Meet Team THIS
Meet Steph, Thai, Jinny, and Tsering (Team THIS), four members of the Ross MBA Class of 2019, excited to go on the road to support social entrepreneurs throughout the country. They bring a wide range of experiences to the table, from investment banking and operations to publishing and education.
Steph, an amateur yet avid bread baker, is passionate about helping nonprofits and small businesses grow efficiently and effectively. Thai, a devoted crockpot cook, is interested in supporting unique, market-based solutions to social and environmental change. Tsering, a hiker and runner, is always looking to ways to work with entrepreneurs and new businesses to help them think through their business strategies. Jinny, a former mime, is excited to expand her impact beyond the education space and help a variety of organizations succeed. Together, they are excited to travel together, listen to entrepreneurs’ stories, and make a difference in the communities they touch along the road.
We’ll see you on the road!
Steph is a Northeasterner through and through: She grew up in New Rochelle, graduated from the University of Vermont, and spent four years living and working in New York. Prior to pursuing her MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Steph worked in business development at John Wiley & Sons, and academic publishing company, where she wrote partnership proposals for nonprofits. Steph is passionate about helping small businesses and nonprofits to operate more effectively and efficiently, and is eager to travel the country this summer helping organizations maximize their positive impact within their communities.
A New Englander through and through, Thai is now exploring the Midwest as a first-year MBA at the Michigan Ross School of Business. Prior to Ross, Thai worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on building a sustainable, equitable food system. While at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, he managed the grantmaking processes and oversaw a grant portfolio that supported community food systems. Most recently, Thai led finance and operations teams for Daily Table, a nonprofit retail grocer and commissary kitchen that sources excess, healthy food from farmers and food manufacturers. Thai received his BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College. He is looking forward to combining his impact background with the core business fundamentals of an MBA to support social entrepreneurs across the country.
Jinny has lived all over the United States, but believes that the midwest is the best. She graduated from Colorado College in 2013 and after taking a class called “teaching english as a second language”, discovered her love for education. Prior to Ross, she worked in the city of Chicago as a high school science teacher and also at a non-profit called Playworks focusing on development and program management. Jinny is excited to use the skills and knowledge that she has learned here at Ross to support small business owners across the country. She is also excited for the adventures and sightseeing along the way.
Originally from Nepal, Tsering is the adrenaline junkie of the team and has done skydiving, bungee-jumping, diving, white-river rafting, zip-lining, canyoning, wall-climbing, and many more. When not working on his homework assignments, you can find him on a treadmill or at a soccer field.
As an undergrad at Harvard, he successfully operated a business that brought over $300k in revenue. After college, Tsering worked at William Blair, an investment bank in Chicago, for the first three years and then at DaVita Inc, a healthcare company, for the second three years. In this previous career, he advised senior executives of companies in their acquisition decisions. Tsering is currently helping his dad start a new business in real estate development and is excited to hit the road to work with entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their community and do some sightseeing along the way.