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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Kendall Bills


UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where I majored in Women's and Gender Studies. After graduating, I worked in external affairs at a think tank in Washington, DC, as well as at a nonprofit connecting the LGBTQ community with health insurance coverage available under the Affordable Care Act. After moving back to Charlottesville, I founded a boutique consulting firm focused on project management and strategic communications. In that role, I managed all aspects of business operations including registration, business outreach/development, and finances. As a self-taught professional, I am excited to continue learning at Haas, and in particular, building my general management skills. In my free time, I love to host dinner parties, hike with my weird and wonderful rescue dog, and write short stories.


What made you consider business school?

As a self-taught professional, I am eager to return to the classroom to solidify skills, learn alongside peers, and explore new-to-me academic and business fields.


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

I am looking forward to connecting with leaders (current, past, and future) who are committed to using business to advance a more equitable and just society.


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

Marsha P. Johnson, Nick Hanauer, and one of my hometown heroes, Veronica Fitzhugh, have almost certainly never appeared on a list alongside each other, but I have a deep appreciation for each of their willingness to demand social change even when it may come with a tremendous personal cost.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am an annual competitor in my family's version of "Chopped"-- a cooking competition with challenging mystery ingredients!