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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Maria Del Toro

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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.

MEET MARIA DEL TORO (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Maria del Toro is  an MBA candidate for the class of 2019 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Originally from the Bronx, New York, she has dedicated herself to revitalizing and empowering under served communities by building a career in nonprofit development and fundraising for a wide range of social justice, environmental, arts and education organizations. Maria previously served as the Development Officer for the Equal Rights Center, a national civil rights nonprofit dedicated to promoting equal opportunity in housing, employment, and access to public accommodations and government services for all populations. Prior to the ERC, she worked with The White House Project a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization working to advance women in business, politics, and media, where she primarily managed the organization’s foundations portfolio of regional, national, and venture philanthropy funders. Professionally, Maria has also supported the development efforts of several other truly groundbreaking nonprofits including the San Francisco Green Film Festival, SEO Scholars, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. In a volunteer capacity, she is an active advocate for two majors innovation hubs – Latinas Think Big and Be Social Change. Maria is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a Faculty Scholarship recipient and member of the President’s Commission on Racial and Cultural Diversity.

What made you consider business school?
Though I loved fundraising, I quickly learned that there are more efficient ways to scale impact than through a conventional philanthropy-based nonprofit model. At The White House Project, our Corporate Council members paid annual fees for us to provide training to the women within their companies. At the Equal Rights Center, through our Multifamily Housing Resource Program, housing developers hired us to ensure that their residential units were compliant with accessibility laws.  If these models could succeed in accelerating the outcomes being produced, then I could forge a new path—one outside of the nonprofit sector—while still actively advancing social and economic equality through my work.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
As nerdy as it sounds, I am most excited to be back in a classroom again! As a grant writer, I have always been writing papers and under deadlines, so that part of school never went away for me. However, I’m thrilled to be back in a classroom with driven, passionate peers to help me grow and push me to my limits.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Sonia Sotomayor is my daily inspiration. I keep a picture of Sonia along with the acronym “WWSD?” in all of my workspaces, I throw a birthday party for her every year, I’ve dressed up as her on Halloween, and if I ever write an autobiography the title of it will be “Just Like Sonia.”

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Though I have written over $8 million in grants, two of the most unique ones, by far, were for a project focused on conducting cognitive research on orangutans and another that involved converting a food truck into a mobile pop-up arts venue.

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07

Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Lindsay Sanders

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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.

MEET LINDSAY SANDERS (BABSON COLLEGE, F.W. OLIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Lindsay Sanders, from San Francisco California, is an MBA candidate at Babson College, focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation. Her passion for social change began as an undergrad in broadcast and electronic communications at San Francisco State University while producing a documentary about the homeless crisis in San Francisco. That experience opened her eyes to the power of technology, storytelling, and empathy in fueling positive social impact. Since then, she’s used that passion to develop socially-minded communications and marketing strategies for companies in the private and not-for-profit sectors. In her spare time, Lindsay can be found trekking through the country’s national parks, writing music with her partner, volunteering in the community, or mapping out her next international expedition.

What made you consider business school?
While I was working in Kenya at a maternal healthcare nonprofit, I saw many opportunities to use business to create social change at scale. This inspired me to apply to business school to round out my skills in operations and management, and learn more about international development and social sector leadership. My long-term goal is to create my own social enterprise, and an MBA will equip me with the skills and networks required to bring my ideas to fruition.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
There are so many things I’m excited for – it’s impossible to pick just one. First, I’m elated to connect with and learn from my peers. Business school is a melting pot of people from all over the world, with diverse industry experience. There is so much that we can learn from each other as we each bring our own unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom. Second, I’m excited for the myriad of social innovation and social impact opportunities that exist on and off campus. From the Net Impact Club to social innovation centers to this ROMBA fellowship, there are so many opportunities to drive change, locally and globally, through an MBA program.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Some of the business leaders in the LGBT community, and in society, that inspire me are: Brene Brown, for her pioneering research on shame, empathy, and vulnerability. Billie Jean King, for paving the way for women in sports and for being a fierce advocate for gender equality. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, for his leadership in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda through business and for being an active LGBT ally. Nelson Mandela, for his courage and commitment to social justice and unity.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a total hobbyist and am insatiably curious. If I could, I would be a professional amateur, like AJ Jacobs. From producing documentaries to playing guitar to making jewelry – I love learning and creating.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kate Lohmeyer

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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.

MEET KATE LOHMEYER (UNIVERSITY  OF NORTH CAROLINA, KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Kate Lohmeyer is pursuing a joint Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She recently completed an internship at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked on the intersection of trade and environmental policy and on business opportunities created by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Kate’s coursework focuses on economics, innovation, and the intersection of public and private sectors. Her primary interests are technology, innovation, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. She is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Sanford Journal of Public Policy, Board Member at the Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center, and Founding President of Sanford Pride. Kate graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 2010, receiving degrees in History and English. She has over five years of communications and project management experience at non-profit organizations. She also volunteered with infants and children for three years at a local children’s hospital in Chicago. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, playing guitar, learning new languages, and kayaking.

What made you consider business school?
I was seeking a graduate program that would give me a solid base of skills to draw on for life. An MBA program gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself, take on new responsibilities, and meet a diverse group of people. I saw business school as a way to expand my horizons while working to advance my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Graduate school draws together people from all over the world who bring different insights and skills to the table to solve common problems. I am most looking forward to learning from and being challenged by my peers in business school and beyond.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Madeleine Albright and Samantha Power—smart women who have spoken out repeatedly for human rights and the protection of civilians from genocide. Both women seem to be driven by a concern for others and a desire to fight for those without voice, and they have both used their education and platform to challenge the world to act in moments of crisis. Their efforts have inspired me to work for a cause that is greater than myself.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am not a traditional MBA student—I am a dual degree student who is also pursuing a Master of Public Policy. I believe the business community has incredible potential to benefit the public, and I am hoping my MBA will empower me to help achieve great things through collaboration and coordination between public and private sectors.

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