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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Ezra Glenn

UCLA, Anderson School of Management

I was born in Jerusalem, but lived in New York City from the time I was 10 months old until I moved to Los Angeles for business school. I've always identified as an artist and double-majored in photography and creative writing at Bard College for undergrad. I worked as a chef while in school, and used my savings to travel around the world following graduation, visiting 18 countries across Europe and Asia in 8 months. Upon returning to New York City, I moved to Brooklyn and began pursuing a career in entertainment, first at the media startup Genius, and then on my own as an entrepreneur. In 2016, I founded a record label and artist management company called First One Up. I've spent the past three years helping build the careers of artists whose backgrounds are as diverse as their bodies of work, as well as freelancing as a creative consultant and content producer for media companies and startups.

What made you consider business school?

I've gotten to do a lot of different things so far in my career, but they've pretty much all been in the entertainment and media space, and most have fallen under the "creative" umbrella. As I look to take the next steps in my career, I'm hungry for opportunities that will broaden my perspective. Also, as my education was very arts-focused, I've had to do a lot of learning on the job when it comes to creative problem solving, business strategy, and analytical skills. I'm excited to continue building on what I've learned empirically in a more structured and formal context.

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

I'm excited to get to know my classmates, build community with them, share our successes, and prepare to change the world together.

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

I am deeply inspired by the progressive youth who are working to ensure a more just future for this country by just being themselves. bell hooks has shaped my worldview on race, sex, and gender more than any other. Cynthia Nixon is running for Governor of New York right now, and I love the way she is using her platform of celebrity to speak out boldly for what she believes and push the political conversation to the left. Audrey Gelman, the CEO of The Wing, is a dear friend of mine and consistently inspires me with the way she balances business prowess and personal authenticity to achieve success. Rihanna quietly advocates for girls' education around the globe while asserting herself as one of the most authentic and singular personalities to ever top the Hot 100.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I embarked on my first business venture when I was 14 years old. It consisted of baking muffins and selling them out of a shoebox in the halls of my high school.