Poets&Quants Names Two LSB Seniors Amongst Best & Brightest Business Majors
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (April 4, 2022)
Two of the Leavey School of Business’ top students have been selected as a part of the Best & Brightest Business Majors list from Poets&Quants. The 7th annual list features seniors from the Top 50 Undergraduate Business Schools who embody the best in business education. This year, Fernanda Gaete and Yash Tanna were chosen to represent Santa Clara University based on academic performance, extracurricular leadership, and innate potential.
Fernanda Gaete ‘22 is a Finance Major from Portland, Oregon. During her time at the Leavey School of Business, Fernanda has served as the Co-President of SCU’s Undergraduate Women in Business Association, Co-President of the SCU Own It Summit, ACE Leadership Program scholar, LSB Peer Advisor, and Business Leadership Peer Educator, amongst several other positions and student organizations across campus. After interning in the Finance Development Program in Cupertino last summer, Fernanda will be returning to Apple as a full-time Finance Associate in the Finance Development Program following graduation.
In reflecting on her time at LSB, Fernanda shared about the experiences she had through LSB’s Conscientious Capitalism course, the relationships she built through her leadership position in the Women in Business Association, and how her outlook on business has evolved through the years.
“Prior to entering the study of business, I thought my focus would be completely on the external world around me,” Fernanda said. “What I came to learn is the importance of understanding the authentic self, which opens doors that lead to opportunities to pursue a career that aligns with my own personal values and goals as a Jesuit educated individual.”
Yash Tanna ‘22 is an Economics Major, MIS Minor from San Jose, CA. Over his four years at SCU, Yash has held many esteemed internships across the Bay Area, including as Financial Analyst Intern with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Algorithm and Product Marketing Intern at Opal, and Transformation Intern with Veritas Technologies. Following graduation, Yash will be joining Deloitte Consulting as a Strategy Analyst and ultimately hopes to land at a top MBA program before transitioning to a social impact startup. On-campus, Yash serves as Vice President for Community Development within the Associated Student Government and is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, ACE Leadership Program, as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society.
When it comes to lessons learned during his time at LSB, Yash shared that the largest impacts have come through his relationships with his peers, the importance of networking, and getting to learn and work alongside transformative Silicon Valley executives.
“Business has taught me about the responsibility I have in ensuring my education provides a positive impact in the lives of friends, family, and community,” said Yash Tanna. “At Leavey, classes such as Business Ethics and Sustainability Management gave me a perspective of the potential business has to improve the lives of employees and the community while also reversing harm such as environmental destruction. Additionally, in my Experiential Learning for Social Justice class, I worked with small minority-owned businesses, which continued to reinforce the idea that my education can be a tool that I use to help my local community flourish.”
About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see www.scu.edu.
About Leavey School of Business
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers one of the nation's best graduate business programs ranked No. 13 Executive MBA by U.S. News & World Report, No. 19 ranked Evening MBA by U.S. News & World Report, and No. 3 ranked Online MBA by Poets&Quants. Our Undergraduate Business programs rank in the Top 10% in the nation, ranked No. 49 by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit www.scu.edu/business.