Five Stanford GSB Students Named Siebel Scholars
Program honors academic achievement, problem-solving
The 2024 Siebel Scholars, pictured clockwise from top left: Tye Gerrard, Jessica Wang, Andrew Wooten, Zane Stiles, Mark Whittaker.| by courtesy
Five second-year MBA students at Stanford GSB have been chosen as 2024 Siebel Scholars in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements and commitment to building the future. They will each receive a $35,000 scholarship to be put toward their final year of study, as well as entrance into an elite professional network of over 1,700 former scholars. This year’s recipients are Tye Gerrard, Zane Stiles, Jessica Wang, Mark Whittaker, and Andrew Wooten.
The Siebel Scholars program, established by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation in 2000, seeks to recognize exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science. Each year, almost 90 graduate students at the top of their class are selected during their final year of studies. More than 1,100 Siebel Scholars currently serve as advisors to the Siebel Foundation and work collaboratively to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
Gerrard holds a BEng and MSc from the University of Queensland, where he studied mechanical and petroleum engineering (with Honors), and a Master of Applied Finance degree from the University of Western Australia, where he was University Valedictorian and named the Phil Dolan Scholar. He worked at Macquarie Capital for four years, where he rose to vice president. Prior to Macquarie, he was a petrophysicist and reservoir engineer at Woodside Energy in Australia and Southeast Asia. At Stanford GSB, he is the chief financial officer of the Student Association, co-president of the Finance and Investment Club, president of the Australia and New Zealand Club, and member of the Dream Big, Lead Boldly Leadership Team. Outside of the GSB, Gerrard focuses his time on helping migrants and refugees secure meaningful, long-term employment in Australia via HOST International and Regional Opportunities Australia, where he is a non-executive director and chair of the Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee for both organizations. This summer, he worked in the Special Situations Group at Elliott Investment Management.
Before pursuing his MBA at Stanford GSB, Stiles was employed at Bain Capital in Boston, where he was a private equity associate. He earned a BSE in computer science and a BS in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Joseph Wharton Scholar and graduated summa cum laude. At the GSB, he serves as the external chair of the MBA Student Association Technology and Communications Committee. Stiles founded VaccinateMA, which connected Massachusetts residents to COVID-19 vaccines during the pandemic. This summer, he was an MBA summer intern for Cofactr, a third-party logistics provider for the electronic components industry.
Wang graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in economics and government. During her time at Dartmouth, Wang competed in varsity swimming and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Post-graduation, Wang spent four years at Bain Capital, where she worked as a private equity analyst and later became an associate. She returned to Bain Capital this summer, joining their venture capital division as part of the growth-stage investing team. Wang is passionate about female representation in finance and previously served on the executive board of Boston Women in Private Equity. At Stanford GSB, she is a peer mentor and serves on the MBA Student Association Careers Committee.
Prior to studying at Stanford GSB, Whittaker was a principal at the New York private equity firm Perry Creek Capital for four years. There, he invested in publicly traded equities and private companies across a diverse set of industries. This summer, he returned to New York to work at a hedge fund, where he specialized in distressed debt investing. Whittaker earned a BA degree in economics at Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At the GSB, he serves as co-chief investment officer of the Finance and Investment Club. He performs in stand-up comedy nights and enjoys golfing at the Stanford Golf Course.
Wooten graduated cum laude from Yale-NUS College with a BS degree in mathematical, computational, and statistical sciences. He has spent the past seven years working at Crimson Education, a growth-stage EdTech company that runs an international online high school and offers college admissions support. In his previous role as managing director, Wooten launched Crimson in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Now in his third year as chief revenue officer, he leads a 200-person team across 25 markets to manage all aspects of Crimson’s growth. At Stanford GSB, Wooten is part of the Student Association Academic Committee and is researching climate tech automation. He is an avid chess and poker player.
About the Siebel Foundation
The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation, was established as a private foundation in 1996. Its mission is to foster programs and organizations that improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. The Siebel Foundation funds projects to support the homeless and underprivileged, education and research, public health, and alternative energy solutions.
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