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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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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nipun Sehgal

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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 NIPUN SEHGAL (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School)

Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Nipun graduated among the top ten in the Class of 2011 from GGSIP University, Delhi with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. He initiated his professional journey with a $15B company called Larsen and Toubro Ltd on an airport construction project in Salalah, Oman. His management skills in the role of a Procurement Engineer Trainee earned him a client facing role of Construction Planning, Execution and Management within a year at the project. He used this experience to understand business in the Gulf while learning a wonderful new culture. Nipun had always been inclined towards entrepreneurship and after gaining an expertise in the field of construction, he co-founded a design and construction solutions company in 2014 in New Delhi and has delivered many construction and architectural projects in the national capital region of India since then. Nipun is also passionate about helping others and this is reflected in the work that he put in at Teach for India as an intern, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 as a volunteer, and as a part time faculty for the verbal section on the GMAT at a study abroad institute in India. He also enjoys listening to Bollywood music while working on his sketching skills.

What made you consider business school?
Business school is the hub of unadulterated experiential learning from peers, faculty and guests. I wish to observe a high paced growth in my career and I believe that business school can help achieve that.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Apart from academia and business opportunities, I am most excited to be a part of Pride club at my school. I look forward to learning from like-minded people and contributing to the LGBTQ community.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
The first name that comes to my mind for a leader in business and in society is Ratan Tata. The way he blends ethical values with business is inspirational. I also look up to Ellen DeGeneres as a leader in the LGBT community. I find Be Kind to one another powerful.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I crack jokes when I am nervous.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nate Micon

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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 NATE MICON (Yale School of Management)

Raised in Niagara Falls (NY), Nate moved to DC to study Finance and International Business at The George Washington University. Nate has been in management consulting since he graduated, first at IBM and then at Booz Allen Hamilton. Most recently, he worked as a Consultant at Greenwich Strategy where he advised corporate clients on growth strategies and performed due diligence for middle market private equity investor clients. Nate is a political news junkie and in his free time enjoys running, traveling, and (during summers, at least) exploring the beaches of New England with friends.

What made you consider business school?
When I started working, I realized the complexities of navigating large organizations as an LGBTQ individual and the difficulty of bringing one’s true self to the office. I’ve been lucky to meet some inspirational mentors along my way and my time on the Board for Booz Allen Hamilton’s LGBTQ employee diversity group enabled me to work with firm leaders who cultivated inclusive environments and empowered employees to be themselves. I’ve seen how these strong leaders can positively shape organizational culture, and how that culture can be determinative of a range of things, from morale to creativity and innovation. Business school is a way for me to hone my leadership skills so I can develop into one of those effective leaders.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I can’t wait to meet my classmates. I love hearing people’s stories. Each story helps you learn, empathize, and adds nuance to your reply to any question beginning with “Why…?”. I can’t wait to absorb these stories and grow from the collective experiences of my classmates.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
There are so many activists and leaders who I could name—and who have done so much for our community. But on a personal level, one leader is my former co-worker and the President of Booz Allen Hamilton’s LGBTQ employee diversity group (GLOBE) because he constantly pushed me to grow. He unashamedly brings his true self to work every day, and looks fierce doing it. He taught me about the power of advocacy in the workplace, he inspired me to get involved in GLOBE, and he showed me how to educate my colleagues and push an agenda of inclusiveness. He understands the intersectionality of the issues facing many groups and broadened how I defined my community. He lives the mantra of “We’re better together”.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Nothing inspires and energizes me more than being around my family and friends. Except coffee.

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