Celebrating 50 Years of Diversity at Tuck
At Tuck, diversity is accepted and celebrated. 50 Years of Diversity is a celebration of the diverse ideas, dreams, and experiences that make up Tuck’s immersive and trust-based community. Discover the stories of our diverse Tuck community.
We may all come from different tribes, but we are one community. I want to do everything I can to help Native students and alumni be more competitive, at Dartmouth and after.
Debbie Atuk T’04 Institutional Relationship Manager, SkyView Investment Advisors
At Tuck, I felt safe sharing my background and challenges, either because my classmates came themselves from comparable situations, or because they were simply understanding and appreciative that I was willing to share an aspect of me that was so deeply personal. I credit the school for promoting values such as empathy whether in the curriculum (one of my favorite courses was “Leadership out of the Box” by Professor Ella Bell Smith) or elsewhere. It is the school culture that makes socioeconomic integration truly successful in my experience.
Christine Capilouto T’10 Senior Associate at Radon Law Offices; Lecturer, Columbia University
I've learned not only how to be a leader of a business, but I've also learned the foundation of entrepreneurship.
Andres H. Bilbao T’13 Co-founder, Operations, Rappi
Coming to Tuck, I wanted to explore the world from different perspectives and build bridges across cultures.
Raphael Bonacci T’15 Global Strategist, Samsung Global Strategy Group
Education can be spiritual and make people better versions of themselves.
Li (Jackie) Chen T’06 Vice President, South China Operations, EF Education First Ltd.
I consider it an honor that students do trust me and I want to be able to look them in the eye and say those things that young leaders need to hear.
Dia Draper Director of Strategic Initiatives
All the core building blocks in your first year at Tuck are the most important—they teach you how to do things from scratch.
Rohit Dugar T’07 Founder, Young Master Ales
While there are times to allow things to be organic, diversity is an area where it’s important for leadership to be intentional and vocal. We recently expanded the NFL’s 'Rooney Rule': when there’s a head coach or general manager opportunity, at least one diverse candidate has to be considered. Now for all executive-level jobs at the NFL League Office, we must consider at least one woman.
Robert Gulliver T’97 Executive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, National Football League
At Tuck I learned how to build relationships with people from very diverse backgrounds and cultures. I learned how to better understand and respect the unique contributions that each person brings to the team whether it is a difference in race, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation or social economic position. Having a more diverse team who is comfortable sharing and contributing their thoughts and ideas makes for creating the best possible solution to an issue or problem. Now I am using these experiences and knowledge to better build and manage my team and the customers and partners I interact with daily.
Harry Holt T’91 Vice President of Operations, BITHGROUP Technologies
My wish is to instill confidence and resiliency in girls all over the world.
Torlisa Jeffrey T’12 Co-founder & CMO, My Muse Dolls; Implementation Architect, Knewton
Staying close to a community of people from diverse backgrounds definitely helps better yourself as a person. When you come to a place like Tuck, you really start getting a better understanding of what you as a diverse community can give back to the school.
Dayne Jervis T’17 Solutions Sales Professional, Microsoft Corporation
I knew community would be something important to me at Tuck, but I didn’t realize how easy it would be to feel welcome.
Delicia Jones T’12 Manager, The Monitor Institute
It is difficult to overstate Kemp’s impact on Tuck. Along with the example he set, Kemp’s mentorship of young people of color over the years helped attract students like Pamela Scott T’75, the first African American woman to graduate from Tuck and a former overseer.
Herb Kemp T’66 Former Tuck Overseer (1941—2011)
At Tuck, there was a level of community and acceptance but still in a professional setting. It gave me the confidence I needed to be who I am and continue to be in the workplace.
Lauren Krostue T’10 Director of Strategy for the Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
The main education I got at Tuck was how to learn more holistically, how to continue to fill those gaps to be a more wholesome executive and entrepreneur.
Betsabeh Madani T’13 Vice President of Strategy for Equicare Health
You form close bonds very quickly at Tuck, and that’s where a lot of the learning happens.
Gabe Martinez T’14 Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
I like to tell people that I am a point guard through and through. Point guards know how to get the ball in people’s hands, so they’re well positioned to succeed and everyone wins. That’s the motto I’ve adopted in my career.
Kenny Mitchell D’97, T’04 Head of Consumer Engagement, Gatorade
'Where voices are heard' isn't just a theme—it’s a part of everyday life at Tuck.
