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EACH YEAR REACHING OUT’S STAFF SELECTS A LEADERSHIP TEAM OF CURRENT LGBTQ MBA & BUSINESS GRADUATE STUDENTS TO WORK WITH US TO CREATE THE THEME AND CONTENT OF THE ANNUAL LGBTQ MBA & BUSINESS GRADUATE (ROMBA) CONFERENCE.
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 LGBTQ MBA students and LGBTQ MBA professionals alike.
This year's team, made up of LGBTQ MBA students from 10 different business schools, was selected from a highly competitive application process and will guide the 2018 Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 4-6.
Adi Rajapuram (Anderson School of Management, UCLA)
Adi Rajapuram is a first-year Forte Fellow and C.V. Starr Fellow at UCLA Anderson. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bay Area, she moved to Texas to attend a unique program at Baylor University where she created her own curriculum. She specialized in biology, economics, Spanish, and political science, combining all four in her thesis on Determining the Cost-Effectiveness of Providing Free Prenatal Care to Hispanic Undocumented Immigrants. Upon graduating, she decided she loved Texas so much she wanted to stay and accepted a role with Oracle in the technology space. There, she ran software contract operations for North America and Latin America, working in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Beyond work, she also found a true passion for nonprofits volunteering with the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio, helping them launch the Start by Believing campaign eliminating community stigmas around sexual assault and encouraging survivors to come forward. Adi is a self-proclaimed Pinterest expert and you can find her testing new vegetarian recipes or YouTube-ing creative braid tutorials.
Andrew Kwan (Stern School of Business, New York University)
Andrew is a first year MBA-candidate at NYU Stern, where he is the recipient of the Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison Faculty Scholarship and is a ROMBA Fellow. Andrew was born in the United Kingdom, but grew up mostly in New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012, with a triple major in Accounting, Business Administration, and Sociology. Upon graduation, Andrew started in Citi's Los Angeles offices, as an analyst in it's Private Banking division and eventually transferred up to San Francisco where he became an Investment Associate, working with his ultra- high net worth clients in managing their investment portfolios. At Citi, he was one of the first members of the Citi Pride Network in San Francisco, the firm's LGBT ERG. Eventually, Andrew became President and partnered with colleagues and external organizations to drive the group's mission. He is an avid supporter of the arts and previously performed as a member of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
Chris Ralphs (Kelley School of Management, Indiana University)
Chris Ralphs is a MBA candidate at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Chris is from Los Angeles and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies at American University in Washington D.C. Prior to starting business school, Chris was an International Relations Specialist at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the part of the Department of Defense responsible for stopping the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction. In that role Chris led cross functional teams to help improve the safety and security of chemical, biological and nuclear material in Africa. In his free time Chris enjoys rugby, surfing, skiing, and traveling.
Jesús Amundarain (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto)
Jesús is a first-year MBA student at the Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto. Originally from Venezuela, he found a second home in Canada ten years ago. He is a chemical engineer with six years of work experience in Oil and Gas operations. He has led multidisciplinary teams in challenging environments such as the oil fields of northern Alberta and Siberia. His ability to adapt, learn quickly, and develop solutions on the spot have helped Jesús succeed in adverse situations. Growing up in a conservative Catholic family, Jesús grew up suppressing his sexuality but also paying close attention to social queues and human behaviors. His natural ability to read people well has helped him build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, which has positively impacted the success rate of the projects that he has been involved with. After being exposed to the implementation phase of various corporate acquisitions and restructurings, Jesús was intrigued by the negotiations that lead to the inception, development and execution of high-level transactions. Post-MBA, Jesús is interested in pursuing a career in investment banking, where he expects to leverage his operational expertise and create economic value through transactions that are both financially and operationally sound.
