On Sept. 11, Poets&Quants published its annual list of MBAs to Watch, featuring high-potential MBA graduates ready to make a mark in their industries. Three Full-Time MBA students from the Class of 2022 — Satwik Beernelly, Marques Moore and Lily Ramos — were honored in the list.
Coming to the United States from India amid the global pandemic, Beernelly found Broad’s MBA program the most flexible, accommodating and inclusive for international students. The MSU community welcomed him with open arms and gave him many memories to cherish.
Among the highlights during Beernelly’s time in the program were winning the Broad vs. Broad internal case competition in 2022 and placing second in the 29th Big Ten Case Competition in 2021. Beernelly says he chose MSU not only because of the school’s renowned reputation in supply chain but also its emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion.
“What surprised me most about Michigan State was the level of inclusivity and the effort put forth by the MBA program administration. The Broad College is one of the top business schools, and yet it still exceeded my expectations of inclusion and acceptance. My experience here is better for it,” Beernelly said. “The program office always goes above and beyond to deliver the best student experience possible.”
Making a career switch from education to business management at 38, Moore was ready to take advantage of every opportunity possible to master new skills and grow as a professional. He decided to go back to school to fast-track his career growth trajectory and materialize his brand-new vision of success.
At MSU, Moore was a key student leader in his class who diligently contributed to co-curricular experiences and program initiatives. He was the president of the Black MBA Association and participated in several case competitions alongside Beernelly, where he placed in the winner’s circle. Upon graduating from MSU, Moore joined EY-Parthenon as a senior consultant.
To Moore, the MBA program is full of robust experience and opportunities. “I was surprised by the variety of learning methods at MSU — students have access to tons of content, case competitions, projects and extracurricular leadership,” he said.
Ramos came back to her hometown in East Lansing to pursue an MBA and boost her skillset and business acumen. Broad’s program stood out to her as a top choice with a flexible curriculum that enabled her to take human resources and labor relations classes and hone her expertise in HR. She is now part of the Dell Technologies HR Rotation Program as a senior human resources analyst.
During her time in the MBA program, Ramos worked tirelessly to improve the student experience for her peers and maximize her impact on campus. She held multiple positions, including vice president of fundraising for the MBA Association, in which she helped raise more than $7,000 for local charities and educated her classmates about the importance of community service.
“Living down the street from campus as a teenager, I thought that I would be drowning in a sea of students at MSU. Broad offers a smaller MBA cohort of about 60 students each year, meaning that class sizes are small,” she said. “I appreciate the smaller community as it empowered me to be vocal in class, make lasting connections and engage consistently. Some classes have been as small as eight students, which gave me a unique opportunity to get to know my classmates and professors really well.”
Wayne Hutchison, managing director of the program, said, “The MBA experience at Broad is best exemplified by student leaders who make impacts in and out of the classroom. These students’ leadership in our program have primed them for amazing future successes. We are tremendously thankful for their efforts and excited to see their professional journeys take shape!”