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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nate Micon

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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 NATE MICON (Yale School of Management)

Raised in Niagara Falls (NY), Nate moved to DC to study Finance and International Business at The George Washington University. Nate has been in management consulting since he graduated, first at IBM and then at Booz Allen Hamilton. Most recently, he worked as a Consultant at Greenwich Strategy where he advised corporate clients on growth strategies and performed due diligence for middle market private equity investor clients. Nate is a political news junkie and in his free time enjoys running, traveling, and (during summers, at least) exploring the beaches of New England with friends.

What made you consider business school?
When I started working, I realized the complexities of navigating large organizations as an LGBTQ individual and the difficulty of bringing one’s true self to the office. I’ve been lucky to meet some inspirational mentors along my way and my time on the Board for Booz Allen Hamilton’s LGBTQ employee diversity group enabled me to work with firm leaders who cultivated inclusive environments and empowered employees to be themselves. I’ve seen how these strong leaders can positively shape organizational culture, and how that culture can be determinative of a range of things, from morale to creativity and innovation. Business school is a way for me to hone my leadership skills so I can develop into one of those effective leaders.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I can’t wait to meet my classmates. I love hearing people’s stories. Each story helps you learn, empathize, and adds nuance to your reply to any question beginning with “Why…?”. I can’t wait to absorb these stories and grow from the collective experiences of my classmates.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
There are so many activists and leaders who I could name—and who have done so much for our community. But on a personal level, one leader is my former co-worker and the President of Booz Allen Hamilton’s LGBTQ employee diversity group (GLOBE) because he constantly pushed me to grow. He unashamedly brings his true self to work every day, and looks fierce doing it. He taught me about the power of advocacy in the workplace, he inspired me to get involved in GLOBE, and he showed me how to educate my colleagues and push an agenda of inclusiveness. He understands the intersectionality of the issues facing many groups and broadened how I defined my community. He lives the mantra of “We’re better together”.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Nothing inspires and energizes me more than being around my family and friends. Except coffee.

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Anna Kamerow

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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 ANNA KAMEROW (Yale School of Management)

I am passionate about literacy and learning. I grew up in Washington, DC, and then went on to receive my bachelors degree in English from Harvard College. After college, I spent a year travelling around the world on a fellowship. I settled in the Bay Area and spent the next four years teaching middle school in Richmond, CA. My teaching experience began with two years at a traditional public middle school. Later, I joined a charter organization as a founding teacher of a new school. I’m attending business school to gain private sector expertise to help schools develop functioning systems, replicate working models, and scale at the pace necessary to serve more kids. I’d love to chat about educational equity and social and racial justice. In my free time, I enjoy lengthy novels, lifting, and live music.

What made you consider business school? 
The day-to-day success wonderful teachers and students are experiencing in their classrooms will not be enough to guarantee success for all children. While there are pockets of great schools across the country, many students in high-need areas are not getting the support they need and deserve. It is my hope that the thoughtful meeting of business best practices and education experience can accelerate the closing of the opportunity gap. Additionally, women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are incredibly underrepresented at the top levels of the education world. I hope to amplify underrepresented voices and help keep students at the forefront.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I cannot wait to be in such a dynamic learning environment.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
This is a surprisingly hard question for me. The first answer that comes to mind is all of my former students. They are far more resilient, curious, and hilarious than a lot of the people I come across on my social media feeds.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
RuPaul is my queen.   

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Brandon Perkovich

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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 in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.

MEET BRANDON PERKOVICH (YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Brandon Perkovich is an MD/MBA candidate and aspiring leader in healthcare. Hailing from Southwest Florida, Brandon attended Harvard College where he studied the history of medicine, focusing on the history of HIV/AIDS, Psychiatry, and LGBTQ experiences with the American healthcare system. While an undergrad, he began working in the world of epidemiology and public health research with a focus on under-studied and high-risk LGBT subpopulations. He moved to San Francisco after college to work in health care administration. When it became clear that the career he endeavored to build involved directly providing patient care, he started medical school at the University of California, San Francisco in 2012. He will be continuing his medical training in Emergency Medicine after finishing his MD. He interrupted his medical training to pursue an MBA at the Yale School of Management in 2015. He continues to be involved in research, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, LGBT health issues, and health care quality improvement. He hopes to bring together clinical know-how and managerial acumen in the world of health care administration. Outside of his professional life, he’s an avid trail runner, urban cyclist, collector of old medical educational materials, crossword enthusiast, and James Bond buff. 

What made you consider business school?
Over the course of medical school it became clear that the problems I found most engaging, the leaders and mentors I found most inspiring, and the work I found most rewarding all were located at the intersection of patient care and administration. I needed a way to broaden my training, and business school offered an opportunity to accelerate my career as an aspiring leader in healthcare. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about the people! There are precious few opportunities in life to really dig in and get to know a cohort of folks from so many different walks of life who share a desire to help push their respective fields. 

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
That I maintain an open invitation for a morning run, trail run or otherwise!

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
Road tripping across the USA!

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