Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Alberto Fabian

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.


Born and raised in Chicago, Alberto received a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising & Public Relations at Loyola University Chicago in 2012. After graduation, he spent four years working in digital analytics at two of the largest global public relations agencies: Edelman and Weber Shandwick. Most recently, he worked as a data quality analyst at Google as part of the rebuild of Google Attribution 360 (formerly known as Adometry). While at Google he managed product integration and data management across 13 clients. Alberto is now a first-year MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business, specializing in Business Analytics & Strategy. In addition to being a ROMBA Fellow, he is also a fellowship recipient of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. In his spare time, Alberto is likely to be found reading a book or going for a run. In November 2017, Alberto will race in his third marathon in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

What made you consider business school?
As a communication professional turned analyst, I knew I needed to sharpen my quantitative and technical skills. I decided on an MBA specifically because I believe that analytics is about business problems, not just data or technology challenges. I believe that an MBA will help me better understand and navigate the business landscape to deliver true impact.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to engage with my new classmates. With approximately 400 students in my incoming class, there is naturally a lot of diverse talent and interests. I am thrilled to meet everyone, collaborate, and help shape each other over the next two academic years and beyond. As a life-long Chicagoan, I’m also excited to do that in a new city. 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Howard Schultz, Larry Page and Jeff Weiner are among the most inspiring leaders to me. They each represent a range of admirable qualities, pioneering initiatives around sustainability, diversity, community outreach, STEM education, and more. The principles upon which they’ve built their companies I think have contributed immensely to their success.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am often the first one on the dance floor.

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