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 SAM YOUNG (NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
Sam was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in 2010. Following graduation, Sam moved to New York City to work for KPMG in their financial services audit practice where he specialized in investment banking and asset management clients. After about a year and a half, he left KPMG to join The Carlyle Group in their Global Market Strategies division where he supported a broad range of efforts, including: valuation, investment & tax structuring, performance analysis, investor relations, budgeting, operations, management reporting and strategic planning for Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, a family of two mezzanine capital private equity funds. Outside of work, he is a bit of a foodie and passionate about traveling and health & wellness.
What made you consider business school?
There were many things I wanted to accomplish both personally and professionally that I felt attending business school would allow me the opportunity to achieve. In addition, I felt attending business school would allow me the opportunity to reflect on my time since graduating from the University of Florida in 2010.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about the experiences I will encounter and the people I will meet!
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Some leaders in business, the LGBT community, and society that inspire me most are Sheryl Sandberg, Laverne Cox, and Bono. All are successful in their own right, but are also advocating for various causes in the community, such as gender equality, transgender acceptance, and social change.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
As cheesy as this may sound, there is a quote by Dr. Seuss by which I try to live my life, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”