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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Dave Fialkow


Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Dave is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Originally from South Florida, he majored in Political Science and Psychology at Swarthmore College. After graduation, he joined UnitedHealth Group and served in various positions focused on improving healthcare access for underserved populations. This work included collaborating with both public and private healthcare organizations in 10 states to streamline operational processes supporting Medicaid and Medicare enrollees. Outside of the office, Dave enjoys running, traveling, reading non-fiction, and attempting new recipes with varying degrees of success.


What made you consider business school?

The decision to consider business school was both professional and personal. Professionally, I wanted to learn to speak the "language" of business. Gaining a broader view of what potential solutions to challenging business problems could be out there and using a common language to communicate these solutions effectively was an important goal of mine. Personally, I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone for two years. The chance to be put into situations that would force me to see my personal areas for improvement, around many others looking to do the same thing themselves, was especially motivating.

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

I'm most excited about the opportunity to learn from the people I meet over the two years in business school. No two people will have the same story of how they ended up where they are now. The opportunity to learn from folks from every possible industry, functional area, and background imaginable, in one place for an extended period, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.


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

Tim Cook comes to mind, for both professional and personal reasons. His ability to build upon the progress of his predecessor and continue to build Apple into the organization it is today is admirable and speaks to his ability as an effective leader. Beyond this, his becoming the first Fortune 500 CEO to publicly come out is an impactful personal story.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

In the three years after college, I lost 100 pounds, ran two marathons, and discovered a love of making bad puns. I am thankful for the support that my family and friends have provided on two of these three things.