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 in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows. Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here.
This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.
MEET BEN CHADWICK (DUKE UNIVERSITY, FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
Originally from Needham, MA, Ben majored in Government & Legal Studies and minored in Economics at Bowdoin College. A member of the lacrosse team and Bowdoin Men Against Sexual Violence (BMASV), Ben led multiple initiatives on campus to create a more LGBT-friendly athletic department. After graduating from Bowdoin in 2011, Ben joined Teach For America as a high school math and special education teacher in New Orleans, LA. From there, to expand his business background, Ben worked as a consultant at Kaiser Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC. Starting in the fall of 2015, Ben enrolled at Duke University – Fuqua School of Business and hopes to work in the technology sector after receiving his MBA. Eventually, Ben would like to couple his experiences in business and education to ultimately make an impact in the budding education technology industry.
What made you consider business school?
After working as a consultant and teacher, I knew an MBA would give me the necessary tools to ultimately make a larger impact in the education world down the road.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to learn from my classmates, who come from all over the world with a diverse array of industry experience.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My former high school teacher, Andy Bigelow, has been the most inspirational LGBT leader I’ve ever met. He made the largest impact on my life, as well as many other student he’s taught in the past, and I am forever appreciative to have him as a mentor and friend.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to travel, and I am looking forward to taking advantage of the various global study opportunities business school provides!
What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
Before business school, I am traveling domestically to visit friends and family across the country.