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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kai Jhou

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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 KAI JHOU (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I am Kai from Taiwan, MBA candidate at USC Marshall, class of 2019. For the past four years, I have been working in Macronix, the world’s largest Read Only Memory (ROM) and NOR Flash Memory producer. As a Senior Marketing Specialist, I mainly focused on marketing communications, including promotional material, advertisement and trade show. I developed company profile with CEO to fulfill the need of different marketing segments. Moreover, I was the coordinator of 3-year Marketing Center Improvement Project with Vice Presidents and Marketing Directors. I organized their master action plans during meetings that lasted for months. I received my BBA degree in Management Science at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and spent one year at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden as an exchange student. I enjoyed the experience so much that I co-founded an alumni association and served as the president. Exchange students going to Sweden can get information and tips in experience sharing events before departure. We also held a seminar and invited GM and employees from Swedish companies in Taiwan, and some members got hired! In my free time, I love traveling (visited 28 countries in four continents), movies, and playing board games with friends.

What made you consider business school?
I would like to pursue an international marketing career, as I have the passion to develop international markets and solve cross-cultural marketing problems. MBA is ideal for upper level management training. First, I can further deepen my marketing knowledge in a systematic way. Second, since communication and integration within an organization is vital, I will appreciate the opportunity to explore other corporate functions and learn how to cooperate with them. Last, MBA can provide the cultural exposure while I work with other international students in case studies and group discussions.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Learning and getting inspired by talented people from different industries, functions, and countries. I look forward to the sparks during case studies and group discussions.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Ellen DeGeneres, as she spreads positive energy and joy to the world. Be kind to one another, and we can make the world a better place.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am driven by exploring, performing, and community, and I really enjoy interacting with people from different cultures. For example, I volunteered as an English free walking tour guide for a NPO named “TourMeAway” in Taipei. Working with and learning from my amazing fellow tour guides, I sharpened my presentation, performing, and cross-cultural communication skills. Storytelling and delivering an informative and entertaining experience to customers give me joy beyond description. I developed many jokes and enjoyed seeing the audience laugh, and I often get 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kang Liu

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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 KANG LIU (MIT, SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Kang Liu is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has extensive experience in real estate, investment, and finance across a number of global markets. Prior to business school, Kang worked at Goodman Group in its investment management division. Based in Hong Kong, he specialized in China real estate investments and managed relationships with the company’s key fund investors. Prior to that, Kang was as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he advised financial sponsors, corporations, and high net worth individuals on strategic and financing alternatives by offering expertise across mergers and acquisitions, equity, debt, and derivatives products. Born and raised in Taiwan, Kang holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Outside of work, Kang enjoys staying active with hiking, spinning, and running and loves everything about food.

What made you consider business school?
Being an exercise fanatic, I want to launch my own apparel company, focusing on functional activewear for men. At business school, I will be able to acquire business fundamentals and develop into a successful entrepreneur.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited to meet new people from various professional and personal backgrounds and learn from their experiences. I am also excited to meet aspiring entrepreneurs who would motivate and inspire me to launch my own business.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Warren Buffet, Bill Gates.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have been a yoga instructor since 2009 and has taught different classes in the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Joe Edward

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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 JOE EDWARD (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Joe is a first-year MBA student at the University of Texas at Austin. He was born in Missouri and has spent most of his life in Connecticut, completing his undergraduate work at UConn in addition to earning an MS in Finance at Fairfield University. His past roles have spanned various areas within the financial field: corporate governance advisory through a firm in San Francisco, Corporate FP&A at General Electric and credit/risk analysis at GE Capital (later Wells Fargo). Outside of work, he enjoys travel, craft beer, trying new foods, time spent with friends (and their children) and family, and supporting his beloved sports teams.

What made you consider business school?
During the past few months, I’ve frequently heard the term “rebranding” used at admitted student events. In a way, this represents my rationale, as I would like to explore fields beyond my past career experiences and move into new roles that more closely align with my personal passions. Taking on opportunities that are different from prior roles and attempting to jump into new paths can be extremely difficult, but attending business school acts as a springboard to make these shifts. At the same time, I am looking forward to taking on other leadership roles while serving in organizations and exploring new subject areas missed during my undergrad years.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?First and foremost, business school is an opportunity to meet new people and friends. I’ve already come across so many interesting future classmates and alumni at school-related events, and undoubtedly there will be a lot more great people to learn from and get to know through organizations such as ROMBA. I’m also looking forward to joining a huge campus community, particularly at a school as large as UT. Finally, I am excited for the travel experiences and global immersion, whether short trips or potentially a semester studying abroad.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Admittedly, I am more of a fan of silent, “under the radar” individuals who lead to get results but do not monopolize the attention (or take credit for others’ work). Sir John Templeton comes to mind as an individual who acquired great power and wealth yet strove for humility in his philanthropic activities, especially as his foundation still works to bridge perceived gaps across theology, science and philosophy.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Starting with family road trips at a young age, I’ve developed a love for travel and reached all fifty states by age 26.

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