Graduate Business Student Award Recipients

Graduate Business Student Award Recipients

Amanda Young Greenwald Graduate Student of the Year

Amanda Young Greenwald '20, MBA

Amanda was selected Graduate Student of the Year for her leadership and engagement with student organizations through her roles as president of Net Impact, vice president of NAWMBA and director of alumni relations for the Graduate Business Student Association. She participated in Torero Venture Labs where she developed her business idea, For Better, a values-based wedding planning platform. Amanda organized many amazing events including a clothing drive with NAWMBA, an impact investment career panel with Net Impact, and networking events for alumni and current students. She has gone above and beyond to bring sustainability and social responsibility to the forefront of our MBA program. Amanda is a phenomenal Torero who will be successful in whatever she pursues.

Graduate Student of the Year Finalists 

  1. Jill Planeta '20, MBA
  2. Ian Lonsdale '20, MBA
  3. Jason Blasius '21, MBA
  4. Shane Isdaner '20, MSRE
  5. Rakesh Nankani '21, MBA
George Laning Graduate Student Entrepreneur of the Year

George Laning '20, MSRE

An avid entrepreneur, George already has three patents under his belt, two of which he achieved while earning his Master of Science in Real Estate at USD. In Fall 2019, George competed in the inaugural Fowler Business Concept Challenge where he pitched a health and wellness product and finished as a semifinalistWe are excited to see where George's entrepreneurial spirit leads him.

Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

  1. Bria d'Amours '21, MBA
  2. Carl-Olivier Dumesle '21, MBA
  3. Noah Oliver '20, MBA
Leona Snell Graduate Student Ambassador of the Year

Leona Snell '20, MBA

Leona is very involved in the USD community and championed many networking events to engage students. She served as the director of communications for the Graduate Business Student Association. Leona also executed the first networking event between the USD School of Business and the graduate business school at San Diego State University. She often helps connect students from our Part-Time MBA program with those in our Full-Time MBA program. She is a part of every conversation that takes place within the academic setting and seems to know everyone. She makes USD shine.

Ambassador of the Year Finalists

  1. Shane Isdaner '20, MSRE
  2. Humberto Arechiga '21, MSRE
  3. Bria d'Amours '21, MBA
Julie Mai Graduate USD Community Engagement

Julie Mai '21, MBA

Julie is an inspiration. As a student who deeply cares about diversity, inclusion, ethics and the environment, she conducts research regarding social issues. Julie received a grant from the USD Changemaker Hub to research "Tackling Homelessness and Food Insecurity through Community Assessment and Engagement" with Associate Professor of Marketing Aarti Ivanic. She also currently works for a company whose mission is to bring renewable energy and fresh water to coastal communities around the world. Julie also brings her passion for social issues to campus. Last December, she organized a food/care package holiday drive event on campus. And as this year's Net Impact director of marketing and next year's elected club president, she plans to encourage her fellow students to take action.

Graduate USD Community Engagement Finalist

1. Leona Snell '20, MBA

Julia Rhee Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion Engagement Award

Julia Rhee '21, MBA

Julia is an amazing example of someone dedicated to diversity and inclusion. She is the president of ROMBA, the LGBTQ graduate business student club. In Fall 2019, she was elected as a national ROMBA student ambassador and was selected nationally to be a part of the 2019-2020 Net Impact fellowship program. She is an amazing advocate on and off campus. Julia is a changemaker by nature. She works to promote diversity and inclusion within the classroom and throughout USD's campus. She is not afraid to speak up when she sees injustices and instances of discrimination and bias, and she supports others who are going through hardships because of the built system.

Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion Engagement Award Finalists

  1. Barbara Rudd '21, MBA
  2. Layla Khademi '21, MSRE
  3. Nicole Delgado '20, MBA
Alumni of the Year

Gaurav Verma '16, MBA

Gaurav is an incredibly dedicated and involved alumnus. He serves as an MBA mentor, participates in panels for classes and meets with prospective students for informational interviews. He is a wonderful representative for the USD School of Business' graduate programs and USD overall. He gives back to the school through his time, resources and expertise. He exhibits humility and is committed to serving others.

Alumni of the Year Finalists

  1. Maria Bastian Thompson '03, IMBA
  2. Scott Handley '12, MSGL
  3. Eric Grobe '11, IMBA
  4. Michael Sieman '08, MSRE

Graduate Business Student Award Recipients

  • 2019 Recipients