Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Lex Nguyen
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 LEX NGUYEN (DUKE UNIVERSITY, FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
I grew up in Hue, Vietnam & share the family name “Nguyen” with 40 million other Vietnamese. So, if you know other Nguyen’s, chances are we’re not related. I worked in Marketing at Unilever for Comfort fabric conditioner and launched a water-saving fund to ensure every Vietnamese have access to clean water, among other things. I also enjoyed tremendously the 1-year stint in Singapore, although my Singlish was not very good lah! From selling fragrant Comfort, I challenged my marketing skills by managing a (rather smelly) fish sauce product. Aiming to transition to tech industry and work in marketing or product management, I led Vietnam branch of a mobile-marketing startup. I’m a devoted servant of my cats and I jog when I need to think.
What made you consider business school?
My goal is to work in tech marketing or product management. An MBA will give me a chance to learn relevant skills and the network needed to get my dream job. It will also be a transformative experience that makes me become better as a business leader and individual.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Meeting international and US friends! I can’t wait to learn more about the world through them!
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook. He’s a successful business leader who outspokenly support LGBT community. His business is also very environment friendly, needless to say that Apple is improving the way we live, work, and play.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m both a cat and a dog person.