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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Rhett Chase

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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 RHETT CHASE (Rice University, Jones School of Business)

Rhett Chase is a former Air Force officer, bringing more than 8 years of experience from the construction, commodities, services, space and chemical industries. She grew up in San Diego and is a Californian at heart. Rhett earned her BS in Management from the United States Air Force Academy, where she got to free fall parachute, fly in the back of an F-­16 and serve as the Captain of her Division I soccer team. She also earned her MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. In the Air Force, she served as a contract negotiator and was lucky enough to be stationed in Hawaii and Los Angeles. Rhett was also deployed to Afghanistan where she led a team in support of combat operations, managing the largest logistics contract in the region. Rhett was most recently a Cost Estimating Engineer for BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. She loves doing anything active (playing soccer, competing in Crossfit, water sports), traveling the world, and conquering new challenges. Rhett lives in Houston, TX with her partner Melissa and their two fat cats.

What made you consider business school?
Business school will give me the opportunity to explore new career possibilities and interests, build a quality network of friends, and be exposed to new ways of thinking andlooking at things. My current role follows the same process over and over. I desire a position where I’m on a team solving new problems daily, developing business and leading positive change in an organization.

What are you most excited about in terms ofyour time in business school?
I’m excited for the challenge of learning new concepts and skills, as well as having the chance to connect with others and learn from their unique perspectives and experiences. I’m ready to get out of my comfort zone.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Women’s soccer legend Abby Wambach who recently retired from the US National team has paved the way as a leader on and off the field. She advocates for speaking up when there is something to say, whether it’s about equitable pay, equal opportunity for female athletes, or any issue about fairness and injustice. As an openly lesbian soccer player, she currently holds the international record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals and is a role model for young girls coming out everywhere.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
When I’m stressed out or need to decompress, I love to Crossfit. For those who don’t know, this is competitive exercising involving weightlifting, gymnastic movements and cardio at high intensity. For the last 4 years, I’ve competed at the Crossfit Games Regionals.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Ray Phua

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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 RAY PHUA (Columbia Business School)

Ray is excited to join Columbia Business School’s Class of 2018. At CBS, he is interesting in pursuing a role in product management or product marketing at an innovative consumer technology company. After moving every 3 years as an army brat, Ray settled in Seattle to study Finance at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Ray then joined Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) as a management consultant, and later as an operations manager, working on a variety of projects across the high-tech, retail, and social sector industries. Most recently, Ray was part of the FP&A team at Twitter, supporting its Networking Engineering & Infrastructure Operations teams. Throughout his career, Ray has been actively involved in advancing programs around Learning & Development and Diversity & Inclusion.  He led diversity-focused undergraduate recruiting programs at two universities, developed a Data Analysis & Business Modeling course taught to analysts nationwide, and supported the planning of multiple events for TwitterOPEN (its LGBTQ group). He enjoys tapping it back in a SoulCycle class, getting shaky legs muscles at CorePower Yoga, running, sailing, watching the Summer Olympics, and eating fried chicken (with a kale salad).

What made you consider business school?
Earning an MBA has been part of my 10-year plan since high school.  Both my parents and grandparents encouraged me early on to pursue an MBA as an experience to help me develop into a versatile and capable business leader. After working in consulting and in corporate finance across roles that focused heavily on quantitative analysis and process improvement, I wanted to bring more social, creative, and human elements into my work. As I aim to transition into product marketing, I know that gaining the leadership skills and global network through business school will be invaluable to me in progressing my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
People!  I am excited to be challenged and to grow from the diverse perspectives of a global community, including my classmates, professors, and professional network.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sheryl Sandberg.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
One of my favorite hobbies is to paint –with makeup, on my face! I have watched too many YouTube tutorials on how to get the best smokey eye to join friends for our brunches in drag.  My fascination with drag has allowed me to realize a creative outlet, appreciate the natural beauty of all humans regardless of gender expression, and value the positive impact the drag community has had on the LGBTQ+ community.  I like to paint abstract landscapes with acrylics, too.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Paul Nierzwicki

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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 PAUL NIERZWICKI (Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business)

Paul Nierzwicki from Rockford, Illinois is a ROMBA Fellow attending The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Most recently, Paul finished a two-­‐year commitment with Teach for America as a second grade teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior, Paul sold pharmaceutical and medical consumable products across the country at Cardinal Health. Paul graduated from Kenyon College and studied political science and history, with a particular interest in political philosophy. As an undergraduate, Paul interned at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. There Paul assisted with fundraising operations, helping to ensure all LGBTQ Americans are treated equally. In his spare time, Paul enjoys to cook, go on long runs, as well as travel the country.

What made you consider business school?
My past academic and professional experiences have been deeply rewarding for me, but as I looked to make the pivot into business, I felt that continuing my education with an MBA would help ensure that I have a wide-­‐range of skills and competencies to enter the business world with.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Quite frankly, I am most excited for all aspects of business school: the academic curriculum, learning and networking with other passionate professionals, as well as gaining valuable skills through experiential experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk is a leader I deeply admire. Harvey was able to channel his deep passion for LGBTQ equality into legislative action-­‐-­‐no small feat. Harvey did this by changing hearts and minds one person at a time. His fearlessness to question the status quo and then to dispel the myths and lies surrounding the LGBTQ community is humbling to me.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a first-­‐generation American; both of my parents were born in Poland. Wanting to learn more about my family (as well as brush up on my Polish!), I studied abroad in Krakow, Poland as a student at Kenyon. I got to meet grandparents, aunts, and cousins for the first time. It was so fascinating to connect the dots of my family and learn more about a place that shaped my parents so much!

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