Kellogg is thrilled to announce that five students have been named 2017 Siebel Scholars.
Jonathan Goldstein, Bo Gustafsson, Jackie Laine, Iris Tian and Austin Vanaria will each receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies.
The awards recognize top students from the world’s most prestigious business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science graduate programs, and scholars are chosen based on outstanding academic performance and leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5 percent of their class, many within the top 1 percent.
The five Kellogg students inducted into the Class of 2017 Siebel Scholars demonstrate this academic rigor, as well as a commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact.
Read on to learn about this year’s talented and ambitious Siebel Scholars:
Jonathan Goldstein ‘17
Jonathan is pursuing a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Design Innovation through Northwestern’s MMM Program. He draws upon his creative and entrepreneurial talents as a classical musician and the co-founder of an education startup to explore the ways design thinking, analytics and technology can help people improve their lives. Currently, Jonathan is a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco. An honors graduate of Stanford and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Jonathan performed with symphony orchestras throughout the country and under the baton of the world’s most prestigious conductors. He also developed educational programs for children in low-income schools in San Francisco and Chicago. Test Prep Chicago, co-founded 2011, helps prepare Chicago students for the rigors of testing into competitive public and private high schools. Jonathan is the recipient of numerous leadership, artistic and academic honors, including the Allstate Business Competition (first place), McKinsey Emerging Scholars (finalist) and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (Principal Timpani position, by audition).
Bo Gustafsson ‘17
Bo is pursuing a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Design Innovation through Northwestern’s MMM Program. He is passionate about international business and creating solutions for developing nations in health and economic development, resulting in the founding of two companies, including a for-profit social enterprise that seeks to improve health in developing nations. Bo has diverse cultural experiences from growing up in Europe, visiting over 30 countries in the past ten years and working in nine countries on four continents with projects related to economic development, social entrepreneurship and corporate strategy. He is currently working for BCG and previously worked for Flex, where he led the strategy to launch a new consulting unit and successfully turned around a $1B failing business unit in China from -9 percent to 6 percent operating profit within nine months. At Kellogg, Bo is the IDEA Club vice president of innovation, CIM section leader and Latter-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) treasurer.
Jackie Laine ‘17
Jackie is a second-year MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Kellogg, she worked as a producer on The Biggest Loser and other shows for major networks including NBC, ABC and FOX. She is a director-at-large for the Northwestern Alumni Association, and previously, as President of Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance West, she grew participation by 25 percent and produced writer/actor showcases that highlighted the talents of more than 100 alumni. At Kellogg, she specializes in marketing and analytics, serves as the president of CIM Exec and co-created Story Spotlight, a new storytelling event. She is also a student admissions reader, leads The Good Life Sessions and has held positions with the Bridging Cultures Club, Media and Entertainment Club and Women’s Business Association. Jackie interned for BCG in Los Angeles this past summer.
Iris Tian ‘17
Iris is a second-year MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Kellogg, she taught high school mathematics as a Teach For America corps member. At KIPP Houston, Iris developed and implemented strategy for AP course programming and founded the district’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter. Iris led a team at Kellogg that evaluated and transformed Heartland Alliance’s pricing strategy for its Social Impact Research Center and conducted research for Menus of Change on the impact of meat on ROE in fast-casual restaurants. She holds VP positions in the Net Impact Club, Hispanic Management Association, and Bridging Cultures Club, and serves on the executive committee for the Kellogg Worldwide Experiences & Service Trips (KWEST), which sends 1,000 students and their partners on 40 trips globally. This summer, she is interning with the Boston Consulting Group. Iris graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Environmental Science.
Austin Vanaria ‘17
Austin is a second-year MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management. He is passionate about building strong teams to improve education and business opportunities for LGBT people and growing a network committed to serving the community. As Pride@Kellogg’s prospective students director, he partnered with Admissions to lead the first LGBT Spring Preview Day and recruit Kellogg’s largest incoming class of LGBT students. Now, as Pride@Kellogg’s co-president, he leads a team of 12 to expand support for The Center on Halsted – where he volunteered as a GED tutor – and recently spearheaded Kellogg’s campaign to support Orlando shooting victims, raising $7.5K from over 200 donors. As a Kellogg Student Association representative, Austin works to streamline communications and improve student mental health. He recently interned in Data Strategy at Viacom. Prior to Kellogg, he worked in consulting at The Cambridge Group and graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in Economics and Spanish and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership.