Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Esme Rhine
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 ESME RHINE (CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, TEPPER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
I have always been naturally inquisitive. One huge benefit to growing up in a small town in central Oregon is being surrounded by some of the most gorgeous landscape in the country. This instilled in me a deep love of the outdoors. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking, I loved anything that enabled me to explore outside. I found this curiosity also spilled over into the classroom. For college, I attended MIT and majored in materials science and engineering. I fell in love with materials engineering because it allowed me to study a wide variety of technologies, from biomaterials to optics. At MIT I I learned how seemingly opposite technologies can be interlinked, and how to apply my engineering skills to any problem. My projects there not only taught me the science behind the technology, but also how to apply my knowledge to the real world. After graduating from MIT, I wanted to go somewhere I could apply my technical background and be challenged to grow in a fast paced environment. Intel was that place for me. I joined as a supply chain engineer and quickly had to learn how to jump from technology to technology and problem to problem. With these experiences in mind, I am entering Tepper to lay the foundation for my future career, combining my engineering career and complex problem-solving ability with the finance strategies and business techniques I will gain from an MBA.
What made you consider business school?
I wanted to round out my engineering background with the skills and knowledge that an MBA provides. One thing studying engineering has taught me is how to view problems in different ways and how to quantitatively back up my decisions. Combining this with a sound understanding of finance and leadership skills will allow me more versatility in my career.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about all the amazing people I’ll be able to meet and learning how I can make an impact in whatever role I’m in.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Serena Williams, Lynn Conway, Indra Nooyi
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a huge Pittsburgh sports fan. Go pens!