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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Paul Nierzwicki

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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 PAUL NIERZWICKI (Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business)

Paul Nierzwicki from Rockford, Illinois is a ROMBA Fellow attending The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Most recently, Paul finished a two-­‐year commitment with Teach for America as a second grade teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior, Paul sold pharmaceutical and medical consumable products across the country at Cardinal Health. Paul graduated from Kenyon College and studied political science and history, with a particular interest in political philosophy. As an undergraduate, Paul interned at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. There Paul assisted with fundraising operations, helping to ensure all LGBTQ Americans are treated equally. In his spare time, Paul enjoys to cook, go on long runs, as well as travel the country.

What made you consider business school?
My past academic and professional experiences have been deeply rewarding for me, but as I looked to make the pivot into business, I felt that continuing my education with an MBA would help ensure that I have a wide-­‐range of skills and competencies to enter the business world with.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Quite frankly, I am most excited for all aspects of business school: the academic curriculum, learning and networking with other passionate professionals, as well as gaining valuable skills through experiential experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk is a leader I deeply admire. Harvey was able to channel his deep passion for LGBTQ equality into legislative action-­‐-­‐no small feat. Harvey did this by changing hearts and minds one person at a time. His fearlessness to question the status quo and then to dispel the myths and lies surrounding the LGBTQ community is humbling to me.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a first-­‐generation American; both of my parents were born in Poland. Wanting to learn more about my family (as well as brush up on my Polish!), I studied abroad in Krakow, Poland as a student at Kenyon. I got to meet grandparents, aunts, and cousins for the first time. It was so fascinating to connect the dots of my family and learn more about a place that shaped my parents so much!

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