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 NATE MICON (Yale School of Management)
Raised in Niagara Falls (NY), Nate moved to DC to study Finance and International Business at The George Washington University. Nate has been in management consulting since he graduated, first at IBM and then at Booz Allen Hamilton. Most recently, he worked as a Consultant at Greenwich Strategy where he advised corporate clients on growth strategies and performed due diligence for middle market private equity investor clients. Nate is a political news junkie and in his free time enjoys running, traveling, and (during summers, at least) exploring the beaches of New England with friends.
What made you consider business school?
When I started working, I realized the complexities of navigating large organizations as an LGBTQ individual and the difficulty of bringing one’s true self to the office. I’ve been lucky to meet some inspirational mentors along my way and my time on the Board for Booz Allen Hamilton’s LGBTQ employee diversity group enabled me to work with firm leaders who cultivated inclusive environments and empowered employees to be themselves. I’ve seen how these strong leaders can positively shape organizational culture, and how that culture can be determinative of a range of things, from morale to creativity and innovation. Business school is a way for me to hone my leadership skills so I can develop into one of those effective leaders.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I can’t wait to meet my classmates. I love hearing people’s stories. Each story helps you learn, empathize, and adds nuance to your reply to any question beginning with “Why…?”. I can’t wait to absorb these stories and grow from the collective experiences of my classmates.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
There are so many activists and leaders who I could name—and who have done so much for our community. But on a personal level, one leader is my former co-worker and the President of Booz Allen Hamilton’s LGBTQ employee diversity group (GLOBE) because he constantly pushed me to grow. He unashamedly brings his true self to work every day, and looks fierce doing it. He taught me about the power of advocacy in the workplace, he inspired me to get involved in GLOBE, and he showed me how to educate my colleagues and push an agenda of inclusiveness. He understands the intersectionality of the issues facing many groups and broadened how I defined my community. He lives the mantra of “We’re better together”.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Nothing inspires and energizes me more than being around my family and friends. Except coffee.