Olin honors 2024 Emerging Leaders

  • February 26, 2024
  • By Jill Young Miller
  • 2 minute read

Olin Business School proudly honored three Olin alumni with the Emerging Leader Award on March 4.

The award was first bestowed in 2015 to honor alumni who exemplify leadership, innovative thinking and vision. Olin recognizes Emerging Leaders for their service to Olin, thought leadership, business acumen and impact on their organizations and beyond.

Kendra Kelly

Kendra Kelly, MBA 2021, is a marketing director in New York City at L’Oréal USA, where she leads complexion makeup marketing for the global luxury beauty brand Lancôme.

In her free time, she serves as a member of the WashU Alumni Board of Governors and enjoys mentoring undergraduate and MBA students, championing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity, and lending her time to meaningful causes.

She describes herself as a "politico turned marketing pro," due to her work on a history-making presidential campaign and managing communications for elected officials. She later transitioned to a sports and entertainment technology firm where she led CRM marketing campaigns for over 350 domestic and international partners across the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, Live Nation, Leinster Rugby and more.

As a proud alumna of Olin Business School, she values opportunities to share the impact that WashU and Olin have had on her career and the relationships she formed as a result of her Olin experience.

Nate Maslak

Nate Maslak, BSBA 2011, is the cofounder and CEO of Ribbon Health. The data platform empowers healthcare enterprises with actionable provider information including what insurances are accepted, cost, quality and experience.

He started his career at McKinsey & Co., where he focused on healthcare strategy and innovation. He then joined Datalogix and built its Identity Graph business and product to help drive an acquisition by Oracle in 2014 for $1.2 billion.

He received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife and dog

Ray T. Wagner III

Ray T. Wagner III, MBA 2021, is an engagement manager in World Wide Technology’s management consulting practice. He leads teams to deliver technology solutions and business strategy for clients across all industries.

Previously, he served in the US Army. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in electrical engineering. He later graduated from the US Army Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School and Ranger School, where he earned the coveted Ranger Tab. He later deployed to the Kunar Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He moved to St. Louis with his family in 2019 and enrolled at Olin Business School. He received the Joseph W. Towle Prize, given to the graduating MBA student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in organizational leadership.

2024 Emerging Leaders

Olin Business School proudly honored three Olin alumni with the Emerging Leader Award on March 4, 2024.

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Jill Young Miller

Jill Young Miller

As research translator for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to highlight professors’ research by “translating” their work into stories. Before coming to Olin, I was a communications specialist at WashU’s Brown School. My background is mostly in newspapers including as a journalist for Missouri Lawyers Media, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.

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