Two Krannert alumni receive Influential Leaders Award

September 22, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Two alumni from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management have been recognized for their innovative leadership by AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools.

Beth Brooke-Marciniak and Carolyn Woo were recognized on the 100 AACSB Influential Leaders list of honorees. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to health care to nonprofits, across 21 countries, are present in this year's group.

Brooke-Marciniak is one of the top executives at EY, with global public policy responsibilities for the 150 countries where the company operates. She has served on the boards of the National Women's Law Center and The White House Project, and she has traveled to Africa and elsewhere as a board member of TechnoServe, aiming to lift local residents from poverty. She served in the Clinton administration in the U.S. Department of Treasury, where she worked on health care reform and the superfund effort to clean up toxic waste.

Woo is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Catholic community's humanitarian agency. She came to CRS after a distinguished academic career at Purdue and the University of Notre Dame, where she served as business school dean. She was the first female dean to chair AACSB International and directed its initiative for Peace Through Commerce. She also was featured in Foreign Policy magazine in 2013 as one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet.

For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

For the full list of recipients, visit

Writer: John Hughey, 765-494-2432, 

Source: Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations and communication, 765-496-7271,  

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