Poets&Quants for Undergrads recently published its 2021 Best & Brightest Business Majors list honoring students from across the globe. Fourth-years Jeannie Hirsch (McIntire ’21) and Samuel Lisner (McIntire ’21) were named to represent the Commerce School for factors including “academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, innate potential, a striking personal narrative, and overall impact on the program.”
The profiles detail the leadership roles, honors, activities, career bucket list goals and lessons the students learned from their time at the Commerce School, as well as their advice for prospective business school students.
McIntire Management Professor Adelaide Wilcox King says Hirsch “is a top student in the most rigorous quantitative classes who finds a variety of influential ways to contribute to the strength and positivity of the McIntire community.” Wilcox added that the first female Investment Committee Head of the student investment club Alternative Investment Fund “is an invaluable team member, mentor, and inspiring role model who embodies leadership capabilities with warmth and humility.”
“If you are building a team to solve a tough business problem, Sam should be your first pick,” says IT Professor Stefano Grazioli of Lisner, who completed a minor in Math and courses in Astrophysics in addition to Commerce coursework while at UVA. “When you talk to him, you get a sense of a constantly engaged mind that is always striving to understand the world around him, figuring out how it all works together, and organizing it into a larger, coherent picture.”
The two star students are now preparing to begin their careers at leading global firms, with Hirsch heading to Warburg Pincus in New York City as a Private Equity Analyst and Lisner off to Deloitte in Northern Virginia as an Analyst.
The sixth edition of P&Q’s Best & Brightest list represent each of the Top 50 undergraduate business schools according to the publication, with each school choosing two standout students from their programs, with each institution making their selections based on their own internal selection criteria and processes.