Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Mark Mosby
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 MARK MOSBY (COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL)
Hello! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, but my parents moved our family to Greenville, Texas shortly before I entered high school. In high school, I excelled both on the football field and in the classroom, which afforded me the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 Football at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). I reported to USAFA for Basic Cadet Training on 28 June 2007, and my life has never been the same since that day. At the Air Force Academy, I was challenged beyond measure academically, physically, and mentally. I also took advantage of the opportunities to fly glider aircraft, travel internationally, and develop my leadership skills. I graduated from USAFA with a BS in Behavioral Science in May of 2011 and have been serving in the Active Duty Air Force as an officer ever since. During my Air Force career I’ve served as a diversity recruiter for the Academy, in which I recruited the world’s most qualified diverse candidates to attend the Air Force Academy; a program manager of a high-tech cryptographic system program; and an Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) instructor, teaching and developing the leadership skills of AFROTC cadets at Louisiana State University. I will be headed to Columbia Business School in the fall to pursue my MBA, and I am thrilled about what lies ahead in the future.
What made you consider business school?
I believe that business school is the perfect way for me to transition from a career in the Air Force to a career in the civilian sector. During my time as an officer, I have had plenty of opportunities to develop the softer skills, such as leadership (and leadership development), communication, teamwork, etc. The curriculum I’ll take during business school will enhance my technical abilities in areas such as accounting, finance, economics, and data analytics. Both the soft skill sets I have acquired in the military and the harder, more technical skill sets I will learn in business school are fundamental to a successful career in business.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
What excites me the most about business school is the opportunity to foster relationships with my classmates. I will be going to school with extremely intelligent, passionate leaders coming from a wide range of industries and functions. I am excited to learn from their previous experiences and the things they are passionate about and share my experiences and passions with them as well. I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to lead in the LGBT MBA space through ROMBA. This will be the first opportunity for me to do so, and I am excited to serve a community that I care so deeply about.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
To be completely honest, the one leader that inspires me the most is Abraham Lincoln. His thoughts and beliefs were so progressive for his time, and he fought for what is fundamentally right: equality. Furthermore, he embodies the characteristics that I believe are core to every leader: honesty and humility. A close second would be President Obama. The progress that was made during his presidency through the repeal of both the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy as well as the Defense of Marriage Act had a direct, profound impact on my life as a gay military member. Not only could I serve proudly and openly, but I could also marry someone I was truly in love with. I am certain that I wouldn’t be the confident person I am today without his leadership.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am an ambassador for diversity & inclusion through both by my words and my example. I have made deliberate choices throughout my Air Force career to dismantle stereotypes and break down barriers to create a more diverse, inclusive environment within the Air Force. I am also passionate about leadership and leadership development as well and take opportunities to lead and develop other leaders when they arise.