweig is well connected and has shared with me opportunities to hear from and engage with leaders in environmental activism, international trade, and the C-suite.”
Michael Battat, Emory University (Goizueta)

“My favorite professor is Professor Craig Barkacs. I admire him so much for two reasons: he pushes students to not only learn but to expand their understanding of the world around them and he always ensures students have the most enriching experience possible. Even though Professor Barkacs is known as one of the “hard” professors in the business school, I was always excited to go to his class because I knew I would always leave smarter than I’d arrived. He explores difficult topics in an analytical and thoughtful way allowing students to challenge their preconceived notions on a topic. One thing Professor Barkacs does not deal with is bureaucracy for students. He wants every single student to have the ability to get the most out of their education and will never let anything get in the way of that. I am so thankful for the personal impact he had on me and for allowing me to take a class with him that I otherwise would not have been eligible for.”
Simon Finnie, University of San Diego

University of Virginia’s Robert Gregory

“My professor for Product and Project Management, Professor Robert Gregory stands out to me as an intelligent professional who is passionate about his career and cares about his students. He comes to class every day with a contagious energy that makes class both enjoyable and interactive. His deep and impressive IT and business knowledge is evident, both in his ability to provide helpful responses to students and to explain difficult concepts clearly. In class, Professor Gregory builds a comforting and welcoming environment, where he encourages all questions and comments and motivates students to always give it their all. He makes himself available during office hours and after class, even organizing a social event on the Corner for his classes to interact. I thank Professor Gregory for contributing to my positive McIntire experience.”
Emily Coppa, University of Virginia (McIntire)

“This is so tough to choose because I had such great professors.  One of them is Dr. Kira Schabram. I learned so much from her class. She was one of the most organized professors I have ever met. Every day, she came to class 100% prepared and taught content that was amazingly relevant. In our last class, she had us play a game called mOrTaL kOmBaT, where we got to compete with our classmates and apply our organizational behavior knowledge. She helped me understand a plethora more about how to identify organizational behavioral or management issues and come up with theory-driven ways to solve them. She always seeks feedback and makes improvements immediately if she can. She goes the extra mile to help her students succeed. If I ever become a teacher, she is the one I strive to become. Thank you, Kira, for everything.”
Jackie Yeh, University of Washington (Foster)

Professor James Otteson was my first professor at Wake Forest School of Business during my first year of college. I was seventeen years old and unsure of my professional future, but one thing was clear: I needed to study business. In his class, each session was never structured quite like the one before, but they all had a common theme: business has the potential to add incredible value to society. As the semester continued, Professor Otteson taught me to think critically and holistically about the world of business. I felt comfortable challenging pre-conceived notions about business and learned how to defend my beliefs in his class. As a world-leader in business education and Adam Smith scholar, Professor Otteson’s class remains unlike any other I have taken at Wake Forest and I have valued his inputs ever since. He has continued to mentor me over the years and we still enjoy discussing books on political philosophy or international business in our free time. I will forever be grateful that I had Professor Otteson as a mentor in the School of Business.”
Maia Julianne Kennedy, Wake Forest University


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