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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Evan Davis


Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Evan Davis is an MBA Candidate at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. His professional experience spans coasts, disciplines, and industries and includes agency- and client-side roles in brand and product marketing, advertising and design, account management and business development. He has worked with global brands including Crayola, Gold's Gym, PayPal, Pearson, Reebok, Sherwin-Williams, and Universal Studios Hollywood. Most recently, Davis worked at Pearson in Boston as a marketing manager, leading comprehensive product marketing for their flagship elementary mathematics curriculum—enVisionmath2.0—used by over 6 million students nationwide. Before Pearson, Davis was at PayPal, where he managed marketing for their in-store mobile payments platform. He joined PayPal as part of the Paydiant acquisition in April 2015. Davis received his B.S. in Advertising, summa cum laude, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.


What made you consider business school?

A desire to broaden my management skillset drove me to pursue an MBA. I realized professional blindspots early in my career and am now taking steps to address them. Ultimately, I believe my background in advertising and design, in addition to my experience in marketing, are ideal complements to the fundamental quantitative and strategic skillset I'll acquire over the next two years.


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

The process—studying the business subjects unfamiliar to me, and being challenged by them. And the people—working alongside motivated and passionate classmates.


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

inspire you?

Mary Barra, Ed Bastian, RuPaul Charles, Tom Ford, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Iger, Satya Nadella


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm a self-professed #avgeek and hope to one day get my pilot's license.