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 BRYAN WHITE (George Washington University School of Business)
Bryan begins his Global MBA at The George Washington University in the fall (Class of 2018) with aspirations to create social impact on an international level. He was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA and attended undergraduate at UCLA, getting his degree in Communication Studies and participating in UCLA’s Marketing and Advertising Team. He studied abroad in the Italian cities of Siena and Padova where he first experienced the joy of global exploration. After graduation, he was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to teach English in a small, fishing village in southern Japan. He spent two years working with students, learning Japanese language and culture, and discovering Asias beauty. He was also selected to present a seminar to other JET Language Teachers on LGBT Living in Japan. Upon returning to the US, he moved to New York City where he supported Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Top Destination Specialist for Croatia at VisitCroatia.com in Business/Product Development. He later moved back home to Orange County where he worked as a Marketing Coordinator for the travel management company, Worldview Travel. Finding he wanted to make more of an impact on the local community, he entered a position managing the Events and Patron Relations departments for Long Beach Symphony. While there, he worked to conceptualize and execute creative, large-scale cultivation and fundraising events with proceeds benefiting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs. He is a music and theatre enthusiast, joining local theatre productions and attending concerts whenever possible.
What made you consider business school?
While considering my professional goals before I applied to business school, I realized that an MBA would be an important step in gaining creative freedom in whichever career or industry I decide to pursue.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited for our Consulting Abroad Project (CAP) project, along with the potential for other study abroad opportunities.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m most inspired by people who aren’t afraid to break the status quo: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, George Takei and Freddie Mercury come to mind. Tim Cook stepping in as Apple’s CEO and then publicly coming out as the first Fortune 500 CEO was incredibly admirable. I look forward to living in a time, though, when minorities stepping into great leadership positions is not considered breaking the status quo.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I host game night with my friends at least once a week… we can get very competitive.