Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Darrin Rhan

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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.


Darrin Rahn was born and raised in rural Illinois and attended Iowa State University. He double-majored in Agricultural Economics and Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies, following his agriculture passion. Upon graduation, Darrin accepted a job with Target Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota working on a buying team. At Target, Darrin lead global sourcing for a new apparel brand launch, supported Target’s first international expansion into Canada, and managed the production of limited-time designer fashion collaborations Altuzarra for Target, TOMS for Target, and Lilly Pulitzer for Target. After three years with Target, Darrin transitioned to General Mills where he has led marketing strategy and business growth for Betty Crocker, Gold Medal Flour, Bisquick, and Annie’s Homegrown Organic brands. His passion lies in sharing the farm-to-fork transparency story with consumers for mainstream food and beverage in a modern way. At both Target and General Mills, Darrin has championed LGBTA diversity efforts through his leadership on employee diversity councils. At Target, Darrin helped develop merchandising and marketing initiatives aimed at improving the LGBTA experience for Target’s consumers including the launch of Target’s first LGBTA Pride assortment, the introduction of same-sex greeting cards nationally, and the overhaul of Target’s wedding registry. At General Mills, Darrin served as Director of Events within the LGBTA employee network leading the planning of company LGBTA events, speakers, volunteering, inclusive trainings, Q&A panels, and casual gatherings. Darrin will be attending Harvard Business School in the Fall of 2017.

What made you consider business school?
I have a foundational understanding and experience working in agriculture, retail, and brand management. I’m ready to take my career to the next level and have a bigger impact in transforming the global food industry.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?The people, the people, the people! I’m an extrovert to a fault, and I look forward to learning from the diversity of perspectives and experiences in the classroom, through extracurriculars, and while traveling.

Who are some of the fleaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
A few of my favorites are Troy Carter, Indra Nooyi, and Andy Cohen.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m the middle of five children, making me the family peacekeeper and master negotiator.

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