Sam's coming to b-school after spending five years working in the crazy world of technology startups. He helps young organizations define their brand and identity, tell stories about their work, and reach their target markets. He's worked with self-driving cars, 3D-printing, synthetic biology, medical VR, blockchain (before it was cool), and even a space mission. He's currently focused on establishing AI Now, a research institute examining the effects of AI in society, as a strong voice for ethics and responsible innovation. Sam grew up in St. Louis and went to Williams College in Massachusetts. He spent a year in Paris during college, and a year in DC after graduating, before moving to San Francisco to work in the legal department at Google, where he reviewed product marketing materials for the Chrome and Apps for Business teams. Sam is passionate about travel, history, music, backpacking, cities, buildings, and modern and contemporary art.
What made you consider business school?
I believe that the world is changing very fast, and that businesses are driving many of the biggest changes. At the same time, they also have a huge responsibility to think across disciplines and understand the greater effect these changes will have on society. I'd like to gain business analytics and leadership skills, as well as a more solid marketing background, to be more effective in guiding emerging technologies and the organizations behind them.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Having two years to learn as much as I can from some of the smartest people in the world is a tremendous gift. Plus getting to know my classmates!
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Obamas, Ellen DeGeneres, David Axelrod, Emma Gonzalez.
What's one thing everyone should know about you?
I have kind of offbeat sense of humor, but it's pretty harmless.