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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ana Testolini

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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 ANA TESTOLINI (Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management)

Ana is a first year MBA candidate at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Born and raised in a small town in the outskirts of São Paulo (Brazil), she moved to Chicago in 2009 to pursue an economics degree at the University of Chicago. Following her graduation, she worked at Discover Financial Services for 5 years in various roles in Credit Risk Management and Digital Marketing. In addition, she was the Events Chair of Discover’s LGBTQ Employee Resource group and organized Discover’s participation at the 2016 Chicago Pride Parade. On her spare time, Ana enjoys cycling in the summer, ice skating in the winter, and watching hockey (Go Blackhawks!).

What made you consider business school?
After working in Risk Management for 4 years, I realized that, while I enjoyed the work I was doing, I needed to broaden my horizons and look for something different. But more so than a career change to Consulting or Marketing, what I am truly looking forward to is challenging the status quo and opening myself to even more opportunities that I have not yet imagined, opportunities which will only come with the MBA experience.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s hard to pick one thing! But I am mostly excited about meeting new people and learning more about their stories and values. I believe that ultimately the diversity of people we meet helps to shape us as human beings, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to learn from people with different backgrounds and life experiences than my own.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tony Robbins for influencing so many people to improve themselves, and Sara Bareilles for not just writing inspiring songs, but mostly for being a kind and genuine person doing everything she can to make the world a better place.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love watching and playing sports, even though I’m not particularly good at any. I used to dance ballet growing up but unfortunately had to stop when I got to college. I’m always up for watching a game, a ballet performance, or a musical!

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jeff Lindquist

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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 JEFF LINDQUIST (NORTHWESTERN, KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Jeff is an MBA Candidate (Class of 2017) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.     Prior to joining the Kellogg MBA, Jeff worked at Navigator, Canada’s leading high-stakes public strategy and communications consulting firm. Prior to Navigator, he worked in the investment banking divisions of Canaccord Genuity in Toronto and Goldman Sachs in New York.  Jeff is deeply committed to advancing equality issues for the LGBTQ community, especially at home in Toronto. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for Egale Youth Housing, a crisis counseling center for homeless LGBTQ youth in Toronto and the driving force behind what will become Canada’s first homeless shelter and transitional housing facility devoted to these youth. He has also volunteered for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer HIV/AIDS hospice, located in Toronto. Jeff holds an Honours Business Administration degree, with Distinction, from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to build on what I’ve learned thus far in my career by meeting and learning from interesting, driven and diverse individuals at business school. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect, in a structured way, about what my career path may look like and, more importantly, what I can contribute to society over the course of my career. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Making tons of new friends at Kellogg. The people at Kellogg are truly what makes it such a special place. And it helps that the Kellogg LGBTQ community is vibrant and active! 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Ed Clark, an LGBTQ ally and the former CEO of TD Bank Group, is the perfect example of the c-suite leader I am determined to be. He put LGBTQ issues at the cornerstone of his business strategy in the 1990s with a very simple idea: if his organization was free of prejudice, his employees could be the very best they could be. Since then, TD Bank’s support of the LGBTQ community has transcended internal HR measures and funding for pride parades – it is a part of their public identity, and builds awareness and acceptance in communities and classrooms across Canada. TD Bank’s bold stance for the LGBTQ community has had an instructive effect, and many large Canadian corporations have followed suit by tackling a wide range of diversity issues.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a terrible chef – but a wonderful dinner guest! 

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
Traveling to South America and Europe, and making the move from Toronto to Evanston sometime in between!

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