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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Lucas Vital

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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 (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET LUCAS VITAL (University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business)

I am a gay Brazilian who is passionate in traveling, learning, and respecting other cultures. My bachelors degree in International Relations and my +5 years working in AIESEC, a non- profit global youth driven organization from which I had two working abroad experiences in Mexico for 6 months and in Ukraine for 1 year, corroborate that passion. Besides my international experiences in AIESEC, I also founded one local chapter of that large organization in my university where I led it for almost 2 years as President. Such experience developed my interest in leadership positions and the importance of developing others to achieve a team’s vision. After school I worked for +5.5 years in the financial sector of wealth management industry as an international investments advisor in the largest private bank in Brazil. However, after many certifications, learning, and a successful career path I realized I was getting deeply in a specialist role in investment management, which was not what I was really looking for in my future. I also developed in this banking experience my interest for innovation and the importance of that for leading corporations to continue growing. In my free time I love traveling, running and other outdoor activities, doing volunteer work in the community and playing handball; I created a handball gay team which seeks to grow and compete nationally and globally in the future, representing Brazil in the world gay games.

What made you consider business school?
I realized a career shift was needed to achieve my future goals. I want to develop further my soft skills to become a global leader, learn more about business and strategy, and add to my background a personal and professional experience in a developed market after living and working in 3 different emerging markets where business and LGBTQ rights are some steps behind.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to study and develop myself in a very diverse environment among people from all over the world with very different backgrounds and experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk in the LGBT community. Although, Frida Kahlo and Alan Turing’ stories do inspire me as well. Jorge Paulo Lemann and Walt Disney in business.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a very rough voice and usually when people meet me at first they ask whether I have ever wondered about working with it either as radio or dubber. I usually wonder: Yes, it is kind of my plan E if nothing works out.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Lindsey Warren-Shriner

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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 (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET LINDSEY WARREN-SHRINER (Dartmouth University, Tuck School of Business)

Lindsey Warren-Shriner is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Originally from Vermont, she graduated from Bowdoin College in 2010 with a degree in Government and Environmental Studies. While at Bowdoin, she was a member of the varsity swim team, and helped organize an initiative to create more inclusive environments for LGBT student-athletes. After graduating, she worked in legislative and policy advocacy in Washington DC before joining the 2012 Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. She moved back to DC to work for a social enterprise in the energy efficiency and clean energy space and as a consultant for a corporate responsibility software company. Afterwards, she joined ICF International, a management, technology, and policy consulting firm. At ICF, she served as a consultant to the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR products program, where she provided analytic, strategic, and operational support to maintain the integrity of and consumer confidence in the ENERGY STAR brand. Outside of work, Lindsey is a competitive swimmer and triathlete, and also enjoys hiking and exploring local farmers markets.

What made you consider business school?
With an undergraduate liberal arts background in government and environmental studies, I initially intended to pursue a career in environmental policy and advocacy, and worked for the legislative team at an environmental nonprofit organization in DC. In 2012, I had the opportunity to work on the Obama campaign, and after the campaign I shifted toward working on environmental issues through a more tangible, results-oriented lens. As I made this transition and worked on programs that engage both the public and private sector, I realized the extent to which business can drive change, and I felt that the leadership and analytical skills that I would gain in business school would provide the best opportunity to accelerate my growth and to increase the impact of my work.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited about being a part of a diverse, close-knit community where I will be both challenged and supported by my peers.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I have a lot of respect for President Obama’s ambitious, focused, and conciliatory leadership style, and the leaders I worked with on his campaign – from local volunteers to my coworkers to the state-level management team – continue to inspire me.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a competitive swimmer – I swam in college, and have continued to practice and compete with an LGBT masters swim team in DC for the past 6 years. I’ve competed with my team at international meets in Hawaii, Seattle, and most recently in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Alejandro Bolívar-Cervoni

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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 (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET ALEJANDRO BOLÍVAR-CERVONI (Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis)

Alejandro Bolívar-Cervoni is an MBA candidate for the Class of 2018 at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, he is a native Spanish speaker and a conversational French speaker. After completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, he worked at the National Basketball Association as a Marketing Associate in its competitive rotational program (where he was one of eight hired from 3,000 applicants). At the NBA, he conducted competitive analysis and market research that helped quantify the NBA’s upcoming TV deal renewals valued at $24 billion (versus $930 million in 2007). Alejandro enjoys cooking and public speaking (in 2016 he completed the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Program).

What made you consider business school?
Following my graduation from Duke, I worked in marketing in New York, including at the NBA’s Associate Rotational Program. This opportunity solidified my desire to work in cross-functional teams and global matrixed organizations. Though I had a meaningful impact at the NBA conducting competitive analysis and market research, I desired a more holistic understanding of business. This included obtaining a stronger quantitative and analytical background by taking courses in finance, statistics, and economics. Additionally, in today’s increasingly globalized environment, I sought out deeper understanding of other cultures by working with international classmates. Taking advantage of travel opportunities—including spending a semester abroad—will also introduce me to best practices when working with diverse, multicultural teams. After completing my MBA I hope to work in brand & product management at a consumer packaged goods or technology company. My MBA experience will prepare me for these goals specifically by providing me with the analytical and management skills needed to enhance my background.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about opportunities to discover other international business cultures and customs and solidify my business network during my MBA journey. My ideal business school environment would include a small class size full of bright, diverse students, allowing me to strengthen my network. Identifying this environment early on in my search simplified the process; there are many great business schools, but each offers a different experience. I was extremely blessed to be accepted at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, a school that met both of these criteria for me where I am one of 132 members of the class of 2018. I was also honored to have been extended a merit-based full-tuition scholarship as a ROMBA Fellowship. I also wanted a great range of diversity, from cultural backgrounds and nationalities to industry experience. One of my classmates worked within the wine industry in the Midwest; another established an English-education company in China. Olin’s small size means I get to develop stronger ties with my colleagues and learn from their experiences. Olin offers specific experiential learning opportunities, allowing students to organize trips to countries like Japan and Peru, and to consult for local and international companies. I cannot wait to grow through these opportunities and connect with individuals that share a similar passion for business but have different cultural backgrounds.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am so proud of corporate leaders that have strived to make business more inclusive for LGBT consumers and have given visibility to the LGBT community. I am grateful to Apple CEO Tim Cook for being open about his own experiences in business, leveraging his high profile as the leader of one of the world’s most successful companies. While at the NBA, I had the unique honor of meeting Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the League. Sports has a truly global reach, and I’m honored that Jason and the NBA have used their exposure to advocate for diversity and acceptance.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My hobbies include cooking and public speaking. I enjoy that they are very practical. Nurturing my cooking abilities has proved beneficial during business school, as not only an affordable way to sustain myself but also to connect with classmates. I have hosted several potlucks this year and have introduced new friends to family recipes such as Cuban picadillo (sautéed ground beef), arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), and salted caramel flan. Last year in New York I bought a homemade ice cream maker as an impulse purchase but had no space for it in my mini-fridge; now I have been crafting new recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth. My goal is to take a cooking class in every new country I travel to (I learned to make Korean short rib while traveling in Seoul last March).

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