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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Kyle Scott

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Kyle is an MBA candidate at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Prior to business school, he served as Director, Creative Advertising for Bleecker Street, an independent film studio he joined in 2014 as one of their first 10 employees. Kyle worked on media strategy and creative for over 30 theatrical movie releases, which cumulatively grossed $160MM+ at the domestic box office. Additionally, he served as a key player on award campaigns and helped past titles receive two Academy Award and four Golden Globe nominations. Kyle was born in upstate New York and grew up in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a BFA with Honors in Film and Television Production with a minor in Producing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid runner, cyclist, movie buff, and has volunteered with Achilles International, New York Road Runners, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

What made you consider business school?

I love that the entertainment industry combines creativity with commerce. To make the biggest impact in this field, I felt I would benefit from pairing my previous work experience and undergraduate education in film with the coursework and leadership skills developed during an MBA program. Additionally, I wanted to be exposed to more international opportunities and explore working in other facets within entertainment outside of marketing.

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

I'm excited to join the Trojan family and meet people from different industries who are committed to serving as leaders in business. I'm also excited to be back in the classroom, learning how to apply my MBA toward advancing my career and passion. Long-term, I plan to settle in Los Angeles, so I look forward to using business school as a way to start setting roots in California.

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

I admire Bob Iger for being a visionary leader and for his ability to steer a media empire like Disney. Growing up in Cary, North Carolina, I saw the direct, positive impact business can have on society through Jim Goodnight's leadership at SAS. Tim Cook's Bloomberg essay "I'm Proud to Be Gay" inspired me to live life openly and understand the importance of LGBTQ visibility in the workplace. I also admire artists such as Ava DuVernay, Alan Ball, and Xavier Dolan, who are committed to sharing diverse stories with impact on screen.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

My favorite book is "A Little Life," my favorite film is "Junebug," and the fact that Amy Adams hasn't won an Oscar yet is criminal.