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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Scott Schneider


American University, Kogod School of Business


Scott has spent the last five years in Washington, DC working in the hospitality operations field for multiple well-known brands, including InterContinental, Ritz-Carlton, and Marriott. His work experience includes several senior roles in operations, sales/revenue, and management. He has taken active leadership roles at IHG and Marriott during times of rapid change— including large scale mergers and acquisitions. Before calling DC his home, Scott attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for his undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor of Arts in Markets and Culture, with minors in Business Administration and Sociology. Outside of work, Scott enjoys traveling, running, and exploring DC's food scene. He grew up in New Jersey, but make no mistake, his home state pride remains as strong as ever.


What made you consider business school?

It is a great time to return to the classroom. Though I have enjoyed my operations work in hotels, after some personal reflection, I have realized my career path is not truly aligning with my ultimate life goals. I know that pursuing an MBA will ensure that I reach those.


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

Definitely the network of my cohort--I will be surrounded by a very encouraging environment full of learning and mutual support. I look forward to the fully immersive, hands on experience that my program has to offer.


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

Laverne Cox, Ellen Degeneres, and Elton John.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

Travel is one of my greatest passions. I love to take advantage of a good travel deal. I once went to Vietnam for a long weekend because there was a "mistake fare" published that was too good to pass up!