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.
MEET CHAD JOHNSON (INDIANA UNIVERSITY, KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
Chad is an MBA candidate at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona he graduated with an engineering degree from Santa Clara University and began his career as an Account Manager at NetSuite where he worked with leaders of technology companies to position tools that helped them exceed aggressive growth targets. After 6 years in various sales, leadership, and enablement roles he joined Salesforce where he found a passion for the intersection of social responsibility and the role that technology is playing in the evolution of healthcare and consumer goods companies. He is looking to leverage his business school experience to develop the skills necessary to tackle the challenges of modern business and the changing nature of customer demand. Chad was a varsity member of the Santa Clara rowing team. In his free time, he can usually be found cycling, exploring the outdoors, or enjoying great food with friends.
What made you consider business school?
Business school is an opportunity to gain a wholistic understanding of business from both classroom and experiential perspectives. Kelley specifically brings together an incredibly diverse and impressive group of students and professors that create a unique environment to learn from one another.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I am really looking forward to learning from my peers and stepping out of my comfort zone to take on complex projects and to grow as much as possible both personally as well as professionally.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am really inspired by Harvey Milk. He taught us that we can do our best work when we are out and true to ourselves.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I really enjoy giving back and helping to raise money for important causes, in fact, over the summer I participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride. This 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes place over 7-days every summer and raises millions of dollars every year for critical HIV/AIDS support services. It was a life changing experience and I can’t wait to do it again!