Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Sebastian Bernal
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 SEBASTIAN BERNAL (CORNELL UNIVERSITY, JOHNSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
Sebastian is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied business management and economics at Loyola University in New Orleans. Upon graduation, he worked as a strategy analyst at a switchgear manufacturing company, located in the outskirts of the city. In the fall of 2016, he left the US to spend time back home before pursuing his MBA. While in Argentina, Sebastian worked as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte. Now, he is a first-year MBA candidate at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Sebastian is also a classical dance enthusiast. He enjoys practicing ballet twice a week and attending performances as often as possible.
What made you consider business school?
One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had was when I first had the opportunity to apply the knowledge I gained in college at work. So now, four years later, I am ready to repeat that experience. My goal is to continue working in the consulting world; however, I know I can be a better consultant if I go for a MBA. I am confident that business school will provide me with a great framework for developing consulting skills in a different way than just working.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I could not be more thrilled to join a new community! I really look forward to getting to know my classmates. I cannot wait to work, study, and grow alongside inspiring and diverse individuals.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Evita Peron, Michael Porter, and Britney Spears. Britney especially, because through watching her journey I learned to be fearless and resilient in my choices. She inspires me to always follow my dreams while staying true to myself.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I play Quidditch.