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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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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Roxanna Solorzano

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n addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Organizing Committee.”  The Organizing Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 8 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give readers tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Roxana Solorzano

School (Program/Concentration): Johnson at Cornell University (Strategic Management)

Summer Internship:  Summer Associate at Bain & Company in Mexico City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I love Chicago and I´m looking forward to being surrounded by so many interesting people in such an amazing city. The sessions and keynotes will be absolutely inspiring.

What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?

The first time I went to ROMBA I was a bit intimidated but I soon learned that everyone was there to help, make connections and have fun. The atmosphere is great, everyone has so many things in common and at the same time such unique experiences that spending the weekend talking to people is, in itself, a great plan. Be yourself and have clear goals for the conference; don´t forget to include having fun among those goals.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?

My goal is to understand what being a consultant actually means. I´m very excited to work with so many talented people from around the world and to be back in my home country after several years.

How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?

The first year of business school was quite intense and full of new experiences. I had to adapt to a new country and get used to being a student again. I wanted to get involved in as many things as possible and build relationships with my classmates and faculty. I learned how to manage my time more effectively and to prioritize activities to make the most out of every day. Coming from a “non traditional” background I expected to feel a little overwhelmed but I was pleasantly surprised by how many transferable skills applied to my new career choice. Year 1 definitely taught me how to focus on the most important things and to be more effective in my internship.

What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?

“Our recruiting process works and you’re here for a good reason. Don´t be afraid to ask for help and think twice if you don´t have questions, you should.”

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