Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Scott Shaefitz

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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 SCOTT SHAEFITZ (New York University, Stern School of Business)

Scott was born in NYC and raised in Weston, CT. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2011 where he studied theatre and psychology, he moved to NYC to pursue his dream of a career as a professional actor. Scott worked as an actor in NYC and around the country in addition to multiple “survival” jobs until he found his professional goals shifting. He then stepped away from the entertainment industry and pursued opportunities at smaller education and healthcare technology firms, where he worked in various roles across strategy/business development, operations, and marketing. Scott will be attending NYU Stern with the goal of pivoting his career back to the entertainment industry, ideally within the rapidly evolving television/streaming space where he can contribute to the consumption of content that is as artful and influential as it is financially successful.

What made you consider business school?
I started to consider business school when I realized that I wanted to return to the entertainment industry in a corporate capacity. Business school will provide the resources and community I have been looking for to hone my technical skills, broaden my personal and professional networks, and allow me to effectively connect my lifelong passion with my professional experience.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited for the diversity I am going to encounter in business school. I am looking forward to learning from all of my classmates’ experiences and broadening the way I think about business, culture, and the world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by leaders that embrace the aspects of their identity (sexuality and gender­‐based or otherwise) that have traditionally been seen as “other” or “less than.” In addition to performing at the top of their respective fields, they use their position to call attention to these issues and serve as advocates for their communities. Some examples include Tim Cook, Malala Yousafzai, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Sandberg, and Lavern Cox.

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