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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Jesse Banwart

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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.

MEET JESSE BANWART (JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL)

As a new transplant from Chicago to Baltimore, I am starting the MA/MBA program at Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute College of Art. My passion lies in helping people to understand why design is important, specifically around the built environment (architecture, engineering, construction,  etc). For the past 3 years I’ve worked in out of school time facilitating programs for teens about architecture. Previously I worked as a graphic designer and still freelance whenever I can. My story is not unfamiliar, small town boy moves to the big city and discovers himself… blah. I’ve loved every part of the experience and plan to dedicate my life to urban, community-focused issues.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from managing after school programming focused on architecture, I saw so many intersections of business in where I could improve. Writing budgets, applying for funding, managing employees, etc. were all essential components of the job. Higher positions only intensify these roles, and I knew getting an MBA would be a smart career move.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?Expanding my network base into areas in which I’m mostly unfamiliar is probably what excites me the most. So much of my time had been spent buildng a network in the art and design fields, I’m looking forward to diversifying that.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Shawn King definitely is an inspiration in the massive issues he tries to tackle. He recognizes the influence of information and how to effectively fight for social justice. Ruth Bader-Ginsberg is the epitome of firey eloquenence. Often, her writings condence an opinion I’ve struggled to put into words. Lastly, (and yes I recognize how kitschy this is) Rupaul. Drag Race had the potential to play into the standard troupe of reality television and insight as much drama, hatred, and backstabbing between the contestants as possible. However, recognizing that there is already plenty of that in our community, they empower differences and showcase the love. I’ve always admired that.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
If you walk down the street with me, I will give you an unsolicited architecture lesson. I can’t help myself.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jeremy Chua

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender 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 lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET JEREMY CHUA (John Hopkins University, Carey Business School)

Jeremy is a serial founder and loves building new businesses and organizations. He was Senior Seeker at Singapore telco StarHub i3 and was responsible for designing and piloting its corporate venture Hyperincubation Market Access program for growth stage startups inAsia-Pacific. He was also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at TechSociety, one of Asia’s first private coding academies for K-12 students that now spans operations across Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. To give back to the youth startup community, he served as Director of Partnerships for Kairos Society ASEAN.  During the transboundary pollution crisis, he founded SGHazeRescue, a social and environmental enterprise that directed and allocated relief resources across Singapore. Jeremy volunteers his free time mentoring student startups, facilitating migrant worker education and empowerment workshops, and advocating for more inclusive LGBT corporate cultures. After which, he embarks on epic mileage runs.  Despite being a high-school dropout, Jeremy received a scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated with a triple major in English & History, Communication Studies, and Global Business Strategy. He is an alumnus of the Yale School of Management’s Global Leadership Pre-MBA program. His work and thought leadership in Entrepreneurship and STEM Education have also been recognized by President Barrack Obama’s YSEALI, Education Without Borders, and St. Gallen’s Symposium.

What made you consider business school?
Change the world mostly. Find new ways and new friends to do so together. Vague answers aside, I really wanted to take my career and businesses to the next level – break the glass ceiling with a newly-minted MBA scroll.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I finally get to write papers again! I want to put my rusty financial analytical skills to work again. Get to work closely with some of the most talented potential lifelong friends that I will meet.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Lee Kuan Yew, JK Rowling, William Shakespeare, Jack Ma, John Stuart Mill, Bismarck.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I live, breathe, and eat startups.

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