Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Andrew Kwan
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.