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 JEFF LINDQUIST (NORTHWESTERN, KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
Jeff is an MBA Candidate (Class of 2017) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Kellogg MBA, Jeff worked at Navigator, Canada’s leading high-stakes public strategy and communications consulting firm. Prior to Navigator, he worked in the investment banking divisions of Canaccord Genuity in Toronto and Goldman Sachs in New York. Jeff is deeply committed to advancing equality issues for the LGBTQ community, especially at home in Toronto. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for Egale Youth Housing, a crisis counseling center for homeless LGBTQ youth in Toronto and the driving force behind what will become Canada’s first homeless shelter and transitional housing facility devoted to these youth. He has also volunteered for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer HIV/AIDS hospice, located in Toronto. Jeff holds an Honours Business Administration degree, with Distinction, from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
What made you consider business school?
I wanted to build on what I’ve learned thus far in my career by meeting and learning from interesting, driven and diverse individuals at business school. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect, in a structured way, about what my career path may look like and, more importantly, what I can contribute to society over the course of my career.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Making tons of new friends at Kellogg. The people at Kellogg are truly what makes it such a special place. And it helps that the Kellogg LGBTQ community is vibrant and active!
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Ed Clark, an LGBTQ ally and the former CEO of TD Bank Group, is the perfect example of the c-suite leader I am determined to be. He put LGBTQ issues at the cornerstone of his business strategy in the 1990s with a very simple idea: if his organization was free of prejudice, his employees could be the very best they could be. Since then, TD Bank’s support of the LGBTQ community has transcended internal HR measures and funding for pride parades – it is a part of their public identity, and builds awareness and acceptance in communities and classrooms across Canada. TD Bank’s bold stance for the LGBTQ community has had an instructive effect, and many large Canadian corporations have followed suit by tackling a wide range of diversity issues.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a terrible chef – but a wonderful dinner guest!
What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
Traveling to South America and Europe, and making the move from Toronto to Evanston sometime in between!