Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Tam Emerson

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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.


Tam Emerson is an MBA candidate at the University of California – Berkeley Haas Business School. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Tam is a 2008 Segal City Year Fellow and joined the Segal Program Team as a Management Fellow in 2012.   Prior to her work with the Segal Program, Tam served for two years at the AmeriCorps Program City Year Boston and was part of the start-up team for the City Year London site. Tam earned a B.S. in STEM elementary education focused in human growth and development with a minor in juvenile justice and youth advocacy from Wheelock College. Additionally, Tam completed a research fellowship through the American Cancer Society at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pediatric Oncology Department. She was named as one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino community in 2016 by the prominent Boston Latino newspaper, El Planeta.

What made you consider business school?
There are many examples of current social structures becoming privatized. I believe that it is important for all sectors to work together to find innovative solutions. Moreover, I am dedicated to the hiring and retention of marginalized people. I want to take my nonprofit experience and actualize it in the for-profit sector.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Growing my understanding of self, the world and relationships with new people.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I enjoy a great conversation!

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