Student Spotlight: Kevin Dole

Tell us about yourself.

I am a native Michigan-er whose career has taken him to Hawaii, San Francisco, and the Dominican Republic. After interning on organic farms on Hawaii’s Big Island, I worked in urban agriculture projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was the Community Benefits Coordinator for a social enterprise start-up and chaired an advisory committee to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

I served in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Advisor in the rural Dominican Republic, where I saw first-hand the huge impact that entrepreneurship and small business can have in disadvantaged communities. I decided to pursue my MBA Sustainable Business Practices at Duquesne because I wanted to fortify my community development skills with the business fundamentals necessary to lead an organization. After graduating I hope to use the power of enterprise to make a positive difference in the world.

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What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

I’ve lived in four different States and two different countries since completing my undergrad. As boring as it may sound, I’m looking forward to staying put in one place and putting down roots.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland and all of Europe. When my wife and I hiked it in the springtime a few years ago, the wind roaring off of its face sounded like something out of Norse mythology. Down on the beach below we watched as it calved off icebergs into the sea.

What is the best way to start the day?

Silent, seated meditation; followed immediately by strong coffee.

Where would you spend all of your time if you could?

I’m pretty much always happy when I’m on a bicycle. I had an hour commute when I lived in San Francisco and never complained about it.