2021 Graduate Student Spotlights

2021 Graduate Student Spotlights

Valerie Wang

Shiwen (Valerie) Wang ’19 (iSchool, A&S), ’21 M.S.

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Degree: M.S. in Business Analytics

“I studied information technology and economics at Syracuse University during my undergraduate experience. I wanted to continue my studies and combine the two. I discovered that these areas fall perfectly in the M.S. in Business Analytics Program offered by Whitman. My experience here has taught me to remain proactive and take charge of my life. This mentality helped me obtain multiple internships throughout my two years in the master’s program. And it will help me tackle future challenges in the workforce. I enjoyed my six years at Syracuse University because of my growth, achievements and community support. I’ll forever cherish my memories as I move on to the next chapter of my life.”

James Coleman

James Coleman ’21 MBA

Hometown: Southington, Connecticut
Degree: MBA
Concentrations: Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics

“Completing an MBA was on the top of my list when I entered the workforce five years ago. At the time, I was deciding whether it would be the right move to commit to the program. After much consideration of the curriculum, network and experiences for Whitman students, and after consulting with my mentors, I concluded that pursuing my MBA would be an excellent way to set myself on a focused trajectory toward achieving my career goals. Whitman’s MBA was such an enriching experience, and I cherish the time I had at Syracuse University. I’m ready for the next chapter and am looking forward to the exciting challenges it brings.”


Belle Martorano ’19 MBA, ’21 M.S.

Hometown: New York, New York
Degree: M.S. in Entrepreneurship Online

“I completed my MBA at Whitman and was invited to become an entrepreneur in residence for the University’s Blackstone LaunchPad. While my MBA classes were focused on entrepreneurship, I thought it would make me a better mentor and ally with a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurial process, so I decided to pursue a second graduate degree in entrepreneurship. Both programs instill the belief that there is more to business than the bottom line. We need to expand our thinking beyond the nuts and bolts and consider the people, culture and history that came before us. Only when we look beyond the mechanisms of business to consider the impact that we make through our actions can we ensure that our path forward is one of clear intention and inclusivity.”

Fabian Diaz

Fabian Parada Diaz ’21 Ph.D.

Hometown: Ejido Copalita, Zappopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Degree: Ph.D. in Business Administration, specialization in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

“I joined Whitman’s Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Department to pursue an academic career. During my time here, I have developed a profound appreciation for the impact entrepreneurs have in our everyday lives. I learned that entrepreneurship is about taking action and bearing uncertainty with hope for a better future, financial or otherwise. This means that we are all entrepreneurial to varying degrees and that entrepreneurship manifests itself in many forms. Thanks to the support, training and guidance I received from the faculty, I will start as an assistant professor at the University of Louisville in the fall of 2021. I will also continue my research on regulation in working-class industries.”

Kimmy Kimball