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 ANDREW GILCHRIST (University of Rochester, Simon Business School)
Andrew is a first year MBA candidate at the Simon School of Business where he is pursuing concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. After graduating with his doctorate in music, he spent time as a professor and professional opera singer, working with various arts organizations along the way. He has 4 years broadcasting experience from his time as an on-air host at WXXI Rochester, a public classical music radio station. His experience as a performer and broadcaster have culminated in a deep interest in music distribution and marketing. His free time has been spent administrating a public outreach organization to provide a venue for young singers to perform and give free concerts for rural Idaho communities. He has a passion for the arts, especially classical music. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Musical Arts from BYU-Idaho, Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Tennessee –Knoxville, and a Doctorate of Music Arts from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).
What made you consider business school?
After having worked in the music industry and higher education I felt I needed a change. My experience working with arts organizations as an administrator helped me develop leadership skills. I wanted to capitalize on that experience and decided business school was the best next step to further my abilities.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about my finance classes at business school. I love finance and am ready to take formal classes to better understand financial principles and their practical application.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Steve Bezos, Tom Christoferson, Randall Thacker, and Sean Patrick Maloney.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to laugh and have fun and I am loud because I am an opera singer (too many years learning how to sing without a microphone).