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 MATTHEW GILL (EMORY UNIVERSITY, GOIZUETA BUSINESS SCHOOL)
Matt is a first year MBA candidate (class of 2019) at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He was raised in Wellesley, MA and moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry and minors in Marketing and Music Performance. Matt went on to pursue his passion for marketing and held various positions in the entertainment and technology fields. His responsibilities included negotiating and executing brand partnerships for Walt Disney Studios, developing and implementing creative asset strategies at DreamWorks Animation, and digital ad sales at Houzz, Inc. Outside of his professional life, Matt enjoys leading philanthropic initiatives, most recently taking on the role of Co-Chair of the Houzz Philanthropy Committee. He also has a deep appreciation for the performing arts and attends as many concerts and theatre productions as possible.
What made you consider business school?
I decided to pursue business school because I wanted to further develop my leadership skills, as well as have more international business experience. Business school offers a unique opportunity to learn from peers who have different cultural and professional backgrounds, as well as course work and travel modules that incorporate exposure to global business practices.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?An important component of business school is learning how to build and be a part of an effective team. I am looking forward to working with my peers in a variety of team settings, ranging from my core study group to professional clubs.
Who are some of the leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society – you pick!) that most inspire you?
I have always admired and been inspired by Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His fresh perspective, leadership skills, and commitment to music education have helped to redefine classical music. Furthermore, he brings passion and energy to each and every performance.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a classically trained oboist and have played since the third grade.