Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Elizabeth Terry

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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.


Elizabeth is passionate about education, creative writing, logistics, and social justice. She is an entrepreneur doing business with the core values of sustainability, positive corporate culture, and supportive management. She worked as a special education teacher, non-profit executive director, and founder of several companies. She’s raised over 1.5 million dollars, received teaching excellence awards, and is currently launching an athletic apparel line and community of support for women sized 00-5XL. She and Erin, her wife, got married in the summer of 2015 on a mountain in California. Elizabeth enjoys reading non-fiction, watching well-written television, and taking her dog to the park.

What made you consider business school?
After co-founding a start up in the fall of 2016, I realized that there was a lot to learn about starting and running businesses. After extensive research, I decided to get an MBA to build a solid foundation of content and process knowledge as well as increase my network. I also think the lack of women and LGBTQ individuals in the business world often contributes to disparities like biased hiring and pay inequity. I wanted to be part of reversing such practices.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I am excited to learn as much as I can from my professors, classmates, and network. I want to understand where I can best utilize my skills to maximize impact for others beyond profits and growth. I am excited to meet people who challenge me to grow.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by those who found a platform and a voice within it for the betterment of society. Tyler Oakley, a youtube star with almost 8 million followers, used his teen appeal to work for the Trevor Project, work with Ellen Degeneres, and just launched a series called “Chosen Family” about LGBTQ history and lives in America. I am also inspired by the intelligent navigation of Barack and Michelle Obama since leaving public office.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’ve been told my superpower is listening. I naturally deeply listen and am inclined to help solve any problem I come across.

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