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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Sebastian Bernal

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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 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.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Brian Tsui

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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 BRIAN TSUI (Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management)

I grew up on the West Coast in Torrance, CA. After high school, I enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aeronautical Science and piloting.  After earning a Private Pilots license, I changed career paths towards business and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Business Economics and Accounting. I worked as a CPA at Andersen and as a consultant at Toyota before starting at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

What made you consider business school?
I knew that a MBA could help me change careers, meet influential people, and gain a useful skill set.  I also wanted to experience living somewhere new.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited to surround myself with some of the worlds best professors and classmates to learn about topics that interest me – financial markets, strategy, leadership, sustainability, just to name a few. I look forward to being challenged academically and having discussions with people who have different points of view and leadership styles.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Barack Obama. I admire his charisma and his positive impact on the LGBT community. Under his leadership, the LGBT community gained the right to marry and the first LGBT national monument was named.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m an ENTJ on the popular 16personalities.com test. I am an extrovert and enjoy being in social settings.

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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Michael Collins

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business 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 Organizing Committee.”  The Organizing 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 8 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give readers tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Michael Collins

School (Program/Concentration): Johnson at Cornell University (Strategic Management)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant at Accenture in New York City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

Chicago! I’m also looking forward to the keynotes and meeting everyone that I can.

What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?

Identify firms that you are interested in before going to make the opportunities at the conference less overwhelming. Also, don’t forget to have fun. Last year, I was so focused on recruiting and school, that fun took a backseat. Make the experience worth it by finding a healthy balance.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?

I hope to gain a specific insight into the breadth and depth of the firm’s offering. I also think that company culture is an important aspect of determining my fit into an organization, so I am also hoping to gain closer insight into that.

How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?

1Y taught me the importance of level setting, prioritizing and pacing myself. It taught me that it is ok not to know everything–and in fact, to not know A LOT of things. The humility that it fostered has and will likely continue to serve me well in the internship.

What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?

Don’t overthink things. Do your best, be yourself and remember that they hired you for a reason.

 

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