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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Raymond Xu

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business

Raymond is a first-year MBA candidate at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. Born and raised in China, Raymond received his Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Master of Economics and MSc in Information Systems there. After graduating, he first worked as an environmental technician for a governmental lab and then worked as a marketing manager in a publishing house in Beijing, China. In 2014, Raymond changed his career into public accounting and firstly worked as an auditor for 2 years, and then worked as an internal audit supervisor in a listed press group in China for another 2 years. He was mainly responsible for leading a team to perform internal audit projects and provide in-house IT control advisory services. He is a licensed CPA and CISA who hope to take advantage of cutting-edge information technologies to transform the accounting profession. Out of work, he enjoys traveling, jogging, movies and singing Karaoke with friends.

What made you consider business school?

During audit fieldwork, I gained tremendous opportunities to look at the operations in a department and compare them with the organization's objectives. I also helped determine if unit operations are effective and efficient and give them helpful suggestions. After a while, I realized that I still have a wide knowledge gap in operations, and it is essential to fill this gap if I want to go further in my career. An MBA program would help address my concern and strengthen my leadership skills and business acumen.

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

I am excited about recharging myself in a multicultural and inclusive learning environment. I am looking forward to collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds. It would expose me to customs, cultures, and practices I might never have otherwise met in China.

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

I am truly inspired by Harvey Milk, a pioneer LGBT activist who spent his whole life to fight for rights for our community. I am also inspired by Xavier Dolan, a Canadian film director, who uses his talent to direct a series of influential queer movies.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I love traveling around the world. Meeting people from other cultures teaches me that the way I've been looking at the world isn't the way everybody else does.