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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Phil Gazaleh

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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 PHIL GAZALEH (UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, ROTMAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Phil Gazaleh is in the second year of a three year combined Master of Global Affairs and MBA program at the University of Toronto. Born in Ottawa, Canada, he spent a year working as a mountain guide in the Swiss Alps before majoring in Economics and Political Science at the University of Ottawa and on exchange at VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Phil worked in marketing and business development prior to his graduate studies where he rebranded an executive search firm and expanded it into the Toronto market. He spent the first summer of graduate studies interning with the World Bank Group’s External and Corporate Relations vice-presidency. Phil volunteers his time on several boards and organizing committees, most recently organizing an all-candidates’ federal election debate for local candidates in Toronto, a career week for students in his graduate program, and a national LGBTQA professional leadership awards program and related scholarship program with Out On Bay Street. He also contributes as a Compliance Director to the G20 Research Group, auditing members’ compliance with their macroeconomic and fiscal commitments.

What made you consider business school?
The most interesting and challenging projects I have worked on in my professional and volunteer experiences involved sophisticated management and governance. I chose to study global affairs and management together in order to equip myself with both a deep knowledge of the actors and drivers at the core of the world’s most complex issues and with skills that enable me to use data, models, and innovative thinking to address those issues.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Two aspects of the Rotman school of Management that I am more excited about are the diversity of its cohort and the models-based decision making at the core of its curriculum.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My parents met in theatre school and they both work in performing arts, so I have a soft spot for theatre, dance, and live music.

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I spent the summer before business school completing an internship as part of my global affairs degree at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

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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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