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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jeff Lindquist

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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 JEFF LINDQUIST (NORTHWESTERN, KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Jeff is an MBA Candidate (Class of 2017) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.     Prior to joining the Kellogg MBA, Jeff worked at Navigator, Canada’s leading high-stakes public strategy and communications consulting firm. Prior to Navigator, he worked in the investment banking divisions of Canaccord Genuity in Toronto and Goldman Sachs in New York.  Jeff is deeply committed to advancing equality issues for the LGBTQ community, especially at home in Toronto. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for Egale Youth Housing, a crisis counseling center for homeless LGBTQ youth in Toronto and the driving force behind what will become Canada’s first homeless shelter and transitional housing facility devoted to these youth. He has also volunteered for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer HIV/AIDS hospice, located in Toronto. Jeff holds an Honours Business Administration degree, with Distinction, from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to build on what I’ve learned thus far in my career by meeting and learning from interesting, driven and diverse individuals at business school. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect, in a structured way, about what my career path may look like and, more importantly, what I can contribute to society over the course of my career. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Making tons of new friends at Kellogg. The people at Kellogg are truly what makes it such a special place. And it helps that the Kellogg LGBTQ community is vibrant and active! 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Ed Clark, an LGBTQ ally and the former CEO of TD Bank Group, is the perfect example of the c-suite leader I am determined to be. He put LGBTQ issues at the cornerstone of his business strategy in the 1990s with a very simple idea: if his organization was free of prejudice, his employees could be the very best they could be. Since then, TD Bank’s support of the LGBTQ community has transcended internal HR measures and funding for pride parades – it is a part of their public identity, and builds awareness and acceptance in communities and classrooms across Canada. TD Bank’s bold stance for the LGBTQ community has had an instructive effect, and many large Canadian corporations have followed suit by tackling a wide range of diversity issues.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a terrible chef – but a wonderful dinner guest! 

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
Traveling to South America and Europe, and making the move from Toronto to Evanston sometime in between!

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ben Fong

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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 BEN FONG (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Ben Fong has experience in developing economies, trade, and cross-cultural communication working as a U.S. diplomat. Most recently Ben worked as an international economist for the Asia-Pacific region where he helped conduct U.S. trade diplomacy through vehicles such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ben previously worked as Vice Consul and Acting Chief of American Citizen Services in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where he worked on immigration issues and helped Americans in distress. In Mumbai, India, Ben served as Assistant Cultural Attache where he oversaw cultural programs, educational exchanges, and outreach for the U.S. Consulate. Ben speaks Hindi, Spanish, and Mandarin. He graduated from Stanford University and received a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University. He is from Houston, Texas. Ben is currently pursuing a MBA from Berkeley-Haas. 

What made you consider business school?

Looking for a career change from public service into business, especially into tech.

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

Meeting classmates, learning about business

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

Elon Musk, Bill Gates

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I have a black belt in taekwondo.

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?

Working for most of the summer, but taking a short trip to Spain and Portugal with a college friend.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ben Chadwick

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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 BEN CHADWICK (DUKE UNIVERSITY, FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Originally from Needham, MA, Ben majored in Government & Legal Studies and minored in Economics at Bowdoin College.  A member of the lacrosse team and Bowdoin Men Against Sexual Violence (BMASV), Ben led multiple initiatives on campus to create a more LGBT-friendly athletic department.  After graduating from Bowdoin in 2011, Ben joined Teach For America as a high school math and special education teacher in New Orleans, LA.  From there, to expand his business background, Ben worked as a consultant at Kaiser Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC.  Starting in the fall of 2015, Ben enrolled at Duke University – Fuqua School of Business and hopes to work in the technology sector after receiving his MBA. Eventually, Ben would like to couple his experiences in business and education to ultimately make an impact in the budding education technology industry.

What made you consider business school?

After working as a consultant and teacher, I knew an MBA would give me the necessary tools to ultimately make a larger impact in the education world down the road.

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

I am most excited to learn from my classmates, who come from all over the world with a diverse array of industry experience.

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

My former high school teacher, Andy Bigelow, has been the most inspirational LGBT leader I’ve ever met.  He made the largest impact on my life, as well as many other student he’s taught in the past, and I am forever appreciative to have him as a mentor and friend.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I love to travel, and I am looking forward to taking advantage of the various global study opportunities business school provides!

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

Before business school, I am traveling domestically to visit friends and family across the country.

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