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 NIPUN SEHGAL (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School)
Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Nipun graduated among the top ten in the Class of 2011 from GGSIP University, Delhi with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. He initiated his professional journey with a $15B company called Larsen and Toubro Ltd on an airport construction project in Salalah, Oman. His management skills in the role of a Procurement Engineer Trainee earned him a client facing role of Construction Planning, Execution and Management within a year at the project. He used this experience to understand business in the Gulf while learning a wonderful new culture. Nipun had always been inclined towards entrepreneurship and after gaining an expertise in the field of construction, he co-founded a design and construction solutions company in 2014 in New Delhi and has delivered many construction and architectural projects in the national capital region of India since then. Nipun is also passionate about helping others and this is reflected in the work that he put in at Teach for India as an intern, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 as a volunteer, and as a part time faculty for the verbal section on the GMAT at a study abroad institute in India. He also enjoys listening to Bollywood music while working on his sketching skills.
What made you consider business school?
Business school is the hub of unadulterated experiential learning from peers, faculty and guests. I wish to observe a high paced growth in my career and I believe that business school can help achieve that.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Apart from academia and business opportunities, I am most excited to be a part of Pride club at my school. I look forward to learning from like-minded people and contributing to the LGBTQ community.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
The first name that comes to my mind for a leader in business and in society is Ratan Tata. The way he blends ethical values with business is inspirational. I also look up to Ellen DeGeneres as a leader in the LGBT community. I find Be Kind to one another powerful.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I crack jokes when I am nervous.