Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Andrew Jancaric

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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 JANCARIC (University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management)

Prior to starting his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Andrew spent three years working for BASF, the worlds largest chemical company.  At BASF, Andrew completed the rotation-based professional development program and learned how large corporations evaluate and implement major capital investments.  Through roles in strategic planning and capital project execution, he built a functional skill set that has served him well throughout his MBA journey.  Andrews involvement with LGBT advocacy began when he was studying chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, a school widely ranked as one of the least LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation. In this environment, he recognized the need to effect positive change in the campus culture.  He became the Vice President of A&Ms largest LGBT student group and the only openly LGBT member of the student senate.  Working with transgender student advocates and his student senate colleagues, he successfully persuaded the university administration to add gender identity and expression to the universitys non-discrimination policy.  Andrew was raised near Dallas, TX and has a deep passion for the food of his home state, including tex-mex, BBQ, and fried chicken.  He enjoys making craft beer with his dad and watching HGTV with his mom. He lives with his boyfriend and two other Anderson students in West LA.

What made you consider business school?
I have always believed that the best kind of investment you can make is an investment in yourself.  I see business school as a fantastic opportunity to expand my skill set, broaden my way of thinking, learn from accomplished individuals, and boost my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am incredibly excited about the people that I am studying with. When I went to Andersons preview weekend, I got stuck on a crowded elevator with 13 other admits.  While we waited for the fire department to come rescue us, we all went around and introduced ourselves and what our pre-MBA stories were.  It was amazing to see how impressive and humble everyone in that elevator was. When we finally got rescued, we all agreed about two things: 1) one should never overload an elevator, and 2) if the rest of the class was as great as everyone in that elevator, the next two years would be amazing

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk (and more recently Annise Parker) for showing the world that the LGBT community could lead, Sheryl Sandberg for showing how to lean in (even in the face of great personal tragedy), and Martin Luther King for being unafraid to speak truth to power.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love craft beer! My Dad and I are amateur home-brewers.

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