Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 rosters encompass Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Its separate American honors recognize 600 business and industry figures—30 in each of 20 categories, including ecommerce, science, social enterprise, healthcare, Hollywood & entertainment, and marketing & advertising. In its selections, Forbes looks for “game changers and industry disruptors.”
After graduating from Isenberg, Ruffin joined the NBA in managerial posts in its D and G Leagues. The latter included responsibility for marketing and content creation. In 2018, he enrolled in Harvard Business School’s MBA program, graduating earlier this year. At his present employer, he was a content business development intern before joining the firm full time after graduation.
At Isenberg’s annual Business Leadership banquet in 2018, Ruffin became the first recipient of the school’s Driven Leadership Award. Earlier in that academic year, McCormack recognized him as an outstanding mentor of its students. "Melcolm took me under his wing,” noted his mentee, Isenberg scholar and athlete Davonté Higginbottom '20 (on left in photo). “His insights on classes, club activities, and life advice have made a tremendous difference to me as a student and person.”