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.
TIFFANY BARILLAS (COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL)
Tiffany Barillas worked in finance at Goldman Sachs for four years. She was an active member of their LGBT and Hispanic-Latino affinity networks. She also mentored youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization and the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program. She was involved in the Out for Undergrad Business Conference as a young professional and has served as the conference’s Programming Director and Executive Conference Director. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised by two extremely hard working Guatemalan immigrants. In 2011, Tiffany received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a major in business administration and a minor in music. At Berkeley, she was a part of the Cal Marching Band, the Cal Women’s Rugby team, the Music Connection, and was President of the Latino Business Student Association. She will now be pursuing her MBA at Columbia Business School.
What made you consider business school?
I first heard from MBA students and alumni at a business conference as an undergraduate. From that point forward I knew an MBA would be something I would pursue in the future. After working four years in a very analytical role, I knew I had to further develop a different skill set in areas such as organizational and consumer behavior.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Networking, traveling, and meeting new people. CBS’s community was the number one reason I decided on the school. With one of the largest LGBTQ groups (Cluster Q) and vast ally support, I am excited to meet my classmates and future life-long friends. I have also never left the American continent so I am super excited of the opportunities CBS offers to travel and explore new cultures.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Marty Chavez, Julie Goodridge and Susie Scher
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
This one time in band camp…. I was in marching band through most of high school and although I hate to admit it: I LOVED IT! I was drum major my senior year and as the leader of 70+ teenagers it laid the groundwork for my leadership style.
What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
Hanging out with my family in Los Angeles. I figure I will be doing a lot of travel the next two years and spending time with my parents is very important. I do plan on a small road-trips to Baja California (Mexico), Vegas, San Francisco, and a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway.