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Each year Reaching Out selects a team of student leaders to work with our full-time staff to guide the content of the annual conference.  These students help set all of our breakout content, develop a conference theme, suggest ideas for innovation and make sure the content is relevant to all LGBT MBA students and LGBT MBA professionals alike.

This year's team, made up of LGBT MBA students from 11 different businsess schools, was selected from a highly competitive application process and will guide the 2016 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8, 2016).

Jonathan Aronoff (Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina)

Jonathan is a member of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Class of 2017. He previously led the corporate and foundation fundraising team at the Council for Economic Education, where he also built the major gifts program and established the Vantage Point: Real World Perspectives on the Economy annual symposium. Prior, Jonathan held other positions in non-profit development, primarily in research and data management for the Women’s Refugee Commission. He began his career teaching Art History in Dallas Public Schools and managing an after-school college readiness program for elite track athletes in NYC. As a proud member of the Executive Committee for J Street NYC from 2013 to 2015, Jonathan engaged Senators and members of Congress to advocate for a strong U.S. role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. He graduated from The New School with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, Concentration in Economics. Jonathan and his partner Vincent Cheung enjoy cooking together, road trips, and competing for their dog Raffi’s affection.

Nathan DeCarolis (Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University)

Nate hails from Northwestern Pennsylvania, where he fostered a love of science and curiosity about the natural world. After earning his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on neuroscience from American University (DC), Nate worked at two biotech firms in the DC-area before pursuing his Ph.D. During his graduate studies in Integrative Biology at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Nate explored the resident stem cell population in the adult mouse brain. His research then led him to the laboratory of Theo Palmer at Stanford University, where Nate led a team of students and interns while exploring how the cellular microenvironment around a stem cell informs its fate choices to either remain stem-like or to differentiate into a neuron. At the same time, Nate became involved in a new graduate program on Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, where he enjoyed working with graduate and medical students. He is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and "science-ing," but above all else, enjoys hanging out with friends and trying new beer.

Mitch Doering (Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota)

Mitch grew up in Central Minnesota.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from the  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  He takes full advantage of the great outdoors in his free time by running/cycling to and from work in Minneapolis and spending as much time on the lake as possible during the warmer months.    

Lev Eldemir (Columbia Business School)

Lev was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.  Upon graduating in 2010, he moved to New York to start his career at Citigroup on the Debt Capital Markets desk.  He worked directly with senior leaders of the business to provide strategic debt financing solutions to Investment Grade clients in the Financial Institutions sector.  After a little over two years, he wanted to gain a more “hands on” business experience, so I transitioned into Operations at a rapidly-growing healthcare management firm, Frontier Healthcare - New York State’s largest surgery center management and development company.  He managed the ongoing operations of existing surgery facilities and led a cross-functional team in new facility development efforts.  He wanted to continue to round out my business management and strategy skill set, so he applied to business school in 2014 and is now a member of the 2017 graduating class at Columbia Business School.  He hopes to pursue a role in Management Consulting post–MBA.  At CBS, he is an active member of Cluster Q, the Hermes (Admissions) Society, the Small Business Consulting Program, and the Healthcare Industry Association.  During his rare free time, he practices yoga and meditation, and enjoys trying new bars and restaurants with his classmates. 

Marcela García Peña Silveyra (Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago)

Marcela is a first-year MBA student at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she is pursuing concentrations in Strategic Management, Operations, and Managerial and Organizational Behavior. Prior to Booth, she worked in Strategic Planning at a dairy company in Mexico as the Business Plan responsible. She also conducted financial due diligences to assess M&A feasibility, prepared valuation models, and assessed marketing and sales initiatives. Marcela holds a B.S. in Public Accounting from Universidad Iberoamericana in Torreon, Mexico where she is originally from. She loves singing, traveling, tacos, and dogs.

William Gee (Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California)

Will is excited to be back at USC pursuing his MBA at Marshall with a concentration in Strategy and Marketing. Will graduated from USC Annenberg School with a BA in Communication, and began his career in consumer research at the Omnicom Group’s brand and communications research firm Hall & Partners, where he worked with Fortune 500 clients in the tech, healthcare, and automotive categories.  Immediately prior to returning to USC, Will was a Research and Analytics Manager at Yahoo! in the Consumer Insights Group, consulting internal teams on user acquisition and engagement.  While at Yahoo!, Will was nominated for the Superstar Award, the highest recognition possible for which only the top 5% employees were eligible.  

Originally from San Francisco, Will has always been involved in the LGBT Community. Will was part of the leadership for Yahoo’s LGBT Employee Group, and leads GALA, Marshall’s LGBT Student Group. He also volunteers for the Trevor Project.

Jessica Kaiser (Sloan School of Management, MIT)

Jessica Kaiser is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, with an interest in the applications of digital identity and analytic technology in management. Most recently, she was an early employee at Rocket Fuel, an artificial intelligence leader in programmatic advertising that went public in 2014. While there, she built a team that partnered with clients and engineering to deploy non-standard solutions. She majored in Mathematics and minored in Literature at Northwestern University, where she was the co-president of Rainbow Alliance. Thanks to AI, Jessica has free time with which she enjoys rugby, exercise, music, and overcooking her dinner.

Kate Mills (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)

Kate Mills is from New York City, and completed her undergrad at Johns Hopkins, where she studied psychology and entrepreneurship. After college, she began working in healthcare consulting, primarily focusing on sales and marketing for pharmaceutical companies. She did this for three years, and then moved to marketing at American Express. During this time, she managed customer acquisition for AmEx's largest card product, and launched a new credit card. After two years, she moved to tech marketing, managing CRM at a start-up dating website. Most recently, she worked in new business development for her family's business, which is an event space and theater in New York City. She is now a first year at The Fuqua School of Business.

Ned Mitchell (Anderson School of Management, UCLA)

Ned Mitchell is a first-year MBA candidate at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Ned was previously an associate in the mezzanine private equity investment team at Crescent Capital Group in Los Angeles, where he evaluated new investment opportunities and helped manage Crescent's investment portfolio across multiple industries. Prior to Crescent, Ned worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse in New York, where he focused on conducting strategic reviews, mergers and acquisitions, and raising capital for financial institution clients. Ned has also served on the board of directors of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, a non-profit organization that is a national leader in working to end all forms of violence against the LGBTQ community. Ned holds a BA in history with distinction from Yale University.

J. Taylor Wiegele (Harvard Business School)

Born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Taylor headed west to study Chemical Engineering at The University of California, Berkeley. After graduating he moved to San Francisco and took a role in Research and Development at The Clorox Company where he designed and commercialized new products for Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and Brita water filtration. He then moved south to Los Angeles where I designed the air filtration system for the Dragon space capsule at SpaceX.

In his spare time he loves surfing (at least trying to), exploring SF, LA, and now Boston/New England, spending time with friends and family, day trips with his partner in crime, Jim, devouring political/economic podcasts, yoga, formulating his own personal care products, and staying engaged with the community through mentorship programs.

Sam Young (Stern School of Business, New York University)

Sam was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida

in 2010. Following graduation, Sam moved to New York City to work for KPMG in their financial services audit practice where he specialized in investment banking and asset management clients.   After about a year and a half, he left KPMG to join The Carlyle Group in their Global Market Strategies division where he supported a broad range of efforts, including: valuation, investment & tax structuring, performance analysis, investor relations, budgeting, operations, management reporting and strategic planning for Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, a family of two mezzanine capital private equity funds.  Outside of work, he is a bit of a foodie and passionate about traveling and health & wellness.