The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender 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 lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.
This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.
35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.
MEET AARON SO (LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL)
Aaron is a MBA candidate in London Business School’s class of 2018. Before business school Aaron was a management consultant at Woolworths Ltd., Australia’s largest supermarket and liquor retailer. Previously he was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, working in Australia and New Zealand across a range of industries including health care, telecommunications, consumer goods and retail. Aaron’s experiences include corporate and business unit strategy, organisational design, cost transformation and commercial initiatives. Aaron holds a B.Com. majoring in Economics from the University of Sydney. Outside of work, Aaron is involved in non-profit initiatives focused on increasing LGBT diversity and inclusion in the private sector.
What made you consider business school?
I wanted to use the MBA as an opportunity to broaden my education and explore new areas of business. Attending business school was also a chance to live in London and engage with folks from around the world.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am definitely most excited about the people. I know that any experience is only as good as the company – it’s a privilege to spend 2 years learning and working together with my classmates. I am looking forward to making new friendships at LBS as well as through ROMBA.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?Susan Cain (the author of ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts…’) is a great, recent inspiration of mine. I admire her for eloquently challenging our cultural stereotypes of leadership and advocating for a workplace that is more inclusive and empathetic. Also, Marc Benioff at Salesforce. I believe the private sector can play a huge role in advancing social justice and Salesforce has made consistent, strong efforts to fight LGBT discrimination in the U.S. and abroad.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?I’m studying Mandarin Chinese and Russian at the moment.
I’m studying Mandarin Chinese and Russian at the moment.