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What It Takes to Be the Best and the Brightest

By Caroline Brooks

Joshua Sanborn, a Broad College of Business Executive MBA student, was named to the Poets & Quants Class of 2016 list of 50 “Best and Brightest EMBAs.”

Joshua Sanborn, EMBA Class of 2016 alumni named to Poets and Quants Best and Brightest of 2016
Joshua Sanborn, EMBA Class of 2016

“The Best & Brightest features a highly accomplished group of student-professionals,” said Jeff Schmitt, writer for Poets & Quants. “They were a reflection of the incredible talent who are part of executive MBA programs worldwide – and the intensive academic standards, experiential opportunities, and spirit of collaboration key to preparing these student-professionals to take the next step in their careers.”

Sanborn, also a Broad undergraduate alumnus (BA Finance ’08), completed the EMBA program while working for Ilitch Holdings Inc. He currently manages Ilitch Charities, a nonprofit organization that implements charitable initiatives supported by the Ilitch-owned companies, including the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and Little Caesars Pizza. A devoted husband and father, Sanborn stood out in the Broad community from the beginning and was selected by Broad faculty as the 2016 student commencement speaker.

“Joshua Sanborn is the ‘epitome of excellence’ in our EMBA program. His ability to contribute to class discussions and embrace new material earned respect and admiration – not only by staff and professors, but also his classmates – making him a stand-out among his peers,” said Denise M. Doyle, program coordinator for Broad’s EMBA program in Troy.

To produce the “Best and Brightest” list, Poets & Quants reached out to 40 of the highest-ranking EMBA programs worldwide to request nominees. Each school was asked to submit two nominations of students who exemplified the best of its program, taking into account academic prowess, extracurricular involvement, and personal excellence. After thorough review, the final list features a diverse, impressive pool of scholars representing all walks of business from 36 schools around the world. Women make up half of the list, with honorees ranging in age from 29 to 63.

Learn about the “Best and Brightest EMBAs” and more about Joshua Sanborn.


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