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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Derek Jackman

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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 DEREK JACKMAN (Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business)

Originally from Brockton, MA, Derek headed south to Pittsburgh to study Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating in 2009, he pursued a career in financial services (bridges everywhere are safer as a result), taking a role at Freddie Mac in the company’s Advanced Analytics group. A year later he left for a direct-investment role at Boston-based Eaton Vance Management as a bond analyst where he covered a variety of industries including REITs, homebuilders, and gaming.  When not working, Derek can be found making a splash with LANES, Bostons LGBT swim team. He also enjoys running, yoga, trying new and strange restaurants, learning about architecture and design, and overfeeding people at dinner parties.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from a largely technical background, I always felt that something was missing in my skill set. As I progressed in my career I came to realize the something missing was a more global perspective. For me, getting an MBA is a transformative experience. Ill have the opportunity to not only learn about all the different business disciplines, Ill also be immersed into a mix of cultures and new ways of thinking that will prepare me to take on challenging leadership roles in the future.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s got to be the people, no question. There are very few opportunities in life where you get to surround yourself with so many driven people from all over the world with backgrounds and experiences so vastly different from your own. During the next two years, I’m excited to learn from my classmates stories and hopefully travel and experience some of what I’ve heard about first hand!

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Harvey Milk, Laverne Cox

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Kiwis are both my favorite fruit and my favorite animal.

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05

Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Chelsea Jones

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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 CHELSEA JONES (University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, but Austin has been home for about nine years. I was a Radio-Television-Film major at The University of Texas, and after spending a summer in Los Angeles as a production intern on CBS Paramount’s since-cancelled Medium starring Patricia Arquette, I moved backed to Austin to work as a producer for the Austin-based creative content company Arts+Labor. Prior to starting business school, I spent almost five years managing internal and external communications, information management, and legal support for an energy management firm. I also run my own freelance editing and design business, creating and refining content for individual, small-business, and non-profit clients. Outside of work, I spend my time reading the news and books about psychology and linguistics, watching TV on Netflix, trying new restaurants with my parter Marty, and playing with our two giant dogs. Marty and I just finished fully remodeling a house a quarter-mile from Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, so we are also enjoying fishing and relaxing on the water. I am an avid volunteer for the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where I teach a free, 12-week, designated evidenced-based education course for family members of individuals with mental illness. I am an only child and a night-owl, and I love live music, storytelling, and technology.

What made you consider business school?
Given my creative and writing-intensive background, I am going back to business school in order to build a stronger foundation in finance, accounting, and economics to supplement my experience in communications. I hope to apply those skills, innate and acquired, to consumer-focused positions in marketing.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I love academics, and a postgraduate education has always been an important ambition of mine, but I am most excited about joining a network of highly-accomplished and mission-driven individuals–like the other ROMBA Fellows and members–who are committed not only to personal achievement but to making business better at large.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Cecile Richards, Lena Dunham, Rachel Maddow, Tim Cook, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anita Sarkeesian.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am an outgoing introvert. While I love meeting new people, deep discussions, and public speaking, group settings are tiring, and I need time alone to recharge.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Bryan White

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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 BRYAN WHITE (George Washington University School of Business)

Bryan begins his Global MBA at The George Washington University in the fall (Class of 2018) with aspirations to create social impact on an international level. He was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA and attended undergraduate at UCLA, getting his degree in Communication Studies and participating in UCLA’s Marketing and Advertising Team. He studied abroad in the Italian cities of Siena and Padova where he first experienced the joy of global exploration. After graduation, he was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to teach English in a small, fishing village in southern Japan. He spent two years working with students, learning Japanese language and culture, and discovering Asias beauty. He was also selected to present a seminar to other JET Language Teachers on LGBT Living in Japan. Upon returning to the US, he moved to New York City where he supported Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Top Destination Specialist for Croatia at VisitCroatia.com in Business/Product Development. He later moved back home to Orange County where he worked as a Marketing Coordinator for the travel management company, Worldview Travel. Finding he wanted to make more of an impact on the local community, he entered a position managing the Events and Patron Relations departments for Long Beach Symphony. While there, he worked to conceptualize and execute creative, large-scale cultivation and fundraising events with proceeds benefiting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs. He is a music and theatre enthusiast, joining local theatre productions and attending concerts whenever possible.

What made you consider business school?
While considering my professional goals before I applied to business school, I realized that an MBA would be an important step in gaining creative freedom in whichever career or industry I decide to pursue.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited for our Consulting Abroad Project (CAP) project, along with the potential for other study abroad opportunities.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m most inspired by people who aren’t afraid to break the status quo: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, George Takei and Freddie Mercury come to mind. Tim Cook stepping in as Apple’s CEO and then publicly coming out as the first Fortune 500 CEO was incredibly admirable. I look forward to living in a time, though, when minorities stepping into great leadership positions is not considered breaking the status quo.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I host game night with my friends at least once a week… we can get very competitive.

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