On July 3, Poets&Quants released its annual list of MBAs to Watch, which profiles recent graduates expected to significantly impact their industry. Three Full-Time MBA students from the Class of 2021 made their way onto the list: Deepal Singh Chhabra, Danielle Chatman-Moore and Lea Mavar.
Chhabra came to Michigan State from India with a computer science background. In his time as a Spartan, he served as president of the Multicultural MBA Association — a key diversity, equity and inclusion resource group — and vice president of the Graduate Supply Chain Management Association.
A high point of his time at Broad was being part of the first-place team at the 25th International Case Competition in 2020. In every setting — from the competitions to the classroom — the welcoming culture at Michigan State is what helped Chhabra succeed.
“I always assumed a business school would mean sleepless nights, fierce competition and a race to find the best employment,” he said. “What surprised me about the school was the collaborative spirit and a sense of empowering each other to find their dream jobs. The support from the MBA office, peers, professors and alumni was exceptional.”
Since high school, Chatman-Moore was eager to pursue her MBA, and she hit the ground running as a Spartan.
The summer before her first semester, she was chosen to be an MBA Forté fellow, joining an elite group of women in business. And at the close of her first year, she became the first African American woman president of the Broad College’s MBA Association. Along the way, Broad’s close-knit cohort offered her the support she needed.
“The small class size stood out to me,” she said. “Being able to have a relationship with my fellow candidates and my professors was very important to me.”
Like Chhabra and Chatman-Moore, Mavar made the most of her time as a graduate student. She was president of the MBA-HR Association and served as a peer coach and a business presentation coach, to name a few. In addition, she was part of the all-female team to win this year’s Extreme Green event.
Mavar is also a two-time Spartan, earning her bachelor’s in international relations from MSU’s James Madison College. She said getting her MBA at her alma mater was a no-brainer.
“We have this saying at MSU that ‘Spartans stick together.’ While I thought that was true during my undergrad, it truly shined in the MBA program.
“Broad truly cares about the success of all their students,” she continued. “Even in a business school setting where it tends to be competitive, Broad is like a family where we all succeed together.”
Beyond these stand-out MBAs, Broad alumnus Mwemba Mwemba Jr. (B.A. Marketing ’14) also made the list as a graduate of Georgetown University.