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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Patty Arehart

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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.


Patty is a first-year student at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where she is concentrating in Public & Nonprofit Management. Prior to Questrom, Patty worked in education and learned the benefits of mission-driven leadership at her school in Boston. Back in her hometown, Columbus, Ohio, Patty enjoyed working with a foundation that funded local programs designed to foster economic self-sufficiency for women and build leadership skills for girls. Through this work, Patty became interested in the ways public and private sectors can work together to improve their communities. As an undergraduate, Patty studied political science at Kenyon College, with a particular interest in comparative politics and political philosophy. Ever since graduating, she has often been found daydreaming about that picturesque town with the best bookstore, decent coffee, and not much else. Her other interests include traveling, tennis, and trying to cook as effortlessly as her mom.

What made you consider business school?
I’ve had the chance to work with leaders who organize teams around their institutions’ missions to great effect, and in order to do so myself, I felt I needed to gain a more nuanced understanding of what makes an organization tick. Business school stood out as the next step for how the curriculum so uniquely builds hard and soft, theoretical and personal skills.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m looking forward to the chance to grow through the curriculum with a cohort of peers, engage with the greater Boston community through clubs and projects, and generally learn as much as possible!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Barack Obama, Billie Jean King, Jean Paul Agon, and Isabella Allende.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My family is from Chile, and I love to visit any chance I get.  If you’re ever trying to condense a tour of world geography into just one passport stamp, Chile’s combination of mountains, volcanoes, deserts, vineyards, and beaches won’t disappoint!

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