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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Angelo Carino

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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 ANGELO CARINO (Harvard Business School)

Angelo Carino was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY before heading off to Dartmouth College where he majored in Economics, with a fictitious minor in campus leadership, as he likes to joke. Since graduation, Angelo joined Google’s business organization and in the past 5 years there has held a variety of roles across sales and marketing, and across the country. Currently Angelo works as a product marketing manager for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in San Francisco where he is responsible for all digital brand and awareness campaigns for GCP globally.     Angelo is most passionate about issues of social justice, equality, and diversity & inclusivity, including: women’s rights, LGBT rights, empowering diverse and small businesses, mental health awareness, and socioeconomic status. Though his full-time role is in Product Marketing, Angelo’s aspiration in life is to empower the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs, specifically minority- and LGBT -owned businesses, by eliminating obstacles to online entry. In his personal time, Angelo led the conception and development of the Accelerate with Google Academy, created to assist minority-, LGBT -, and women-owned businesses in establishing a web presence and growing their businesses online. He also helped launch Google’s first-ever Small Business Supplier Diversity Program, created to increase diversity in Google supplier base and purchasing. He is a passionate boxer, spoken word poet, proud Uncle, YouTube fanatic, fantasy reader, One Young World Coordinating Ambassador, and award-winning activist for justice and equality for all. He’ll be attending Harvard Business School in the Fall of 2016.

What made you consider business school?
For the past 5 years, I’ve worked only in the sales/advertising and marketing space for a large technology company. This road, though wonderful, has not lined up that well with my long-term goal to maximize organizational impact and success for socially-minded entrepreneurs and small-business owners. I plan to attend business school, gain a depth of knowledge both inside and outside of the classroom, and afterwards transition into generalist consulting to grow my business knowledge, across diverse industries. And subsequently join a leading social/public-sector consulting firm, thus realigning with my long-term plan.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The people, the travel, the case method, the diversity of experiences and perspectives, and Harvard’s Innovation Lab.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tracy Chapman … “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m an Aquarius, ‘to a T’. Oh, and as the White Rabbit would say, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!”

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Feb 2015

LGBT MBA Event: 2nd Annual LGBTQ Conference at Harvard

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For the past two years Harvard Business School’s LGBT Student Association has co-hosted the LGBTQ Conference at Harvard, a cross-Harvard conference that its LGBT students produce that is also open to the greater public.  Emily Miller, co-lead of the LGBT Student Association, wrote this great wrap-up on this year’s event:

“Finding Unity in our Diversity: The Second Annual LGBTQ Conference at Harvard”
post by Emily Miller

Photo Credit: Naomi Iram of Red Robin Events

Over the weekend of Saturday, February 7th through Sunday, February 8th, 2015, the Harvard Business School LGBT Student Association, an affiliate of Reaching Out, co-hosted the Second Annual LGBTQ Conference at Harvard with over 350 students and professionals in attendance from 20+ schools. To continue the momentum from our inaugural conference, the theme was both an aspiration and a call to action: Unified by our Diversity: Solidarity Within and Beyond the LGBTQ Community.

This year’s conference was a unique opportunity to bring together students, scholars, alumni and special guests from around the country to learn, share, and ideate around critical issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community moving forward.  As an interdisciplinary conference, topics of discussion ranged from inclusive healthcare for LGBTQ patients, the role of religion and faith in the LGBTQ community, as well as the relevance of LGBTQ inclusion in developing economies.

Photo Credit: Naomi Iram of Red Robin Events

Special guest Paula Boggs, former Starbucks General Counsel and Obama Administration appointee, presented the afternoon keynote on Saturday, February 7th, chronicling her journey navigating the corporate world at the executive level as a lesbian. She asked the audience some challenging questions to consider when it comes to our diversity – namely, “How hard have I tried in life not to be seen? And at what cost?”

Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at the Washington Post and MSNBC, spoke about the conference theme as a challenge to the LGBTQ community and movement. Specifically, his talk focused on three challenges: “Will professed LGBTQ allies be there once full marriage equality is achieved? Will we – as a nation and a community – finally talk about the T in LGBTQ? Will the community vocally and proactively make common cause with others seeking equality and freedom from discrimination?” The full article by Jonathan Capehart can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/02/09/the-challenging-post-gay-marriage-terrain-for-lgbt-americans/

Photo Credit: Naomi Iram of Red Robin Events

The weekend was an exciting opportunity to not only learn from and collaborate with leaders from across the LGBTQ community, but also forge relationships and come together as a community. We’re already looking forward to next year’s conference!

For more information on the conference, check out: www.lgbtqconferenceatharvard.org

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