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Marina von Neumann Whitman , professor of business administration and public policy, grew up in the shadow of her famous father. Dubbed one of “the Martians,” John von Neumann often is hailed as the greatest mathematician of the 20th century. But Whitman is no wallflower. She was the first woman on the president’s Council of Economic Advisers (under Richard Nixon ), a director at the Council on Foreign Relations, one of the first women to sit on the boards of several major corporations, and the highest-ranking female executive in the American auto industry in the 1980s. Her memoir, The Martian’s Daughter (University of Michigan Press, 2012), chronicles her pioneering life and the enduring struggle to “have it all.” Guilty Pleasure? Reading Vanity Fair 1 What keeps you up at night? My grandson’s adolescent antics. 2 What’s a book you read recently? Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo. 3 What’s the most thrilling/adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Leaping from academe into the corporate world. 4 Guilty pleasure? Reading Vanity Fair . 5 Personal hero (and why)? Paul Volcker: a combina-tion of brilliance, dedication, and passion for the truth. 6 Nightmare job? Working underground. 7 First website you access in the morning? 8 If you had a free hour to do anything you could, what would it be? Relaxing in my Jacuzzi bathtub with a good book. 9 Favorite comfort food? Cheesy grits. 10 If you had a theme song, what would it be? “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” by Jimmy Cliff. 11 Favorite line from a movie? “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” —Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind . 12 Best business decision? To leave GM before the roof fell in. 13 Favorite drink? An Old Fashioned, made by my husband. 14 Best trophy/award you ever won? An honorary doctor of laws from Notre Dame, with the chance to wear my father’s academic regalia. 15 What did you want to be when you were a kid? Writer for The New York Times . 16 Pet peeve? Our politicians’ refusal to have honest discussions of critical issues facing us. 17 Unfulfilled wish? To be as charming and glamorous as my mother. 18 What gets you out of bed in the morning? Breakfast. 19 Three people, living or dead, you’d have over to dinner? Stephen Hawking, Ray Kurzweil, and John von Neumann. 20 One-word description of Ross students? Competitive. Patrick Welsh, MBA ’14 , doesn’t want to miss any opportunities life may present. Being a banking and capital markets consultant at PwC keeps him busy, but he jumped at the chance to join the inaugural Michigan Ross Executive MBA cohort in Los Angeles. “I chose Michigan because it was the only program on the West Coast with a general management curriculum and a global reputation,” says the San Francisco resident. Although embedded in L.A., the cohort still is connected to Ann Arbor — and engaged in a friendly gridiron rivalry with the Ann Arbor EMBAs during their first campus visit. Welsh says the pick-up game at the Big House “will go down as one of the coolest moments in my life.” TOP PHOTO BY SCOTT STEWART; BOTTOM PHOTO BY JEFF SINGER 1 What’s a book you read recently? The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. I try to create habit loops to increase productivity, while freeing my brain’s RAM to focus on highest-value activities. It’s as dorky as it sounds. 2 First album/CD you bought? Color Me Badd or P.M. Dawn. Good taste is timeless. 3 What’s on your iPod? Spotify. Classical for studying, then anything from Go Radio to Mumford & Sons to Jason Mraz. 4 What’s the most thrilling/adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Climbing Half Dome, which was hands down the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. 5 Guilty pleasure? Skipping a normal lunch in favor of a dozen cookies from Specialty Bakery. 6 First job? Watch and jewelry repair specialist. 7 What are you afraid of? Not achieving my potential. 8 What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago? The destination is just a part of the journey. The moment matters. 9 Favorite comfort food? Pork, kielbasa, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes on New Year’s Day. 10 Grossest thing in your fridge? Nothing. My wife views expiration dates as suggestions, so I purge when she leaves. 11 Favorite line from a movie? “Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler.” —Stephen Root as Milton Waddams in Office Space . 12 Three people, living or dead, you’d have over to dinner? Ben Franklin, Dale Carnegie, and Bill Clinton. 13 Best trophy/award you ever won? The scholarship from PwC to obtain my MBA. 14 If you could read anyone’s mind, whose would it be? When I read this question to my wife, she said, “Mine.” I’m curious to see what I’ve been missing. 15 Pet peeve? Anything that demonstrates a lack of awareness or respect for others. 16 What did you want to be when you were a kid? The president. My room was nicknamed “the Presiden-tial Suite” and was covered in presidential posters. 17 Favorite sport to watch? I’ll watch the final minutes of close games in any sport. 18 Must-have app on your phone? Nozbe, a life-changing tool for managing school, work, and life as an EMBA. 19 Ultimate spring break location? Anywhere I haven’t been yet. 20 Personal hero (and why)? My grandparents. I grew up in an unstable family structure, but they taught me about healthy relationships, showed me what was possible for my future, and always supported me. 4 DIVIDEND SPRING 2013

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