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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: John Finol


Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

I am originally from Venezuela but I have been in the US for more than 16 years. I was in the Catholic Seminary to become a Priest for 4 years. I left there and I worked as a Full Time Youth Minister for 5 years. Then I worked in Hertz Rent a Car for more than 5 years before coming to Fuqua. I got a double bachelor degree in Philosophy and Theology and a Master Degree in Practical Theology with specialization in Sexuality and Spirituality and Feminist leadership.


What made you consider business school?

I wanted to find a Degree that will help me put into business the values of leadership, diversity, inclusion and sustainability that I learned in my Masters in Practical Theology.


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

Create a networking with other students who shared the same values to make an impact in the world. I also eager to learn new tools that allow me to be success in business.


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

Barack Obama, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Gates, Laura Pausini, Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Johnson, Leonardo Di Caprio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michelle Obama, Seth Macfarlane.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am passionate and committed to authenticity and helping others.