Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Taher Lokhandwala

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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.



Taher is an MBA candidate at Rice University. Prior to attending Rice, he spent five years with the Consulting and Project Management group at Halliburton, where he held several leadership and engineering roles on technology development and operations projects. He has a successful track record of working with both executives and engineers in some of the most well-known oil and gas companies worldwide. Taher holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to broaden the scope of my professional experience and give myself the base to be a successful future business leader.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am looking forward to learning as a full-time student again; I intend to make the best of being surrounded by incredibly accomplished professors and classmates. Also, with the benefit of five years out in the “real world”, I believe I am going to be a wiser and better learner this time around.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by the conscience and determination of leaders like Howard Schultz, Larry Kramer, Dolores Huerta and Mahatma Gandhi to name a few.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My name is pronounced Ta-hair.

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