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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Matthew Gill

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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 MATTHEW GILL (EMORY UNIVERSITY, GOIZUETA BUSINESS SCHOOL

Matt is a first year MBA candidate (class of 2019) at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He was raised in Wellesley, MA and moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry and minors in Marketing and Music Performance. Matt went on to pursue his passion for marketing and held various positions in the entertainment and technology fields. His responsibilities included negotiating and executing brand partnerships for Walt Disney Studios, developing and implementing creative asset strategies at DreamWorks Animation, and digital ad sales at Houzz, Inc. Outside of his professional life, Matt enjoys leading philanthropic initiatives, most recently taking on the role of Co-Chair of the Houzz Philanthropy Committee. He also has a deep appreciation for the performing arts and attends as many concerts and theatre productions as possible.

What made you consider business school?
I decided to pursue business school because I wanted to further develop my leadership skills, as well as have more international business experience. Business school offers a unique opportunity to learn from peers who have different cultural and professional backgrounds, as well as course work and travel modules that incorporate exposure to global business practices.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?An important component of business school is learning how to build and be a part of an effective team. I am looking forward to working with my peers in a variety of team settings, ranging from my core study group to professional clubs.

Who are some of the leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society – you pick!) that most inspire you?
I have always admired and been inspired by Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His fresh perspective, leadership skills, and commitment to music education have helped to redefine classical music. Furthermore, he brings passion and energy to each and every performance.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a classically trained oboist and have played since the third grade.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Lindsay Sanders

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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 LINDSAY SANDERS (BABSON COLLEGE, F.W. OLIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Lindsay Sanders, from San Francisco California, is an MBA candidate at Babson College, focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation. Her passion for social change began as an undergrad in broadcast and electronic communications at San Francisco State University while producing a documentary about the homeless crisis in San Francisco. That experience opened her eyes to the power of technology, storytelling, and empathy in fueling positive social impact. Since then, she’s used that passion to develop socially-minded communications and marketing strategies for companies in the private and not-for-profit sectors. In her spare time, Lindsay can be found trekking through the country’s national parks, writing music with her partner, volunteering in the community, or mapping out her next international expedition.

What made you consider business school?
While I was working in Kenya at a maternal healthcare nonprofit, I saw many opportunities to use business to create social change at scale. This inspired me to apply to business school to round out my skills in operations and management, and learn more about international development and social sector leadership. My long-term goal is to create my own social enterprise, and an MBA will equip me with the skills and networks required to bring my ideas to fruition.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
There are so many things I’m excited for – it’s impossible to pick just one. First, I’m elated to connect with and learn from my peers. Business school is a melting pot of people from all over the world, with diverse industry experience. There is so much that we can learn from each other as we each bring our own unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom. Second, I’m excited for the myriad of social innovation and social impact opportunities that exist on and off campus. From the Net Impact Club to social innovation centers to this ROMBA fellowship, there are so many opportunities to drive change, locally and globally, through an MBA program.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Some of the business leaders in the LGBT community, and in society, that inspire me are: Brene Brown, for her pioneering research on shame, empathy, and vulnerability. Billie Jean King, for paving the way for women in sports and for being a fierce advocate for gender equality. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, for his leadership in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda through business and for being an active LGBT ally. Nelson Mandela, for his courage and commitment to social justice and unity.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a total hobbyist and am insatiably curious. If I could, I would be a professional amateur, like AJ Jacobs. From producing documentaries to playing guitar to making jewelry – I love learning and creating.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Lex Nguyen

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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 LEX NGUYEN (DUKE UNIVERSITY, FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I grew up in Hue, Vietnam & share the family name “Nguyen” with 40 million other Vietnamese. So, if you know other Nguyen’s, chances are we’re not related. I worked in Marketing at Unilever for Comfort fabric conditioner and launched a water-saving fund to ensure every Vietnamese have access to clean water, among other things. I also enjoyed tremendously the 1-year stint in Singapore, although my Singlish was not very good lah! From selling fragrant Comfort, I challenged my marketing skills by managing a (rather smelly) fish sauce product. Aiming to transition to tech industry and work in marketing or product management, I led Vietnam branch of a mobile-marketing startup. I’m a devoted servant of my cats and I jog when I need to think.

What made you consider business school?
My goal is to work in tech marketing or product management. An MBA will give me a chance to learn relevant skills and the network needed to get my dream job. It will also be a transformative experience that makes me become better as a business leader and individual.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Meeting international and US friends! I can’t wait to learn more about the world through them!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook. He’s a successful business leader who outspokenly support LGBT community. His business is also very environment friendly, needless to say that Apple is improving the way we live, work, and play.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m both a cat and a dog person.

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