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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Caroline Bybee

Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business

Caroline Bybee is an MBA candidate at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business. She was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Houston, TX, and later received

her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from The College of Wooster in Ohio. After graduating, she returned to Houston where she has spent the last three years work in program implementation for an international youth leadership nonprofit. She is excited to pursue an MBA and expand her skill-set for effecting positive social change. Outside of work and studying, she enjoys exploring Houston's bayous and Texas state parks, baking breads and sweets, and competing with her trivia team.

What made you consider business school?

I realized that, while my experiences up to this point have helped me to develop an array of skills that served me well in my nonprofit role, I still have a lot to learn - and I believe that an MBA will be an effective tool to compliment my existing knowledge and push me to learn more. I hope to gain a better understanding of business planning and strategy, while building relationships that make me ask questions and challenge myself. Ultimately, I hope to take the experiences and skills I gain through my degree to find incremental ways to improve my local and global communities.

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

I'm most excited about meeting and learning from my peers and professors. I thrive on community connections, and I look forward to the diverse perspectives that I will encounter in my program and beyond.

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

I am inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both due to her resilience in the face of adversity and due to her commitment to incremental but impactful change.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am a proud Houstonian, and a self-declared "Houston-evangelist."