Village People: Maywood Native Is Taking His Talents To Harvard This Fall

Monday, May 21, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Malcolm Ruffin, a Maywood native who will attend Harvard Business School in the fall. | Courtesy Malcolm Ruffin 

Malcolm Ruffin, a Maywood native who attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, is taking his talents to Harvard Business School in the fall to obtain an MBA.

After graduation, Ruffin secured a position in the National Basketball Association’s rotational program at the league’s headquarters in New York City. The position launched him into his current role as associate manager for business operations with the NBA G League.

Ruffin is also the founder and chairman of the Sports Industry Influencers, “a group for progressive leaders from across the sports and entertainment world,” according to his LinkedIn. “Our mission is to create opportunities for like-minded professionals of diverse backgrounds to network, participate in philanthropic initiatives, and cultivate cross-industry collaboration.”

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Malcolm Ruffin on the campus of the Harvard School of Business. | Courtesy Malcolm Ruffin/Facebook 

But before he enrolls at Harvard, Ruffin has some work to do; rather, his supporters have work to do. Ruffin was recently selected as one of three UMass alumni who are finalists for the Driven Leadership Award by the Isenberg Business Leadership Awards committee.

The committee is allowing the public to “vote for the person who you feel best represents what it means to be ‘driven.’”

Supporters of Ruffin have until June 10 to vote for the Maywood native. You can do so by clicking here. VFP 

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