Callie Livengood, ’17 BSB, and Raffy Maristela, ’17 BSB, quickly became friends after joining the Carlson Consulting Enterprise last spring, bonding over shared career ambitions.

Now the two Carlson School students have something else in common: They’ve both been named to Poets & QuantsBest & Brightest Business Majors for undergraduates in the Class of 2017. One hundred students were chosen from the top programs across the country.

Livengood and Maristela are both headed to top consulting firms after graduation—Livengood to Deloitte and Maristela to McKinsey & Company.

Livengood, a Finance and Political Science major who came to the Carlson School from Batavia, Illinois, changed majors a handful of times before learning about consulting from some friends.

“I kind of realized that I wanted to do more and more things that could continuously challenge me,” says Livengood, who pursued consulting “because I would be able to see a broad range of problems and work in a really fast-paced environment where I would be around people who are really super talented and want to do a bunch of different things.”

Long term, she hopes to lead a nonprofit that works on closing the opportunity gap in education in urban areas. Read Livengood’s full profile on Poets & Quants.

Maristela, a Finance major and Management Information Systems minor from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is eager to enhance his all-around skill set at McKinsey. Eventually, he would like to move into social entrepreneurship, having been inspired early in his time at the Carlson School by the story of alumnus Steele Lorenz, ’10 BSB, and his MyRain startup.

“That really sparked my interest in the fact that businesses can actually have a bigger impact besides generating a lot of money and sending out good products,” he says. “I think that’s something that’s really important for me, is being aligned with the mission of whatever it is that I’m doing.”

Read Maristela’s full profile on Poets & Quants.