As a Leeds graduate, our students spread all across the country making impacts on multiple organizations and industries. To acknowledge all of our wonderful alumni and the accomplishments in their career, we spotlight someone monthly and host them here. Flip through our incredible alumni and learn more about how Leeds has impacted their career journeys.

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Stephen Katz

Stephen Katz (Acct&Econ'71)

CEO of Katz Factoring Why did you decide to come to Leeds​? I was in engineering to start and took a business class from professor Richard Buskirk. From there I transferred into business. He was an inspiration. What is one thing you learned at Leeds that you will never forget​?...

Dr. Williams

Leeds Distinguished PhD Alumni Award: Dr. Jerome D. Williams (PhD’86), 1947-2021

Oct. 7, 2021

Why did Dr. Williams decide to come to Leeds? At the time, Dr. Williams and his family were already living in Colorado. When he made the decision to return to school, he knew of CU Boulder’s business school and its reputation. Dr. Williams knew he wanted to focus on marketing...

Leah Schwartz

Leah Schwartz (Info'21)

Law Student, University of Denver Why did you decide to come to Leeds? I decided to come to Leeds because when I first toured the School, I was able to immediately see how invested the faculty and staff were in their students’ success, the well-rounded and cutting-edge business curriculum the...

Kumar Kothari

Kumar Kothari (MBA'18)

Manager, Video Products at Comcast NBCUniversal Why did you decide to come to Leeds? I was working as an engineer in the automotive industry outside of Detroit and came to realize that I really didn't like the super technical parts of my job and wanted to make a pivot to...

Emily Rippeteau

Emily Rippeteau (MBA'13)

Founder and CEO Rippeteau Consulting LLC Why did you decide to come to Leeds? After I was admitted to MBA programs, I wanted to visit the four schools I got into one more time before I made my decision. When I got to Leeds, everything just felt right. I could...

Cy Barton

Cy Barton (Acct&Fin'12)

Vice President at Revelstoke Capital Partners Why did you decide to come to Leeds? I'm a lifelong Buffs fan and considered only one school when applying for college: the Leeds School of Business. I didn't necessarily know the path that my career would take, but I knew that Leeds offered...

Michael Earman

Michael Earman (MBA'15)

July 7, 2021

Logistics and Warehouse Manager at Stem Ciders Why did you decide to come to Leeds? I was interested in Leeds before undergrad, but plans changed. Once I decided to get my MBA and researched the School and the surrounding area, I desired the entrepreneurial landscape and wanted to learn in...

Clare Topper

Clare Topper (Mktg'12)

Senior Key Account Manager at PepsiCo Why did you decide to come to Leeds? Growing up, my family explored many different parts of the country. I fell in love with Colorado and the mountains at a very young age. I always dreamed of going to college in a beautiful place...

Kallie Beebe

Kallie Beebe (MBA’21)

June 7, 2021

Why did you decide to come to Leeds? When I decided to go back for my MBA, I had already been living in Boulder for a few years so this particular program felt like an easy and natural decision. I was also drawn to the ways in which Leeds advertised...

Madison Polansky

Madison Polansky (Info’17)

June 7, 2021

Advisor, IT Recruiting, Learning & Development at Phillips 66 Why did you decide to come to Leeds? I toured a number of different schools when looking to attend a university. I stepped onto CU's campus and toured Leeds and immediately felt at home. I loved the beauty of the landscape...