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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ryan Duffy

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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 RYAN DUFFY (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business)

Ryan grew up in the Phoenix area and began playing the viola at age 9. After receiving a music scholarship and graduating from the University of Southern California with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music, he began freelancing around Southern California and teaching music privately, performing over the years with artists as diverse as cellist Yo Yo Ma, singer/songwriter Burt Bacharach, and the film composer John Williams. In 2010, he started an internship with the CBS Television Network in Hollywood, which ultimately led to a full time position within Operations at the studio, where he has worked for the last 6 years now. In Fall 2016, Ryan will be entering the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University to complete his MBA degree. When not working, playing viola, or studying (come the fall), Ryan is also an avid swimmer with the US Masters Swimming program.

What made you consider business school?
I have a wide range of experience as a classical musician and from working in the television business in Los Angeles, but a creative kind of existence is the only life I’ve ever known. By going back to business school, I wanted to transition out of my comfort zone and develop my leadership and analytical skills more thoroughly in a completely new environment.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about learning where people come from, what motivates them personally and professionally, and seeing how their particular skill set can help us solve problems collectively and make a positive difference in the business world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the LA Philharmonic, for helping make classical music more relevant and accessible to younger generations; Bill Gates for his business intellect and devotion to philanthropy on a global level; Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of the Army, for his courage and service to our country.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
In addition to my love of music, I am also a real estate and architecture enthusiast. I am always reaching for the real estate section with my morning coffee after I’ve seen the major headlines in my local paper, or in the paper of whatever city I may be visiting. I also hope to invest someday in real estate, but as the old adage goes, “first things first” -­‐business school and a new career.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Mike Milosevich

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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 MIKE MILOSEVICH (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business)

I grew up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and attended the University of St. Thomas where I received a B.A. in Finance. After graduating, I worked at Target HQ in various supply chain merchandising roles, ranging from perishable foods to pharmaceuticals. I’ve been involved in the Big Brother Big Sister organization for four years as a “Big Brother.”  In my spare time, I’m a huge foodie at heart, always have a travel bug and love to stay active through biking and running.

What made you consider business school?
Throughout undergrad, I frequently considered law school as a possibility, but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right fit.  The potential of business school really aligned with my future goals and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to build off of what I’ve learned throughout my four years of work experience and would help propel me into the future leader I aspire to be.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about the new network I’ll build and all of the experiences I’ll have with my new classmates to broaden my horizons.  I love hearing other people’s stories and know there’s a tremendous amount I can learn from my peers.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I was extremely fortunate during my time at Target Corp. to be surrounded by many LGBT senior leaders. It was really motivating for me to see them thriving in their careers and demonstrating the future potential I’m able to achieve.  In terms of the broader community, I hugely admire Tim Cook and Anderson Cooper.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I absolutely love to eat (probably too much!) and can never turn down a new restaurant recommendation.

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