2023 Outstanding Graduates: CBE

Economics, Decision Sciences, Management and Marketing

    This year's Outstanding Graduates from the College of Business and Economics, selected by their faculty, include a club leader who helped rebuild student organizations following the COVID-19 pandemic, a team-leader with impressive analytical skills, a tri-lingual, double-major athlete, and a December grad who's already working as an assistant brand manager.

    WWU Communications reached out to all the 2023 Outstanding Graduates to share their stories and photos. We've been celebrating these grads on social media and here at WWU News. 

    Meet some of the Outstanding Graduates from CBE: 

    Bryndis Danke


    Bryndis Danke, Economics

    Bryndis, a politics/philosophy/economics major, held several club leadership positions at WWU, such as in the Student Economics Association, which she helped revive after the Covid-19 pandemic, the Political Science Association, and the Professional Women’s Association. After interning with the Department of Social and Health Services last summer and with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over the fall, Bryndis plans to intern with the DSHS again after graduation and work as a research assistant at Western studying international border policies and the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Annette Lam

    Decision Sciences

    Annette Lam, Decision Sciences

    Annette, a manufacturing and supply chain management major, graduated magna cum laude with a 3.98 GPA, and a minor in international business. Faculty members describe Annette as a motivated student and dedicated team leader who demonstrates strong presentation and analytical skills. She was also an active member and president of the Association for Supply Chain Management WWU chapter. She completed a supply planning internship with REI and will return after graduation as a supply planning analyst after a two-week trip to Taiwan. A competitive badminton player, she also hopes to spend more time on the court. 

    Alessandro Tomasi


    Alessandro Tomasi, Management

    A double-major and member of the WWU men’s soccer team, Alessandro was a WWU Scholar Athlete of the Year and a member of the Honors College. Management faculty know him as an excellent student and a thoughtful, kind colleague. He also has a strong interest in international languages and cultures; Alessandro speaks three languages and is working on a fourth. Most of all, he’s proud of making the most of his time at Western. Next, he’s moving to Milan, Italy, to study international management at Bocconi University. 

    Mariana Urrea


    Mariana Urrea, Marketing

    Mariana, who graduated in December 2022, was a managing editor in Marketing Instructor Dan Purdy’s applied integrated marketing communications course, where she worked closely with fellow students and helped to develop the course content. She was also a student advocate for the College of Business and Economics and worked as the the Marketing Department’s social media assistant, sharing resources and celebrating students and faculty online.  Today, Mariana works for Dare Foods in Tukwila as the assistant brand manager for La Panzanella and Breton crackers. 

    More 2023 Outstanding Grads


    Coming Up: 

    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humanities Division
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
    • College of Science and Engineering
    • Woodring College of Education
    • Interdisciplinary Programs
    • College of the Environment
    • Honors College