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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Blake Bumpous

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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 BLAKE BUMPOUS  (Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Management)

Blake is a first-year MBA candidate at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.  Originally from Nashville, TN, Blake graduated with distinction from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Political Science and German.  He attended graduate school jointly at Universität Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen in Germany earning a M.A. in International Relations with research emphasis on international institutions.  Blake was most recently a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy stationed in San Diego, CA.  His assignments included serving as Combat Electronics Officer and Ordnance Officer aboard the amphibious transport dock USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20) and Public Affairs Officer at Naval Training Support Center San Diego.  Outside of his professional life, Blakes interests include traveling (21 countries and counting), keeping up with current events and politics, studying world history, collecting coins, and playing board and video games.  Blake lives in Houston with his husband Christian.

What made you consider business school?
With my background in the liberal arts and serving as a leader in the military, I knew I needed to expand my business skill-set before I could make a successful transition to the private sector.  I’m eager to fill the knowledge gap and further develop my skills with the foundational business education and opportunities an MBA brings.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about getting to know my new classmates and learning from their diverse perspectives and experiences.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My greatest inspiration and role-model is definitely my great-grandfather, who rose up from a poor farming family in Kentucky to become a successful businessman and co-founder of Krispy Kreme.  In today’s business community, it has to be Tim Cook, the now-out CEO of Apple.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love traveling and exploring.

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14

Jun 2016

#WeAreOrlando: A Letter and Request from Reaching Out’s Executive Director

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Where were you Saturday night?

I was at my wedding. My husband Shawn and I have been together over 13 years and following last year’s marriage equality ruling, we decided to finally tie the knot. It was a joyous celebration with friends and family. Following the event about 30 of us ended up at a nightclub with our friends and stayed until close.

Luckily I happened to be in California, but I could have been in Orlando and the night might have ended much differently. I still haven’t processed what it means that my wedding will forever be tied to such a callous act towards the LGBT community. Worse yet is the thought that any of us celebrating a night out in such a perceived safe space could have been in a situation like the shooting victims at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

While our thoughts can go to the victims, that’s not enough. Yet it also isn’t productive just to get angry or sad, and many of us are wondering what we can do to help and to heal.

Reaching Out was founded with the simple principle that if we come together as LGBT MBAs (both students and professionals) we hold great power and influence that can impact change. It’s time to give back and use that collective voice to help those from the LGBT community who need support.

With that in mind, we are asking all students and professionals in the Reaching Out network to join us for a donation & Thunderclap campaign to raise money for the victims and their families of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. For those unfamiliar with Thunderclap, it is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks.

Here’s what you need to do:

1)  Make a donation to the Victims the Pulse Shooting Fund

This fund was established by Equality Florida and supported by the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both the Chattanooga and Aurora shootings. All funds will go directly to the victims and families of the shooting.

2)  Sign-up for our Thunderclap campaign & let all our voices be heard collectively on Sunday

It may feel like your voice is lost by itself, but together we can be heard and influence others to add their support.  Let’s show that LGBT MBAs can and will give back to our greater community. On Sunday at 12noon, any social networks you register with will show the following:

“I’m joining LGBT & Ally MBAs around the world in donating to the Pulse Victims Fund #LGBTMBAsGive #WeAreOrlando http://thndr.me/SzcuWg”

Please join us and show that together we can have an impact.

Sincerely,

 

Matt Kidd

Executive Director

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01

Jun 2016

Reaching Out: Brazil 2016 Recap

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The Reaching Out staff crossed the equator for the second annual Reaching Out: Brazil Conference on May 14. Part-learning, part-networking, part-career fair — our Saturday in São Paulo at FGV-EAESP sped by. We couldn’t have put on such a successful event without our sponsors: McKinsey & Company, AmBev, A.T. Kearney, Goldman Sachs, IBM, J.P. Morgan, and Dow.

In the morning, after a warm welcome from Reaching Out’s Matt Kidd, Brazilian students and young professionals listened to panelists speak about what it means to be out as an LGBT person at work. Then, we placed a spotlight on lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in our second general session. This community is a double minority in the business world, and several LBT women spoke about their unique experiences and educated their colleagues about the challenges they face.

In the afternoon, we packed into a nearby restaurant for lunchtime networking. Our students and sponsors made great connections while enjoying some great São Paulo cuisine. When we returned to FGV, our program resumed with a focus on the upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero. We were fortunate to have a representative from Dow (a Worldwide Olympic Partner sponsor) and a member of the Rio 2016 organizing committee speak with one another about the intentional inclusion of LGBT equality in the Rio Games in contrast to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

We wrapped up the afternoon with some breakouts on consulting, finance, and technology. Our sponsors answered questions about their industries before sending everyone down to a Career Fair where students and sponsors had the chance to talk and make connections. We really enjoyed being in Brazil for the second year in a row. Many thanks to our sponsors and the staff at FGV-EAESP. We look forward to next year!

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