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 DAVID REYES (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
David Reyes is a proud MBA candidate at the University of Texas McCombs Schools of Business. Prior to business school he lead multiple cross-functional project teams providing end-to-end network performance monitoring and analytics solutions to global telecom operators and worked as a Deloitte Sr. Consultant with a focus in scenario and exercise planning, crisis management, counter-terrorism strategy, and enterprise risk management within the defense, public, and commercial sector. David co-chairs the New Leaders Council DC chapter to help train the next generation of progressive leaders and lead the DC Chapter of VetsInTech to help current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. Prior to joining the private sector, David served for six years as an Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army. His final assignment was as a plans and assistant operations officer under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. David is a passionate innovator and has had numerous successful global collaborations, including projects in Peru, Spain, Colombia, Canada, Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Chile, Brazil, and Liberia. David was born in Mexico and raised in sunny Florida. He is a proud graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. David is a proud member for Knight Outs, an organization of West Point Cadets, Alumni, Staff and Faculty who are united in supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender soldiers to openly serve their country. In his spare time David enjoys running, traveling, reading, rock climbing, and giving back to his community.
What made you consider business school?
After six years in the military and two years in private industry, I felt the need to go back to business school to fine-tune my business acumen, reflect on the past eight years, and gain access to companies with a larger global reach.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I’m excited to learn (especially from my peers), grow personally, and gain some important lessons learned by taking an introspective approach past experiences.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I’m always inspire by authentic personalities who use their platform to bring visibility and inclusivity to those that are unable to. I’m very inspired by Laverne Cox, the Pope, Howard Schultz, Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
English is not my first language, but I’m now fluent in three languages and working on adding a forth one over the next couple years. I was born in Mexico and was brought the the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant by my parents. I almost didn’t attend West Point because of my legal status, but everything works out in the end.