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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Thea Le

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.



MEET THEA LE (UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, SIMON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Thea (Thao) Le is a marketing professional (with over 6 years experience in brand management, project planning and execution), a fervent bookaholic (with a passion for heavy watermelon-size books), a part-time book translator/ editor (with 8 published works) and a huge fan of exotic food (with a unconcealed appetite). She pursuits her MBA at Simon Business School, University of Rochester, NY. She aspires to become a leader capable of balance the creativity and data-driven aspect of the new marketing era, to ultimately reach her goal of building a world-renown Vietnamese agency. When she’s not glued to her laptop screen/ her books/ her plate, she enjoys traveling, snorkeling, cooking and trying very hard to stick to her 5-year in a row new year’s resolution of exercising more.

What made you consider business school?
To step into a leading position and accomplish my long-term vision, I need an MBA to further enhance my strategic thinking and data analytic skills, and to gain more diversified global exposure to become an expert in marketing strategy.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The new relationships and networking opportunities. The new environment and life experiences.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I really take a lot of inspiration from Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, author of the international best seller “Lean In”, and founder of Lean In Foundation. She embodies the vision of a leader with both business success and community impact that I always try to accomplish in the future.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I appeared on National television 7 times so far: 4 times for the competitions/contest/ game shows I joined, 2 time for  interviews after I won championship of a business case contest, and 1 time for randomly walking through a celebrity prank show set up.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Tam Emerson

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.



MEET TAM EMERSON (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Tam Emerson is an MBA candidate at the University of California – Berkeley Haas Business School. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Tam is a 2008 Segal City Year Fellow and joined the Segal Program Team as a Management Fellow in 2012.   Prior to her work with the Segal Program, Tam served for two years at the AmeriCorps Program City Year Boston and was part of the start-up team for the City Year London site. Tam earned a B.S. in STEM elementary education focused in human growth and development with a minor in juvenile justice and youth advocacy from Wheelock College. Additionally, Tam completed a research fellowship through the American Cancer Society at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pediatric Oncology Department. She was named as one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino community in 2016 by the prominent Boston Latino newspaper, El Planeta.

What made you consider business school?
There are many examples of current social structures becoming privatized. I believe that it is important for all sectors to work together to find innovative solutions. Moreover, I am dedicated to the hiring and retention of marginalized people. I want to take my nonprofit experience and actualize it in the for-profit sector.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Growing my understanding of self, the world and relationships with new people.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I enjoy a great conversation!

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Taher Lokhandwala

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

 

MEET TAHER LOKHANDWALA (RICE UNIVERSITY, JONES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Taher is an MBA candidate at Rice University. Prior to attending Rice, he spent five years with the Consulting and Project Management group at Halliburton, where he held several leadership and engineering roles on technology development and operations projects. He has a successful track record of working with both executives and engineers in some of the most well-known oil and gas companies worldwide. Taher holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to broaden the scope of my professional experience and give myself the base to be a successful future business leader.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am looking forward to learning as a full-time student again; I intend to make the best of being surrounded by incredibly accomplished professors and classmates. Also, with the benefit of five years out in the “real world”, I believe I am going to be a wiser and better learner this time around.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by the conscience and determination of leaders like Howard Schultz, Larry Kramer, Dolores Huerta and Mahatma Gandhi to name a few.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My name is pronounced Ta-hair.

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