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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Spencer Davis

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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 SPENCER DAVIS (GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Spencer is a JD/MBA candidate at the George Washington University. A native Virginian, Spencer grew up in Virginia Beach and, after a short stint studying opera in Oklahoma, graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BA in economics with a minor in political science in 2014. After graduating, Spencer moved to Washington, DC and joined FedBid, a reverse-auction government procurement platform. In 2015, Spencer joined the government sales team at CEB (now Gartner). Spencer has completed two years of law school and is looking forward to her immersion year at the GW School of Business. Over the past year, Spencer has worked at small law firm focused on labor and employment matters. Spencer plans to work as a corporate attorney and has a great interest in antitrust and M&A. Spencer is a student member of the National LGBT Bar Association, Virginia Equality Bar Association, and the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia. When she’s not studying, you can find Spencer spending time with her wife and their three dogs and cat! They enjoy visiting breweries and wineries, and love to travel. Spencer and her beautiful wife, Emma, live in Reston, Virginia.

What made you consider business school?
I knew going into law school that I wanted to couple my degrees and do the joint degree program. While having an MBA is not necessary for being a good corporate attorney, an MBA is necessary for the kind of corporate attorney that I want to be – one that is client service centered and can relate to and understand the business concerns that keep clients up at night. I believe that not only being able to understand the legal needs of a client, but also how their legal needs will impact their business operations is a valuable asset. Likewise, better understanding a client’s business needs can help define legal strategy.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am incredibly excited about meeting new people, engaging different skill sets, the travel, and, of course, being a ROMBA and Forte Foundation Fellow. However, I must admit, I think I’m most excited for a little sabbatical from the law school!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Laverne Cox, Anderson Cooper, Ellen Page, Rachel Maddow, and Elon Musk, just to name a few!

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I could eat mexican food and listen to rap music every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it! Also — our pets are our everything! My wife and I have a terrier mix, an old english sheepdog, an aussiedoodle and a massive maine coon cat!

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Bryan White

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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 BRYAN WHITE (George Washington University School of Business)

Bryan begins his Global MBA at The George Washington University in the fall (Class of 2018) with aspirations to create social impact on an international level. He was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA and attended undergraduate at UCLA, getting his degree in Communication Studies and participating in UCLA’s Marketing and Advertising Team. He studied abroad in the Italian cities of Siena and Padova where he first experienced the joy of global exploration. After graduation, he was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to teach English in a small, fishing village in southern Japan. He spent two years working with students, learning Japanese language and culture, and discovering Asias beauty. He was also selected to present a seminar to other JET Language Teachers on LGBT Living in Japan. Upon returning to the US, he moved to New York City where he supported Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Top Destination Specialist for Croatia at VisitCroatia.com in Business/Product Development. He later moved back home to Orange County where he worked as a Marketing Coordinator for the travel management company, Worldview Travel. Finding he wanted to make more of an impact on the local community, he entered a position managing the Events and Patron Relations departments for Long Beach Symphony. While there, he worked to conceptualize and execute creative, large-scale cultivation and fundraising events with proceeds benefiting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs. He is a music and theatre enthusiast, joining local theatre productions and attending concerts whenever possible.

What made you consider business school?
While considering my professional goals before I applied to business school, I realized that an MBA would be an important step in gaining creative freedom in whichever career or industry I decide to pursue.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited for our Consulting Abroad Project (CAP) project, along with the potential for other study abroad opportunities.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m most inspired by people who aren’t afraid to break the status quo: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, George Takei and Freddie Mercury come to mind. Tim Cook stepping in as Apple’s CEO and then publicly coming out as the first Fortune 500 CEO was incredibly admirable. I look forward to living in a time, though, when minorities stepping into great leadership positions is not considered breaking the status quo.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I host game night with my friends at least once a week… we can get very competitive.

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