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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Britta Volz

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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 BRITTA VOLZ (University of Michigan, Ross School of Management)

Britta’s biggest professional passion is in seeking to create psychological safety on teams through investing in one-on-ones with team members, promoting openness to feedback, and working to empower all team members to do their best work. Britta grew up in Washington, D.C. and has lived all over the United States through her service in several AmeriCorps programs and non-profit leadership positions. Most recently, she was helping run the operations of a small and rapidly growing SeriousFun camp in Colorado for children with serious illnesses. Personally, she also has an interest in finance and investment management, and hopes to merge this interest with her years of experience in team leadership as she continues to build her career. To further her knowledge in this area, she manages some of her own investments, and is enrolled in the Ross MBA Fast Track in Finance program. She is also an Associate on Michigan’s Social Venture Fund, which seeks to invest in early stage socially-minded companies. She is excited to translate her passion for team support, financial management, and socially-minded problem-solving to the Corporate world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi – people who have made big changes while recognizing the humanity of all people, of those who are oppressed and of the oppressors. I think recognizing the humanity in others – especially in those who are very different from you and may have different belief systems – is the only way to make truly positive change in communities and in the world.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Johnny Lai

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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 JOHNNY LAI (Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management)

Originally hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Johnny headed northwards towards Durham, North Carolina, to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Duke University. While an undergraduate, he began working within the public policy and public health fields, traveling abroad to both Haiti and China to further his studies. After graduating from Duke both magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, Johnny moved to Washington, DC, to work as a procurement official for the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. During his tenure at these agencies, he was responsible for awarding and administering a myriad of multi-million dollar defense and security contracts. After spending six years in the mid-Atlantic, Johnny finally decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee, where he is now a member of Vanderbilt Owen’s Class of 2018. Outside of his professional life, Johnny is an avid runner and outdoorsman, podcast enthusiast, and Game of Thrones junkie.

What made you consider business school?
It’s exceedingly rare to find a place as dynamic as business school; the students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries, and the classes are purposefully interactive and engaging. Business school is the best place to connect with others and explore my career options, and I’m thrilled to navigate through the challenge.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s exciting to be a student again, but with the extra bit of wisdom, maturity, and fiscal know-how that comes with having been a working professional for the past few years. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to business school because it’s the perfect opportunity to safely branch out and explore different industries and roles that I may not have otherwise had the chance to consider. And, I can’t wait to meet my classmates, who will not only challenge me professionally but also be friends for the years to come.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors), Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Barney Frank (Former Massachusetts State Representative), Annise Parker (Former Mayor of Houston), Laverne Cox (Actress).

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’ve got a soft spot for big dogs and a weakness for deep fried foods.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jeremy Chua

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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 JEREMY CHUA (John Hopkins University, Carey Business School)

Jeremy is a serial founder and loves building new businesses and organizations. He was Senior Seeker at Singapore telco StarHub i3 and was responsible for designing and piloting its corporate venture Hyperincubation Market Access program for growth stage startups inAsia-Pacific. He was also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at TechSociety, one of Asia’s first private coding academies for K-12 students that now spans operations across Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. To give back to the youth startup community, he served as Director of Partnerships for Kairos Society ASEAN.  During the transboundary pollution crisis, he founded SGHazeRescue, a social and environmental enterprise that directed and allocated relief resources across Singapore. Jeremy volunteers his free time mentoring student startups, facilitating migrant worker education and empowerment workshops, and advocating for more inclusive LGBT corporate cultures. After which, he embarks on epic mileage runs.  Despite being a high-school dropout, Jeremy received a scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated with a triple major in English & History, Communication Studies, and Global Business Strategy. He is an alumnus of the Yale School of Management’s Global Leadership Pre-MBA program. His work and thought leadership in Entrepreneurship and STEM Education have also been recognized by President Barrack Obama’s YSEALI, Education Without Borders, and St. Gallen’s Symposium.

What made you consider business school?
Change the world mostly. Find new ways and new friends to do so together. Vague answers aside, I really wanted to take my career and businesses to the next level – break the glass ceiling with a newly-minted MBA scroll.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I finally get to write papers again! I want to put my rusty financial analytical skills to work again. Get to work closely with some of the most talented potential lifelong friends that I will meet.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Lee Kuan Yew, JK Rowling, William Shakespeare, Jack Ma, John Stuart Mill, Bismarck.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I live, breathe, and eat startups.

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