Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Kate Reardon

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Originally from the Boston area, Kate completed her undergraduate degree at Connecticut College where she majored in Mathematics and Anthropology and played on the Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, and Lacrosse teams. Her lifelong love of sports continued after graduation as she went on to spend two years coaching collegiate ice hockey while earning a Master's in Sport Management. Kate returned to Boston to pursue her passion for sport-based youth development and has since held a succession of roles in secondary education. In her most recent role as the Director of Athletics at a start-up school, she built an educational athletics program anchored in the school's mission to "educate, enlighten, and empower" young women. In her free time, Kate loves exploring, hiking, reading, playing card and board games, and spending time with her wife.

What made you consider business school?

My career thus far has been focused in formal education and I am looking to gain the skills to broaden my impact both socially and economically. I aim to pivot into a role where I can continue my efforts to positively impact the lives of those around me while leveraging my creative thinking and analytical skills. I have always enjoyed quantitatively based endeavors and especially look forward to applying these skills to challenging real-world problems.

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

I learn best by doing, so I am most excited by the abundance of hands-on learning opportunities at Ross and the large portion of these opportunities with a social impact focus. Having been in education for an extended period, I am looking forward to meeting and working with people from a diverse array of professional backgrounds on projects like these.

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

It is important to me that business be about more than just financial success. Yvon Chouinard is someone who comes to mind when I think of people who have balanced a set of values with success in business. Environmental impact has been a key consideration of Patagonia's operations from the early days of the company. Chouinard has shown that there doesn't need to be a trade-off between doing good and being profitable.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I love being active and outdoors. I did a 30-day backpacking and whitewater canoeing trip in the Yukon Territory and convinced my wife to do a 10-day backpacking trip in the Alps for our honeymoon. She and I are also slowly working our way through the state high points.

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