Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Timmy Fan

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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.


I was born in southern China and raised in North Carolina. Being ambitious and adventurous, I started my journey traveling abroad when I was three years old, and I had been to 30+ in total since then. Traveling makes me feel surrounded by new cultural atmosphere; the world seems different to me, and I enjoy those differences. I obtained my B.S in Chemical Engineering in North Carolina. After interned with GE, worked as entry level product manager and promoted as director of operation at a start-up financial service company, I decided to go to business school for my MBA degree. I live by the quote “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

What made you consider business school?
“When you feel life at crossroads, you need a higher perspective view.”

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
New Place. New People. New Life.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?|
Sia. Her stories inspire me that I shouldn’t give up even I don’t have anything left to lose.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love both men and women. Love is not about gender but about who you truly love.

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