2024 Best & Brightest Business Major: Yiyang Fu, Miami University (Farmer)

Yiyang Fu

Miami University, Farmer School of Business

“Future Billionaire, currently underfunded. Time Magazine’s 2006 “Person of the Year”.  Sherlock Holmes’ protégé.”

Fun fact about yourself: I can play 6 different instruments with proficient skills.

Hometown: Avon, OH

High School: Avon High School

Major: Business Economics, Finance, Music Performance

Minor: N/A

Favorite Business Course: Game Theory – ECO 465 taught by Dr. Fletcher

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

  • Volunteered at Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, OH.
  • Volunteered at TOPSS Food Pantry in Oxford, OH.
  • President of the Miami University Esports Club.
  • Starting Varsity Esports player for Miami University League of Legends.
  • Top 20 teams in the KeyBank Client Challenge for FYIC.
  • Isaac & Oxley Center for Business Leadership 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Case Program.
  • Undergraduate Associate for BUS 106.
  • Dean’s List: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022
  • Brother of Delta Sigma Pi.
  • Member of Asian American Association.

Where have you interned during your college career?

  • Hyperion Materials & Technologies, Finance Intern (Columbus, OH)
  • KPMG LLP, Economic and Valuation Services Intern (Chicago, IL)

Where will you be working after graduation? KPMG LLP, Economic and Valuation Services Associate (Chicago, IL)

Who is your favorite business professor? Professor Granderson, who was the instructor for my economics capstone class, stands out as my favorite professor for several reasons. What sets him apart is not just his ability to teach economic theories, but also his approachability and kindness outside of class. Our exchanges, ranging from brief hellos to meaningful discussions, shows his dedication to creating a supportive and engaging learning environment. His helpfulness has left a lasting impression on me. Professor Granderson has been an invaluable part of my academic journey here at Farmer School of Business.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? Focusing on soft skills is essential for students looking to major in business-related field. Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, and adaptability are critical because they enable you to effectively work with others, lead projects, and navigate the complexities of team and organizational dynamics. The ability to present ideas clearly, collaborate with colleagues and peers from diverse backgrounds, adapt to changing environments, and lead with empathy and integrity can often outweigh technical knowledge alone. Therefore, actively seek opportunities to develop these skills through group projects, leadership roles in student organizations, volunteering, and internships are extremely important.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? What surprised me most was the vast applicability of business principles across various aspects of life. For example, business studies not only cover financial models, marketing strategies, and organizational theories, but it also teaches critical life skills such as strategic thinking, problem-solving, financial literacy, and the importance of networking. These are skills that can be applied to enhance one’s personal life and enable us to pursue passions with a strategic mindset.

Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why? One thing I would’ve done differently was engaging in more networking and relationship-building opportunities from the very start. I overlooked the importance of networking my freshman year, and thereafter, I recognized the invaluable mentorship and insights that I gained from developing great relationships. Additionally, these connections made during my time at the business school has also become my professional support system when looking for an internship and full-time opportunities.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? One achievement that stands out as a significant part of my journey here is my leadership role as president of the Miami University Esports Club. This is a role that allowed me to not only pursue my passion for competitive gaming but also advocate for inclusivity in a male-dominated field. This achievement is especially meaningful to me because it goes beyond the realm of personal success; it represents a step forward in challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers in Esports. By leading by example, I hope to have contributed to a shift in the narrative around women in Esports, encouraging a more diverse and inclusive environment not just within our university but also in the broader Esports community.

Which classmate do you most admire? Among my peers, Gabe Sundberg stands out as someone I deeply admire. His creativity and innovative thinking have been instrumental in our success in multiple case competitions. By working alongside him, I’ve witnessed first-hand how he approaches problems with a unique perspective, often leading our teams to solutions that are not only effective but also original and outside-the-box. What sets Gabe apart is not only just his creativity but also his ability to inspire and elevate those around him. Under his leadership, he encourages collaboration and creates an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated to contribute their best.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? When reflecting on the sources of my success, the individuals I feel most compelled to thank are my parents. Their unwavering support, encouragement, and guidance have been the foundation of all my achievements. From the earliest days of my education to my current endeavors, they have been believing in me even when I doubted myself. Their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, always ensuring that I had the resources and support necessary to pursue my goals. Thanking my parents for my success is more than a gesture of gratitude; it’s an acknowledgment of the profound impact they’ve had on my character, my values, and my achievements. Their influence has shaped me into the person I am today, and for that, I am grateful.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list? One item on my professional bucket list would be to lead or establish a significant philanthropic initiative that address a global challenge, such as education, health, or environmental sustainability. Another item on my professional bucket list would be to ascend to a top leadership position within a major multinational corporation. This role would not only be a mark of career achievement, but also an opportunity to influence the company’s global strategy, culture, and impact.

What made Yiyang such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2024?

“Yiyang Fu: Triple major in Finance, Econ, and Music. Honors College and Business Honors. Has a position after graduation with KPMG. President of the ESports Club. Yiyang has both an amazing work ethic and strong leadership skills. She was a UA for BUS 106 and is a fantastic presenter.”

Joy Usner
Academic Advisor
Miami University
Farmer School of Business


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