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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Adam Richman

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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 ADAM RICHMAN (Boston University, Questrom School of Business)

Adam is a first-year MBA student at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he is concentrating in Health Sector Management. A native New Englander, Adam grew up in Wilton, Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts to attend Brandeis University, where he majored in Economics and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. After graduating in 2011, Adam joined the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality in Boston, a public health non-profit focused on catalyzing systems change to improve child health. In 2014, Adam joined the DentaQuest Institute, an organization that facilitates adoption of preventive oral healthcare by assisting community health centers, hospitals, and private dental offices redesign processes in order to improve health outcomes. Adam is experienced in process improvement, performance measurement, and project management. Outside of work, Adam enjoys traveling to and exploring new places, relaxing at the beach, playing trivia with his weekly trivia team, and spending time with friends and family.

What made you consider business school?
After spending four years working directly with healthcare organizations on large-scale improvement initiatives, I realized that in order to create sustainable change, all areas of the organization need to work together from the clinical staff, to leadership, finance, and operations. I saw business school as an opportunity to strengthen my management, communication, and quantitative skills and learn what makes organizations successful so that I can be a more well-rounded leader in healthcare.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about building connections and friendships with my classmates—learning from their different backgrounds and perspectives to broaden my own. I also am looking forward to building my network in Boston, from professors to guest speakers and employers.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Atul Gawande, Mark Zuckerberg, my parents

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a knack for remembering mundane and useless facts, which my trivia team often greatly appreciates!

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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Aaron So

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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 AARON SO (LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Aaron is a MBA candidate in London Business School’s class of 2018. Before business school Aaron was a management consultant at Woolworths Ltd., Australia’s largest supermarket and liquor retailer. Previously he was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, working in Australia and New Zealand across a range of industries including health care, telecommunications, consumer goods and retail. Aaron’s experiences include corporate and business unit strategy, organisational design, cost transformation and commercial initiatives. Aaron holds a B.Com. majoring in Economics from the University of Sydney. Outside of work, Aaron is involved in non-profit initiatives focused on increasing LGBT diversity and inclusion in the private sector.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to use the MBA as an opportunity to broaden my education and explore new areas of business. Attending business school was also a chance to live in London and engage with folks from around the world.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am definitely most excited about the people. I know that any experience is only as good as the company – it’s a privilege to spend 2 years learning and working together with my classmates. I am looking forward to making new friendships at LBS as well as through ROMBA.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?Susan Cain (the author of ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts…’) is a great, recent inspiration of mine. I admire her for eloquently challenging our cultural stereotypes of leadership and advocating for a workplace that is more inclusive and empathetic. Also, Marc Benioff at Salesforce. I believe the private sector can play a huge role in advancing social justice and Salesforce has made consistent, strong efforts to fight LGBT discrimination in the U.S. and abroad.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?I’m studying Mandarin Chinese and Russian at the moment.
I’m studying Mandarin Chinese and Russian at the moment.

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Mar 2016

Class of 2017 Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows Retreat Recap

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Reaching Out had the pleasure of spending last weekend in the City by the Bay with 22 of our incredible LGBT MBA Fellows, each of whom is a business student in this scholarship & leadership development program.

Representing 17 top MBA programs from across the United States and Canada, these Fellows brought their enthusiasm for business and LGBTQ leadership to San Francisco for a weekend retreat filled with learning, professional development, and bonding.

Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), spoke about her 20-year career working for equal civil rights for LGBT people. In conversation with ROMBA’s Executive Director Matt Kidd, Kate spoke frankly about the triumphs and setbacks she’s seen from the passage of California’s Proposition 8 to nationwide marriage equality and more. “Be more ferocious than you think you are,” Kate challenged the group. From her, the Fellows got the chance to think about the kind of leaders they can become.

After Kate, the Fellows learned about “Leading Out Loud” from Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer J.D. Schramm. J.D. spoke to the Fellows and encouraged them to find an authentic communication platform to share their their LGBTQ identities. As J.D. instructed them to engage levers, explore actions, and embrace their communication tools, each Fellow got strategic guidance on how they share stories. From Kate and J.D.’s lessons, our Fellows came together as a cohort, learning from and with each other.

But the weekend wasn’t all work, no play. In the afternoon, we set out to the Castro to learn about San Francisco’s storied LGBTQ history from Kathy Amendola at Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours. As we trekked through Harvey Milk’s old stomping grounds under a 20’ x 30’ rainbow flag, we listened to tales of triumph and sorrow that deepened our understanding of what it meant to be LGBTQ in the past, and how our community’s past can inform its future. From Pink Triangle Park to Twin Peaks — the first gay bar in the country to have windows after homosexuality was decriminalized — we learned about the Castro’s legacy.

People describe San Francisco as a foodie’s paradise, and our Fellows got to experience this first-hand. We ate at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar on Friday, a truly one-of-a-kind tiki restaurant serving Asian cuisine and tropical drinks. On Saturday, we went to the movies…for dinner at Foreign Cinema. We feasted on food surrounded by the sights and sounds of film — a particularly fitting dinner the night before the Academy Awards. All in all, the Fellows came to San Francisco as individuals, but left as peers, colleagues, and friends. Reaching Out MBA’s Class of 2017 Fellows are an impressive cohort. We know that we’ll see more great things from them soon.

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