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Two Rotman School MBA Graduates Named as “MBAs to Watch” by Poets&Quants.

July 19, 2018

Toronto – Two graduates of the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named to the Poets&Quants 2018 “MBAs to Watch” list, which highlights 100 successful MBA graduates from business schools around the world.

Daphne Hemily, MBA’18, and Phoebe Luk, MBA’18, were named to the list, which originated from nominations submitted by 57 MBA programs for Poets&Quants “Best & Brightest” MBAs feature from earlier this year, which also honoured two graduates of the Rotman program.

Prior to the Rotman School, Hemily worked with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders in field positions in Field positions in South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti as well as in Canada. She is a Forte Fellow and was the winner of the Rotman Problem Solving Challenge in 2016 for incoming Rotman Full Time MBA students. Among her activities as a student she was a club executive for Links, an interdisciplinary mentorship program for undergraduate students and she was a Global Consulting Project Fellow for SickKids International & the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

“The first thing that struck me about Daphne was how remarkably broad, challenging, and unorthodox her previous work experience was. She came to the MBA already aware of and grappling with challenges of broad social import, of great economic and political complexity, and was able to bring those insights to her colleagues in the MBA. Despite of her already remarkable self-awareness and sophisticated inter-personal skills, she was actively discovering better ways of interacting with others throughout her MBA and continually furthering her self-improvement objectives, while simultaneously encouraging others and being a role-model,” said Maja Djikic, associate professor and the Executive Director of the Self-Development Labratory.

During her second year in the program, Luk was president of the Rotman Business Design Club and created and facilitated an experimental improv-based leadership program for her classmates with the support of the Rotman Career Centre. She also participated in the Joe Weider Leadership Development Lab and the Creative Destruction Lab.

“I have been highly impressed with Phoebe’s level of engagement in the field of design thinking and with the Rotman community. Whether it be coaching others on ethnographic research methods or stepping up to facilitate user co-creation sessions, Phoebe would always be up to the task. As the President of the Business Design Club, she demonstrated her leadership and duty to community. Phoebe, along with her executive team have been frequently cited by our 1st year MBAs as one of the reasons for their continued interest in design,” said Mark Leung, Director of Rotman DesignWorks.

Profiles of Hemily and Luk are online at Poets&Quants as well as the story for the entire feature.

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