Ross Boomer
"Being constantly exposed to different people on different teams with different backgrounds, I've learned that leading a team is not just about leveraging different skillsets; it's also about being aware that people think about (and solve) problems in very different ways."
Class of 2017
Industry:
Technology, Retail

Prior Education:

Claremont McKenna College
Economics / International Relations, 2009
Hometown:
Prairie Village, Kansas
Nationality:
USA

Why I Chose Fuqua

I know I do my best in a close-knit community where students are fully invested in their experience. Similarly, I wanted a school with a truly collegial and diverse culture, where people were eager to support one another other but also valued each other’s unique paths and backgrounds.

As soon as I stepped foot at Fuqua for its LGBTQ admissions weekend, I knew I found what I was looking for in Durham. Fuquans didn't view business school as something they could treat as an 8-5 job, but rather a 24/7 experience where everyone contributes to academics, clubs, recruiting, and a healthy social life. The passion people had for Fuqua, and each other was palpable, and I became resolute to make this place my home!

 

5 Non-Fuqua Duke Gems

  1. West Union - recently renovated study and gourmet food mecca only 10 minutes away by walking from Fuqua.
  2. Gothic Reading Room - If you're tired of Fuqua's library, this quiet study space at Duke's main library transports you into Hogwarts.
  3. Climbing Wall at Wilson Gym - whether a novice or pro, take advantage of the free gear to get some height and adrenaline between class.
  4. Al Buehler Trail - No matter the season, this 3-mile trail through the woods is a perfect stress release from Fuqua and only a block away.
  5. Nasher Museum - world-class art museum with rotating galleries, no travel (or admission) required

My Life Before Fuqua

I worked six years in the energy industry, focusing on developing marketing strategies for renewable energy projects directed at residential customers. I had also worked in procurement and finance, so my exposure to different parts of my company and industry was quite broad.

My Life After Fuqua

After Fuqua, I'll remain at Amazon.com in Seattle as part of its full-time Retail Leadership Development Program. I’ll concentrate on product management and marketing in retail.

My Fuqua Activities

FuquaPride Co-President

FuquaVision guest star

Diversity Working Group co-lead

Admissions Fellow

LEADS facilitator

Wine Club fan

Management Communications teaching assistant

Marketing Fellow

My Summer Internship Experience

Amazon.com’s Retail Leadership Development Program, baby registry team to improve content curation and personalization for new parents.

What I love about Fuqua’s Diversity

I'm very passionate about engaging other students on key diversity issues impacting our community. With so many students from different countries and parts of the US, you realize that no one sees any issue as black or white. Being constantly exposed to different people on different teams with different backgrounds, I've learned that leading a team is not just about leveraging different skillsets; it's also about being aware that people think about (and solve) problems in very different ways.

As a co-president for FuquaPride, Fuqua's LGBT support group, I'm actively working with other diversity group leaders to create more opportunities for students to come together and discuss sometimes difficult topics.

 

Student Network


Jeroune Rhodes Daytime MBA

Jeroune Rhodes

Class of 2018
Trista Szocs Daytime MBA

Trista Szocs

Class of 2017
Willy Chen Mo Daytime MBA

Willy Chen Mo

Class of 2018
Tousal Jujhara Daytime MBA

Tousal Jujhara

Class of 2018