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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Spencer Davis

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.



MEET SPENCER DAVIS (GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Spencer is a JD/MBA candidate at the George Washington University. A native Virginian, Spencer grew up in Virginia Beach and, after a short stint studying opera in Oklahoma, graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BA in economics with a minor in political science in 2014. After graduating, Spencer moved to Washington, DC and joined FedBid, a reverse-auction government procurement platform. In 2015, Spencer joined the government sales team at CEB (now Gartner). Spencer has completed two years of law school and is looking forward to her immersion year at the GW School of Business. Over the past year, Spencer has worked at small law firm focused on labor and employment matters. Spencer plans to work as a corporate attorney and has a great interest in antitrust and M&A. Spencer is a student member of the National LGBT Bar Association, Virginia Equality Bar Association, and the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia. When she’s not studying, you can find Spencer spending time with her wife and their three dogs and cat! They enjoy visiting breweries and wineries, and love to travel. Spencer and her beautiful wife, Emma, live in Reston, Virginia.

What made you consider business school?
I knew going into law school that I wanted to couple my degrees and do the joint degree program. While having an MBA is not necessary for being a good corporate attorney, an MBA is necessary for the kind of corporate attorney that I want to be – one that is client service centered and can relate to and understand the business concerns that keep clients up at night. I believe that not only being able to understand the legal needs of a client, but also how their legal needs will impact their business operations is a valuable asset. Likewise, better understanding a client’s business needs can help define legal strategy.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am incredibly excited about meeting new people, engaging different skill sets, the travel, and, of course, being a ROMBA and Forte Foundation Fellow. However, I must admit, I think I’m most excited for a little sabbatical from the law school!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Laverne Cox, Anderson Cooper, Ellen Page, Rachel Maddow, and Elon Musk, just to name a few!

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I could eat mexican food and listen to rap music every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it! Also — our pets are our everything! My wife and I have a terrier mix, an old english sheepdog, an aussiedoodle and a massive maine coon cat!

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Sully Sullivan

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.



MEET SULLY SULLIVAN (INDIANA UNIVERSITY, KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I was born and raised in Indianapolis before moving to New York City in 2011 to work for UBS Financial Services. I began my career at UBS by completing a rotational Graduate Training Program and eventually moved into several roles that provided me with experience managing databases, projects, and people. I moved back to the Midwest in 2017 and I am currently an MBA candidate (Class of 2019) at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, my alma mater. Outside of my professional career, I have committed my time to several organizations that provide assistance to LGBTQ youth.  I managed a quarterly resume workshop for graduating high school seniors at the Harvey Milk School in NYC and volunteered as a Lifeline Counselor at The Trevor Project, answering phone calls from LGBTQ youth across the country feeling suicidal or needing a safe place to talk. In my personal time, I enjoy channeling my inner chef in the kitchen and acquainting myself to the beautiful city of Chicago, where I reside when I’m not at school.

What made you consider business school?
I want to become an effective leader.  Taking a two year pause in my career to hone my leadership skills and identify my unique leadership style was one of the main reasons I considered returning to school.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
All of the student clubs!  I’m excited for the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, to try new things, and to discover a few new passions and hobbies.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I’m drawn to those that use their privilege and voice to highlight charitable or awareness-raising campaigns.  Two leaders that come to mind are Tyler Oakley and Chance the Rapper.  Tyler, a YouTube star, uses his voice to help prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth and has introduced thousands of children across the country to The Trevor Project.  Chance uses his fame to promote peace by actively promoting campaigns to combat gun violence in the Chicagoland area.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love adventures and new experiences.  If you’re doing something fun and are looking for a companion, let me know!

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Simon Ellis

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.



MEET SIMON ELLIS (LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL)

 

Simon is an MBA candidate in the class of 2019 at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, he spent three and a half years working for Finsbury, a WPP-owned financial public relations company. During this time, he principally advised clients from Russia and the CIS region, focusing on reputation and crisis management issues, as well as M&A and IPO work. Simon studied Modern and Medieval Languages (German and Russian) at the University of Cambridge, spending his third year abroad in Moscow working for a French law firm. Outside of work and studies, Simon is a keen runner, swimmer, reader and Netflix-watcher.

What made you consider business school?
I felt that it was the right time to make a change in my career and develop new skills for the next chapter of my working life. In the last few years, I have become very aware that I don’t have a business education, so the MBA will allow me to gain a more rounded skill set and improve my leadership abilities to set me up well for my career going forward. Ultimately, I want to push myself to be the best I can be.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’ve been so impressed by the people I have met at the admit events, so I really can’t wait to meet the rest of the 2019 cohort. I think the admissions committees at many schools do a brilliant job of compiling a diverse, talented and interesting class. I consider myself fortunate to be able to learn from them over the next two years.     I am also looking forward to having a second chance at being a student. In hindsight, I wish I had been more involved with various clubs and the LGBT community at undergrad, so this is a great opportunity for me to do it right.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Billie Jean King for being a trailblazer, both for the LGBT community and for women. She has been a role model for decades, even during times when attitudes were less tolerant than they are today.  Richard Branson for being a strong advocate for greater diversity and equality. He understands that we need to continually reinforce positive messaging to foster inclusive workplaces.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am obsessed with tennis. I play all year round, I travel to watch tournaments, I even watch it on my phone on the commute. I practise my swing (without a racket) walking around my apartment and have damaged several walls and light fittings in the process.

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