Welcome to Michigan Ross! My name is Soojin Kwon. I joined Ross admissions in 2004. As the director of admissions, I lead marketing, recruiting and admissions for Ross’ Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, and Executive MBA programs.
My path to this position was a rather circuitous one. How many kids dream of becoming a business school admissions director when they grow up? If I had known what the job entailed, I would’ve put it high on my list. Instead, as a high schooler, I thought I wanted to work on Wall Street . . . until I went to college and decided I wanted to go into public service. So I got a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on business and government relations. I started my career as a policy analyst in Washington, D.C., working for the Senate Budget Committee, the House Appropriations Committee, and the Department of Commerce. Having worked on the policy side of things, I wanted to gain experience in the private sector, so I got an MBA (at Ross – Go Blue!), then spent five years as a management consultant at Deloitte in the Strategy and Operations practice. Then opportunity knocked. A position opened up at Ross and I made a second career switch. It was a no brainer since I’d get to use the skills I’d gained in b-school and consulting (e.g., marketing, strategy, operations) and help build a brand and community that I love.
When I’m not recruiting future Rossers or working on Ross marketing strategies, I’m a soccer mom (i.e., chauffeur and cheerleader), a has-been runner (i.e., a two-time Boston marathoner who can no longer keep pace with my 12 and nine year old sons), and guest singer with the b-school’s Rock N Roll band (because they’re kind enough to let me play out my dream of being a rock star).