Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Blake Bumpous
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.