Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Sandra Luo

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Sandra is a first-year MBA candidate at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business Originally from Northern California, Sandra has spent the past eight years in the Boston area. They originally moved to the east coast to attend Brandeis University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business, with a focus in marketing. After graduating in 2015, they have built a career at Liberty Mutual Insurance as a data analyst, working in several different departments. While at Liberty Mutual, they discovered their passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion and advocating for underrepresented groups. They attended as many events as possible and were heavily involved with the Asian-American employee resource group, helping to launch the inaugural member opinion survey for the resource group. In 2018, they also began serving as the Treasurer of the Bisexual Resource Center's Board of Directors and has attended several conferences on the non-profit's behalf. When they have free time, they enjoy playing both board games and video games, hiking, and eating good food. They are excited to move to Los Angeles with their two-year old cat, Plumette.

What made you consider business school?

I wanted to pursue a career in corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion and wanted to shift industries as well. Business school is a great opportunity to "reset" my career.

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

I'm really excited to learn from my classmates' experiences in the workplace and grow my professional LGBTQ network.

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

I admire Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two queer trans women of color, who founded and ran a gay, gender non-conforming and transgender street activist organization dedicated to helping homeless queer and trans youth. I'm also inspired by Janelle Monae and Lizzo. They make beautiful music that makes me want to dance!

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons and have over 15 sets of dice. I also have a wealth of pop-culture related knowledge stored in my brain.

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