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Five Stanford MBA Students Honored as 2011 Siebel Scholars

Stanford GSB News

August 23rd 2010

Five accomplished second-year Stanford MBA students have been named 2011 Siebel Scholars based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership during their first year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


September 2010


STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —A startup business development manager in energy and healthcare; reality TV contestant-turned sportscaster; marathon runner/clean technology analyst; founding member of the Climate Change Special Initiative in Asia; and strategic management analyst and avid Dallas Mavericks fan have been named 2011 Siebel Scholars.


These five accomplished second-year MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) join an elite group chosen by a faculty committee based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership within the business school community during their first year at the school. The honor includes a tuition grant of $35,000 from the program, established in 2000 by the Siebel Foundation to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business and computer science.
The five Class of 2011 Stanford MBA students are: Danielle Buckley, Arvind Iyengar, Sumi Kim, Shane Lauf, and Amanda Luther.

Danielle Buckley is CFO of the business school's High Tech Club and a member of the leadership team of the Health Care Club. She spent the summer in Seattle at Microsoft working as a product manager in their Startup Business Group, where she led research to recommend the ongoing business plan for Hohm, an online energy management platform. Prior to her studies at the GSB, Buckley was manager of business development at American Well, a Boston-based software startup that enables live online medical consultations. Previously, she worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where she served on case teams in the high tech, health care, and consumer goods industries. As a government major at Harvard, she was Inter-Collegiate Model United Nations Program head and president of the Ballroom Dance Team. She is originally from Milford, Pa.

Arvind Iyengar fulfilled a childhood dream to pursue a career in sports when he competed against 10,000 participants in his native India and finished second on the reality show, "Dream Job," landing a role as an on-air sportscaster on Sportscenter with ESPNSTAR Singapore/India. Prior to his star turn on television, he worked as a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Company for two years. Iyengar received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay in 2006. While a student he enjoyed taking part in cultural competitions, winning over 100 inter-collegiate events in debating, dramatics, quizzing, and other literary contests. At the GSB, Iyengar has been involved in multiple extracurricular activities including: serving on the Dean's Task Force and the Academic Committee, co-president of the Sports Management Club, and leading the India Global Study Trip. He has continued to pursue his passion for sports at the GSB, authoring a popular sports column for the online Castrol Cricket fan site. He spent the past summer at the New York headquarters of the National Basketball Association.


Sumi Kim is a joint-degree student pursuing her MBA and MS in environment and resources. At the GSB she served as co-president of the Energy Club and has been a member of the Alumni Committee since 2008. Prior to the GSB, Kim worked for McKinsey & Company in New York from 2004-2006 before heading to Aspire Public Schools, a statewide nonprofit charter school management organization based in Oakland, Calif. In 2007, she rejoined McKinsey in their San Francisco office specializing in the clean technology and climate change practices. She is passionate about issues around energy and the environment, and spent her summers working for a solar startup, a large integrated energy and utility company, and most recently, an energy efficiency startup. Kim is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard, where she received her undergraduate degree in social studies. She is a native of Lafayette, Calif. and is an avid runner, cyclist, and lover of the outdoors.

Shane Lauf is an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow at the GSB and co-president of the Environmentally Sustainable Business Club. In support of his business interest in technology solutions for clean energy and transportation, Lauf worked this summer at Primus Power, a startup producing batteries for grid-scale storage, and at Samsung. Prior to the GSB, Lauf served four years as management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo, where he was a founding member of the Climate Change Special Initiative in Asia. A University Medal recipient at the University of Wollongong in Australia, he pursued a combined bachelor of engineering/bachelor of arts degree. Lauf, who grew up in Canberra, Australia, is fluent in Japanese and is the bass guitarist for the GSB Band.


Before commencing studies at the GSB, Amanda Luther spent two years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Dallas where she worked on strategy and performance improvement projects, primarily in the consumer goods, travel, and retail industries. She earned her undergraduate degrees at Stanford in economics and computer science, both with distinction. She also received the Terman Award bestowed on the top 5% of graduates in the School of Engineering. At the GSB, Luther's interests have focused on sports management. She is chair of the Athletic Committee, serves on the Student Association Senate and the leadership teams for the Sports Management, Brewers Guild, and Basketball clubs. She spent her summer working on special projects for Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

During the past 10 years the Siebel Scholars Program has created a community of more than 600 scholars that fosters personal leadership, academic achievement, and the collaborative search for solutions to pressing societal problems. As future leaders in the fields of business and computer science, these students will have the opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and societal decisions that shape the future.

Siebel Scholars are key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates. For more information, please visit


About the Siebel Foundation


The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering, and to form an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders. Today, more than 600 of the world's brightest minds are Siebel Scholars. This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates. For more information, please visit


The Siebel Scholars Foundation is funded by the Siebel Foundation. Established as a private foundation in 1996, the Siebel Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. For more information, please visit


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