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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kevin Lin

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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 KEVIN LIN (WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he majored in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) with a minor in Anthropology. After graduation, he worked as an elementary and middle school science laboratory teacher through AmeriCorps. He later returned to Washington University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. As Senior Assistant Director, Kevin worked on international recruitment in China and Taiwan and developed new recruitment events and strategies. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys drawing, design, running, and traveling.

What made you consider business school?
Having worked in elementary and higher education, I know there are massive changes happening that many institutions may not be prepared for.  In order to have a broader impact on solving these and other sizable challenges, I wanted to build upon the analytical and leadership skills I have learned so far in my career. I saw business school as a way to supplement my liberal arts background with additional quantitative skills and to further develop my ability to use data to drive decisions. Speaking to current MBA students helped to solidify my decision to apply.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited for my peers and future experiences with them. I look forward to getting to know a diverse group of fellow students from across the world, and discovering the ways our unique skills and backgrounds can complement each other. I am also excited for opportunities to work with our school’s Center for Experiential Learning and to work on consulting projects for local non-profits.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by leaders including directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski for their bold artistic vision, actress/activist Laverne Cox for her poise, and my fellow board members on the Washington University Pride Alumni Network for their tireless work.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I try to visit a museum in every city I visit, even if I am only there for a day. I have found some unexpectedly engrossing museums even in very small towns.

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03

Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kevin Deese

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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 KEVIN DEESE (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

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.

What made you consider business school?
After varied post-undergraduate work experience in the private sector, I was looking to dramatically expand my professional horizons. In each role I held, I constantly felt a lack of the sense of service to a higher purpose that I experienced in the Navy.  I landed on business school as the best way to open myself up to a wide variety of career paths in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors that will provide me with opportunities to start truly making a difference in the world.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited for the chances I’ll have, both through Reaching Out and Carlson, to meet business leaders and learn from their experiences. I will want to pick their brains on how they’ve been able to make a positive impact on the world through their work. I am also looking forward to meeting like-minded peers at both Carlson and Reaching Out to build a network and bounce ideas off of for how we can make our mark. Finally, I’m excited to start making a difference in the Twin Cities while I’m at Carlson, from volunteering in the community to taking on student leadership opportunities.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Joe Biden – a man who, to me, epitomizes the ideal of the public servant. Bill Gates – the richest person in the world is also one of its most prolific philanthropists. Pope Francis – a man who embodies humility and gives me hope as a gay Catholic. Laverne Cox – a fearless pioneer and needed symbol of trans visibility.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love music, and I am always singing!  From the shower, to the car, to the stage, to karaoke, to leading the “Shout” song after touchdowns at the Buffalo Bills Backers bar, I love to sing.  Sorry ’bout it!

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03

Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kate Lohmeyer

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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 KATE LOHMEYER (UNIVERSITY  OF NORTH CAROLINA, KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL)

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. She recently completed an internship at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked on the intersection of trade and environmental policy and on business opportunities created by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Kate’s coursework focuses on economics, innovation, and the intersection of public and private sectors. Her primary interests are technology, innovation, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. 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. 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, learning new languages, and kayaking.

What made you consider business school?
I was seeking a graduate program that would give me a solid base of skills to draw on for life. An MBA program gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself, take on new responsibilities, and meet a diverse group of people. I saw business school as a way to expand my horizons while working to advance my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Graduate school draws together people from all over the world who bring different insights and skills to the table to solve common problems. I am most looking forward to learning from and being challenged by my peers in business school and beyond.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Madeleine Albright and Samantha Power—smart women who have spoken out repeatedly for human rights and the protection of civilians from genocide. Both women seem to be driven by a concern for others and a desire to fight for those without voice, and they have both used their education and platform to challenge the world to act in moments of crisis. Their efforts have inspired me to work for a cause that is greater than myself.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am not a traditional MBA student—I am a dual degree student who is also pursuing a Master of Public Policy. I believe the business community has incredible potential to benefit the public, and I am hoping my MBA will empower me to help achieve great things through collaboration and coordination between public and private sectors.

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