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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Blake Bumpous

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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 BLAKE BUMPOUS  (Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Management)

Blake is a first-year MBA candidate at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.  Originally from Nashville, TN, Blake graduated with distinction from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Political Science and German.  He attended graduate school jointly at Universität Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen in Germany earning a M.A. in International Relations with research emphasis on international institutions.  Blake was most recently a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy stationed in San Diego, CA.  His assignments included serving as Combat Electronics Officer and Ordnance Officer aboard the amphibious transport dock USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20) and Public Affairs Officer at Naval Training Support Center San Diego.  Outside of his professional life, Blakes interests include traveling (21 countries and counting), keeping up with current events and politics, studying world history, collecting coins, and playing board and video games.  Blake lives in Houston with his husband Christian.

What made you consider business school?
With my background in the liberal arts and serving as a leader in the military, I knew I needed to expand my business skill-set before I could make a successful transition to the private sector.  I’m eager to fill the knowledge gap and further develop my skills with the foundational business education and opportunities an MBA brings.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about getting to know my new classmates and learning from their diverse perspectives and experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My greatest inspiration and role-model is definitely my great-grandfather, who rose up from a poor farming family in Kentucky to become a successful businessman and co-founder of Krispy Kreme.  In today’s business community, it has to be Tim Cook, the now-out CEO of Apple.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love traveling and exploring.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Anna Kamerow

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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 ANNA KAMEROW (Yale School of Management)

I am passionate about literacy and learning. I grew up in Washington, DC, and then went on to receive my bachelors degree in English from Harvard College. After college, I spent a year travelling around the world on a fellowship. I settled in the Bay Area and spent the next four years teaching middle school in Richmond, CA. My teaching experience began with two years at a traditional public middle school. Later, I joined a charter organization as a founding teacher of a new school. I’m attending business school to gain private sector expertise to help schools develop functioning systems, replicate working models, and scale at the pace necessary to serve more kids. I’d love to chat about educational equity and social and racial justice. In my free time, I enjoy lengthy novels, lifting, and live music.

What made you consider business school? 
The day-to-day success wonderful teachers and students are experiencing in their classrooms will not be enough to guarantee success for all children. While there are pockets of great schools across the country, many students in high-need areas are not getting the support they need and deserve. It is my hope that the thoughtful meeting of business best practices and education experience can accelerate the closing of the opportunity gap. Additionally, women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are incredibly underrepresented at the top levels of the education world. I hope to amplify underrepresented voices and help keep students at the forefront.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I cannot wait to be in such a dynamic learning environment.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
This is a surprisingly hard question for me. The first answer that comes to mind is all of my former students. They are far more resilient, curious, and hilarious than a lot of the people I come across on my social media feeds.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
RuPaul is my queen.   

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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Adam Richman

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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 ADAM RICHMAN (Boston University, Questrom School of Business)

Adam is a first-year MBA student at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he is concentrating in Health Sector Management. A native New Englander, Adam grew up in Wilton, Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts to attend Brandeis University, where he majored in Economics and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. After graduating in 2011, Adam joined the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality in Boston, a public health non-profit focused on catalyzing systems change to improve child health. In 2014, Adam joined the DentaQuest Institute, an organization that facilitates adoption of preventive oral healthcare by assisting community health centers, hospitals, and private dental offices redesign processes in order to improve health outcomes. Adam is experienced in process improvement, performance measurement, and project management. Outside of work, Adam enjoys traveling to and exploring new places, relaxing at the beach, playing trivia with his weekly trivia team, and spending time with friends and family.

What made you consider business school?
After spending four years working directly with healthcare organizations on large-scale improvement initiatives, I realized that in order to create sustainable change, all areas of the organization need to work together from the clinical staff, to leadership, finance, and operations. I saw business school as an opportunity to strengthen my management, communication, and quantitative skills and learn what makes organizations successful so that I can be a more well-rounded leader in healthcare.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about building connections and friendships with my classmates—learning from their different backgrounds and perspectives to broaden my own. I also am looking forward to building my network in Boston, from professors to guest speakers and employers.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Atul Gawande, Mark Zuckerberg, my parents

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a knack for remembering mundane and useless facts, which my trivia team often greatly appreciates!

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