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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Rory Fitzpatrick

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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 RORY FITZPATRICK (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Rory is an MBA candidate at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Originally from Seattle, Rory graduated with honors from New York University with a double-major in Dramatic Writing and Film & Television and a minor in history. He moved back to the West Coast to work in the digital entertainment industry in Los Angeles. He has served in a variety of roles at Silicon Beach startups such as ZEFR, Jukin Media, and theStream.tv. At ZEFR, Rory was at the forefront of digital entertainment by managing YouTube content for 10 major film and television studios. While at Jukin Media, Rory developed programming for online video platforms with over 1 billion monthly views, and helped produce the first network television show based off of a YouTube channel. Rory is also committed to helping his community through his involvement with the Trevor Project, a crisis and suicide intervention organization serving LGBTQ youth. Outside of his professional life, Rory is an avid traveler and enjoys following U.S. politics.

What made you consider business school?
My academic background is in the arts and as I grew professionally I learned about positions within my industry I had no idea even existed when I started out. I found that I was much more passionate about the business decisions I saw my colleagues in the entertainment industry making over the artistic challenges. I knew to switch gears and pivot to a different career path I would need to expand my skill set. I am hoping to wed my creative background with a strong business education in my time at Marshall to launch the next stage of my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am very eager to learn about industries, career paths, and roles that I may have not been very aware of before coming to business school. I hope to broaden my horizons by engaging with my diverse classmates as well as my professors. I am also looking forward to traveling and studying abroad with my classmates through USC’s PRIME program.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Abbe Land, CEO of the Trevor Project, for her outstanding career as an advocate for underrepresented communities. I recently read a biography of David Geffen and I was struck by his perseverance and vision as he navigated his professional career. Most of all, I am inspired by my father who has mentored me and made me the person I am today.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have lost count of how many times I have reread “Game of Thrones”.

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14

Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Romelle Morris

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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 ROMELLE MORRIS (NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

I grew up in Gary, Indiana and attended The University of Iowa, studying Marketing and Chinese. After college, I took a global sourcing position at Target Corporation pursuing my interest in international business, consumer behavior, and the retail industry. Throughout my time at Target I have held a variety of positions across Target’s sourcing, allocation, and merchandising strategy teams. My Target experience has cemented in me a passion for consumer behavior and trend research. After business school, I plan to move into a marketing or consumer insights role within a growing consumer discretionary company. Outside of work, I love a good debate (ENTP) and spend a good amount of my free time watching documentaries. When I am not debating, I also love to shop.

What made you consider business school?
The retail environment has become increasingly volatile as new retailers and brands use technology and innovation to disrupt the traditional retail experience. Going to business school would give me a chance to step out of retail, learn from growth-minded professors and students, and ultimately form a better perspective on what companies and brands are equipped to win in the new business environment.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to officially join the Kellogg community and meet all my classmates. I get energized by getting to know people and understanding their unique perspectives on the world. I get very excited when I think about all the amazing people I will meet and learn from in school.

Who are some  of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
James Baldwin, for his bravery, intellect, and unparalleled ability to express the complexities of being gay and black in America. Harvey Milk, for being a trailblazer and representing the LGBT voice in American politics. Howard Schultz, for not only being an innovative business leader but also for repeatedly standing for diversity and inclusion at Starbucks. Angela Ahrendts, for giving us a master class in luxury goods rebranding at Burberry and taking her branding expertise to the innovative world of technology.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I believe in living life to the fullest. I have made and learned from many mistakes in my short life. I am painfully aware of how different my life could have turned out. I push myself and those around me to chase their passions while remaining lighthearted, resilient, and optimistic.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Rajiv Khattar

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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 RAJIV KHATTAR (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Rajiv wants to try and change the world (just a little). Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Rajiv attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he explored his passion for organizations and research and earned two degrees: one in Business and another in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Not one to stay in one place, Rajiv has been in strategic consulting his entire career, traveling to and partnering with some of the biggest companies all over the world. He’s hiked up a mountain in Hong Kong in sandals because the line for the tram was too long, gotten lost in Paris (twice), and lived in China for a year for a project. Because of these experiences, Rajiv has also gained a new perspective on organizations: He hopes to revolutionize the way businesses are put together and how they operate. In his free time, Rajiv is a lifelong learner, dabbling in photography, music, and technology.

What made you consider business school?
Even though before business school I had a lot of traditional post-MBA benefits (namely a career in consulting, management experience, and a global perspective of businesses), I want to facilitate the large disruptions we’re seeing in the relationship between organizations and the people in them. I wanted: (1) to take a bet that these same organizations will finally be ready for people-focused analytics, (2) the hard skills to be at the forefront of that wave of change, and (3) the broader view of a business by interacting with a lot of intellectually curious classmates.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m looking forward to seeing people of non-traditional backgrounds (race car drivers, news producers, and even opera singers) interact with Finance, HR, and Operations people; This creates an environment where we can learn so much from each other. It’s rare to have the time and resources in such a rich environment and I’m excited to see what new ideas emerge.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I get inspired by people like Malala Yousafzai (champion for education), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (notorious Associate Justice for the Supreme Court), and Fred Rogers (the Mr. Rogers). I also get inspired by the countless number of leaders in my community, though they may not be in the news as much.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a strong introvert. Keep saying hello. It gets better, I promise.

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