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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Patrick Phillips


New York University, Stern School of Business


I grew up all over in the country in a big Army family, but spent the majority of my childhood in the DC metro area. I went to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts for my undergrad. While in school, I was a cadet in USC's Army ROTC program and after graduation, I was assigned as an Active Duty Transportation Officer to Fort Carson, Colorado. I spent four years in the Army serving in the 4th Sustainment Brigade primarily in a Composite Truck Company. When I left the military, I moved to New York City and interned for six months with 321 Theatrical Management, a general management company for commercial theater productions (Wicked, Spongebob.) In July 2018, I will begin at NYU Stern within the Fertitta Veterans Program pursuing an MBA with a focus in Entertainment, Media and Technology.


What made you consider business school?

My time in the Army gave me an amazing opportunity to learn and grow as a leader. However, I knew the transition into the entertainment industry would be tough, and that there were some basic business skills I wanted to gain as I began my new career. NYU is a fantastic place to learn both business and entertainment, so I am so excited to be a part of the Stern MBA program!


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

I really look forward to getting to go back to class all day long! And also the opportunity to meet other people who are motivated to become leaders in all kinds of different industries.


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

I really love hearing the stories of entrepreneurs, so I have really been inspired by people like Sara Blakely, John Mackey, and Jenn Hyman. I also love listening to CEO's like Meg Whitman and Sheryl Sandberg talk through their career stories and how they work through complex business challenges. Within the LGBTQ community, there are so many incredible activists and sources of inspiration. I think Harvey Milk's life embodies many of those stories.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

Even after years in the Army and my time here soon in business school, deep down I will always a be a nerdy film and theater kid.