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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jenika Shannon

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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 CHELSEA JONES (University of Rochester, Simon Business School)

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida – the youngest to two older brothers. I attended FAMU and obtained my B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I then moved down the alphabet to TAMU, where I earned my Master’s in Petroleum Engineering. Don’t let my degrees fool you, though. I am highly creative, and a major goof. I started playing the saxophone when I was 11, and have been deeply interested in all things music, since. It is my dream to record and release an EP in this lifetime. I also happen to be an avid karaoke singer (read: addict). Speaking of addictions, I could eat chicken wings for every meal for the remainder of my life. Museums, live music, and beautiful scenery make life worth living.  If I had to explain my entire existence through three actions, they would be: Experience. Learn. Create. I live by the words “do good, fear nothing.”

What made you consider business school?
I have a fiery passion for people. I am interested in why we do the things that we do, as humans, and why we make the decisions we make. Connecting with people and learning about what drives them brings me joy. As an engineer, I would not be in a position to make choices that would directly influence the consumer’s experience. As a businesswoman, I will be.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
For the first time in my life, I feel as if I am doing something that not only aligns with my abilities, but will also be fulfilling to me. I am excited to grow closer to my cohort, and build a foundation upon which I will change the world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Believe it or not, my one and only role model in society is Chance the Rapper. He is an independent artist with the talent and wit of the most experienced musicians and lyricists. He believes in something, and nothing on this Earth will sway him from that.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am genuinely interested when I ask how you are doing.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Chelsea Jones

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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 CHELSEA JONES (University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, but Austin has been home for about nine years. I was a Radio-Television-Film major at The University of Texas, and after spending a summer in Los Angeles as a production intern on CBS Paramount’s since-cancelled Medium starring Patricia Arquette, I moved backed to Austin to work as a producer for the Austin-based creative content company Arts+Labor. Prior to starting business school, I spent almost five years managing internal and external communications, information management, and legal support for an energy management firm. I also run my own freelance editing and design business, creating and refining content for individual, small-business, and non-profit clients. Outside of work, I spend my time reading the news and books about psychology and linguistics, watching TV on Netflix, trying new restaurants with my parter Marty, and playing with our two giant dogs. Marty and I just finished fully remodeling a house a quarter-mile from Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, so we are also enjoying fishing and relaxing on the water. I am an avid volunteer for the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where I teach a free, 12-week, designated evidenced-based education course for family members of individuals with mental illness. I am an only child and a night-owl, and I love live music, storytelling, and technology.

What made you consider business school?
Given my creative and writing-intensive background, I am going back to business school in order to build a stronger foundation in finance, accounting, and economics to supplement my experience in communications. I hope to apply those skills, innate and acquired, to consumer-focused positions in marketing.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I love academics, and a postgraduate education has always been an important ambition of mine, but I am most excited about joining a network of highly-accomplished and mission-driven individuals–like the other ROMBA Fellows and members–who are committed not only to personal achievement but to making business better at large.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Cecile Richards, Lena Dunham, Rachel Maddow, Tim Cook, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anita Sarkeesian.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am an outgoing introvert. While I love meeting new people, deep discussions, and public speaking, group settings are tiring, and I need time alone to recharge.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Anna Kamerow

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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 ANNA KAMEROW (Yale School of Management)

I am passionate about literacy and learning. I grew up in Washington, DC, and then went on to receive my bachelors degree in English from Harvard College. After college, I spent a year travelling around the world on a fellowship. I settled in the Bay Area and spent the next four years teaching middle school in Richmond, CA. My teaching experience began with two years at a traditional public middle school. Later, I joined a charter organization as a founding teacher of a new school. I’m attending business school to gain private sector expertise to help schools develop functioning systems, replicate working models, and scale at the pace necessary to serve more kids. I’d love to chat about educational equity and social and racial justice. In my free time, I enjoy lengthy novels, lifting, and live music.

What made you consider business school? 
The day-to-day success wonderful teachers and students are experiencing in their classrooms will not be enough to guarantee success for all children. While there are pockets of great schools across the country, many students in high-need areas are not getting the support they need and deserve. It is my hope that the thoughtful meeting of business best practices and education experience can accelerate the closing of the opportunity gap. Additionally, women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are incredibly underrepresented at the top levels of the education world. I hope to amplify underrepresented voices and help keep students at the forefront.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I cannot wait to be in such a dynamic learning environment.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
This is a surprisingly hard question for me. The first answer that comes to mind is all of my former students. They are far more resilient, curious, and hilarious than a lot of the people I come across on my social media feeds.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
RuPaul is my queen.   

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