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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Carlton Forbes

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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.


My name is Carlton Forbes, and I am a Class of 2019 MBA Candidate at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition to the ROMBA Fellowship, I am also a Consortium Fellow and have been selected to receive the David A. Tepper and Wallace L. Jones Scholarships. My areas of concentration will be Strategy, Organizational Behavior and Operations Management. Prior to business school, I worked for 12 years in the legal industry and most recently at Goldman Sachs.

What made you consider business school?
I decided to attend business school as a means to accelerate my career trajectory by expanding my network and enhancing my analytical skills.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I am excited to learn new things, meet new people, and work towards making myself a better person outside of the realm of academics and recruiting.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by the next generation of leaders (young people I have met formally through mentoring relationships and informally through the normal course of life). I want to not only set a great example for them to follow, but also position myself to stay on the cutting edge as society moves forward.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Although I tend to be introverted at times, I derive a great deal of energy from my interactions with people. Whether we are commiserating or collaborating, I am happiest when immersed in group settings.

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Nate DeCarolis

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Nate DeCarolis

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2017, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business (Full Time/ Strategy, Marketing, Entrepreneurship)

Summer Internship:  Chief Strategy Office, Mylan NV, Canonsburg, PA

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
The breadth and depth of classes in Market Research and analytics provided a solid foundation for my summer projects.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I hope to gain deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, with specific focus on portfolio expansion and management as well as strategic initiatives.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Listen and learn. Be open to new experiences and realize you are there to learn. Sometimes it’s best to bite your tongue! ;-)

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
I’m super excited to be part of the planning committee, and I can’t wait to see the other ROMBA Fellows and organizers.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Be prepared… for interviews, for networking, and for fun. Be flexible with your choices of sessions because you may change your mind and attend all of Nate DeCarolis’ riveting panels and sessions!

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