Three Mike Ilitch School of Business MBA students win $10,000 C200 Foundation Scholar Awards

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April 11, 2017

At the April 7 Committee of 200 Reachout at Wayne State, three MBA students from the Mike Ilitch School of Business were presented with $10,000 awards from the C200 Foundation. Winners Maria Arpino, Ana Kostic and Olta Sota will also become members of the C200 Scholars Network, through which they will receive incomparable access to C200 members, as well as nationwide networking and learning opportunities.

The Committee of 200 is an international organization comprised of more than 400 of the world’s most successful women business leaders, half of whom run companies with revenues in excess of $100 million. Committed to empowering future business women, members share their expertise and insights with students around the world through the C200 Foundation’s signature Reachout programs. The WSU event was the group’s first-ever Reachout in Michigan.

At the event, 20 of the country’s top women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, as well as U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, spoke to students. The theme of the conference was “The Motor City: Women at the Wheel.”

Speakers from the Detroit area included Florine Mark, president and chair of the WW Group; Denise Ilitch, president of Ilitch Enterprises; Luanne Thomas Ewald, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and Susan E. Burns, vice president for development and alumni affairs and president of the Wayne State University Foundation.

About the Mike Ilitch School of Business
The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, a new state-of-the-art building is slated to open in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018, and entrepreneurial programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit

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