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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Virgile Wu

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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 VIRGILE WU (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)

I grew up in the northernmost part of China, where the ground is covered by snow for almost six months a year. I studied French language in China, then went to France for the grande école degree in business. I enjoyed the difference in culture as well as in temperature; my memory of big, green palm trees in sunny, dry French Riviera is still vivid after I left Nice ­‐ my favourite French city. I have been working in consulting since my graduation, focusing on providing people and organization related solutions to the organizations in Europe, three years with Accenture Paris, then two years with PwC London, until I decided to come to Chicago Booth for my MBA. From London to Chicago, you might see how much I obsessed about the bad weather.

What made you consider business school?
Business school is a platform which provides tons of opportunities that nowhere else does -­ such as broadening my career horizons, learning from the smartest people, experiencing different culture and building long‐lasting relationship and networks. It is an opportunity to redefine myself.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The student clubs and associations I will be joining, the ones I most excited about ‐ OutReach and Dancing club.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Christiane Taubira, the former Minister of Justice of France, her contribution to same sex marriage legalization in France was tremendous and her speech after the bill was passed in parliament was touching and powerful, bringing tears in my eyes every time I watch it.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a gym addict, trained 5 days a week. I am allergic to celery. Oh, two things.

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11

Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Austin Fang

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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.

Austin Fang is a first-year MBA candidate at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He majored in Biomedical Engineering and Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Booth, Austin worked at Bloomberg LP as a financial software developer programming for the news functions on the Bloomberg Terminal. He enjoys playing volleyball, following professional tennis, and watching sitcoms and romcoms.

 

MEET AUSTIN FANG (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

What made you consider business school?

After working at Bloomberg LP for five years, I felt that my career trajectory had stagnated. I had been promoted from junior software developer to senior software developer, but the responsibilities of my role were very much the same. When I tried taking on other responsibilities on the more product management side, I found that my input was not taken very much into account due to my lack of a business background. I’m looking forward to business school to develop my management skills and develop some business acumen.

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

I’m most excited for meeting new people from all over the world and from different backgrounds. Additionally, I’m looking forward to getting my career back on track. I was feeling very frustrated at my last job, so I’m excited for all the new opportunities that business school and an MBA can bring.

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

I am most inspired by Billie Jean King. Not only was she a phenomenal tennis player, but she also helped found the Women’s Tennis Association, fought for equal prize money for men and women, and is an LGBT icon. In business, I admire Jeffrey Raider, a fellow JHU alum and co-founder of Warby Parker and Harry’s. I find what he’s doing breaking up the monopoly in the eyewear industry with Warby Parker is so brilliant and inspirational.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I’m the biggest professional tennis nerd in the world. This year, I’ve already been to a tennis tournament in Palm Springs, CA and Hamburg, Germany. I’m absolutely devastated that I’m no longer in NYC as I’ll be missing the US Open in a couple weeks.

What did you do during the summer before you started business school?

I was fortunate enough to have two weeks of #funemployment before my lease ran out in NYC. In that time, I was able to go to all the Broadway shows (including this year’s Tony Award winning musical and play), museums, and restaurants that I never had time for. Afterwards, I attended a bachelorette party in Charleston, participated in the ROMBA tech trek in SF, and traveled around Europe for two weeks. After meeting Rafael Nadal at a tennis tournament in Hamburg, celebrating gay pride in Amsterdam, and exploring Berlin for the first time, I’m finally moving to Chicago to prepare for school.

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Jul 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Kati Karottki

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Organizing Committee.”  The Organizing Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 8 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give readers tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Kati Karottki

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2016, Chicago Booth (Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management)

Summer Internship:  AB InBev, Marketing – Bud Light Brand, NYC, NY

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

The keynotes are always fabulous – this year I think they will be as good as ever. I’m biased but if you’re up for a morning session on how to build a venture, Prof. Waverly Deutsch is an absolute rock-star in the space. I also think we’ll do some exciting content for the Women’s session on Thursday leading into the broader conference.

What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?

Do your research on companies that are sponsoring, speakers and guests that are participating, and companies that are recruiting in order to bring some focus and maximize your efforts. You’ll have an opportunity to meet so many great people whom you’ll cross paths with again – be it sooner or later!

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?

I want to do a day in the life of the distributor and ride along in the beer trucks to pick-up and delivery product to key accounts in and around the city. Tremendous go-pro opportunity!

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer?

I think the combination and load of extracurricular activities and coursework taught me quickly how to prioritize, manage my time, and figure out what I wanted to get out of the experience. I also helped launch a new venture (MaestroFood.co) that required lots of 1) primary research in terms of customer discovery and understanding what the consumers’ needs are, 2) business development meetings to sell in the idea, and finally 3) working and reworking of pitch decks and PPT slides… constantly… to facilitate and communicate what we knew for different audiences.

What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?

Get in there and experience everything: sit in on agency/partner meetings and conference calls, have lunch with folks from different functions or business units to understand all aspects of the business, and remember, you be you – its the best way to know if that company is a good fit for both sides.

Current, prospective & alumni LGBT MBAs and related graduate students can register for ROMBA 2015 here.

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