As the spring semester wound down with our students working remotely around the world, two graduating seniors had a silver lining. B-school students Claire Griffiths and Hanna Lankler, both ’20, were named two of the country’s “best and brightest” business majors by Poets&Quants, a digital publication for undergraduate business education news.

Claire Griffiths

The Spiders are among the 100 most accomplished seniors majoring in fields like marketing, accounting, operations, and human resources. Griffiths was the first triple concentration in Robins School history — finance, economics, and international business — while also minoring in environmental studies. She plans to join Barclay’s Investment Bank following graduation.

“In over 40 years as a college professor at highly selective business schools Claire Griffiths stands out from other gifted students in her depth of understanding and application of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex business problems,” said finance professor Jerry Stevens. “She provides a rare perspective for studying real-world problems on a global scale.”

Lankler graduated with a marketing concentration and a minor in Leadership Studies, and plans to work for Bloomingdale’s Inc. as an assistant buyer.

"The Robins School of Business is a better place today because of Hanna Lankler,” said marketing professor Bill Bergman. “Her contributions are many, but most of all, she set a higher standard of academic and personal excellence that will be difficult to achieve for those who follow in the years ahead.” 

Hanna Lankler

Between the two students, they made Dean’s List, secured competitive internships, volunteered and supported philanthropic initiatives, and received numerous honors and recognition. Lankler was president of the Robins School of Business Student Government Association and Griffiths was the Student Managed Investment Fund’s general manager.

To compile this year's “Best & Brightest” list, Poets&Quants reached out to its 50 highest-ranked schools. Each school was asked to choose two students for inclusion, with criteria including academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, and innate potential.


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