Kate Lohmeyer (Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina)
Kate Lohmeyer is pursuing a joint Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan- Flagler Business School and Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Her concentration is in management consulting, sustainability, and global policy, and she has particular interest in strategy and the intersection of public and private sectors. Kate recently completed a global policy internship at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked on trade and environmental policy and conducted research on business opportunities created by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. She is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Sanford Journal of Public Policy, Board Member at the Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center, and Founding President of Sanford Pride. Originally from the Chicago area, Kate graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 2010, receiving degrees in History and English. She has over five years of communications and project management experience at non-profit organizations. She also volunteered with infants and children for three years at a local children’s hospital in Chicago. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, playing guitar, traveling, and kayaking.
Kevin Deese (Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota)
Born and raised near Orlando, Florida, Kevin Deese graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2014. Prior to business school, Kevin worked as an Area Manager at Amazon and Strategy and Planning Manager at SIB Fixed Cost Reduction in Charleston, SC. In August 2017, Kevin began pursuing an MBA at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis. Kevin is passionate about making a positive impact in the world and in his community. He was recently awarded Carlson's Sands Fellowship for his proposal to work with the Minnesota AIDS Project to combat unemployment and underemployment in the HIV+ community in the Twin Cities. In his spare time, Kevin continues to pursue opportunities to perform onstage whenever he gets the chance, having grown up performing in school and community theatre. His other pastimes include cheering on the Buffalo Bills and Navy sports teams, reading up on the latest national political news, and exercising in the gym.
Krystle Jiang (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)
Krystle is a student at Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Kellogg, Krystle worked as a consultant for Deloitte Digital focusing on social strategy and using social CRMs to accomplish enterprise social goals. At Kellogg Krystle is focused on building leadership skills to employ as an intrapreneur and innovator post-Kellogg.
Mark Mosby (Columbia Business School)
Mark was born and raised in Los Angeles, California before moving to Greenville, Texas to enter high school. It was there that he excelled both on the football field and in the classroom, which afforded him the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 Football at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Mark reported to USAFA for Basic Cadet Training on 28 June 2007, and his life hasn’t been the same since that day. At the Air Force Academy, he was challenged beyond measure academically, physically, and mentally. He also took advantage of the opportunities to fly glider aircraft, travel internationally, and develop leadership skills. He graduated from USAFA with a BS in Behavioral Science in May of 2011 and has been serving in the Active Duty Air Force as an officer ever since. During his Air Force career Mark served as a diversity recruiter for the Academy, in which he recruited the world's most qualified diverse candidates to attend the Air Force Academy; a program manager of a high-tech cryptographic system program; and an Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) instructor, teaching and developing the leadership skills of AFROTC cadets at Louisiana State University.
Stacy McClarnon (Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California)
Stacy is a Southern California native with a diverse background in the entertainment and music industries. She is passionate about the intersection of media, technology, and communications. Prior to Marshall, Stacy worked in music licensing and copyright where she negotiated deals and managed contracts for Warner Music and Universal Music. She also has experience in event production and audio engineering working for companies such as Coachella, Warped Tour, and Midroll Media. Outside of school, Stacy has performed in a variety of professional music ensembles all over the country and she founded her own music supervision company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Composition for Media from Cal State Northridge with a minor in Audio Engineering. She is pursuing her MBA at Marshall with a focus on the intersection of media, technology, and strategy. She intends to leverage her background along with the skills developed at Marshall to pursue a career in consulting and strategy. In her free time, she loves going on hikes, staying active, attending concerts, playing guitar and bass, and volunteering for local community organizations.
Will Taylor (Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College)
Will Taylor is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. While at UNC, he was an active member on campus, holding leadership positions within student government and the campus YMCA, and serving as member of the Chancellor Student Innovation Team. After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked as an investment banking analyst with a focus on consumer & retail clients before exiting to a client — joining the Corporate Strategy team at the Hudson’s Bay Company. Over the last three years, he worked on a number of key initiatives across the organization. This includes leading the post-merger integration efforts of the Gilt Groupe into the HBC portfolio of retail banners across every aspect of the business. Outside of work, Will is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling to new cities and eating delicious food.