Meet the YPLC! – Kunal Tandon


Who are you?

I’m Kunal Tandon.  I’m the finance chair of the YPLC and one of the two leads on college connect.


A little bit about me!

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting.  I currently work as financial analyst at SMC, which is medical device company located in Somerset, WI.

I’m unfortunately a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan, but thankfully I have the Yankees to offset my misery.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf (when the weather cooperates in Minnesota), working out, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.


What is your connection to diabetes?

I was diagnosed in March of 2009 with Type 1 diabetes.  Therefore diabetes impacts my life in every aspect.  However, in the grand scheme of things, diabetes is one of the more easier chronic illnesses to manage and it has not stopped from leading an active and healthy lifestyle(touch wood).


How did you end up joining the YPLC?

I met Sean Finn, who is one of the co-founders of the YPLC at a house party.  Naturally, as Type 1 diabetic I joined the group shortly after in Feb, 2015.


What do you hope to take away from your work at the YPLC?

To make a positive difference by helping fundraise, and offer advocacy and support in the Minnesota diabetes community.  The YPLC is unique in that it’s run in similar fashion to a big cooperation, but also led by 20 dedicated individuals that share the passion for stopping diabetes as I do.  I look to strengthen these relationships, build new ones from networking, and apply my learnings to the real world.

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