Kilts Marketing Fellowship
The Kilts Marketing Fellowship is awarded each year to select incoming MBA students who plan to pursue a career in marketing. Past Kilts Marketing Fellows have gone on to leadership roles at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Amazon, Starbucks, and American Express.
Kilts Marketing Fellows receive significant tuition support, as well as a mentoring relationship with a member of the Booth marketing community. This mentoring component provides fellowship recipients with an unparalleled opportunity to interact with a senior marketing executive, giving them an edge over their peers when they are ready to enter the job market. Kilts Marketing Fellows also have opportunities to engage with Booth faculty members at special events.
Class of 2023 Kilts Marketing Fellows
Top row from left: Saron Strait (mentored by Dilini Fernando, '11), Noha Sahnoune (mentored by Jess Peet, '14), Peter Pilone (mentored by Sibo Zhao, '13), Andrew Lindner (mentored by Satyajeet Salgar, '07), Aizik Zimerman (mentored by Bobby Mehta, '81)
Middle row from left: Komala Madineedi (Weekend MBA; mentored by Kate Johnson, '14), Alice Xing (Weekend MBA; mentored by Zimran Ahmed, '03), Grace Burns (mentored by Kurt Schmidt '90), Haley Tighe (mentored by Ted Wright, '00), Tanvi Mago (mentored by Jamie Rubinstein, '17)
Bottom row from left: Nivetha Samy (mentored by Banks Baker, '05), Kiran Chen (mentored by Eunice Kim, '05), Ale Cuevas De La Fuente (mentored by Snigdha Goyal, '13), Bri Cary Wang (mentored by Lee Hillman, '79), Not Pictured: Arun Thiagarajun (Weekend MBA; mentored by
Akankshu Dhawan, '15)
Onward and Upward
Since 2006, we have awarded fellowships to more than 75 students who have gone on to successful careers at some of the world’s most innovative companies, including these three outstanding alumni:
Alex Ward, ’08, David G. Whalen Fellow
Global Lead, Special Projects - Host Team, Airbnb
Ward works with cross-functional teams to incubate new-growth initiatives for the company’s core business. Many of these incubations currently focus on unlocking more hosts and homes in order to meet the rapid increase in Airbnb’s guest demand over the past decade.
Heather (Rubacky) Ward, ’16
Senior Associate Brand Manager, Mars, Inc.
Mentored by Ted Wright, Ward is a senior associate brand manager for innovation across Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, and Three Musketeers. She’s responsible for comprehensive development and go-to-market planning of strategic new-product and packaging initiatives.
Justen Knight, ’13, Henry Rak Fellow
Strategy and Operations Manager, Google
Knight serves as the “chief operating officer” of the government and advocacy ad sales team at Google, partnering closely with the team’s director on strategic decision-making and leading projects to drive strategy and improve the operations of the team.
Becoming a Kilts Marketing Fellow
Marketing fellowships are awarded to incoming students for the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA programs. All admitted students are considered for a marketing fellowship as part of the admissions process. However, candidates must plan to choose a concentration in marketing, plan to pursue a marketing or general management career after graduation, and have a demonstrated track record of professional and academic excellence.
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