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 LINDSEY WARREN-SHRINER (Dartmouth University, Tuck School of Business)
Lindsey Warren-Shriner is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Originally from Vermont, she graduated from Bowdoin College in 2010 with a degree in Government and Environmental Studies. While at Bowdoin, she was a member of the varsity swim team, and helped organize an initiative to create more inclusive environments for LGBT student-athletes. After graduating, she worked in legislative and policy advocacy in Washington DC before joining the 2012 Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. She moved back to DC to work for a social enterprise in the energy efficiency and clean energy space and as a consultant for a corporate responsibility software company. Afterwards, she joined ICF International, a management, technology, and policy consulting firm. At ICF, she served as a consultant to the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR products program, where she provided analytic, strategic, and operational support to maintain the integrity of and consumer confidence in the ENERGY STAR brand. Outside of work, Lindsey is a competitive swimmer and triathlete, and also enjoys hiking and exploring local farmers markets.
What made you consider business school?
With an undergraduate liberal arts background in government and environmental studies, I initially intended to pursue a career in environmental policy and advocacy, and worked for the legislative team at an environmental nonprofit organization in DC. In 2012, I had the opportunity to work on the Obama campaign, and after the campaign I shifted toward working on environmental issues through a more tangible, results-oriented lens. As I made this transition and worked on programs that engage both the public and private sector, I realized the extent to which business can drive change, and I felt that the leadership and analytical skills that I would gain in business school would provide the best opportunity to accelerate my growth and to increase the impact of my work.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited about being a part of a diverse, close-knit community where I will be both challenged and supported by my peers.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I have a lot of respect for President Obama’s ambitious, focused, and conciliatory leadership style, and the leaders I worked with on his campaign – from local volunteers to my coworkers to the state-level management team – continue to inspire me.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a competitive swimmer – I swam in college, and have continued to practice and compete with an LGBT masters swim team in DC for the past 6 years. I’ve competed with my team at international meets in Hawaii, Seattle, and most recently in Stockholm, Sweden.