She Sells CDs by the Bandshell
by Helen K. Chang
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Business School alumnae Lindsay MacDonald Hubbard has a demanding day job as a consultant at McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office. On weekends as often as possible, the former Arjay Miller and Siebel Scholar lends a hand in the family business: She sells CDs, post-concert, for the folk/pop/rock band Rockwell Church. Hubbard is a rocker's wife.
The 2002 GSB graduate is also the wife of a current first-year MBA student.
Nathan Church Hubbard sings lead vocals and writes the songs for the nationally known band, a duo with his long-time collaborator Joti Rockwell. The two met in first grade when they were seated next to each other at a Washington, DC-area elementary school. Although they have gone their separate ways for graduate school (Rockwell is a doctoral student in music theory at University of Chicago), they get together on weekends to tour the country. Through two decades of musical collaboration, five years of crisscrossing the country, and development of five albums, Rockwell Church has built a strong fan base on the college circuit.
On Valentine's Day eve they performed a concert at the Business School to benefit Challenge for Charity, the inter-business school competition that raises money for Special Olympics. "Welcome to 'View from the Bottom,'" Church Hubbard cracked to a packed Bishop Auditorium, normally the venue for the School's View from the Top series of CEO speakers.
Church Hubbard comes by his business experience honestly: He was among the first 10 employees at Telephia, the startup provider of market intelligence for the wireless industry, now 200 employees strong, founded by Tom Frangione, MBA '93, and John Oyler, MBA '96, now an independent consultant. During the three years he worked as account management director, he also kept a rigorous touring schedule with Rockwell Church, often meeting clients at their offices around the country by day, then racing to the local college auditorium or club to play a gig that night. "Sometimes I'd rip off my business suit backstage—my 'rock star clothes' underneath—and step on stage in time to perform," Church Hubbard says with a laugh.
One day soon, his rock star clothes and business suit will merge. "I believe the recording and entertainment industry is ripe for a paradigm shift," he says. "Having an MBA and being an artist will be critical for shaping this new frontier."
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