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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Lucas Vital

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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 LUCAS VITAL (University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business)

I am a gay Brazilian who is passionate in traveling, learning, and respecting other cultures. My bachelors degree in International Relations and my +5 years working in AIESEC, a non- profit global youth driven organization from which I had two working abroad experiences in Mexico for 6 months and in Ukraine for 1 year, corroborate that passion. Besides my international experiences in AIESEC, I also founded one local chapter of that large organization in my university where I led it for almost 2 years as President. Such experience developed my interest in leadership positions and the importance of developing others to achieve a team’s vision. After school I worked for +5.5 years in the financial sector of wealth management industry as an international investments advisor in the largest private bank in Brazil. However, after many certifications, learning, and a successful career path I realized I was getting deeply in a specialist role in investment management, which was not what I was really looking for in my future. I also developed in this banking experience my interest for innovation and the importance of that for leading corporations to continue growing. In my free time I love traveling, running and other outdoor activities, doing volunteer work in the community and playing handball; I created a handball gay team which seeks to grow and compete nationally and globally in the future, representing Brazil in the world gay games.

What made you consider business school?
I realized a career shift was needed to achieve my future goals. I want to develop further my soft skills to become a global leader, learn more about business and strategy, and add to my background a personal and professional experience in a developed market after living and working in 3 different emerging markets where business and LGBTQ rights are some steps behind.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to study and develop myself in a very diverse environment among people from all over the world with very different backgrounds and experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk in the LGBT community. Although, Frida Kahlo and Alan Turing’ stories do inspire me as well. Jorge Paulo Lemann and Walt Disney in business.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a very rough voice and usually when people meet me at first they ask whether I have ever wondered about working with it either as radio or dubber. I usually wonder: Yes, it is kind of my plan E if nothing works out.

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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Zarrah Birdie

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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 ZARRAH BIRDIE (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

An ever-curious adventurer. Zarrah lived in three different continents in the last five years and has a passion for travel and discovering new cultures. She loves having her beliefs questioned and challenged. She is an extroverted-introvert, love riding bikes, black coffee, a good conversation, yoga and meditation. She’s left handed and favorite color is navy blue! She’s intellectually curious and vibrantly playful.

What made you consider business school?

After working for two years in investment banking and another two in international development, I sought a means to bridge my two distinct skill sets. This combined with my desire to develop a career in impact investing, with a particular emphasis on helping develop and grow social enterprises in developing countries, fueled my desire to gain an MBA degree. The MBA will give me the ideal tool set needed to be a trusted adviser for social enterprises in developing countries – helping them strategically grow, gain access to capital etc.

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

I am most excited about connecting with my classmates both at my business school and beyond. I’m excited about creating meaningful communities around them. I’m also excited to have my opinions and worldview challenged and broadened through these interactions.

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

CEO) and  Debbie Gupta (Nest Corporation)

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I’m a chocolate fiend, if you ever need anything for me, include chocolate and your wish is my command. I love trying new experiences and things, the more outlandish the better!

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