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Behind the Scenes with the Board of Trustees: Get to Know Crysta L. Bolton, Courtney Schroeder & Crystal White

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. This month, get to know Accenture’s Crysta L. Bolton, General Mills’ Courtney Schroeder and Chevron Corporation’s Crystal White. 

Crysta L. Bolton
Southeast Region Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture

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

Rehabbing houses, traveling, writing books and helping build homes in underdeveloped communities.  

How do you start your day every morning?

Prayer and a 30- to 40-minute walk with my dog.

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

Daily, I help people solve problems and get to solutions.

If you found a magic lamp with a genie inside and could be granted three wishes, what would they be?

One, have dinner with my parents who are in Heaven. Two, win the Mega Millions Lottery (it was recently $515 million). And, three, have unlimited wishes.

Courtney Schroeder
Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, General Mills, Inc.

Courtney SchroederWhat is your favorite thing about the work that you do?

My favorite thing about being a DEI practitioner is that I get to bring together issues core to our society and humanity — like equity, fairness and how we interact with each other — and [connect] these to our business and people strategies.  

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

I absolutely love pizza, and I’m not talking about just one type of pizza. I love New York pizza. Given that I was born in Chicago, deep-dish runs through my veins. The Twin Cities has some amazing pizza, and who doesn’t love a good Totino’s pizza. 

What is the best movie of all time, and why?

Malcolm X. Not only did the movie bring the book to life in a way that made it more beautiful and relevant for a modern-day audience, but Denzel transformed into Malcolm, giving a once-in-a-generation performance.  

How do you start your day every morning?

I’m a pretty early-riser, so I try (the keyword is “try”) to begin each day with exercise, meditation and daily reflection.

Crystal White
HR and Organizational Capability Manager, Chevron Corporation

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

On the sea, boating, diving and fishing.

If you were forced to live alone on a deserted island — survival not being an issue — and could only take three items with you, what would you take?

A scuba tank, a Kindle full of good books and a radio.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

It reminds me that one person can make a difference and that you should always try. 

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Taken sailing lessons and got certified as a boat captain.

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