Career Diversity

Real talk about diversity and careers: The things you want to talk about at work but can't...and probably shouldn't.

John Rice: The Corporate Visionary

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Management Leadership for Tomorrow started out as an independent-study project at Harvard Business School. John Rice, a second-year student, wondered why there were so few nonwhite faces in the program. He found that many of the most talented minority graduates from elite colleges didn't even consider going to business school, mainly for cultural and sociological reasons. So he started a nonprofit organization to address those issues, introducing graduates to the business world through seminars, coaching and test prep.

Today he has a monster hit on his hands. MLT is the No. 1 source of minorities for the top ten MBA programs. (MLT uses a composite ranking system that derives from the business school ratings published by U.S. News & World Report.) At HBS, 40 percent of the minorities entering in 2005 were MLT alums.

Nicole Lindsay: The MBA Admissions Adviser

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Nicole Lindsay
is the Vice President of Talent Development for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). Nicole earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Upon graduation, she joined Wachovia Bank as a corporate finance associate and later moved into Community Development Finance as a program manager, managing the bank’s relationship with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. In 2003, Nicole became the associate director of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Yale School of Management, overseeing minority and women admissions and diversity student affairs. She was instrumental in diversifying the applicant pool and in increasing the number of under-represented minorities that matriculated at SOM.

While at SOM, Nicole also served as a coach for MLT’s Career Prep program, aiding eight college juniors in their career exploration and development process. She was lured back to the corporate world by Goldman Sachs to manage MBA recruiting initiatives at Wharton, Chicago GSB, Kellogg, and Tuck. In June 2006, Nicole happily accepted the call to pursue her true passion—to provide professional development and support to talented minorities—and joined MLT full-time as the director of the Career Prep program. In February 2007, Nicole was promoted to her current position, in which she oversees both the Career Prep program and the MBA Prep program.

Nicole is licensed to practice law in Connecticut and Georgia. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Josiah.

Jullien Gordon: The Personal Development Guru

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Originally from Oakland, California, Jullien have evolved into a renaissance man; He is a creative writer, entrepreneur, and life coach. He knows how to connect with millennials on all levels on an array of topics, especially through writing and speaking. He is widely known for his metaphors for daily living, insights on creativity, prolific poetry, and tools found on his high-trafficked blog, Reminders To Myself, where he publish 2-3 times per week. He is positioning himself to be the world leader in purpose-finding and personal development for the millennial generation.

Jullien graduated from UCLA in 2003 with a BA in Business Economics. After that, he managed the SHAPE Program, a nonprofit based out of UCLA that served 200 urban youth with free college counseling and homework assistance in Inglewood and Los Angeles. He recently received his MBA and Master in Education from Stanford University in 2007 and now works as the National Talent Recruitment Manager for MLT's MBA Prep Program.

Akil Bello: The GMAT Expert

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Akil is the Vice President of Educational Development for Bell Curves and oversees all aspects of the development of programs and materials, as well as the training of teachers. He has worked as a teacher trainer and materials developer at three different test prep companies, bringing his unique humor and intelligence to every endeavor. After spending 15 years teaching every standardized test in the known universe, he joined his brother and father in founding Bell Curves. In an effort to be as much like his father (a educator with over 4 decades of experience) as possible, Akil has made education his life, grown a beard, and fathered a son.


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