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 ADAM RICHMAN (Boston University, Questrom School of Business)
Adam is a first-year MBA student at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he is concentrating in Health Sector Management. A native New Englander, Adam grew up in Wilton, Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts to attend Brandeis University, where he majored in Economics and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. After graduating in 2011, Adam joined the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality in Boston, a public health non-profit focused on catalyzing systems change to improve child health. In 2014, Adam joined the DentaQuest Institute, an organization that facilitates adoption of preventive oral healthcare by assisting community health centers, hospitals, and private dental offices redesign processes in order to improve health outcomes. Adam is experienced in process improvement, performance measurement, and project management. Outside of work, Adam enjoys traveling to and exploring new places, relaxing at the beach, playing trivia with his weekly trivia team, and spending time with friends and family.
What made you consider business school?
After spending four years working directly with healthcare organizations on large-scale improvement initiatives, I realized that in order to create sustainable change, all areas of the organization need to work together from the clinical staff, to leadership, finance, and operations. I saw business school as an opportunity to strengthen my management, communication, and quantitative skills and learn what makes organizations successful so that I can be a more well-rounded leader in healthcare.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about building connections and friendships with my classmates—learning from their different backgrounds and perspectives to broaden my own. I also am looking forward to building my network in Boston, from professors to guest speakers and employers.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Atul Gawande, Mark Zuckerberg, my parents
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a knack for remembering mundane and useless facts, which my trivia team often greatly appreciates!