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15

Dec 2014

LGBT MBA Profile: ROMBA Startup Pitch Winner Frank Glaser (Columbia Business School ’15)

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Frank Glaser, MBA, CBS Class of 2015

Business School: MBA, Columbia Business School (’15)
Med School: MD, Tulane School of Medicine (’16)
Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth College (2008)

Frank accepting the top prize at for the ROMBA LGBT Startup Pitch Competition with Reaching Out & StartOut Board Members

Tell us a bit about your background, prior work experience and career interests. 

My original background post-undergrad was in strategy consulting for the lifescience industry.  I learned a tremendous amount about healthcare and enjoyed the subject matter, but yearned to get closer to healthcare delivery and the actual products.  Having always dreamed of becoming a physician, I decided to pursue an MD/MBA at Tulane School of Medicine and Columbia Business School.  First-hand clinic experience re-ignited my entrepreneurial drive, which I could now apply to healthcare – opportunities abound. With input from clinicians and support from advisors, I identified a way to really benefit clinical medicine with my current start-up Angulus.  Throughout my career, I strive to continue to impact healthcare on a systems level by innovating as an entrepreneur and/or investor.

What made you decide to get your MBA?

I felt the MBA would enhance my network and credentials, provide time for entrepreneurial pursuits, and give me access to the startup ecosystems that would support these goals.

Were you out as you went through the business school application process? 

Yes.  It’s important to be yourself, always.  In my experience, top business schools are very open to diversity of all kinds.

Tell us a bit about your involvement with the LGBTQ and Ally communities on your campus.  Are you particularly active?

I am socially active in Cluster Q, Columbia’s LGBT group.  Some of my best relationships in business school developed through this group!

You won the 2015 Reaching Out Startup Pitch Competition at ROMBA 2014 with your company Angulus.  Can you tell us a bit about what Angulus is? 

Angulus develops smart solutions for critical healthcare needs. The company’s initial focus is on ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), a fatal condition that develops in patients who are intubated.  Our flagship product helps providers maintain ventilated patients at a 30 to 45 degree position – an angle that’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the risk of VAP. Affixed to the patient’s sternum, the disposable inclinometer has a built-in alert system that signals a cue at bedside and at the central nursing station when patients are outside of the desired recumbency for a certain period of time. The Angulus technology conveniently integrates into vital signs monitoring equipment and electronic health records.

Where are you right now in terms of funding and in terms of development?  Is there any help you need from the LGBT MBA or entrepreneurial community?

We have conducted extensive market validation, including focus groups with end-users in the hospital.  Armed with that feedback, we developed a beta product, partnered with key hospitals, and positioned ourselves for launch of a pilot study in Spring 2015.  We plan to begin raising a full seed round in January, so we would welcome the opportunity to speak with potential investors or folks with connections to that community.  We always hope individuals with hospital/delivery connections will reach out as well.  Please reach me at frank@angulus.us.

What made you decide to enter the Startup Pitch Competition?  Did you make any connections or get any feedback that’s been helpful as you move forward? 

The ROMBA pitch competition posed an opportunity to get feedback from a predominantly non-healthcare audience.  Each and every pitch sharpens the sales skills.  The chance to win a cash prize for Angulus also didn’t hurt! In the process of the competition, I also made some valuable connections with investors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Some people say that being entrepreneurial and an MBA aren’t things that go together.  We’re guessing you disagree – what advice do you have for prospective MBAs who want to do startup work?

Yes, quite the contrary! Business school is like an insurance policy – it gives you the time and space to really hit the ground on a startup opportunity while credentialing you for virtually any career!  For folks who have limited previous startup experience, business school a perfect opportunity to get your feet wet and decide if this is ultimately the right path for you.  It also gives access to an ecosystem – Angulus has made most of its connections through Columbia and its alumni network!

 

Columbia Business School is a participant in the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship which provides scholarship and leadership opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & active ally student pursuing their full-time MBAs.  Learn more.

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12

Dec 2014

Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business Joins LGBT MBA Fellowship

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Rice MBA LGBT Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce that Rice University’s Jones School of Business has joined the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship, created as a joint effort between top grduate business schools and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools & MBA programs are outstanding opportunities for self-identifying and out LGBTQ young professionals and their active allies to build their careers.

Each Fellowship recipient will receive a minimum $10,000 scholarship for each academic year during his/her full-time MBA as well as access to various Reaching Out programming, mentoring and LGBTQA leadership opportunities, some of which would be developed specifically for these Fellows.

As part of accepting the Fellowship, the students will also agree to take a national leadership role in planning content for at least one Reaching Out initiative during his/her time in business school.

Learn more about the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship & Scholarships

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10

Dec 2014

Reaching OUT 2015 Spring Marketing & Communications Paid Internship

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LGBT MBA Marketing Internship

Organization Overview: 

Reaching Out MBA Inc. (also known as Reaching OUT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business students. Despite a changing social landscape for LGBT people, currently, 53% of professionals feel compelled to hide or lie about who they are at work. Through a growing number of year-round programs and a national conference, Reaching OUT works towards a vision for school and workplace environments in which there are no barriers to prevent LGBT people from furthering their education and building their careers while being their authentic selves.

Founded in 1999, we have grown in organizational size and breadth of our work. This year our annual conference had 1,400 attendees from business schools throughout the country and was sponsored by over 80 corporations including Google, Boston Consulting Group, Apple, Bain, Deloitte, Target and American Express. In 2015 the organization will further expand its programming with a series of regional/special topic events, a true individual membership structure that better incorporates alumni, and the launch of a national LGBT MBA Scholarship/Fellowship program in coordination with 10 top business schools.

Position Overview: 

Reaching OUT seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist its 2015 spring marketing and communications strategy. The internship will focus on developing and implementing a marketing strategy for new regional events and an individual membership program. The organization’s target audience is current LGBT business graduate students, alumni and prospective LGBT graduate students in that priority. This individual will work directly under the Executive Director.  Though the Executive Director is based in Boston, this position may be located anywhere in the United States.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to build and execute a marketing & communications strategy for a new product in a start-up like environment.  It is also a great opportunity for any student seeking non-profit or social impact exposure.

Timeframe
Late-January-Early May.  Option for summer extension.
Approx. 8-10 hours on a weekly basis

Salary
$2,000-$3,000 D.O.E.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Reaching OUT’s Executive Director, staff and Board to build a full marketing strategy for new events and membership campaign
  • Develop and co-manage social media campaigns around Membership and Regional Events
  • Assisting in writing and editing marketing materials, which include email campaigns, web & social content, and press materials
  • Assist in updating the Reaching OUT’s website using Content Management System
  • Assist in the Reaching OUT’s online SEM and SEO marketing
  • Measure and track responses with campaign for adjustments
  • Other duties assigned

Skills and Specifications

  • Current MBA or graduate student with focus on marketing a plus, but not required
  • Past marketing experience, particularly with service-based or event-based products a plus
  • Knowledge of marketing principles
  • Understand use of social a and applying to marketing principles
  • Capable of writing reports, procedures and business correspondence
  • Ability to work individually and self-driven projects
  • Demonstrate ability to solve problems, analyze systems and data and suggest appropriate solutions
  • Well built skills in organization, prioritization and time management
  • Work under stress to meet project deadlines and minute attention to detail
  • Desire to learn and contribute

To Apply:

Please upload a resume and cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to Matt Kidd at info@reachingoutmba.org

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