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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Timmy Fan

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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 TIMMY FAN (UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, SIMON BUSINESS SCHOOL)

I was born in southern China and raised in North Carolina. Being ambitious and adventurous, I started my journey traveling abroad when I was three years old, and I had been to 30+ in total since then. Traveling makes me feel surrounded by new cultural atmosphere; the world seems different to me, and I enjoy those differences. I obtained my B.S in Chemical Engineering in North Carolina. After interned with GE, worked as entry level product manager and promoted as director of operation at a start-up financial service company, I decided to go to business school for my MBA degree. I live by the quote “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

What made you consider business school?
“When you feel life at crossroads, you need a higher perspective view.”

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
New Place. New People. New Life.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?|
Sia. Her stories inspire me that I shouldn’t give up even I don’t have anything left to lose.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love both men and women. Love is not about gender but about who you truly love.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jenika Shannon

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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 Rochester, Simon Business School)

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida – the youngest to two older brothers. I attended FAMU and obtained my B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I then moved down the alphabet to TAMU, where I earned my Master’s in Petroleum Engineering. Don’t let my degrees fool you, though. I am highly creative, and a major goof. I started playing the saxophone when I was 11, and have been deeply interested in all things music, since. It is my dream to record and release an EP in this lifetime. I also happen to be an avid karaoke singer (read: addict). Speaking of addictions, I could eat chicken wings for every meal for the remainder of my life. Museums, live music, and beautiful scenery make life worth living.  If I had to explain my entire existence through three actions, they would be: Experience. Learn. Create. I live by the words “do good, fear nothing.”

What made you consider business school?
I have a fiery passion for people. I am interested in why we do the things that we do, as humans, and why we make the decisions we make. Connecting with people and learning about what drives them brings me joy. As an engineer, I would not be in a position to make choices that would directly influence the consumer’s experience. As a businesswoman, I will be.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
For the first time in my life, I feel as if I am doing something that not only aligns with my abilities, but will also be fulfilling to me. I am excited to grow closer to my cohort, and build a foundation upon which I will change the world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Believe it or not, my one and only role model in society is Chance the Rapper. He is an independent artist with the talent and wit of the most experienced musicians and lyricists. He believes in something, and nothing on this Earth will sway him from that.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am genuinely interested when I ask how you are doing.

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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Andrew Gilchrist

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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 ANDREW GILCHRIST (University of Rochester, Simon Business School)

Andrew is a first year MBA candidate at the Simon School of Business where he is pursuing concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. After graduating with his doctorate in music, he spent time as a professor and professional opera singer, working with various arts organizations along the way. He has 4 years broadcasting experience from his time as an on-air host at WXXI Rochester, a public classical music radio station.  His experience as a performer and broadcaster have culminated in a deep interest in music distribution and marketing. His free time has been spent administrating a public outreach organization to provide a venue for young singers to perform and give free concerts for rural Idaho communities. He has a passion for the arts, especially classical music. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Musical Arts from BYU-Idaho, Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Tennessee –Knoxville, and a Doctorate of Music Arts from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).

What made you consider business school?
After having worked in the music industry and higher education I felt I needed a change. My experience working with arts organizations as an administrator helped me develop leadership skills. I wanted to capitalize on that experience and decided business school was the best next step to further my abilities.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about my finance classes at business school. I love finance and am ready to take formal classes to better understand financial principles and their practical application.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Steve Bezos, Tom Christoferson, Randall Thacker, and Sean Patrick Maloney.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to laugh and have fun and I am loud because I am an opera singer (too many years learning how to sing without a microphone).

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