In Memoriam: Kavya Krishna (April 7, 1984 – March 27, 2016)

As part of the 2011 SGE Immersion cohort and broader Johnson community class of 2012, we continue to think of Kavya and the lifelong lessons she left with us.

In Memoriam: Kavya Krishna (April 7, 1984 – March 27, 2016)inline-block

Kavya, Bart & Rob

Kavya Krishna with SGE classmates Bart Bromberger and Rob Matelski

In 2010, when we first embarked on our business school experience at Johnson, 270 people were brought together with a plethora of experience from all over the world, yet we had a common goal: to advance our capabilities as future leaders in business. Within this collective, we had the option to tailor our studies to a specific discipline, which included areas such as finance, marketing, operations, and sustainable global enterprise (SGE). The SGE immersion was appealing to a group of us, including Kavya Krishna, for its multidisciplinary approach to tackling business challenges that include elements of social and/or environmental impact. Our SGE cohort brought together like-minded individuals who wanted to use the power of business to positively impact the world, and we did so by dedicating a significant portion of our studies to be equipped in this endeavor. Through our semester-long immersion program, Net Impact involvement, and our summer internships, we were united with a deeper common goal.

Kavya Krishna was a special individual in our SGE cohort. She was the positive energy that brought out the best in everyone, recognizing each person’s unique skills and talents.

At Johnson, Kavya was a consultant with BR Consulting (a student run consulting firm) and worked with a client that specialized in soil/organic matter management. Within the SGE Immersion, she worked on a clean cook stove project for Novozymes-Cleanstar developing a marketing and distribution strategy for CleanStar’s ethanol cook stoves and fuel in Maputo, Mozambique. Kavya had a particular interest in understanding how businesses can integrate sustainability into their decision making.

Kavya interned with Vestergaard Frandsen (VF) in Washington DC during the summer, working with two VF products – a portable water filtration device and insecticidal malaria bed nets. She developed a marketing strategy for LifeStraw in the US retail market and also explored opportunities related to donor funding for water projects. Upon graduating from Johnson in 2012, Kavya joined Deloitte as a strategy consultant based out of their Minneapolis office.  

Kavya & Family

A few years after graduation, Kavya was diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer, just months after having her first child. With no history of breast cancer in her family, this diagnosis came as a shock to her family and friends. She battled this disease with remarkable courage, grace, and optimism in which we all admire. Unfortunately after a protracted battle with cancer she passed away iMarch, 2016. While we mourn the loss of our classmate and friend, we cherish the time that we shared with her and the lifelong bonds that she instilled upon us.

Kavya moved so many of us with her selflessness, joyful spirit and her deep inner strength. Even in challenging times during and beyond her years at Johnson, she kept calm and instilled positive energy in every situation. She also had a unique ability to connect with people in a way that brought out the best in each individual, something that we can all respect and learn from.

As part of the 2011 SGE Immersion cohort and broader Johnson community class of 2012, we continue to think of Kavya and the lifelong lessons she left with us.

SGE Immersion 2011

By Selina Ang and Kavita Nehemiah, both MBA ‘12