Scholar Class – 2008-09
Jonathan was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and came out to his supportive friends and family while completing his undergraduate degree in Commerce at Queen’s University. Troubled by how few of his gay friends had similar coming out experiences, after graduation Jonathan began working in LGBT related activities hoping to make the coming out process easier for others.
Within six months of getting a job at a Fortune 500 company, Jonathan took on the leadership position of the LGBT employee network and became the youngest member participating on the Diversity Leadership Team. During his time with the company, Jonathan led efforts to secure corporate sponsorship of Gay Pride events and launched the company’s first LGBT recruiting efforts in Canada.
After two years with the company, Jonathan decided to go back to school and is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. In his first year at Harvard, Jonathan became an active member of the LGBT Student Association and worked with the Admissions Department to increase LGBT applicants and encourage more students to consider careers in business. Looking forward, Jonathan plans to work in the private sector and continue to challenge many of the barriers that prevent diversity in the workplace.