Multiple SSM Alumni Recognized in Forbes “30 Under 30” Lists

December 09, 2020


It was an exciting week for Shattuck-St. Mary’s alumni when it was announced that not one but two of our female alumni had achieved Forbes “30 Under 30” recognition in two of the 20 different categories. Grace Paulsen ’09 was featured in the “Energy” category, while Kelly Kiewel ’10 was featured in the “Games” category.

While she was a student at SSM, Grace ’09 was a member of the Figure Skating Center of Excellence program, as well as a member of the Arch Dance company. She went on to attend the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, which included studying business abroad in Prague and Melbourne. Since then, she’s steadily climbed ladders in the business world to become the Vice President of Energy Investments at Siguler Guff & Company, a private equity investment firm, a new role she has taken on in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of the Figure Skating COE Tom Hickey had this to say: “I have coached many athletes at SSM, and Grace was one of the most dependable of all, never missing a practice or a workout, even at 5:30 a.m. She led by example on and off the ice, which is why her business success is not a surprise.”

Forbes highlighted her work at her previous job with Arena Investors as to why Grace made this year’s list, saying that, “Paulsen led the formation of a $20 million vehicle called Polaris Production Partners to acquire and turn around oil and gas assets from distressed sellers.”

Our second recognized alum, Kelly ’10, was one of our most involved All-Around students while she attended SSM. Especially as a senior, she showed herself to be a real leader in our community by participating in interscholastic sports, theater productions, the Gold Key Club, and the Honors Program, to name a few. Now, she works as Director of Business & Strategy, Global Partnerships for Twitch, a video live streaming service.

When Kelly got the news that she’d made the Forbes list this year, she tweeted, “I’m proud to be recognized as one of @ForbesUnder30 - Gaming. Every person on this list pushes the industry forward. Congratulations to everyone who made it and everyone who helped us get here. Gaming is a community, we do things together.”

The work our alums do is truly amazing, and we’re so proud of these two women for all their groundbreaking successes and their demonstration of leadership.

For more alumni stories, read further on our website about Esther Agbaje ’03, a recently elected Minnesota Representative, or Michael Vang ’18, the first Hmong man to play professional soccer.