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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Scott Shaefitz

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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 SCOTT SHAEFITZ (New York University, Stern School of Business)

Scott was born in NYC and raised in Weston, CT. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2011 where he studied theatre and psychology, he moved to NYC to pursue his dream of a career as a professional actor. Scott worked as an actor in NYC and around the country in addition to multiple “survival” jobs until he found his professional goals shifting. He then stepped away from the entertainment industry and pursued opportunities at smaller education and healthcare technology firms, where he worked in various roles across strategy/business development, operations, and marketing. Scott will be attending NYU Stern with the goal of pivoting his career back to the entertainment industry, ideally within the rapidly evolving television/streaming space where he can contribute to the consumption of content that is as artful and influential as it is financially successful.

What made you consider business school?
I started to consider business school when I realized that I wanted to return to the entertainment industry in a corporate capacity. Business school will provide the resources and community I have been looking for to hone my technical skills, broaden my personal and professional networks, and allow me to effectively connect my lifelong passion with my professional experience.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited for the diversity I am going to encounter in business school. I am looking forward to learning from all of my classmates’ experiences and broadening the way I think about business, culture, and the world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by leaders that embrace the aspects of their identity (sexuality and gender­‐based or otherwise) that have traditionally been seen as “other” or “less than.” In addition to performing at the top of their respective fields, they use their position to call attention to these issues and serve as advocates for their communities. Some examples include Tim Cook, Malala Yousafzai, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Sandberg, and Lavern Cox.

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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Sara Johnson

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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 SARA JOHNSON (Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management)

Social Impact Entrepreneur.

What made you consider business school?
I founded a non­‐profit social impact organization from scratch (now operating at half a million). It was a new business model in its market and it is still very successful. I know my ability to solve a problem and answer a business need for social good in a small market. I want the formal business management education and the backing of a powerful network to have an even greater impact.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m so excited to do case studies! I’m really looking forward to being empowered by data, confident in presentations, and learning from a cohort of brilliant people.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Nicole Sanchez, Vice President of Social Impact for GitHub, is the trailblazer in putting Corporate Social Responsibility leaders in the C­‐suite.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love being an INFJ. A quiet leader with a strong internal compass and an extremely responsible and ethical way of doing business. My leadership style comes from my passion for genuinely living my values out loud.

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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ryan Duffy

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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 RYAN DUFFY (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business)

Ryan grew up in the Phoenix area and began playing the viola at age 9. After receiving a music scholarship and graduating from the University of Southern California with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music, he began freelancing around Southern California and teaching music privately, performing over the years with artists as diverse as cellist Yo Yo Ma, singer/songwriter Burt Bacharach, and the film composer John Williams. In 2010, he started an internship with the CBS Television Network in Hollywood, which ultimately led to a full time position within Operations at the studio, where he has worked for the last 6 years now. In Fall 2016, Ryan will be entering the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University to complete his MBA degree. When not working, playing viola, or studying (come the fall), Ryan is also an avid swimmer with the US Masters Swimming program.

What made you consider business school?
I have a wide range of experience as a classical musician and from working in the television business in Los Angeles, but a creative kind of existence is the only life I’ve ever known. By going back to business school, I wanted to transition out of my comfort zone and develop my leadership and analytical skills more thoroughly in a completely new environment.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about learning where people come from, what motivates them personally and professionally, and seeing how their particular skill set can help us solve problems collectively and make a positive difference in the business world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the LA Philharmonic, for helping make classical music more relevant and accessible to younger generations; Bill Gates for his business intellect and devotion to philanthropy on a global level; Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of the Army, for his courage and service to our country.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
In addition to my love of music, I am also a real estate and architecture enthusiast. I am always reaching for the real estate section with my morning coffee after I’ve seen the major headlines in my local paper, or in the paper of whatever city I may be visiting. I also hope to invest someday in real estate, but as the old adage goes, “first things first” -­‐business school and a new career.

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