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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tal Eidelman

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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 TAL EIDELMAN (University of California, Berkley, Haas School of Business)

Tal Eidelman is an MBA candidate (class of 2018) at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Haas MBA program, Tal worked as a product manager at startup companies in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and San Francisco. After finishing a five­‐year military service, Tal earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and East Asian Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Alongside his professional career in technology, Tal volunteers in organizations that support refugees from Africa and the Middle East who were prosecuted because of their ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

What made you consider business school?
Having mostly technical professional background in software development, I want to improve my business skills and gain a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to make innovation a reality.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Meeting students and faculty members with diverse backgrounds and learning how to see things from new points of view.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My husband, Omer Rosen, is a leader in the LGBT family equality movement in Israel. As an attorney who specializes in family law he promotes equal rights in marriage and adoption. I am mostly inspired by the way he manages to pull in traditional legal arguments along with post-gender queer anarchism in his advocacy for equality.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Wherever I go, I am usually followed by my pug, Frank.

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