Current Class

Kelly Elizabeth Connors

University of Virginia
Darden School of Business

At Darden, Kelly is focusing on innovation and human-centered design. Kelly serves as the president of the Darden Business Innovation and Design Club, and during her first year, Kelly co-organized the University of Virginia’s inaugural Design Challenge.

Prior to Darden, Kelly spent five years working for Deloitte consulting in healthcare and international finance, and she worked on projects in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to Deloitte, Kelly earned her master’s in public policy from the University of Virginia. She served three years in the Peace Corps, working in the Dominican Republic as a community economic development volunteer. After Darden, Kelly plans to continue to work in design and innovation at Deloitte, with a focus on the health industry.

In her free time, she enjoys running, art, and time with friends and family

Ricardo Romo Estrada

Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business

At Tepper, Ricardo is focusing on data analytics, technology, and marketing. He serves as the finance officer of the Graduate Business Association, working to ensure an inclusive and enriching Tepper experience. He is also an active member of several clubs, along with a mentorship program for incoming students.

Before Tepper, Ricardo spent three years in marketing and leadership roles in the food and retail industry in Ecuador, leading projects to help his family business expand its distribution nationwide. He also worked with social impact startups in the tech and food sector. As a summer intern at ENGIE Insight, he worked on projects to strengthen the analytical and strategic approach of marketing strategies toward global expansion.

Ricardo hopes to work in the tech industry, developing products and businesses to empower underserved populations and drive social and environmental change.

Nishit Jain

University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School

Nishit is an MBA student at Wharton, who is driven by unlocking human potential. His most recent stint was an internship at AspenRidge Recovery, where he helped set up a telehealth program for treating addiction and substance use disorder.

At Wharton, Nishit cofounded the Penn Wharton Education Club and is an active member of Wharton Impact Investing Partners. Additionally, he is a William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellow, part of a community of second-year MBA students who mentor, coach, and support first-year students.

Prior to Wharton, Nishit spent five years working in Indian education. As a Teach For India Fellow, he served as a middle-school teacher in the slums of Mumbai. Following this, he worked on the EdTech team at Central Square Foundation, a venture philanthropy focused on K–12 education, where he helped incubate and fund several early-stage organizations.

Born and raised in India, Nishit loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and scuba diver.

Jacqui Levere

Duke University
Fuqua School of Business

Jacqui is a Fuqua MBA candidate focusing on energy finance and decision sciences looking to accelerate the energy transition to zero carbon sources. This past summer, she interned at CustomerFirst Renewables, an advisory firm for higher education and commercial clients pursuing renewable energy goals.

At Fuqua, Jacqui serves on the leadership teams for both the Duke MBA Energy Club and the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Club. Additionally, she is a Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum Fellow, an experiential learning course where students engage in a consulting project.

Prior to Fuqua, Jacqui worked in Deloitte’s Federal practice, where she supported clients across federal health and civilian agencies. Jacqui received her BA in history of science from Yale University, where she was a four-year varsity athlete on the swim team.

Originally from Palo Alto, California, Jacqui enjoys exploring new restaurants with her fiancé, baking cookies, and rooting for Duke basketball and University of Texas track and field (where her mom coaches).

Rahul Sharma

Columbia University
Columbia Business School

Rahul focuses on technology and strategy at Columbia.

Outside of class, he serves as the vice president of professional development for Technology Business Group and as a career fellow.

Rahul started his career at Deutsche Bank in Mumbai, India, where he evaluated and executed debt financing transactions across sectors and sovereigns in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. Subsequently, he worked with International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in New Delhi, India, where he was involved with developmental impact-focused equity investments in private equity and venture capital funds in South Asia. This summer, Rahul interned with Amazon, as a product manager-technical for an Amazon Web Services team. He holds a BTech in civil engineering from Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay.

After Columbia, Rahul hopes to pursue his passion for technology-driven problem solving. In his free time, Rahul enjoys hiking and playing squash.

Christy Steele

Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business

At McDonough, Christy is exploring the venture capital industry and working with early-stage startups. She is interning at Sands Capital Management on the venture capital team and is part of the Georgetown MBA Venture Fellows Program.

Prior to Georgetown, Christy worked for more than 10 years as a senior photo editor and video producer, leading creative and strategic initiatives at organizations like National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, and Science Magazine. She worked with leading researchers, photographers, and filmmakers around the world to tell captivating stories about cutting-edge scientific research and natural history topics. Christy also ran her own business, which provided strategic business consulting services to small businesses, developed websites, and created marketing videos. In 2018, Christy created and produced a documentary film series called Uncovering Passion, which highlighted individuals who are striving to create lives full of joy and passion.

Christy loves to travel, backpack, and spend time in nature. She has explored Denali National Park, the Rocky Mountains, and Banff National Park, among others.

Arch Vamanrao

Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business

Arch is interested in impact investing. At Tuck, she is a fellow of both the Center for Business, Government & Society, along with the Center for Health Care. She also serves on Tuck’s student board.

Prior to Tuck, Arch graduated with an AB in neurobiology from Harvard, and she worked in management consulting at L.E.K. Consulting, serving the private equity, healthcare, life sciences, and retail industries. After that, she served as a program manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance, focusing on omnichannel customer experience and digital strategies. She spent her summer interning with DBL Partners in the Bay Area, helping source and review investment opportunities for a double bottom line fund.

In the long run, she hopes to explore how capital can be mobilized to move the needle on gender inequity in emerging markets. In her spare time, she enjoys brewing beer, running very slowly, and playing the trumpet with the Tuck cover band.

Lisha Yuan

Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management

Lisha is an entrepreneur who is managing her education startup in southern California while studying at Kellogg. Her company focuses on providing secondary school students with project-based learning experience in STEM subjects (e.g., robotics and engineering). At Kellogg, as an advocate for diversity and inclusion, she leads multiple activities such as KWEST (Kellogg’s incoming student trip), CIM (incoming student orientation week), and China Trek. She is also Greater China Club’s co-president.

Prior to Kellogg, Lisha was a deal advisory consultant at KPMG, following her experience with Deloitte audit. She had extensive experience in M&A, IPO, and accounting change implementations. Lisha received her MA in accounting from University of Michigan. Her undergraduate degrees in economics and psychology come from Peking University.

In her spare time, Lisha loves to travel. When at home, she enjoys reading and playing with her cat Boba.

Valerie Zhao

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management

Valerie is focusing on healthcare and entrepreneurship at Sloan, where she also serves as a teaching assistant and MBA Core fellow.

Outside of class, she is co-president of the Management Consulting Club, chair of the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Summit, and vice president of the Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club, and the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

During her summer with McKinsey & Company, Valerie helped healthcare clients build new digital capabilities. Prior to Sloan, Valerie worked at Catalant Technologies as a founding member of the healthcare and life sciences practice and, later, as a product manager. Before that, she was a tech-focused investment banker and consultant with Bulger Partners. A Bay Area native, she earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

After Sloan, she plans to combine her professional experience and personal interests by creating new technologies that improve patient lives.