Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Corey Fowler

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Corey grew up with an appreciation for manufacturing and heavy industry, which led him to study Industrial Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). While at Penn State, he explored many of his interests including working as an IT consultant for the university, serving as a teaching assistant for a manufacturing specification course, and even briefly selling premium eyewear for Sunglass Hut. After graduating, Corey started working for Bayer in Commercial Operations, making the switch from engineering to business early on. During that time, Bayer spun off the material science division into what is now one of the largest specialty chemical companies in the world, Covestro. Corey then transitioned to corporate strategy and in-house consulting at another global manufacturer, Arconic (formerly Alcoa), which then led him to business school at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. Corey currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his partner, Kyle, and their Siamese cat, Sophie.

What made you consider business school?

During my first few years at Covestro, I had a unique opportunity to work on projects that could have large impacts on the future of the company and the chemical manufacturing industry overall. Topics like digitalization, machine learning, and corporate investing were some of the opportunities facing the business. I felt that in order to progress and have the most impact, I would need an advanced degree with a unique combination of business and technology education. The need to learn how to optimally integrate technology into business was what led me to Carnegie Mellon University and their business school.

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

I am most excited to meet a motivated and intelligent group of individuals that will hopefully remain a strong support line for years to come.

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

If I were to narrow it down to my top 3, I would say Mary Barra, Tim Cook, and Lady Gaga. Mary Barra inspires me because of her story as the daughter of a GM factory worker who became the first female CEO of a major automotive company. Tim Cook made my list because of his bravery in coming out while serving as the CEO of a company as large and influential as Apple. Lady Gaga inspires me because of her ability to always be her authentic self and to use her success to advocate for those in need of support.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am obsessed with food and wine. You will often find me trying new recipes, watching the Great British Baking Show (latest binge-worthy Netflix Original), or going to wine tastings.

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