Kyle is a first year MBA candidate at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. After graduating with degrees in biomedical and mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, he entered technology consulting at Accenture in Toronto. There he worked with numerous clients, developing innovative IT solutions for some of Canada's largest transit and retail organizations. Throughout university and his early professional career, Kyle has been involved with multiple LGBTQ organizations and movements, focusing on homelessness within the LGBTQ youth community. He hopes to continue these efforts throughout graduate school and into the remainder of his career. Outside of work and school, Kyle enjoys exploring Toronto, trying new restaurants, travelling the world, spending time at home, knitting, cooking, and trying new things.
What made you consider business school?
I wanted a change. Working in technology consulting was a valuable opportunity, and I gained an immense amount of experience, but I believe business school will help me explore other opportunities and hopefully discover where I want to be long-term.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited to explore new areas of work and hopefully narrow down what I want to do post-graduate school. Also, I am very excited to meet people from all over the world. That's one of my favorite aspects about Toronto, and the program at Rotman is no different.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I have been fortunate enough to work for some truly phenomenal managers during my time in consulting. They taught me most of what I know about professionalism in the workplace, building strong relationships with clients, and blending technical and functional expertise to understand and create business benefits. At the same time, they are highly relatable, down-to-earth, and respectful. I hope to adopt a similar managerial style upon graduation.
What's one thing everyone should know about you?
I'll take cold weather over hot weather any day. Canada is the right place for me.