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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Isaac Reynolds

The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Isaac graduated Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University of Ohio, where he spent a year abroad studying French and interning with the US Commercial Service at the US Embassy in Luxembourg. Upon graduating from Miami, Isaac joined Washington-based non-profit AMIDEAST in the Sultanate of Oman, where he partnered with US Department of State diplomats as the region's youngest program officer in delivering public diplomacy programming in education and career development to over 320 Omani youth at four national program sites. More recently, Isaac worked for the Oman Oil Company (OOC), first leading corporate experiential learning programs for The Takatuf Scholars Program, the country's first international scholarship program; and most recently advancing international business development activities through communications, marketing and market research for Takatuf, a human capital consultancy firm. Isaac concentrates in strategy, marketing and international business at the Fisher College of Business, where he also serves as Graduate Assistant to the Office of Global Business. Isaac sustains his commitment to promoting international education and business through his membership on the Miami University Dolibois European Centre in Luxembourg Advisory Board, Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations and Columbus Council on World Affairs.

What made you consider business school?

After an extended time abroad, I realized it was important for me to return to my roots and contribute my international perspective to the economic advancement of my home state of Ohio. While I had accumulated firsthand experience at the intersection of business, diplomacy and education, I recognized an MBA's theoretical foundation and network could help me realize my goals of consulting US companies seeking to expand abroad and eventually serving in an economic development role for a state or national government.

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

As a student, I cannot wait for group work and lively classroom discussion! The idea of so many accomplished professionals with rich and diverse backgrounds informing debate and projects makes me appreciative of the opportunity to return to university. I am also excited for all the social events!

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

- Joe Biden - for his inspirational leadership style and resilience when faced with great hardship.

- Carol Reynolds (my grandmother) - for her selfless commitment to family and community.

- LGBTQ+ artists, YouTubers and personalities - for becoming the faces of an evolving and diverse community that seeks positive and supportive role-models that look like them.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I love Couchsurfing! Over the last 5 years, I have hosted over 150 guests from 34 countries and have traveled to 10 countries as a Couchsurfer and volunteer.