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 NED MITCHELL (UCLA, ANDERSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
Ned Mitchell is a first-year MBA candidate at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Ned was previously an associate in the mezzanine private equity investment team at Crescent Capital Group in Los Angeles, where he evaluated new investment opportunities and helped manage Crescent’s investment portfolio across multiple industries. Prior to Crescent, Ned worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse in New York, where he focused on conducting strategic reviews, mergers and acquisitions, and raising capital for financial institution clients. Ned has also served on the board of directors of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, a non-profit organization that is a national leader in working to end all forms of violence against the LGBTQ community. Ned holds a BA in history with distinction from Yale University.
What made you consider business school?
Business school made so much sense to me because it offered the opportunity to press the “Pause” button for two years on my career to take stock of what I have learned from my past experiences and, most importantly, to set myself up to continue to learn by aligning my passions with my talents.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
To stop saying “I wish I could…” and just do it.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
When Tim Cook came out, not only as a gay man who happens to run the most valuable company in the world, but as a multi-dimensioned, full-fledged, actual person, I was overcome with the sense that the world had just changed in a big way. Bringing your true, authentic self to all aspects of your life without question brings the very best out in you. Also, this might be very LA of me to say, but I am excited by everything Caitlyn Jenner has said and expressed this year about her journey for authenticity. You can be an icon or gold medal holder, but if you’re not your true self, it’s all for naught.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to cook and experiment with new ingredients from the farmers market, but I take far too long to get dinner on the table. A friend once assured me, facetiously, “If it doesn’t take at least an hour and a half to make, it’s not worth eating.” In an ideal world without competing demands for time, maybe I’m onto something!
What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?In July, I went up to San Francisco and participated in the Reaching Out Tech Trek. I had a phenomenal time meeting with some amazing companies and getting to know other awesome LGBTQ people about to start their MBAs.