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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Jesse Banwart

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET JESSE BANWART (JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL)

As a new transplant from Chicago to Baltimore, I am starting the MA/MBA program at Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute College of Art. My passion lies in helping people to understand why design is important, specifically around the built environment (architecture, engineering, construction,  etc). For the past 3 years I’ve worked in out of school time facilitating programs for teens about architecture. Previously I worked as a graphic designer and still freelance whenever I can. My story is not unfamiliar, small town boy moves to the big city and discovers himself… blah. I’ve loved every part of the experience and plan to dedicate my life to urban, community-focused issues.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from managing after school programming focused on architecture, I saw so many intersections of business in where I could improve. Writing budgets, applying for funding, managing employees, etc. were all essential components of the job. Higher positions only intensify these roles, and I knew getting an MBA would be a smart career move.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?Expanding my network base into areas in which I’m mostly unfamiliar is probably what excites me the most. So much of my time had been spent buildng a network in the art and design fields, I’m looking forward to diversifying that.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Shawn King definitely is an inspiration in the massive issues he tries to tackle. He recognizes the influence of information and how to effectively fight for social justice. Ruth Bader-Ginsberg is the epitome of firey eloquenence. Often, her writings condence an opinion I’ve struggled to put into words. Lastly, (and yes I recognize how kitschy this is) Rupaul. Drag Race had the potential to play into the standard troupe of reality television and insight as much drama, hatred, and backstabbing between the contestants as possible. However, recognizing that there is already plenty of that in our community, they empower differences and showcase the love. I’ve always admired that.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
If you walk down the street with me, I will give you an unsolicited architecture lesson. I can’t help myself.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Dayna Hine

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET DAYNA HINE (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut where I earned a degree in Political Science, Women’s Studies and Human Rights. I dedicated my spare time to advocating for women’s and LGBTQ rights as the head of the university’s Gay Straight Alliance, as a wellness educator and through internships to support the HIV positive and the transgender communities. I started my career in the nonprofit sector, eventually landing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I combined my love of process and building with activism throughout my career. My most notable career distinction is building the infrastructure of Girls Who Code to support the movement’s rapid growth to 40,000. I love staying active, baking, watching football (Go Blue!), and spending time in Central Park with my fiancé, Rocky.

What made you consider business school?
The main factor in my decision to attend business school was my desire to have more flexibility in my career advancement. Working at a high growth company gave me exposure to other sectors outside of the nonprofit space that piqued my interest. My long term goal is to start my own social enterprise company; however, I am looking forward to exploring and building my professional skills and network in the private sector to build up to my goal. Business school was a clear way to make a career transition, while expanding my professional network and meeting other emerging business leaders and mentors.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?The people! I attribute a good portion of my career success to learning from incredible colleagues and mentors and I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet a group of classmates with diverse sets of backgrounds and specialties to continue to learn from. I’m also looking forward to learning from some of the brightest minds in business through my professors. And, of course, I’m very excited for University of Michigan football!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
This might be bit cliché, but I look up to Ellen Degeneres and Rachel Maddow. Both women paved the way for younger generations to have an easier path to being themselves and risked everything to get there. I did not grow up with exposure to the LGBTQ community and the two women were the visible leaders I was looking for – one as a friendly face in the room and the other as a fierce intellect. I was able to see a little bit of myself in each of them which was was essential to my personal development. The other business leaders that I look up to are my parents. They might not be famous, but they taught me the value in doing well by others and maintaining integrity, even when it’s most challenging.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m terrible at relaxing. I love being busy all of the time and exploring or learning something new. It’s been great for meeting new people and trying out new hobbies, like rugby and flag football, but is not great for my friends who like beach and spa days.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: David Reyes

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET DAVID REYES (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

David Reyes is a proud MBA candidate at the University of Texas McCombs Schools of Business. Prior to business school he lead multiple cross-functional project teams providing end-to-end network performance monitoring and analytics solutions to global telecom operators and worked as a Deloitte Sr. Consultant with a focus in scenario and exercise planning, crisis management, counter-terrorism strategy, and enterprise risk management within the defense, public, and commercial sector. David co-chairs the New Leaders Council DC chapter to help train the next generation of progressive leaders and lead the DC Chapter of VetsInTech to help current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem.    Prior to joining the private sector, David served for six years as an Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army. His final assignment was as a plans and assistant operations officer under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. David is a passionate innovator and has had numerous successful global collaborations, including projects in Peru, Spain, Colombia, Canada, Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Chile, Brazil, and Liberia. David was born in Mexico and raised in sunny Florida. He is a proud graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. David is a proud member for Knight Outs, an organization of West Point Cadets, Alumni, Staff and Faculty who are united in supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender soldiers to openly serve their country. In his spare time David enjoys running, traveling, reading, rock climbing, and giving back to his community.

What made you consider business school?
After six years in the military and two years in private industry, I felt the need to go back to business school to fine-tune my business acumen, reflect on the past eight years, and gain access to companies with a larger global reach.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I’m excited to learn (especially from my peers), grow personally, and gain some important lessons learned by taking an introspective approach past experiences.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I’m always inspire by authentic personalities who use their platform to bring visibility and inclusivity to those that are unable to. I’m very inspired by Laverne Cox, the Pope, Howard Schultz, Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
English is not my first language, but I’m now fluent in three languages and working on adding a forth one over the next couple years. I was born in Mexico and was brought the the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant by my parents. I almost didn’t attend West Point because of my legal status, but everything works out in the end.

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