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Mar 2016

Why we need Out Women in Business

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Can you name a woman at the top of her field? We’ll give you a few seconds. While you think, here’s some Wonder Woman.

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Got one in your mind? Good. Here’s just a few guesses on where your brain wandered. Maybe you went political and thought of Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel. Perhaps your mind went to the business world and thought of Mary Barra or Indra Nooyi – the CEOs of GM and PepsiCo, respectively. Maybe you even thought about music, and Katy Perry or Beyoncé came to mind. These women are admirable and accomplished, breaking glass ceilings whenever they face them. In addition to all being women, they have something else in common: they’re all straight (at least as far as we know).

Lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBTQ) women are woefully underrepresented in business. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I have no doubt that LBTQ women are well-represented; they’re just not out at work. That’s understandable given the well-established evidence that women and LGBTQ people both face potential discrimination in the workplace. The data on LGBTQ people of color and employment is even more stark. But none of this will change unless we work together, as a community, to make sure that people can be out at work. Non-discrimination protection is key, but so is creating a strong network of LBTQ women to lean on for support, guidance, and development on how to be out at work. That’s where the Out Women in Business (OWIB) Conference comes in.

On April 1, we’ll meet in New York at OWIB to create a more united and visible community of out women in different industries. Together, we can form a strong, visible network of professionals that will inspire future generations of LBTQ women. Come and learn from some incredible speakers as they share their experiences of being out at work. Let’s change those statistics about LBTQ women and unemployment. Let’s work as a community to be more out, more present at work. Let’s turn the “double glass ceiling” narrative on its head. Register here for OWIB and build the world we want to live and work in.


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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Brandon Perkovich

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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.


Brandon Perkovich is an MD/MBA candidate and aspiring leader in healthcare. Hailing from Southwest Florida, Brandon attended Harvard College where he studied the history of medicine, focusing on the history of HIV/AIDS, Psychiatry, and LGBTQ experiences with the American healthcare system. While an undergrad, he began working in the world of epidemiology and public health research with a focus on under-studied and high-risk LGBT subpopulations. He moved to San Francisco after college to work in health care administration. When it became clear that the career he endeavored to build involved directly providing patient care, he started medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2012. He will be continuing his medical training in Emergency Medicine after finishing his MD. He interrupted his medical training to pursue an MBA at the Yale School of Management in 2015. He continues to be involved in research, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, LGBT health issues, and health care quality improvement. He hopes to bring together clinical know-how and managerial acumen in the world of health care administration. Outside of his professional life, he’s an avid trail runner, urban cyclist, collector of old medical educational materials, crossword enthusiast, and James Bond buff. 

What made you consider business school?
Over the course of medical school it became clear that the problems I found most engaging, the leaders and mentors I found most inspiring, and the work I found most rewarding all were located at the intersection of patient care and administration. I needed a way to broaden my training, and business school offered an opportunity to accelerate my career as an aspiring leader in healthcare. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about the people! There are precious few opportunities in life to really dig in and get to know a cohort of folks from so many different walks of life who share a desire to help push their respective fields. 

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
That I maintain an open invitation for a morning run, trail run or otherwise!

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
Road tripping across the USA!

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