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Nov 2015

LGBT MBA Club Focus: Tepper’s Out&Allied Coming Out Week

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Guest Blog by Jeffrey Loh, President of Carnegie Mellon Tepper’s Out&Allied

As President of Out&Allied the LGBTA club on campus, I’d like to share some of the success that we have had as an MBA community during Coming Out Week. This branded week kicks off with Pink Party, an event where everyone comes decked out in as much pink as they possibly get. My VP of Marketing, Lindsey Ray, had shared the brilliant idea of partnering with Tepper Women of Business as October was also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over 25% of our class showed up to our local neighborhood friendly gay bar 5801 that night!

Throughout Coming Out Week, we aimed to bring awareness to our community every day through e-mails requesting our classmates complete the Friendfactor challenge and Facebook posts about the inequality that LGBT individuals continue to face. 

Finally we end our week of events on Monday with Coming Out Stories where four of us including an Ally staff member, an army vet Ally, and two LGBT members shared their stories of their Coming Out process either about themselves or as Allies. At Tepper, we pride ourselves for being very relationship oriented and community focused. This event strengthens the importance of relationship building as we continue to share some of the stories, we are hoping that we convince more to become more active allies.We wish everyone at our fellow MBA programs a happy Coming Out Day. And for any prospective students that are interested about our community at Out&Allied or the Tepper School of Business, we welcome you! 

We wish everyone at our fellow MBA programs a happy Coming Out Day. And for any prospective students that are interested about our community at Out&Allied or the Tepper School of Business, we welcome you! 

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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Zarrah Birdie

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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 ZARRAH BIRDIE (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

An ever-curious adventurer. Zarrah lived in three different continents in the last five years and has a passion for travel and discovering new cultures. She loves having her beliefs questioned and challenged. She is an extroverted-introvert, love riding bikes, black coffee, a good conversation, yoga and meditation. She’s left handed and favorite color is navy blue! She’s intellectually curious and vibrantly playful.

What made you consider business school?

After working for two years in investment banking and another two in international development, I sought a means to bridge my two distinct skill sets. This combined with my desire to develop a career in impact investing, with a particular emphasis on helping develop and grow social enterprises in developing countries, fueled my desire to gain an MBA degree. The MBA will give me the ideal tool set needed to be a trusted adviser for social enterprises in developing countries – helping them strategically grow, gain access to capital etc.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited about connecting with my classmates both at my business school and beyond. I’m excited about creating meaningful communities around them. I’m also excited to have my opinions and worldview challenged and broadened through these interactions.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?Tim Cook (Apple

CEO) and  Debbie Gupta (Nest Corporation)

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I’m a chocolate fiend, if you ever need anything for me, include chocolate and your wish is my command. I love trying new experiences and things, the more outlandish the better!

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ryan Keating

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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 RYAN KEATING (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, QUESTROM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Ryan Keating is a first-year MBA candidate at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, where he is concentrating in Health Sector Management. Prior to Questrom, Ryan worked at AgaMatrix, a medical device company offering innovative, low-cost glucose meters for diabetes management. His position at AgaMatrix exposed him to the research and development of new medical products and the operations of a mass manufacturing facility. Ryan became interested in biotechnology while receiving his B.S. in Biological Engineering at MIT, and he enjoys hiking, skiing, and going to the symphony.

What made you consider business school?

I felt that continuing my education with an MBA could open more opportunities than I could have accessed with a bachelors degree. While at AgaMatrix, I became interested in how the company formed partnerships with retailers to sell the meters and test strips and organized the operations team to help develop the next generation product. I hope to build on these interests in the Health Sector Management program at BU.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

Coming from a research and engineering background, I am looking forward to growing with a completely different curriculum. I am also excited to meet other MBA students at BU, in the Boston area, and across the US and to learn from their experiences and goals.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?

Samuel Brinton, an activist working to end conversion therapy.  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writer and social activist.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I love being outdoors!

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