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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Jesse Banwart

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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 JESSE BANWART (JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL)

As a new transplant from Chicago to Baltimore, I am starting the MA/MBA program at Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute College of Art. My passion lies in helping people to understand why design is important, specifically around the built environment (architecture, engineering, construction,  etc). For the past 3 years I’ve worked in out of school time facilitating programs for teens about architecture. Previously I worked as a graphic designer and still freelance whenever I can. My story is not unfamiliar, small town boy moves to the big city and discovers himself… blah. I’ve loved every part of the experience and plan to dedicate my life to urban, community-focused issues.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from managing after school programming focused on architecture, I saw so many intersections of business in where I could improve. Writing budgets, applying for funding, managing employees, etc. were all essential components of the job. Higher positions only intensify these roles, and I knew getting an MBA would be a smart career move.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?Expanding my network base into areas in which I’m mostly unfamiliar is probably what excites me the most. So much of my time had been spent buildng a network in the art and design fields, I’m looking forward to diversifying that.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Shawn King definitely is an inspiration in the massive issues he tries to tackle. He recognizes the influence of information and how to effectively fight for social justice. Ruth Bader-Ginsberg is the epitome of firey eloquenence. Often, her writings condence an opinion I’ve struggled to put into words. Lastly, (and yes I recognize how kitschy this is) Rupaul. Drag Race had the potential to play into the standard troupe of reality television and insight as much drama, hatred, and backstabbing between the contestants as possible. However, recognizing that there is already plenty of that in our community, they empower differences and showcase the love. I’ve always admired that.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
If you walk down the street with me, I will give you an unsolicited architecture lesson. I can’t help myself.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Jesús Amundarain

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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 JESÚS AMUNDARAIN (UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, ROTMAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Born and raised in Venezuela, Jesús earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University Simon Bolivar and his master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta. After six years of professional experience, he has been involved in oil and gas operations in Canada, Russia, and the United States, and has worked for Schlumberger, Enbridge Pipelines and FourQuest Energy, most recently.  At business school, he is interested in pursuing a concentration in finance with the goal of following a career in energy investment banking after graduation. Jesús shares a deep appreciation for the performing arts, live jazz, and landscape photography. He can also be found trying some of the spiciest foods around or just eating candy.

What made you consider business school?
I have seen multiple corporate changes during my experience in operations.  Some of the firms that I have worked for have experienced restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, or even divestments. I want to learn about and be involved with the high level negotiations that lead to the inception, development, and execution of those deals. Business school allows me to develop my business acumen and ground my professional path not only on hard skills but also on a meaningful network of individuals and organizations that will be fundamental to my success as a business leader.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
All my friends and acquaintances from different MBA programs agree on one thing: business school is a truly transformative journey. I cannot wait to learn about my future classmates and be part of the discovery of their new selves. I am also eager to be part of an environment where taking chances is celebrated. I believe that, regardless of the outcome of my ventures, business school will provide me with a dependable support system that will always back my risks and help me grow.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I always find admiration in people who defy established norms in order to stand for what they believe in and for what is right. Some include Harvey Milk, Nikolay Alexeyev, Leopoldo Lopez, and Maria Corina Machado.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a thoughtful, caring, and active listener.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Drew Dickson

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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 DREW DICKSON (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, THE WHARTON SCHOOL)

Drew Dickson is an MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MPA candidate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Before beginning his concurrent degree program, Drew worked at a leading global affairs institution in Washington DC, the Atlantic Council, most recently serving as the chief of staff during a period of rapid growth in size and influence for the organization. As a member of the top management team, Drew helped lead the organization through major strategic initiatives, program launches and restructurings, and public relations campaigns. Drew also has extensive experience in politics and government, having worked in various roles both on congressional campaigns and in legislative officers. Drew has basic language skills in German and Mandarin Chinese. He has a masters in political science, focused on liberal and democratic theory, from the University of Memphis, as well as a bachelor of arts in political science and history and a bachelor of science in economics from Tulane University.

What made you consider business school?
I want to attend business school because after nearly six years of working in management of a leading think tank in Washington, DC, I am convinced of the importance of business management skills in the nonprofit sector – and generally in achieving great goals. There is so much that can be done at the intersection of the public and private sectors, and having strong skills in both is a powerful tool. A business education is fundamentally about building the skills to organize people to achieve things greater than themselves. What could be more important to learn?

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I’m excited about meeting a new group of people with vastly diverse backgrounds and experiences from myself. For example, I haven’t worked in a true for-profit setting since my high school job at a movie theater. It’s going to be great to be in an environment where that’s strange for people.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I like leaders who can develop a fresh look at old problems, or who can deploy creativity to achieving their mission in life. The group is as varied as John Maynard Keynes, Steve Jobs, RuPaul, and yeah, I’ll say it, in a way Donald Trump, too.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’ve got lots of opinions, and I’m not usually shy about sharing them. But I promise I’m a nice, reasonable person!

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