Shruti Nambiar T’17 MBA Candidate, Class of 2017
By being inclusive and promoting diversity, organizations can broaden the type and the depth of the skill sets available to them. Often organizations put up a few relatively simple initiatives that show they are doing something, but the people who should be impacted don’t necessarily feel the change and then it’s not effective. But if you can go beyond that stage, then it really impacts who you would have in your workforce and what kind of different perspectives and abilities they can bring in to help you achieve your organizational goals.
Michael Pan T’14 Senior Investment Analyst, Portfolio Review, Vanguard Group, Inc.
Sport is a phenomenal way to teach you a number of things in your life, from leadership skills to friendships to meditation and being more in your head to the ability to feel worthy and successful to having a great balance of life.
Andrea Perez T’08 General Manager of North America Soccer, Nike
It’s more than just a light; when people living in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia get Luci, it literally changes their lives in meaningful ways.
Jacques-Philippe Piverger T’07 Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, MPOWERD
I’m the kind of person who, if I identify a problem, I am volunteering to be a part of the solution.
Damali Rhett D’99, T’06 Executive Director, The Energy Co-op
Tuck teaches negotiations and people management, and as you become a leader, you quickly realize that your job is actually to coach and train and inspire people.
Cristobal Rivera T’08 Director, Miller Lite
As you move up in an organization, it’s less about specific skills and functional knowledge and more about how you lead and inspire those around you to become better leaders.
Ana Sanchez D’97, T’03 Marketing Director, Colgate-Palmolive, UK and Ireland
I would say specifically to women who go to Tuck: Get everything that is available from the experience, the academic, the social, the networking, the career assistance, the alumni interaction. Take advantage of everything and think of Tuck as a microcosm of the world and that’s the place where you learn and can make mistakes, and it doesn’t cost you anything. You can’t do those things out in the business world, so look at Tuck as an opportunity to interact with the kinds of folks you’ll interact with in the corporate environment. Learn from your experience.
Pamela Scott T’75 President, LVCC, Inc.; former Senior Vice President, State Street Corp.
The neat thing about Tuck is I’ve learned that it’s about the journey, not the finish line.
Alex Smith T’99 Finance Manager, ESPN, Inc.
Building a legacy starts early in one’s career. It is about doing what you are passionate about, no matter how challenging or what others tell you to do. It is also about building relationships throughout your career. Legacy is about how you treat the people in your life. Legacy is about the way you both support and develop your employees. It is all about the ways you show love to your loved ones. It is about opening doors for the generation behind you. Thinking beyond you and contributing to a greater purpose creates legacy. This is what leadership should be about.
Ella L.J. Bell Smith Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School
Leadership means setting a vision, communicating a purpose, and getting people invested in achieving it. The higher you go in organizations, the more time you should spend listening and asking questions. It keeps you curious, engaged, and humble.
Michael Sneed T’83 Worldwide Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer, Johnson & Johnson
I had no idea what I’d be able to accomplish in my life. Tuck showed me a side of the planet that I saw only on TV or read in books. For me, the immersion immediately into a whole new world of opportunity and a whole new process for how things worked—it completely changed the trajectory of my life by orders of magnitude. Not just financially, but personally as well. The things I’ve been able to see and do and lead because of Tuck is just incredible. My wife is a T’98 and we have three kids together, so Tuck is forever cemented to us in that way.
Yancey Spruill T’97 CFO and COO, SendGrid; Tuck MBA Advisory Board
To be a successful entrepreneur you need to maintain a healthy dose of delusion and an equally healthy dose of reason.
Tracy Sun T’05 Co-founder, Poshmark
It’s in companies’ interest to take human rights risks seriously, not just the risks they face, but the risks they pose to communities.
Salil Tripathi T’85 Senior Adviser Institute for Human Rights and Business; Chair, Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International
When I visited Tuck and felt the soul of the school, I knew it was the place for me.
Robert Wallace T’84 President and CEO, BITHENERGY
The more time I spend working towards achieving TADA's [Tuck Association of Diverse Alumni] goals, the more inspired I find myself about improving diversity at Tuck and throughout the business community. Change is happening and companies as well as communities are benefiting from it.
Chenae White T’13 Consultant—Endowments & Foundations, NEPC, L.L.C
Don’t assume that the leader has all the answers. A leader has to empower and rely on his or her team.
Christopher Williams T’84 President and CEO, The Williams Capital Group, L.P.