Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Connor Matheson



London Business School

I grew up in Ottawa before heading to London, Ontario to do my undergraduate degree at Western University. After starting in Kinesiology, I moved to the Ivey Business School where I got my degree in Business Administration. I then moved to Toronto where I spent four years working as a management consultant at Accenture. At Accenture, I focused on talent management and organization design, particularly how organizations must adapt to technologies like Blockchain and AI. I'm now in a different London (the one you've probably heard of) completing my MBA at the London Business School.


What made you consider business school?

I've always loved school and knew that I would always want to go back at some point after I completed my first degree. What made this the right time was that I reached a point in my personal and professional life where it made sense to take a step back and really focus on my own development. Business school is one of the few opportunities we get later in life where the primary goal is your own betterment and education.


What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

What excites me most about business school is my classmates. LBS, in particular, is a highly internationally diverse school. Having spent my entire career to date in Canada, I recognize the limitations of my world view. Learning from peers who have held a whole host of different jobs in markets that were largely unknown to me is incredibly invigorating.


Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

I recently read the autobiography of Phil Knight, the founder and longtime CEO of Nike. What I find so inspiring about him is not only his leadership of one of my favourite brands but his uncommon candour about his failures as a leader and as a person. I think the humanity he showed is something that we can all strive to emulate in a world where CEOs are typically viewed as infallible figures.

Adam Grant is one of my favourite thought leaders. He has done critical work to advance our understanding of organizational psychology. Even more importantly, he's been able to disseminate this knowledge to a broad audience in an accessible way as a professor, author, and podcast host. Definitely check out Work Life with Adam Grant if it isn't already on your list.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am a huge fan of all sorts of comedy. I grew up on Saturday Night Live and took classes at the Second City in Toronto to learn improv. I also try to take in some type of comedy show (either improv, sketch, or standup) in most of the cities I visit.


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