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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Lex Nguyen

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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 LEX NGUYEN (DUKE UNIVERSITY, FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I grew up in Hue, Vietnam & share the family name “Nguyen” with 40 million other Vietnamese. So, if you know other Nguyen’s, chances are we’re not related. I worked in Marketing at Unilever for Comfort fabric conditioner and launched a water-saving fund to ensure every Vietnamese have access to clean water, among other things. I also enjoyed tremendously the 1-year stint in Singapore, although my Singlish was not very good lah! From selling fragrant Comfort, I challenged my marketing skills by managing a (rather smelly) fish sauce product. Aiming to transition to tech industry and work in marketing or product management, I led Vietnam branch of a mobile-marketing startup. I’m a devoted servant of my cats and I jog when I need to think.

What made you consider business school?
My goal is to work in tech marketing or product management. An MBA will give me a chance to learn relevant skills and the network needed to get my dream job. It will also be a transformative experience that makes me become better as a business leader and individual.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Meeting international and US friends! I can’t wait to learn more about the world through them!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook. He’s a successful business leader who outspokenly support LGBT community. His business is also very environment friendly, needless to say that Apple is improving the way we live, work, and play.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m both a cat and a dog person.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nancy Abramowitz

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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.

NANCY ABRAMOWITZ (Duke University, Fuqua School of Business)

Nancy is originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA and attended Bentley University as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Management with minors in IT and Spanish. She has worked in operations and supply chain in various roles since 2009, including operations management, warehousing technology, and data analytics. She is a first-year student at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Nancy is interested in consulting and technology while also continuing her involvement in supply chain strategy. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, CrossFit, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

What made you consider business school?
I was enjoying the spectrum of challenges at my most recent role but I was seeking additional responsibility for the overall strategy of the department and the corporation. I was also looking to refresh and build on my undergraduate business skills while discovering current trends and new career paths. A full-time MBA program will allow me to deepen my existing knowledge while broadening the scope of my exposure to various careers, functions, and industries.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m really looking forward to being the idiot in the room – in a good way! There are so many intelligent people there from backgrounds and careers I can’t imagine, so I’m excited to learn from them while also sharing my passions and experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
After reading Lean In as well as some of her more recent publications, I am inspired by Sheryl Sandberg. She has an interesting background and has been successful in a male-dominated field. Additionally, her candor and openness around the sudden death of her husband impressed me, given the immense difficulty of addressing personal crises in the midst of a demanding and high-profile role. I also have great respect for Robyn Ochs, a well-respected bisexual activist and writer.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
To quote the movie Elf, “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!” I find there’s a lot of value in having a positive attitude, encouraging others, and making people smile. It’s much harder to argue when you’re laughing and enjoying someone’s company.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jeroune Rhodes

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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 JEROUNE RHODES (Duke University, Fuqua School of Business)

I was born and raised by my mom in Minden, Louisiana, a small town in northwest corner of the state. As an educator, my mom instilled upon me the importance of education and hard work at an early age. I excelled academically in high school and after graduation, I moved to Houston, Texas to attend Rice University and studied mechanical engineering. Growing up, I unintentionally broke almost everything I touched. I credit these misfortunes with igniting my curiosity with how things worked, which ultimately led me to pursue a degree in engineering.  After college, I took an engineering position with Shell Oil Company at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery (PAR). In my role, I provided machinery technical support to my production facility and used my expertise to optimize maintenance spending, improve asset reliability, and eliminate failure mechanisms. After two years, I departed and took a similar position within The Dow Chemical Company. As a maintenance and reliability engineer at Dow, I had technical responsibility for all fixed and rotating equipment within two specialty chemical plants.  Outside of my professional career, I enjoy learning, traveling, and staying active physically and within the community. I grew up watching and playing competitive tennis and continue to play leisurely. I also play softball and use CrossFit for strength and conditioning training. As an active member of the community outreach committee in the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals group, I have participated in countless volunteer events that have positively impacted the area.

What made you consider business school?
As I continued to gain knowledge and experience in industry, I observed that my career options were becoming more and more confined within the technical realm. After five years as an engineer in the manufacturing sector, I realized that I did not want to pursue a purely technical career path. Business school was the perfect option for me because I knew that it would provide me with the tools, resources, and foundation to make a successful, fluid career switch.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about meeting, learning from, and sharing experiences with my fellow classmates.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Barbara Jordan, Elon Musk, Bayard Rustin, Sheryl Sandberg, Barack Obama.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Coming from Louisiana, I live to eat good food. Cajun food is by far my most favorite, followed by Tex-Mex.

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