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Behind the Scenes with the Board of Trustees: Get to Know Christie Julien, Naomi Sanchez & Dorothy Dorton Kittner

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management prides itself on being made up of a diverse range of professionals from across the graduate business education and corporate landscapes. Our Board of Trustees is no exception, with representatives from each of our 20 member schools as well as alumni and leaders from some of our corporate partner companies.

Through this monthly series, we encourage you to go behind the scenes with us to get to know members of our Board of Trustees, beyond just their professional titles, as they respond to a series of fun, thought-provoking questions. 

Christie Julien
Assistant Dean for Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of the Dean, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

How do you start your day every morning?

Christie Julien
Christie Julien

Every morning, I wake up, slip on my dog’s collar and a pair of sneakers and load up three podcasts on my phone – The Daily, Up First and What a Day. I then take my dog on a 30-minute walk through the neighborhood while catching up on the news of the day.

What item in your office could you not live/work without?

I was recently gifted a set of bluetooth headphones, and it seems very difficult to remember what life was like when they weren’t attached to my skull. The sound quality, the convenience, the comfort, the ability to blast my mood music without disturbing anyone is amazing.

When it comes to food, what is your guilty pleasure?

In college, I developed an instant Ramen habit that I haven’t ever been able to kick. I will try different things to enhance the Ramen — adding fresh vegetables, tofu and sauces — but sometimes, there is nothing like the sodium bomb that is instant noodles.

Naomi Sanchez
Assistant Dean, MBA Career Management and Corporate Recruiting, University of Washington, Foster School of Business

What is your most unusual or interesting skill or hobby?

Naomi Sanchez
Naomi Sanchez

I tinker around with cello and piano sounds

How do you start your day every morning?

I start my day with a bowl of oatmeal and by giving thanks quietly.

When it comes to food, what is your guilty pleasure?

Tacos of all kinds — hot sauce and lots of tortillas. Sushi of all kinds — lots of soy sauce, ginger and wasabi.

Dorothy Dorton Kittner
Associate Dean & Director of Business Development & Corporate Relations, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

If you didn’t have to work, how would you spend your time?

Dorothy Kittner
Dorothy Dorton Kittner

I would spend my time supporting a nonprofit for no pay on a part-time basis in the St. Louis region and more time playing tennis, cooking and gardening.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“Always under promise, always over deliver, and then they will be delighted.” This is my personal mantra that I ask of all of those who work for me.

What is your favorite thing about the work that you do?

I enjoy listening to the needs of a constituent, seeking resources to support them and then watching them gain greater success because I heard what they were saying and hopefully somewhat met their needs.

When it comes to food, what is your guilty pleasure?

A cosmopolitan, lobster and key lime pie.

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