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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ben Fong

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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 in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.

MEET BEN FONG (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Ben Fong has experience in developing economies, trade, and cross-cultural communication working as a U.S. diplomat. Most recently Ben worked as an international economist for the Asia-Pacific region where he helped conduct U.S. trade diplomacy through vehicles such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ben previously worked as Vice Consul and Acting Chief of American Citizen Services in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where he worked on immigration issues and helped Americans in distress. In Mumbai, India, Ben served as Assistant Cultural Attache where he oversaw cultural programs, educational exchanges, and outreach for the U.S. Consulate. Ben speaks Hindi, Spanish, and Mandarin. He graduated from Stanford University and received a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University. He is from Houston, Texas. Ben is currently pursuing a MBA from Berkeley-Haas. 

What made you consider business school?

Looking for a career change from public service into business, especially into tech.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

Meeting classmates, learning about business

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?

Elon Musk, Bill Gates

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I have a black belt in taekwondo.

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?

Working for most of the summer, but taking a short trip to Spain and Portugal with a college friend.

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Apr 2015

LGBT MBA Club Event: USC Marshall GALA LGBT Case Study & Panel

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This content was contributed by Kenny Burns, a second year MBA at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business & & co-leader of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association)

On April 22nd, USC Marshall’s GALA had its first LGBT case study and panel. The event was an opportunity for GALA to engage with our broader Marshall peers & allies.  It was attended by 60 people, doubling the number we expected. The panelists brought a very diverse perspective that made it a round learning experience for LGBT business students and MBA allies alike.  We have received overwhelming positive feedback about the event and plan to continue this moving forward.

Panelists included: 

Ryan Mayes (2nd year Marshall MBA, BCG Consultant)
Megan Prichard (McKinsey Engagement Manager, GLAM Lead)
Dennis Rook (USC Marshall Department of Marketing, Professor)
Justin Jones (1st year Marshall MBA, DirecTV Content Acquisition)

The panel was moderated by an LGBT MBA ally:
Nate Glassman (1st year USC Marshall MBA, EY Consultant)

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Apr 2015

UCLA Anderson Embraces the LGBTQ Community and Actives Allies for Change

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by Devon Dickau, outgoing co-president of Out@Anderson

At UCLA Anderson, we are out and we are proud.

Last week, Out@Anderson, the student-run organization for LGBTQ students and allies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, launched an effort to shine a spotlight on the challenges and achievements of our LGBTQ students, staff, faculty and alumni. In unity with the UCLA-wide LGBTQ Awareness Week, Out@Anderson crafted a series of online and on-campus initiatives to celebrate our community and empower active allyship.

To kickstart the week, our Dean, Judy Olian, emailed our alumni, students, staff and faculty announcing a new website celebrating the diverse LGBTQ community at Anderson, pledging commitment to equality. The UCLA Anderson home page, for an entire week, featured a glowing photo of some of our LGBTQ students and called for support from the entire community. For the week, our courtyard – the ‘town square’ of UCLA Anderson – became a rainbow, with columns wrapped in bold colors. No Anderson student could walk through the courtyard this week without noticing the rainbow.

Beyond developing new content for the website, each day of the week we held an “Ally Rally” to educate and convene LGBTQ allies. We launched a new Allies @ Anderson brand identity, which we leveraged for t-shirts, a banner, stickers that we placed on our name tents and our brand new Ally pledge. Over 200 members of our Anderson family signed our pledge, committing to allyship to the LBGTQ community and other underrepresented communities in the workplace and beyond.

Collaborating with undergraduate students, we hosted a program called Questions for Queers, a candid conversation with undergrad and grad student panelists representing every letter in the LGBTQ acronym. Then, in recognition of the National Day of Silence, we launched a twitter campaign #AndersonDOS and a new video, and almost students and staff joined us in the courtyard for a moment of silence.

To end the week, almost 300 Anderson students traveled to Stanford for the annual Challenge for Charity competition. Playing 20 athletic events against students from other top West Coast business schools – including GSB, Berkeley Haas and USC Marshall – UCLA Anderson athletes and fans sported purple “Out@Anderson PROUD ALLY wristbands.” United by our UCLA pride, we were also united by our allyship.

 

The Day of Silence acknowledges how society often silences the voices of members of the LGBTQ community in all corners of our society. This week, UCLA Anderson heard us loud and clear. We made a statement. For the first time at Anderson, the challenges facing the LGBTQ in the workplace and in the world are at the forefront of everyday on-campus dialogue. Awareness Week led a conversation on campus that I have no doubt will continue for a long time.

Meanwhile, the entire UCLA community is abuzz about our efforts – with the hopes to use our success this year as a model for other graduate programs across the university.

Most recently, Poets & Quants published a piece on my story – as both an out gay MBA and as a UCLA Anderson student – an article called “What It’s Like To Be a Gay MBA Student”  that will reach thousands of current and prospective LGBTQ MBAs. My hope is that by demonstrating Anderson’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, by engaging our allies in the fight for equality in the workplace and beyond, and by telling our personal stories, business school becomes the inflection point for creating stronger and more authentic leaders of tomorrow.

My personal goal is for every student to graduate from Anderson with the language, the knowledge and the tools to be an active and engaged ally to all marginalized communities – including the LGBTQ community – as professionals and as citizens. Whether we are LGBTQ students or we are allies, my hope is that one day all of us will be out and proud.

In addition to his leadership with Out@Anderson, Dickau is also on the board of the UCLA Lambda Alumni Network, UCLA’s LGBTQ alumni group, and recently gave a TED Talk on leading with authenticity as an LGBTQ professional as part of UCLA Anderson’s exclusive partnership with TED.

To learn more about Out@Anderson, visit www.outatanderson.org. Click here for more photos from UCLA Anderson LGBTQ Awareness Week.

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