Joey Parker is an incoming MBA candidate at the University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business. He was born in Southern California and grew up in Charlotte, NC. A Carolina Tar Heel through and through, he received his undergraduate degree in Health Policy & Management from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health, along with a minor in Chemistry. Passionate about the intersection of education and public health, after graduation he moved to Chicago to work for Year Up, a social enterprise that supports young adults in launching their careers through six months of training followed by an internship at a Fortune 500 company. At the end of his first year at the organization, he moved to San Francisco to work for the Year Up Bay Area office. While there, he served as Operations Manager, overseeing finances, facilities, and overall operations for three campuses across the Bay, and most recently as Partner Relations Manager for the Bay Area office's largest account, Salesforce. In this role, he managed all aspects of a corporate internship program with the tech company, including sourcing internship positions, coaching managers on working with entry-level talent, and supporting interns in securing employment post-internship. In his free time, Joey likes to go on long runs through San Francisco, spend time at the park with his friends, and play on his softball team.
What made you consider business school?
After spending six years in more people-focused work, I decided to pursue business school to pivot careers and gain more quantitative heavy experience. On a broader level, I love learning and am constantly looking for ways to improve myself. Business school seemed like the perfect way to supplement my experience and grow both personally and professionally.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am beyond excited to meet a host of new people with varied interests and backgrounds, to challenge myself in new ways, and to add new skillsets to my toolbelt.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
My friends inspire me every day. Whether they're traveling the world, teaching our country's future leaders, building community in rural North Carolina, or coming up with the next big business idea, I constantly find myself in awe of the lives my friends lead. In particular, my LGBTQ peers, despite the challenges they may have faced growing up in a world where we aren't always understood, have helped me elevate my sights for myself and gain the confidence to follow my dreams. For that, I am infinitely grateful.
What's one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a ton of energy! Growing up, it was often something I felt pressured to tone down, but over time I've come to learn that it's special and makes me who I am.