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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Derek Jackman

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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 DEREK JACKMAN (Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business)

Originally from Brockton, MA, Derek headed south to Pittsburgh to study Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating in 2009, he pursued a career in financial services (bridges everywhere are safer as a result), taking a role at Freddie Mac in the company’s Advanced Analytics group. A year later he left for a direct-investment role at Boston-based Eaton Vance Management as a bond analyst where he covered a variety of industries including REITs, homebuilders, and gaming.  When not working, Derek can be found making a splash with LANES, Bostons LGBT swim team. He also enjoys running, yoga, trying new and strange restaurants, learning about architecture and design, and overfeeding people at dinner parties.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from a largely technical background, I always felt that something was missing in my skill set. As I progressed in my career I came to realize the something missing was a more global perspective. For me, getting an MBA is a transformative experience. Ill have the opportunity to not only learn about all the different business disciplines, Ill also be immersed into a mix of cultures and new ways of thinking that will prepare me to take on challenging leadership roles in the future.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s got to be the people, no question. There are very few opportunities in life where you get to surround yourself with so many driven people from all over the world with backgrounds and experiences so vastly different from your own. During the next two years, I’m excited to learn from my classmates stories and hopefully travel and experience some of what I’ve heard about first hand!

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Harvey Milk, Laverne Cox

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Kiwis are both my favorite fruit and my favorite animal.

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Apr 2016

Learning Together on Lake Michigan: 2016 Club Leadership Summit in Chicago

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We had a great time in Chicago with the incoming leaders from over 30 LGBT MBA student clubs from schools across the U.S., Canada, and Europe! What a jampacked day it was. On a beautiful, sunny day, we learned about the highlights and challenges across many of our clubs at this 10th annual event, which is made possible by a generous donation from Shorenstein Properties in memory of Richard Chicotel, one of their out LGBT leaders who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 .

Despite vast differences in size of membership, engagement with the administration, and number of events, all our clubs showcased their unique LGBT campus pride… in about 3 minutes each as we kicked off the morning.

Our student leadership gave us great lessons across the board. Meghana Raghavan (Booth School of Business, Class of 2017) moderated a fascinating panel on the unique experiences of international LGBT MBAs. Given the sizable population of international students in North American business schools, we’re glad that Meghana’s panel gave us insight into the intersection of being international, LGBT, and a business student in the U.S.

Over lunch, Kellogg School Professor Julie Hennessy taught our club leaders about how to market and brand their clubs to maximize appeal and to be as effective as possible on their campuses. We were proud to be joined by admissions officers from Kellogg and Booth in the afternoon, who offered professional guidance as our students dove into a mini-case discussion on how to incorporate more LGBTs into business school admissions.

Later on in the afternoon, some representatives of our 2016 ROMBA Conference planning committee introduced this year’s theme: Authentic Disruption, and got the energy up for the conference in Dallas! 162 days and counting…

Finally, before we all headed out for a delicious Italian dinner, our club leaders divided their energy between three stimulating afternoon breakout sessions on ally programming, how to bring greater equality for LGBTs into a business school’s recruiting process, and how to create a stronger space for bisexual and transgender people, as well as those who aren’t comfortable with being out yet.

All in all, this year’s Club Leadership Summit was filled with learning, laughter, and last connections for the upcoming year and beyond. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 ROMBA Conference in Dallas and throughout the year across the country!

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Nov 2015

LGBT MBA Club Focus: Tepper’s Out&Allied Coming Out Week

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Guest Blog by Jeffrey Loh, President of Carnegie Mellon Tepper’s Out&Allied

As President of Out&Allied the LGBTA club on campus, I’d like to share some of the success that we have had as an MBA community during Coming Out Week. This branded week kicks off with Pink Party, an event where everyone comes decked out in as much pink as they possibly get. My VP of Marketing, Lindsey Ray, had shared the brilliant idea of partnering with Tepper Women of Business as October was also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over 25% of our class showed up to our local neighborhood friendly gay bar 5801 that night!

Throughout Coming Out Week, we aimed to bring awareness to our community every day through e-mails requesting our classmates complete the Friendfactor challenge and Facebook posts about the inequality that LGBT individuals continue to face. 

Finally we end our week of events on Monday with Coming Out Stories where four of us including an Ally staff member, an army vet Ally, and two LGBT members shared their stories of their Coming Out process either about themselves or as Allies. At Tepper, we pride ourselves for being very relationship oriented and community focused. This event strengthens the importance of relationship building as we continue to share some of the stories, we are hoping that we convince more to become more active allies.We wish everyone at our fellow MBA programs a happy Coming Out Day. And for any prospective students that are interested about our community at Out&Allied or the Tepper School of Business, we welcome you! 

We wish everyone at our fellow MBA programs a happy Coming Out Day. And for any prospective students that are interested about our community at Out&Allied or the Tepper School of Business, we welcome you! 

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