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April 24: Tepper School MBA Student Receives Prestigious Global Leadership Award


Geof Becker

Tepper School MBA Student Receives
Prestigious Global Leadership Award

President of Singapore Presents Honor From the Graduate Business Forum®

PITTSBURGH—Colin Raney, a second-year MBA student at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, received one of the most prestigious worldwide awards for graduate business students from the Graduate Business Forum®, a global network of business school student leaders.     

Colin RaneyThe annual Student Leadership Award was presented to Raney by Singapore President S.R. Nathan at the recent Graduate Business Conference, the forum's flagship event that brings together many of the world's top business schools and leading international companies and executives. This year's conference was held at the National University of Singapore, marking the first time the event has been held in Asia.    

Now in its 16th year, the annual award recognizes leadership and innovation within the graduate business community. Raney was selected for his role in developing the Tepper Prepper program, a mentoring initiative that pairs second-year MBA students with incoming students to help the latter improve their interviewing and networking skills.

"Colin's nominated Tepper Prepper program was outstanding in its scope and impact, but his sustained leadership contribution to the Tepper MBA community was the deciding factor in this year's award," said Jim Deveau, founder and chairman of the non-profit Graduate Business Forum. "Our global nomination process produces outstanding finalists from the world's top programs, thus Colin's achievement is particularly noteworthy."    

Raney worked with other student leaders and the school's Dean's Office, Career Opportunities Center and Student Services Office to create the program.

"The Tepper Prepper program was designed to foster greater student involvement by encouraging more experienced students to develop and mentor their incoming classmates. It empowers students with skills vital to their careers, while building lasting bonds within the school's community," Raney said. "I am honored to have been recognized for my role, but this initiative relies on the contribution of our community. The next class of students has committed to continue the program, which reflects the supportive atmosphere that is a hallmark of the Tepper MBA experience. The fact the program will continue is the real reward."    

Raney, immediate past president of Tepper's Graduate Business Association (GBA), is pursuing a specialization in marketing and product design. In addition to Tepper Prepper, he also founded GBA Impact, a program that encourages GBA members to develop programs that solicit involvement from fellow students and foster growth in individual leadership skills.     

"Colin's initiative in developing Tepper Prepper and his ability to marshal the resources to deliver the program in such a way that it will continue in subsequent years shows his leadership skills," said John Mather, executive director of MBA programs at the Tepper School. "But importantly, Colin's recognition also indicates that the many opportunities for student leadership at the Tepper School are an excellent learning experience that can make a real impact in people's lives beyond the classroom."

Raney is the second Carnegie Mellon student to be recognized by this award. In 1993, Marc Weinsweig received the honor for conceiving and executing an unprecedented weeklong public service effort involving three business schools in the Pittsburgh area that included a 10,000-can food drive.     

[Above right: Colin Raney receives the Student Leadership Award from Singapore President S.R. Nathan.]