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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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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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