Kielyn Jarvis Creates Mentorship Program for Dyson Students

By: Sherrie Negrea
headshot of Kielyn Jarvis.

Kielyn Jarvis, MBA '23

When Kielyn Jarvis earns his MBA at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Business this May, he will leave behind a legacy that will support first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management for years to come.

As a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow, Jarvis developed a mentorship program that will match MBA students with undergraduates who are Dyson Diversity Scholars. The program will provide an informal, safe space to talk about their experiences while at Cornell. When their mentors graduate, the Dyson students will be paired with Johnson alumni who can provide connections in various industries.

“My Park project is very much connected to my personal experience,” Jarvis says. “One of the challenges of coming from a first-generation or low-income background is that you may not know anything about consulting or investment banking because you don’t have those people in your everyday life. It becomes very difficult to build connections and make informed decisions about what’s best for you.”

2 men and 2 women standing on top of a mountain on a sunny clear day with arms around each other’s shoulders. In the background are mountains, trees and a lake in the valley.
Kielyn Jarvis with classmates and Park Fellows atop Ampersand Mountain during their Adirondacks Trek, Sep 4, 2021 (left to right) Ben Wagner, Jarvis, Camille Morrow, and Diana Fahning, all MBA ’23

Reinvigorating Fiery Chats and building community

The mentorship program, scheduled to launch this spring, is one of several initiatives Jarvis developed to support diversity at Johnson. As chair of the Johnson Diversity Council, for example, he worked with Johnson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and its director, Derron Borders, to reinstitute “Fiery Chats,” a monthly series of talks hosted by affinity groups that explore a topic of their choice.

Another project he encouraged was pairing various affinity groups that often don’t work together. A common problem among the affinity groups, Jarvis says, is that they tend to offer programming that focuses on their own members but not the larger Johnson community.

“We were all very interested in that cross-pollination, coming off the pandemic, as much as possible because we all equally recognized and appreciated the real value of a business school is in building that community,” says Jarvis, who also served as vice president of social for Johnson’s Out for Business (O4B), the business club for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Cornell Johnson students, their partners, and active allies.

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Kielyn Jarvis at the Out for Business (O4B) table in Sage Hall atrium during the Ally Week Sage Social, April 28, 2022, with Calvin Tong, O4B vice president, allyship, and Kelly Moses, O4B president, all MBA ’23

Interning at Microsoft internship and a focus on international business

This semester, Jarvis broadened his academic experience by becoming an exchange student at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan. During the first three months of the semester, he has taken courses on supply chain, technology, and innovation management, while learning about business from a global perspective.

“It’s very different to be educated at an institution where the perspectives coming in are not from international students trying to recalibrate their experience for American cases or American contexts,” he says, “but rather international students thinking about international business — that’s what drives conversation.”

After interning at Microsoft last summer in Redmond, Washington, Jarvis will return to the company in June as a partner development manager in Chicago. He credits Johnson with preparing him for this step in his career by pushing him to grow in new directions while offering support along the way.

Kielyn Jarvis standing next to a large Microsoft sign in front of an office building landscaped with green shrubs and trees.
Kielyn Jarvis during his summer 2022 internship at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington

“Johnson was transformative in all the ways that I expected … and a few more,” he says. “It was everything that I expected from a traditional business school, but it was elevated by the fantastic people, the wonderful faculty members, and the Park Program.”

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