Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Spencer Baker

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

Spencer is an MBA candidate in the 2020 class at the Tepper School of Business. Prior to joining Tepper, Spencer spent nearly three years at Conversant Media. He helped measure the effectiveness of online advertising for dozens of clients and built new measuring products for the media and entertainment industry. Prior to this role, Spencer focused in a technology rotational development program for two and a half years at Ingersoll Rand. His responsibilities centered on project management, system implementations, and program management. Spencer graduated from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and majored in Marketing and Management. In Spencer’s spare time, he enjoys distance running, photography, and boating.

What made you consider business school?

I have always had an interest in using technology to achieve goals. This applies to helping other people achieve their goals utilizing technology. I am a firm believer that when tech and data are used properly, they can also improve everyone’s quality of life. To help strive for this ideal state, I think driving businesses correctly is most impactful in assisting individuals.

I became interested in MBA programs when I realized how they can help me become a stronger leader in the future. An MBA can assist me in polishing my soft skills. It also will help in further developing my understanding of the interaction between business functions. Ultimately, with my MBA experience, I can become more impactful in helping others use technology to improve their lives.

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

I am most excited about the opportunity to connect with my peers. We all come from such different backgrounds and industries. This will provide a unique perspective for our entire class to learn from and it will create a space to discuss topics across a multitude of organizations in the classroom.

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

All of the most inspirational leaders that I look up to have high standards, are visionaries beyond their time, and recognize that we are all still human. I have an appreciation for Steve Jobs - prioritizing product quality to a new level; Elon Musk - daring to push the envelope with ideas that could possibly change the world; Nikola Tesla - continuing his revolutionary work in science that was not recognized until 50 years later; Ellen Degeneres - showing the world how awesome it can be if you are brave enough to just be yourself; and Randy Pausch - the Carnegie Mellon professor who gave his last lecture and published the book ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’ and ‘The Last Lecture’ respectively.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

Although I am not that fast, distance running is my go-to retreat. No matter if it is the best or worst day, a good run will always put me in a great mood. I will admit, this is a special kind of crazy. In the same light of what some may consider ‘self-torture’, I have a long-term goal of completing an IRONMAN in the future.

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