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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Joann Stephen


Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business

I am passionate about life, learning and new experiences.


What made you consider business school?

I am a Chemical Engineer. I reached a point where I realized that I was passionate about something different from technology. I chose an MBA to broaden my horizons and work with organizations and people in roles that were more than just technology.


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

The opportunity to connect with a lot of different people, broaden my perspectives, open my mind more to the opportunities the world has to offer and immerse myself in new learnings and new cultures.


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

Ellen DeGeneres is one human being who really inspires me. I am not sure if she is the kind of leader this question intended. But, she spreads kindness and positivity, and that's something I believe the world could use a lot more of.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I love connecting with people. I love meeting people, discovering their stories and getting to connect with one more piece of the world.