Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Lindsay Sanders

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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.


Lindsay Sanders, from San Francisco California, is an MBA candidate at Babson College, focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation. Her passion for social change began as an undergrad in broadcast and electronic communications at San Francisco State University while producing a documentary about the homeless crisis in San Francisco. That experience opened her eyes to the power of technology, storytelling, and empathy in fueling positive social impact. Since then, she’s used that passion to develop socially-minded communications and marketing strategies for companies in the private and not-for-profit sectors. In her spare time, Lindsay can be found trekking through the country’s national parks, writing music with her partner, volunteering in the community, or mapping out her next international expedition.

What made you consider business school?
While I was working in Kenya at a maternal healthcare nonprofit, I saw many opportunities to use business to create social change at scale. This inspired me to apply to business school to round out my skills in operations and management, and learn more about international development and social sector leadership. My long-term goal is to create my own social enterprise, and an MBA will equip me with the skills and networks required to bring my ideas to fruition.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
There are so many things I’m excited for – it’s impossible to pick just one. First, I’m elated to connect with and learn from my peers. Business school is a melting pot of people from all over the world, with diverse industry experience. There is so much that we can learn from each other as we each bring our own unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom. Second, I’m excited for the myriad of social innovation and social impact opportunities that exist on and off campus. From the Net Impact Club to social innovation centers to this ROMBA fellowship, there are so many opportunities to drive change, locally and globally, through an MBA program.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Some of the business leaders in the LGBT community, and in society, that inspire me are: Brene Brown, for her pioneering research on shame, empathy, and vulnerability. Billie Jean King, for paving the way for women in sports and for being a fierce advocate for gender equality. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, for his leadership in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda through business and for being an active LGBT ally. Nelson Mandela, for his courage and commitment to social justice and unity.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a total hobbyist and am insatiably curious. If I could, I would be a professional amateur, like AJ Jacobs. From producing documentaries to playing guitar to making jewelry – I love learning and creating.

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