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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Jordan Rossman

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Hi there! Born and raised in Massachusetts, educated there, too. Moved to New York City when I completed undergrad and lived there for about 4 years. Fell in love with the place and can't wait to return. Moved back to Massachusetts in 2016. Outside of work, most of my time is spent cooking or reading (I am ashamed at how many newspapers and magazines I subscribe to) and hanging out with my lovely boyfriend. (We love to get bagels, Mexican food and iced coffee together.) Big fan of Ina Garten, and any and all Nora Ephron movies.

What made you consider business school?

I've been working in retail for 9 years and retail management for 6 of those years. Even in that relatively short time period in a business that has been around for quite a while, I have been witness to extraordinary changes in how customers shop and interact with brands. I want to better understand those behaviors and use that knowledge to help brands make informed decisions. An MBA is, for me, a natural marriage of my business experience and my career goals.

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

Learning new things, exposure to different industries and career functions, meeting new people and living in a new part of the country for a little bit.

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

Tim Cook of Apple is an extraordinary LGBTQ leader of a truly fabulous company that is setting a new standard in luxury retail. Ina Garten is a master of branding who radiates authenticity and is a quiet but forceful advocate of the LGBTQ community. Nora Ephron was an advocate for gender equality and pay equality in the entertainment industry (and before that, a fabulous journalist). She believed the best way to have more women directors was not to just talk about the lack of them: she believed you should just set out and do the thing you want to do. Simple, yet revolutionary!

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'll try any food once!