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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jessica Kaiser

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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 JESSICA KAISER (MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Jessica Kaiser is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, with an interest in the applications of digital identity and analytic technology in management. Most recently, she was an early employee at Rocket Fuel, an artificial intelligence leader in programmatic advertising that went public in 2014. While there, she built a team that partnered with clients and engineering to deploy non-standard solutions. She majored in Mathematics and minored in Literature at Northwestern University, where she was the co-president of Rainbow Alliance. Thanks to AI, Jessica has free time with which she enjoys rugby, exercise, music, and overcooking her dinner.

What made you consider business school?
My career experience thus far has been entirely in analytics, which has been great with regards to building technical and quantitative experience. However, as I surveyed my career options, I felt that without an MBA, I would continue to be decision support, instead of a decision maker. When I ultimately decided to attend Sloan, it was because the education there will strengthen my quantitative background but give it broader application. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited for two things: 1) to meet an incredible bunch of people, and 2) to learn about all the amazing things that they’ve done, are doing, and will do. 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
There are so many people! But since attending Lesbians Who Tech this year, I’ve been following Megan Smith for inspiration.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
In college, I was an alto saxophone carrying member of the Northwestern University Marching Band. (Go ‘Cats.) 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I am interning as a Product Analyst at Snapchat. Other highlights: traveled solo in Peru, celebrated the Obergefell v. Hodges decision at San Francisco Pride, and visited the future-historic birthplace of James T. Kirk. Live long and prosper.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Bryant R. Ramirez

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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 BRYANT RAMIREZ (UT AUSTIN, MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Bryant Ramirez, from San Francisco, California, is a ROMBA Fellow attending the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. After business school, Bryant is interested in pursuing a role in corporate or digital strategy at a leading, innovative Fortune 500 company, particularly within the technology or travel/hospitality industries.    Bryant earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, majoring in Business Economics and graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and College Honors.    Bryant began his professional career as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, with a focus on technology strategy and implementation. Bryant has significant experience working with various Fortune 100 companies to solve many issues facing today’s corporate environment, such as implementing next-generation financial planning systems and delivering cloud and digital strategies.    Bryant has also founded a nonprofit called Sparkr (sparkr.org), which aims to make business schools the hubs of innovation leadership, particularly among communities that are underrepresented in our society’s leadership today.    Outside of his professional career, Bryant’s interests include traveling around the world (33 countries and counting) playing guitar and vocals, attending concerts and festivals, and rooting for his favorite sports teams. Go Niners, Warriors, Bruins and Longhorns!    Bryant is proud to be among the first ROMBA Fellows, which will provide a platform to change the culture and dynamic of LGBT inclusion in the business world, where people who identify as LGBT have an equal voice and footing in all levels of business leadership. 

What made you consider business school?
Business school provides me the avenue to re-explore my place in the business world through building a solid educational foundation, establishing my personal brand and fostering lifelong friendships with my class. While consulting taught me many foundational business and professional skills, I wanted to continue my career elsewhere, where I could focus as a strategist within a particular field. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I want to learn as much as I can from the perspectives and experiences of as many of my fellow classmates and apply these learnings to how I approach my professional career and personal growth moving forward. This will be the last time I will be in this kind of an academic “safe space” to explore various perspectives openly and frankly. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I want to learn as much as I can from the perspectives and experiences of as many of my fellow classmates and apply these learnings to how I approach my professional career and personal growth moving forward. This will be the last time I will be in this kind of an academic “safe space” to explore various perspectives openly and frankly.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m most inspired by leaders who started with “nothing”, worked their way to make an impact in their respective industries, and go well beyond their “fields” to make a social impact. People like Bono, Tim Cook, and Oprah Winfrey come to mind here. They all have demonstrated that a person from a modest family upbringing could work their way up to both attain individual acclaim and create societal impact. 

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to explore, especially when I get to explore along with others. Whether it’s music, traveling, sports, or food, I always find an avenue to learn something new and impart my own perspectives upon new experiences. It’s just another way to keep continually growing and learning. 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
After accepting my offer to McCombs, I spent about 5 months traveling throughout 18 countries in the Asia Pacific and Europe. Before you ask for my “favorite”…     Most unique: Burma, Most scenic: New Zealand, Most “naturey”: Australia, Best food: Japan, Best architecture: tossup between Denmark (Copenhagen) and Austria (Vienna), Most late nights: Thailand

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Brandon Perkovich

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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 BRANDON PERKOVICH (YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Brandon Perkovich is an MD/MBA candidate and aspiring leader in healthcare. Hailing from Southwest Florida, Brandon attended Harvard College where he studied the history of medicine, focusing on the history of HIV/AIDS, Psychiatry, and LGBTQ experiences with the American healthcare system. While an undergrad, he began working in the world of epidemiology and public health research with a focus on under-studied and high-risk LGBT subpopulations. He moved to San Francisco after college to work in health care administration. When it became clear that the career he endeavored to build involved directly providing patient care, he started medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2012. He will be continuing his medical training in Emergency Medicine after finishing his MD. He interrupted his medical training to pursue an MBA at the Yale School of Management in 2015. He continues to be involved in research, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, LGBT health issues, and health care quality improvement. He hopes to bring together clinical know-how and managerial acumen in the world of health care administration. Outside of his professional life, he’s an avid trail runner, urban cyclist, collector of old medical educational materials, crossword enthusiast, and James Bond buff. 

What made you consider business school?
Over the course of medical school it became clear that the problems I found most engaging, the leaders and mentors I found most inspiring, and the work I found most rewarding all were located at the intersection of patient care and administration. I needed a way to broaden my training, and business school offered an opportunity to accelerate my career as an aspiring leader in healthcare. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about the people! There are precious few opportunities in life to really dig in and get to know a cohort of folks from so many different walks of life who share a desire to help push their respective fields. 

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
That I maintain an open invitation for a morning run, trail run or otherwise!

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
Road tripping across the USA!

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