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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tiffany Barillas

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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.

TIFFANY BARILLAS (COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Tiffany Barillas worked in finance at Goldman Sachs for four years. She was an active member of their LGBT and Hispanic-Latino affinity networks. She also mentored youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization and the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program. She was involved in the Out for Undergrad Business Conference as a young professional and has served as the conference’s Programming Director and Executive Conference Director. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised by two extremely hard working Guatemalan immigrants. In 2011, Tiffany received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a major in business administration and a minor in music. At Berkeley, she was a part of the Cal Marching Band, the Cal Women’s Rugby team, the Music Connection, and was President of the Latino Business Student Association. She will now be pursuing her MBA at Columbia Business School.

What made you consider business school?

I first heard from MBA students and alumni at a business conference as an undergraduate. From that point forward I knew an MBA would be something I would pursue in the future. After working four years in a very analytical role, I knew I had to further develop a different skill set in areas such as organizational and consumer behavior.

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

Networking, traveling, and meeting new people. CBS’s community was the number one reason I decided on the school. With one of the largest LGBTQ groups (Cluster Q) and vast ally support, I am excited to meet my classmates and future life-long friends. I have also never left the American continent so I am super excited of the opportunities CBS offers to travel and explore new cultures.

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

Marty Chavez, Julie Goodridge and Susie Scher

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

This one time in band camp…. I was in marching band through most of high school and although I hate to admit it: I LOVED IT! I was drum major my senior year and as the leader of 70+ teenagers it laid the groundwork for my leadership style.

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?

Hanging out with my family in Los Angeles. I figure I will be doing a lot of travel the next two years and spending time with my parents is very important. I do plan on a small road-trips to Baja California (Mexico), Vegas, San Francisco, and a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Kendall Toarmina

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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 KENDALL TOARMINA (RICE UNIVERSITY, JONES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Kendall Toarmina is a passionate mission-driven leader. She attends Rice University’s Jones School of Business and earned her BA in Hispanic Studies from Rice in 2010. Kendall was most recently a Program Manager with Education Pioneers where she recruited, selected, and trained an exceptional group of top graduate students and young professionals to become leaders and managers in the education sector, making systems transformations so that all children receive a high quality education. She has worked in the private sector, as well as completed a Fulbright scholarship in Argentina.  She has served as Rice’s Native American Student Association President and a student Board Member of Houston Hillel.   Kendall lives in Houston TX with her partner Melanie and their two rescue dogs.

What made you consider business school?
I want to gain skills, expand my network, and boost my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited about the opportunity to broaden my horizons and learn about new industries, roles, and skills, as well as connect with others.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My partner Melanie Pang is my biggest inspiration. Other inspiring leaders that impact me include Dr. Martin Luther King, Mayor Annise Parker, Laverne Cox, 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I am working for most of the summer, but will do a little traveling to visit family and friends before the start of classes.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jess Sun

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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 JESS SUN (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Jess is a first-generation Chinese, born and raised in Minnesota. She studied Management Information Systems and Marketing at the University of Minnesota and then worked as an IT project manager for Target Corp prior to business school. Through that role, and her experiences coaching high school debate and advising her alma mater on supporting diversity within the IS major, she has come to be passionate about technology as a tool for education and reaching underserved groups. In her spare time she enjoys live music, reading, rollerblading, food, yoga and the great outdoors.

What made you consider business school?
I have many interests and know business school will help me blend them in my future career path.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The opportunity to know and learn from my classmates.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
“If you had fun, you won!” 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I’ve gotten to do a lot of fun traveling before business school – it has truly been the best summer of my life! I went on a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters, traveled to Nicaragua, went on a cross-America road trip starting in Charlotte, NC and ending in San Francisco, hung out in New York, and hiked the Andes and volunteered in the rainforest in Peru.

 

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