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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Stefan Kapelac

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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 STEFAN KAPELAC (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business)

Stefan is a first­‐generation immigrant that grew up in Portland, Oregon. His background is in strategic planning and he is looking to continue working in strategy post­‐MBA. Stefan has lived in five different countries and his most time consuming hobby is traveling (and using airline points to do it on a budget). His interests include economics, tennis, hiking, guilty­‐pleasure TV, exploring food scenes, and forcing his friends to go dancing with him.

What made you consider business school?
I was at the point in my career where I was fairly experienced technically but didn’t have a lot of exposure to becoming a stronger manager. Business school seemed like the right path that would expand my skillset, increase my network, and give me the ability to explore other career fields.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s hard for me to pick just one thing – I want to take my time at Ross as an opportunity to self­‐reflect, particularly in terms of my values and how I want my career to unfold. I am extremely humbled by both the alumni of Michigan Ross as well as my incoming classmates, and I cannot wait to work with and learn from them in the next two years and beyond.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Peter Thiel for his entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropy, Sheryl Sandberg for always paying it forward and being the gold standard of a successful career, Greg Mankiw for his work in economics and making his studies accessible to a broad audience.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Dad jokes are the best jokes (and the way to my heart).

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05

Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Shawn Goodin

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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 SHAWN GOODIN (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management)

I am a native of Panama City, Florida, but I graduated high school in Pampa, Texas. I recently moved from my adopted hometown of Austin, where I wrapped-up twelve years of service in the Army: four as a cadet at West Point followed by eight as an engineer officer. Since graduating, I have been stationed at Fort Lewis near Seattle and Fort Hood. I spent thirty months deployed in support of the War on Terror. My first deployment was to Iraq where I was charged with leading thirty soldiers on missions to search for and destroy enemy-emplaced, explosive devices on coalition routes. My second was to Kandahar as the United States engineer charged with overseeing the planning and development of new construction in the city for the Afghanistan National Police. My third deployment was as an aide-de-camp for a general headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan. I completed my Army career after the rewarding experience of commanding a company of 130 soldiers. As I look back on my career, I am amazed by the advancement our Defense Department has made in eroding the barriers to true team building that were erected by policies such as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. More importantly, I hope that as an effective leader, I contributed to efforts to increase empathy from other service members, for equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

What made you considerbusiness school?
The autonomy allowed to me in my most recent roles cemented that I enjoy influencing decisions or being the decision-maker, especially when the objective delivers some significant impact. I joined the Army because I wanted to serve others, and I hope to find my new niche that allows me to do this. I believe that business school would help to reinforce and refine my current skillset and better prepare me to pursue initiatives that will benefit others.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about learning from the experiences of my classmates and others that I meet along the way. Obviously, I am very much the person that I am today because of my background in the military; I didn’t truly appreciate this until starting school. I hope to benefit from some additional perspectives, especially given the opportunity to learn of alternative solutions to some of my very own experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
When in a position of leadership, especially one in which you have nearly unparalleled power, I believe that it is very easy to enclose yourself in solitary bubble of self-righteousness: your worse traits falsely reinforced by your own success. It lends itself all too easily to the routine tik-for-tak in the political arena. I am especially proud of the current presidential couple for continuing to carry themselves with dignity in spite of the heightened scrutiny and for giving America the imagery of a family that stands in contrast to the falsehoods that many of our diverse communities must face. Their example reminds me that as black gay man, I have so much potential to use my abilities to bridge divides in the workplace, the local community, and potentially around the world.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I like to think of myself as a great listener.

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04

Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Shannon Chambers

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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 SHANNON CHAMBERS (Boston University, Questrom School of Business)

Born and raised in Monroe, NY, Shannon left the Hudson Valley to attend Bentley University in Waltham, MA, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Design & Corporate Communications. After connecting with a leader of Nuance Communications while abroad in Budapest, she pursued an internship and eventually a full-­time role in digital marketing at the company’s headquarters in Burlington, MA. Now an MBA candidate at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, Shannon plans to use her digital marketing background and experience at Questrom to pursue a career in Product Management. She lives with her girlfriend Ingrid and her French Bulldog Stella in Boston’s South End.

What made you consider business school?
After spending 3 years in corporate marketing at Nuance, I realized that I needed to push myself to find a new challenge. I wanted the opportunity to explore other business disciplines and potentially pivot to a career in product management.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Someone once described their MBA program as a two-­year journey where you gain the career experience of 50 lifetimes. I’m most excited about meeting and learning from all of the incredibly bright members of my program – and MBA programs all around the country – and sharing my experience with them as well.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Nikki Weiss-­Goldstein and my grandmother who was a woman far ahead of her time.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a total hobbyist. From writing music and playing the guitar to sewing and creating my own paper goods, I’m pretty much interested in learning everything.

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