President's Scholars Program Recognizes Leaders and Calls for Applicants

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Since 1946, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) has established a rich tradition of training leaders who inspire trust and confidence in others and who make a difference at every level of business. We developed the President’s Scholars Program last year to recognize and support individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, achieve measurable results, and exhibit high growth potential. These individuals embody the skills and qualities we believe are critical for success and act as role models for their classmates.

The President’s Scholars Program
Each year, a few newly enrolling MBA students are selected as President’s Scholars and receive a generous tuition credit to be applied over the first two years of study at LFGSM. This unique scholarship opportunity is designed for individuals commencing their MBA study who have already established an extensive portfolio of professional accomplishments, are genuinely committed to developing their leadership potential, and demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and adaptability.

In addition to the tuition credit, each President’s Scholar receives a leadership assessment and one-on-one coaching throughout the MBA Program with LFGSM President and CEO Jeff Anderson. President’s Scholars also receive access to exclusive networking and leadership events, quarterly learning sessions led by top executives, and opportunities to represent the School at special events.

APPLY BY JULY 1 be considered for the President’s Scholars Program!

Complete the Lake Forest MBA admissions process by July 1 to be considered for the President’s Scholars Program for the Fall Term of the 2016-2017 academic year. High potential candidates will be contacted by the School on a rolling basis to submit an executive summary outlining leadership skills and achievements. All executive summaries must be submitted by July 15. Finalists will be invited to interview with Jeff Anderson.

For more information about the President’s Scholars Program, visit or contact Carolyn at Another round of scholarships will be awarded for the Winter 2 term (admission process must be completed by November 1).

Introducing the 2015-2016 President’s Scholars Recipients

To elevate our recruitment of high performing leaders to the Lake Forest MBA Program, we are proud to introduce the 2015-2016 President’s Scholars. These individuals are proven leaders who exhibited a commitment to education, a drive for growth, and a curiosity for knowledge.

MeganMegan Brandt is the Director of Healthcare Clinic Operations and Expansion for Walgreens with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. A graduate of Illinois State University, Megan is a highly motivated, results driven individual who creates and manages innovative strategic initiatives.

SumitSumit Rishi is the Senior Ecommerce Strategy Product Line Manager for W.W. Grainger in Lake Forest, IL with over fifteen years of experience in analysis, design, and product management. Sumit graduated first in his class from the University of Delhi in Delhi, India with an MS in Applied Operational Research.

GregGreg Caronis is an orthopedic surgeon and partner at Greenleaf Orthopedic Associates in Libertyville, IL. Greg received his MD in Orthopedics from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. With over 20 years of orthopedic experience, Greg is a proven leader in the field of orthopedics.

GillianGillian Murtagh is the Associate Medical Director for Abbott Diagnostics in Lake Forest, IL. She has more than ten years of experience in clinical research and cardiology. Gillian attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she received her MD and graduated with honors before completing training as a Cardiologist.

RebeccaRebecca Soriano is the Senior Supply Chain Specialist at Honeywell in Des Plaines, IL.  She has over ten years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain, spending most of her career as a Distribution Leader at Sun Chemical. Rebecca received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of West Virginia.

Throughout the summer, we will be sharing full profiles of each of these outstanding individuals. So check back often to learn more about each of the President’s Scholars’ unique path to success and how the Lake Forest MBA has contributed. 


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