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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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Aug 2015

The Home Depot “Tools for Success” Student Scholarship to Attend ROMBA 2015!

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The Home Depot is sponsoring 5 second-year MBA students to attend the 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference, Oct 8-10 in Chicago.

The selected students will receive an full conference registrations, $250 travel reimbursement plus access to the Saturday Charity Party. For more information about the ROMBA Conference please visit http://www.reachingoutmba.org

Program Rules and Procedures 

· Applicants for this student scholarship must be enrolled full-time in an accredited business school program in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and award. Please be advised that this scholarship is for currently enrolled college/university students who are in the second year of a full-time MBA or related graduate degree. Applicants must be able to attend the conference in Chicago and must be able to be physically present at the convention in its entirety from Oct 8-10.

· Deadline for submission/application: Wednesday, Sept 9th, 2015 midnight, 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time

· Who is eligible? Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who are in entering their second year of a fulltime MBA or related graduate degree in full-time program at an accredited business school in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and award.

· To submit your interest, please send an email to info@reachingoutmba.org containing the following information:

1. Full name
2. City, State and Country you are currently located in
3. Contact information: email and phone
4. Name of business school that you are enrolled as a full-time student.
5. Anticipated graduation month/year.
6. State your status as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)
7. Confirm that if selected, you can attend the ROMBA Conference in full from Oct 8-10 (in your email, simply state a “YES” beside this statement)
8. Confirm that if selected and notified by Reaching Out, you can and will respond within 48 hours to indicate if you will accept this scholarship
9. Write and submit (or include in the body of the e-mail) a brief essay (max 300 words) in response to this question:

What have you done to demonstrate that you are BOLD, a DREAMER, an INNOVATOR and a PROBLEM SOLVER?  Note that The Home Depot website www.careers.homedepot.com/next speaks to these as qualities they are seeking in employment candidates.

· When the selected students are notified (on or before September 14, 2015) the student must respond within 48 hours to acknowledge their acceptance of the scholarship, and provide evidence that travel arrangements have been made to attend the convention.  Otherwise, the scholarship may be reassigned to another student who can attend.

· E-mail your submission to info@reachingoutmba.org no later than September 9, 2015 (11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time).  Selected students will be notified no later than September 8th.

 

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