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.
NANCY ABRAMOWITZ (Duke University, Fuqua School of Business)
Nancy is originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA and attended Bentley University as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Management with minors in IT and Spanish. She has worked in operations and supply chain in various roles since 2009, including operations management, warehousing technology, and data analytics. She is a first-year student at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Nancy is interested in consulting and technology while also continuing her involvement in supply chain strategy. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, CrossFit, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
What made you consider business school?
I was enjoying the spectrum of challenges at my most recent role but I was seeking additional responsibility for the overall strategy of the department and the corporation. I was also looking to refresh and build on my undergraduate business skills while discovering current trends and new career paths. A full-time MBA program will allow me to deepen my existing knowledge while broadening the scope of my exposure to various careers, functions, and industries.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m really looking forward to being the idiot in the room – in a good way! There are so many intelligent people there from backgrounds and careers I can’t imagine, so I’m excited to learn from them while also sharing my passions and experiences.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
After reading Lean In as well as some of her more recent publications, I am inspired by Sheryl Sandberg. She has an interesting background and has been successful in a male-dominated field. Additionally, her candor and openness around the sudden death of her husband impressed me, given the immense difficulty of addressing personal crises in the midst of a demanding and high-profile role. I also have great respect for Robyn Ochs, a well-respected bisexual activist and writer.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
To quote the movie Elf, “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!” I find there’s a lot of value in having a positive attitude, encouraging others, and making people smile. It’s much harder to argue when you’re laughing and enjoying someone’s company.