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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jeff Lindquist

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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.

MEET JEFF LINDQUIST (NORTHWESTERN, KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Jeff is an MBA Candidate (Class of 2017) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.     Prior to joining the Kellogg MBA, Jeff worked at Navigator, Canada’s leading high-stakes public strategy and communications consulting firm. Prior to Navigator, he worked in the investment banking divisions of Canaccord Genuity in Toronto and Goldman Sachs in New York.  Jeff is deeply committed to advancing equality issues for the LGBTQ community, especially at home in Toronto. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for Egale Youth Housing, a crisis counseling center for homeless LGBTQ youth in Toronto and the driving force behind what will become Canada’s first homeless shelter and transitional housing facility devoted to these youth. He has also volunteered for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer HIV/AIDS hospice, located in Toronto. Jeff holds an Honours Business Administration degree, with Distinction, from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to build on what I’ve learned thus far in my career by meeting and learning from interesting, driven and diverse individuals at business school. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect, in a structured way, about what my career path may look like and, more importantly, what I can contribute to society over the course of my career. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Making tons of new friends at Kellogg. The people at Kellogg are truly what makes it such a special place. And it helps that the Kellogg LGBTQ community is vibrant and active! 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Ed Clark, an LGBTQ ally and the former CEO of TD Bank Group, is the perfect example of the c-suite leader I am determined to be. He put LGBTQ issues at the cornerstone of his business strategy in the 1990s with a very simple idea: if his organization was free of prejudice, his employees could be the very best they could be. Since then, TD Bank’s support of the LGBTQ community has transcended internal HR measures and funding for pride parades – it is a part of their public identity, and builds awareness and acceptance in communities and classrooms across Canada. TD Bank’s bold stance for the LGBTQ community has had an instructive effect, and many large Canadian corporations have followed suit by tackling a wide range of diversity issues.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a terrible chef – but a wonderful dinner guest! 

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
Traveling to South America and Europe, and making the move from Toronto to Evanston sometime in between!

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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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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Anna Schmit

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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.

MEET ANNA SCHMID (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, QUESTROM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

 

I grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology. I’m very active and an avid athlete (and huge Sox fan – Dad was actually down the street at Fenway when I was born) and play soccer, basketball, softball, and try to swim, ride horses, camp, and do as much yoga as possible! I am currently studying for my MBA at Boston University in Health Sector management and working part-time for Sonzia, which produces touch screens designed specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities.

What made you consider business school?
As the coordinator for 4 research studies since graduation, I discovered the need for skilled managers in the healthcare field who both understand the industry and additionally have strong management and communication skills. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited to meet people, and to learn about what ideas and solutions are out there that are able to make good healthcare and good quality of life more accessible to more people. I’m also excited about learning how to take these ideas and then translate them into a healthy, successful business.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Abby Wambach, Ellen Degeneres, Barney Frank.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a very playful sense of humor. And I love coffee.

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
I was working part-time consulting for a startup company called Sonzia, which produces touch screens for children and adults with developmental disabilities. I’m also spending time with family on Martha’s Vineyard, camping with friends in Maine and Vermont, and enjoying as many local shows and concerts as I can.

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