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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Sully Sullivan

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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.


I was born and raised in Indianapolis before moving to New York City in 2011 to work for UBS Financial Services. I began my career at UBS by completing a rotational Graduate Training Program and eventually moved into several roles that provided me with experience managing databases, projects, and people. I moved back to the Midwest in 2017 and I am currently an MBA candidate (Class of 2019) at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, my alma mater. Outside of my professional career, I have committed my time to several organizations that provide assistance to LGBTQ youth.  I managed a quarterly resume workshop for graduating high school seniors at the Harvey Milk School in NYC and volunteered as a Lifeline Counselor at The Trevor Project, answering phone calls from LGBTQ youth across the country feeling suicidal or needing a safe place to talk. In my personal time, I enjoy channeling my inner chef in the kitchen and acquainting myself to the beautiful city of Chicago, where I reside when I’m not at school.

What made you consider business school?
I want to become an effective leader.  Taking a two year pause in my career to hone my leadership skills and identify my unique leadership style was one of the main reasons I considered returning to school.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
All of the student clubs!  I’m excited for the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, to try new things, and to discover a few new passions and hobbies.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I’m drawn to those that use their privilege and voice to highlight charitable or awareness-raising campaigns.  Two leaders that come to mind are Tyler Oakley and Chance the Rapper.  Tyler, a YouTube star, uses his voice to help prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth and has introduced thousands of children across the country to The Trevor Project.  Chance uses his fame to promote peace by actively promoting campaigns to combat gun violence in the Chicagoland area.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love adventures and new experiences.  If you’re doing something fun and are looking for a companion, let me know!

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