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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Sean Drimmel

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

For the past 2+ years, I've worked in Go-to-Market Strategy & Operations at Salesforce, providing strategic insights to the SVP/GM of a several hundred million dollar business. In addition to my 'day' job, I also held a 'gay' job as the San Francisco Lead of Outforce, Salesforce's 'Ohana' (ERG) group for allies of sexual orientation and gender diversity. I spearheaded programming and partnerships throughout the year for events such as San Francisco Pride, World AIDS Day, International Day of Families, Spirit Day, and others. Prior to the tech space, I worked in management consulting with Capgemini Consulting for 3.5 years. I was aligned to the Digital Strategy practice and worked on engagements across industries including financial services, life sciences, e-commerce, and telecommunications. At the same time, I was heavily involved with Out for Undergrad (O4U), a national non-profit that helps high-achieving LGBTQ undergraduates reach their full potential. I held several Director roles across the Technology and Marketing conferences. Prior to consulting, I did my undergrad at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. I also co-founded Out 4 Business at Berkeley (O4B), the University's first LGBTQ business student organization. I am ecstatic and grateful to be an incoming MBA candidate at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business!

What made you consider business school?

Personal and professional growth have always been my north star. I strongly believe that the lessons, relationships, and experiences acquired both inside and outside of the classroom cannot truly be replicated elsewhere. Through student organizations, course offerings, group projects, and other action-based learning opportunities, business school -- and Ross, specifically -- will help me transition into tech product marketing and become a successful overall leader.

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

A core personal goal for me is breaking outside of my comfort zone and embracing new experiences. I'm excited about the prospect of meeting classmates whose experiences, perspectives, and ideas could quite materially impact my own trajectory and way of thinking. I am also looking forward to forming relationships that will stay with me through both my personal and professional life.

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

Perhaps I'm biased because I've spent the last 2+ years under his helm, but Marc Benioff (Founder and co-CEO, Salesforce) tops my list. He built the company - from day 1 - with a philanthropic model that devotes 1% of time, 1% of equity, and 1% of product back into the communities that Salesforce serves. He is hands down one of the most socially and politically active CEOs in the Bay Area (if not across the US). Outside of the corporate sphere, another leader that inspires me is Brené Brown. The content, candor, and even humor that come through in her books, TEDx Talks, and recent Netflix special get me every time.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I love live music… so I'll need to ensure I allocate budget appropriately for the next 2 years! The genres can range, but my favorites will always remain: (Neo) Soul and R&B. Artists like Goapele, H.E.R, NAO, Kiana Ledé, and Vivian Green are consistently in my top played playlist.