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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Virgile Wu

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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 VIRGILE WU (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)

I grew up in the northernmost part of China, where the ground is covered by snow for almost six months a year. I studied French language in China, then went to France for the grande école degree in business. I enjoyed the difference in culture as well as in temperature; my memory of big, green palm trees in sunny, dry French Riviera is still vivid after I left Nice ­‐ my favourite French city. I have been working in consulting since my graduation, focusing on providing people and organization related solutions to the organizations in Europe, three years with Accenture Paris, then two years with PwC London, until I decided to come to Chicago Booth for my MBA. From London to Chicago, you might see how much I obsessed about the bad weather.

What made you consider business school?
Business school is a platform which provides tons of opportunities that nowhere else does -­ such as broadening my career horizons, learning from the smartest people, experiencing different culture and building long‐lasting relationship and networks. It is an opportunity to redefine myself.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The student clubs and associations I will be joining, the ones I most excited about ‐ OutReach and Dancing club.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Christiane Taubira, the former Minister of Justice of France, her contribution to same sex marriage legalization in France was tremendous and her speech after the bill was passed in parliament was touching and powerful, bringing tears in my eyes every time I watch it.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a gym addict, trained 5 days a week. I am allergic to celery. Oh, two things.

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08

Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tim Zachas

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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 TIM ZACHAS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management)

Tim is an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT, Tim worked as a growth strategy consultant with The Cambridge Group ‐ a boutique consulting firm focused on creating differentiated growth via a deep understanding of consumer demand. There, he primarily worked on innovation and retail strategy projects for consumer goods companies. In his free time, Tim is a huge fan of traveling, outdoor activities, and food exploration. You can catch him running around town (or a different country!), on a hike, or trying some new and exciting cuisine. His most notable travels to date have included an excursion to Chilean Patagonia! A native of Chicagoland, Tim attended Northwestern University, where he studied economics and organizational behavior.

What made you consider business school?
I’ve spent three years in growth strategy consulting for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, but I still feel like I have huge blind spots. As we say at my firm, none of us actually “have real jobs”. By that, I mean we see a certain angle of a business without truly understanding the nitty gritty details of our clients’ operating environments. To be more well­‐rounded, I felt it crucial to attend business school! I look forward to getting hands on experience in other functional areas to round out my skill set.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m really excited to get to know a fantastic, diverse group of people. I’m excited to work side by side with these people, learning from them and building life‐long friendships!

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Laverne Cox and Tim Cook are at the top of my list. Though now I’d also add Ta­‐Nehisi Coates, as he’s been a driving force behind our recent difficult, but entirely necessary, social conversations as a nation.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
For those I interact with day to day ­‐ I am far too energetic in the morning, so if you aren’t a morning person be warned! A general conundrum I face in life is that I love running but am actually quite clumsy, which makes for an unfortunate scenario.

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07

Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tal Eidelman

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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 TAL EIDELMAN (University of California, Berkley, Haas School of Business)

Tal Eidelman is an MBA candidate (class of 2018) at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Haas MBA program, Tal worked as a product manager at startup companies in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and San Francisco. After finishing a five­‐year military service, Tal earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and East Asian Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Alongside his professional career in technology, Tal volunteers in organizations that support refugees from Africa and the Middle East who were prosecuted because of their ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

What made you consider business school?
Having mostly technical professional background in software development, I want to improve my business skills and gain a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to make innovation a reality.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Meeting students and faculty members with diverse backgrounds and learning how to see things from new points of view.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My husband, Omer Rosen, is a leader in the LGBT family equality movement in Israel. As an attorney who specializes in family law he promotes equal rights in marriage and adoption. I am mostly inspired by the way he manages to pull in traditional legal arguments along with post-gender queer anarchism in his advocacy for equality.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Wherever I go, I am usually followed by my pug, Frank.

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