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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nate DeCarolis

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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.


Nate hails from Northwestern Pennsylvania, where he fostered a love of science and curiosity about the natural world. After earning his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on neuroscience from American University (DC), Nate worked at two biotech firms in the DC-area before pursuing his Ph.D. During his graduate studies in Integrative Biology at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Nate explored the resident stem cell population in the adult mouse brain. His research then led him to the laboratory of Theo Palmer at Stanford University, where Nate led a team of students and interns while exploring how the cellular microenvironment around a stem cell informs its fate choices to either remain stem-like or to differentiate into a neuron. At the same time, Nate became involved in a new graduate program on Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, where he enjoyed working with graduate and medical students. He is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and “science-ing,” but above all else, enjoys hanging out with friends and trying new beer.

What made you consider business school?
I first considered business school during my graduate studies as a scientist; I realized that there were many gaps in my training, specifically with regards to managing people and managing money. Scientists are very well trained to run and design experiments but often lack skills needed to run a laboratory. I thought business school would fill the knowledge gap.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am really excited about meeting so many new people, hearing their stories, and learning about motivates and inspires them. 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Tim Cook, the out CEO of Apple.  

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a goof-ball who enjoys socializing and helping people feel comfortable in otherwise uncomfortable situations. 

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
I am finishing a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, traveling to a few European destinations for work, and then taking a long drive from California to Pennsylvania.

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