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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Andrew Kwan

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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 ANDREW KWAN (NYU, STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I was born in the United Kingdom, but grew up mostly in New Jersey.  I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with a triple major in Accounting, Business Administration, and Sociology. Upon graduation, I started in Citi’s Los Angeles offices, as an analyst in it’s Private Banking division. I eventually transferred up to San Francisco and became an Investment Associate, where I worked with our ultra-high net worth clients in managing their investment portfolios. At Citi, I was one of the first members of the Citi Pride Network in San Francisco, the firm’s LGBT ERG. I eventually became President and partnered with colleagues and external organizations to drive the group’s mission.  I am an avid supporter of the arts and currently perform as a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

What made you consider business school?
Having only worked in wealth management, I was ready to explore different fields. I wanted to use business school as an opportunity to expand my business and leadership experience as well as to broaden my network.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Learning about the experiences of all of my classmates. Coming from a typical pre-MBA background, I believe that my future Sternies will be the biggest part of my education.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Marc Benioff, Bono, Sheryl Sandberg

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love musicals.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Andrew Foster

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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 ANDREW FOSTER (MIT, SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Raised in Connecticut, Andrew moved out to Los Angeles to study mathematics and international relations at Pomona College. Post-graduation, he joined GE’s Financial Management Program (FMP). At GE, he worked in Ohio and the Czech Republic and served on the board of GE Aviation’s LGBT affinity group. He then moved back west to join a B2B e-commerce company (McMaster-Carr) as an operations manager. He is excited to be pursuing an MBA and Masters in Civil Engineering at MIT. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys playing the bass guitar, sailboat racing, and hiking.

What made you consider business school?
In my last role, I was leading a team of 25 people, and since I did not have much formal leadership training or experience in e-commerce, I was improvising a lot. Thankfully I got a lot of tips from colleagues and read some helpful books, and this guidance helped me improve. However, I knew I could get even better given more knowledge, practice, and reflection. I saw business school as the best opportunity to get all three of these experiences in a short timeframe.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about connecting with and learning from my peers. MIT does an excellent job of attracting students from so many interesting and diverse backgrounds. During admitted students weekend, I met peers with incredibly diverse accomplishments. One had started an e-commerce company in Nigeria, and another had improved water utility operations across North America. These experiences are humbling and inspiring and I can’t wait to learn more from my peers.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook comes to mind right away – I have so much admiration for his courage and leadership. Also, Laszlo Bock (former SVP of People Operations at Google) is inspiring for his work in increasing awareness of unconscious bias both at his company and around the world. His work is an interesting example of how companies can benefit society through communicating ideas in addition to providing goods and services.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My first job was playing bass guitar for a production of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. I love musicals and have played in and watched many shows.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Alexandra Tapley

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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 ALEXANDRA TAPLEY (BABSON COLLEGE, F.W. OLIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Alexandra Tapley is an MBA candidate at Babson College in Massachusetts. Alexandra graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in International Relations with minors in marketing and conflict resolution studies. During her time at USC, Alexandra was an award-winning member of the women’s Varsity rowing team, winning a PAC-10 Championship and competing at NCAA Championships. Alexandra’s experience in international relations, social responsibility and working with street artists from local youth community centres and the surrounding neighbourhoods of South Central, Los Angeles led her to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. Following her time at USC, Alexandra worked as an Associate Producer for the acclaimed documentary filmmaker and author, Jon Reiss and his company Hybrid Cinema. During her five years at Hybrid, Alexandra worked on the sequel to the internationally acclaimed film, “Bomb It”, which featured street-artists from 12 different countries. Alexandra also served as an outreach and distribution consultant for the film “Fambul Tok”, produced by Rory Kennedy. For the past three years, Alexandra has been based in Boston, streamlining her family’s business, The Children’s Spoon Inc. – an international social education program for children into an online platform and mobile app. In addition to The Children’s Spoon, Alexandra, with 25 years of equestrian experience, has been working in nonprofit development for equine therapy centres in addition to instructing children with special-needs and veterans. Alexandra was born and raised in London, England, and holds dual-citizenship with the United States.

What made you consider business school?
I first considered business school when I took on re-booting a family business, that focuses on social education for children, into an app/online program.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Having worked with top gaming developers and child education specialists in both Boston and San Francisco over the last few years during pre-production of my app, I am excited to take the company and development to the next stage and complete production during my MBA. I can’t wait to work with and learn from people with vastly diverse backgrounds and experiences from myself and discover new areas and opportunities. Maybe in business school, there are more than just 24 hours in a day?

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My inspirational leaders have a varied range. Growing up in England, I looked up to Winston Churchill, not because of his victories but because of his humility as a leader. He acknowledged his shortcomings as a leader, and always reminded people that we are all just human. But first and foremost his decree was never to give up – always persist! I find Richard Branson’s business and entrepreneurial spirit inspirational. I would be remiss not to include an athlete, being a former coach and DI college athlete For me, Chris Ernst, an Olympic rower, who along with her Yale teammates back in 1976 paved the way to create the opportunities that female athletes enjoy today. She is the Billie Jean King of rowers!

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love a good adventure into the unknown.

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