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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Geoffrey Sokolowski

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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 GEOFFREY SOKOLOWSKI (University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management)

Geoff is a first-year MBA candidate at UCLA Anderson originally from Shrewsbury, MA. Prior to enrolling at Anderson, Geoff graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and Economics. He also spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC and San Francisco where he supported clients with large scale business transformations, including business process redesign and software implementation. With this background, Geoff hopes to use his time at Anderson to transition into a product management role with a long-term goal of starting his own business. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and exploring his new city of Los Angeles.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to gain a better understanding of core business functions in an academic environment in addition to building a robust network of professionals across industries and functions.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited to meet my new classmates and learn from the experiences that they’ve had.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’ve always found Elon Musk’s ability to bring his long-term vision for the future to reality inspirational. As the first openly gay man to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company, I also have looked up to Tim Cook.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to travel and will rarely say no to a trip!

 

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06

Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Derek Jackman

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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 DEREK JACKMAN (Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business)

Originally from Brockton, MA, Derek headed south to Pittsburgh to study Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating in 2009, he pursued a career in financial services (bridges everywhere are safer as a result), taking a role at Freddie Mac in the company’s Advanced Analytics group. A year later he left for a direct-investment role at Boston-based Eaton Vance Management as a bond analyst where he covered a variety of industries including REITs, homebuilders, and gaming.  When not working, Derek can be found making a splash with LANES, Bostons LGBT swim team. He also enjoys running, yoga, trying new and strange restaurants, learning about architecture and design, and overfeeding people at dinner parties.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from a largely technical background, I always felt that something was missing in my skill set. As I progressed in my career I came to realize the something missing was a more global perspective. For me, getting an MBA is a transformative experience. Ill have the opportunity to not only learn about all the different business disciplines, Ill also be immersed into a mix of cultures and new ways of thinking that will prepare me to take on challenging leadership roles in the future.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s got to be the people, no question. There are very few opportunities in life where you get to surround yourself with so many driven people from all over the world with backgrounds and experiences so vastly different from your own. During the next two years, I’m excited to learn from my classmates stories and hopefully travel and experience some of what I’ve heard about first hand!

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Harvey Milk, Laverne Cox

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Kiwis are both my favorite fruit and my favorite animal.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Brian Tsui

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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 BRIAN TSUI (Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management)

I grew up on the West Coast in Torrance, CA. After high school, I enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aeronautical Science and piloting.  After earning a Private Pilots license, I changed career paths towards business and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Business Economics and Accounting. I worked as a CPA at Andersen and as a consultant at Toyota before starting at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

What made you consider business school?
I knew that a MBA could help me change careers, meet influential people, and gain a useful skill set.  I also wanted to experience living somewhere new.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited to surround myself with some of the worlds best professors and classmates to learn about topics that interest me – financial markets, strategy, leadership, sustainability, just to name a few. I look forward to being challenged academically and having discussions with people who have different points of view and leadership styles.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Barack Obama. I admire his charisma and his positive impact on the LGBT community. Under his leadership, the LGBT community gained the right to marry and the first LGBT national monument was named.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m an ENTJ on the popular 16personalities.com test. I am an extrovert and enjoy being in social settings.

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