The 30 Nominations

NOMINATIONS

The Haworth College of Business “30 Under 30” is now “The 30,” a publication that recognizes emerging business leaders—both students and alumni—who are providing thought leadership and innovative perspectives in the business world. 

Like many publications highlighting business leaders, The 30 honors impact in the business world, and it also connects alumni and students through events and networking. Twenty alumni will be selected, in addition to 10 students, with The 30 replacing the college’s former Trailblazers program.

If you know a student or recent alum who should be included, or if you meet the criteria for The 30, then fill out our nomination form for the college's digital publication.

Deadline

All submissions must be received by October 21.

Alumni Criteria

Alumni nominees must:

  • Have graduated from the Haworth College of Business in the past 10 years.

  • Have significant achievements through application of their business and leadership skills.

  • Have demonstrated a strong sense of vision for the future.

  • Have a minimum of two years of professional experience.

Alumni Selection

A committee composed of faculty, staff and Young Alumni Advisory Board members will evaluate the nominations (with names redacted), using a holistic scoring method, looking for evidence of the following:

  • Significant accomplishments in the business world since graduation (maximum of 20 points)
  • Meeting or surpassing milestones—corporate or external recognition of efforts (maximum of 10 points)
  • Community involvement and vision in regard to service (maximum of 10 points)

Up to 10 additional points will be awarded based on the panel's overall impression of the materials (completeness and strong narrative as to why this person is worthy of being honored).

While each nominee may not excel in each of the above areas, strong evidence of achievement in several of the areas above will create a strong nomination.

Those nominees selected for The 30 will be notified in November. The digital publication will be released in March. Alumni will also have the option to come to campus to meet fellow alumni and current students named to The 30 on March 12-13.

Student Criteria

The 30 is open to undergraduate students and graduate students in the Haworth College of Business. Applications will be scored on content in the following categories:

  • Resume
  • Essay Responses

Please note:  A cumulative WMU GPA of 3.0 is required. Your GPA will qualify you to participate but will not be included for the committee.

Student Selection

The selection committee will evaluate each application. Your name and GPA will be redacted for the committee. If you are selected, you will be notified through your WMU email account and will be scheduled for a photo shoot. Participation in the photo shoot is mandatory and photo shoots will occur throughout Dec. 3 and 4. Information about each student will then be included in "The 30" digital publication. All students and alumni in The 30 will be honored at a luncheon ceremony on March 13.

Professional and Personal Development (20 points)

  • Professional development activities in which you have participated in addition to the WMU curriculum (Career Center-hosted events, SPuRS events, consulting, starting a business etc.).
  • Internship and relevant work experiences and milestones.
  • Published articles/editorial in appropriate media (i.e., technical journals, community magazines and newspapers, periodicals, college publications, etc.).
  • Original presentations to a formal, recognized community, professional or college organization with an audience of at least 15 people.
  • Certifications or special professional trainings you have received.

Scoring: 

  • Has experience in all five categories listed above—20 points
  • Has experience in four of the categories listed above—17 points
  • Has experience in three of the categories listed above—15 points
  • Has experience in two categories—12 points
  • Has experience in only one of the categories listed above—8 points
  • No experience in categories listed above—0 points

Leadership (20 points)

  • Elected or appointed member of student government, student organization, activity/event or community organization.
  • Leadership positions related to work or career (project management, committees, special initiatives).
  • Captain of an academic, creative or athletic team.
  • Positions of responsibility in an academic program/clubs or in other organizations, or leadership in volunteer service organization activities.

Scoring:

  • Has experience in all four categories listed above—20 points
  • Has experience in three of the categories listed above—15 points
  • Has experience in two of the categories listed above—12 points
  • Has experience in only one of the categories listed above—8 points
  • No experience in categories listed above—0 points

Community and Campus Involvement (20 points)

  • Membership in student government and/or registered student organizations.
  • Membership in community organizations and/or fraternities/sororities.
  • Membership on competitive academic teams or other significant academic accomplishments.
  • Service or volunteer work.

Scoring:

  • Has experience in all four categories listed above—20 points
  • Has experience in three of the categories listed above—15 points
  • Has experience in two of the categories listed above—12 points
  • Has experience in only one of the categories listed above—8 points
  • No experience in categories listed above—0 points 

If you have any questions about The 30 or the application process, please contact Molly Goaley

NOMINATION FORM

Students must nominate themselves for The 30. To suggest that a student consider applying for The 30, fill out the student suggestion form

If you are a student nominating yourself, please complete the information below. 

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Please provide information for two references below.

Please provide information about your nominee in each field below.

Mandatory essay
Provide a statement of between 250-500 words describing why your background makes you a remarkable business student uniquely qualified to represent the ingenuity, professionalism, excellence and engagement of the Haworth College of Business as a candidate for The 30. Please include your name at the top of your document. 

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Second essay
Please respond to one of the following essay questions. Please include your name at the top of your document, as well as the essay prompt you have chosen to answer.

  • In 500 or fewer words, please comment on your personal growth and how you have sought out opportunities to help you become the student and community member you are today.
  • In 500 or fewer words, please comment on how you engage with and inspire your peers and how this engagement has enhanced both your life and the lives of those around you.
  • In 500 or fewer words, please discuss how you positively impact the communities in which you live, learn and work. What has this taught you about yourself and your communities?
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