MBAx1 Harvard Team

Ariel Web

Ariel Avila


Ariel was born and raised outside of Chicago – in Plano, Illinois – and is proud to call himself a Midwesterner. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Go Illini!) and majored in Finance. After graduation, Ariel moved to the Big Apple, where he worked for J.P. Morgan in Investment Banking and Equity Research. He only planned to be in New York City for two years, but that quickly turned into five years. In 2012, Ariel decided to try out another city with great weather and moved to Boston to study at Harvard Business School. Post HBS, Ariel will return to his roots and call Chicago home.

Ariel is thrilled to join MBAs Across America and is eager to learn about the many opportunities and challenges that small business owners, entrepreneurs, and their employees face across the country. Additionally, he is excited to use the skills that he has learned in the classroom to help others solve challenges and turn their reality into a success. Lastly, he is looking forward to exploring and learning about parts of the United States he has not had the privilege of visiting. He can’t wait to hit the road in June!

Meghan Web

Meghan Sherlock


Meghan lived all over the country while growing up (almost), but settled down in Deer Park, Illinois, at the ripe old age of ten. She resumed her nomadic lifestyle to study English literature at Harvard and later made the move to San Francisco and next to Santiago, Chile. After five years in digital marketing at Google, she learned how to really listen to clients, how to connect brands with consumers, and how to make coffee.

Meghan is excited about MBAxAmerica because she wants to make an impact this summer and apply the business concepts she has picked up over the years in a new setting. She has always been inspired by the power of small businesses to create and shape communities, sometimes one neighborhood at a time. She can’t wait to hit the road to see these communities and meet the entrepreneurs that nurture and inspire them.

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Namrata Bhattacharya


Namrata was born in Hong Kong, but moved to Texas early in her childhood and is proud to call Houston home! She attended The University of Texas at Austin (hook ’em horns!) where she studied finance. After college, Namrata returned to her hometown of Houston and spent two years working as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley where she focused on clients in the energy industry. She also spent a year with Morgan Stanley in Mumbai, India before returning to the US for business school. Namrata is eager to join the MBAs Across America team this summer because she is a true believer in the power of small business – in fact, her parents are entrepreneurs themselves. Growing up, she witnessed firsthand how small business owners can help create new jobs, fulfill unmet needs in their neighborhoods, and even transform communities. She is looking forward to partnering with entrepreneurs all over the country this summer with the goal of forging lasting relationships and making a positive impact in the communities that her team visits.

Ryan Web

Ryan Eskridge


Ryan proudly hails from Warren, New Jersey, where he lived until heading south to complete his BBA in Finance and Information Systems & Operations at Emory University. In his four years of consulting and project management experience in marketing, strategy, and talent, Ryan learned to lean on both his skills and his gut instinct. Friends describe him as smart, sarcastic, and occasionally fashionable. When he first heard about MBAxAmerica, just before Summer 2013, his only thought was “I wish I had thought of that myself.” He is thrilled to join a team of HBS classmates this summer, where he will gain practical experience related to important challenges of operating a real small business or startup. His biggest hopes for the summer are to create a real, meaningful impact for people and their businesses, to gain a better understanding of some less-traveled parts of the country, and to shed light on the great work being done by entrepreneurs outside of the oft-covered tech sector.

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The Trip

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