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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: David Miller

Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School

The half-Jewish son of an albino wallaby and a trans-feminine kangaroo, David came to b-school to pursue their dream of acting in an all-Lesbian production of FOX NEWS: The Musical. In their free time they enjoy long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and waging war on small nations. But in all seriousness, David is an avid champion of marsupial rights and is always looking for an excuse to relapse into their caffeine addiction, so reach out to them for a coffee date and deep conversation about life and the plight of pouched mammals.

What made you consider business school?

I've always been terrible at doing things I don't enjoy, which has usually included working for other people. I'm not against the notion of working for others -per se-, but part of me seems to shut down and rebel when I try to follow other people's paths. Looking at today's economic landscape, I feel the most reliable and sustainable way for myself to have joy, make a living, and contribute to society is to be part of a small team with a shared mission- whatever that looks like. My first choice to accomplish this would have been to drop out of Yale and create a world-changing company, but as graduation approached and it looked more and more likely that I would finish my degree, I decided b-school is the next right step to position myself for a team-based entrepreneurial life.

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

Apart from having a more impressive Tinder profile, I hope life as a b-school student affords me the opportunity to leverage my unique background and personality into a cocktail of tricks and tools for successfully navigating the professional world, and positioning myself in a working life that is authentically "me"- which is to say, an entrepreneurial life built on strategy, service, connection, passion, and play (not necessarily in that order).

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

Martha Beck, Oprah Winfrey, Suze Orman, Byron Katie, Tony Robbins, Jane Goodall, Kathryn Janeway, and Nigel Thornberry.

What's one thing everyone should know about you? Professionally and personally, I'm driven by a sense of intentionality and purpose, and prefer to eschew traditional networking in favor of authentic connection. I strongly suspect that life is too precious to waste time doing anything other than engaging in pursuits and being surrounded by people that nourish my truest self and my most authentic sense of purpose- so I work to maximize these activities in my life wherever possible. While a life well-lived is certainly a balancing act, in which compromise is an integral part, my experience is that with some dedication and creativity, it's possible to build an authentic, connected, and purpose-driven life- even in the professional world! So, if you're likewise into the communal and world-building aspect of this wild life, then find me!