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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Angelo Carino

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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 ANGELO CARINO (Harvard Business School)

Angelo Carino was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY before heading off to Dartmouth College where he majored in Economics, with a fictitious minor in campus leadership, as he likes to joke. Since graduation, Angelo joined Google’s business organization and in the past 5 years there has held a variety of roles across sales and marketing, and across the country. Currently Angelo works as a product marketing manager for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in San Francisco where he is responsible for all digital brand and awareness campaigns for GCP globally.     Angelo is most passionate about issues of social justice, equality, and diversity & inclusivity, including: women’s rights, LGBT rights, empowering diverse and small businesses, mental health awareness, and socioeconomic status. Though his full-time role is in Product Marketing, Angelo’s aspiration in life is to empower the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs, specifically minority- and LGBT -owned businesses, by eliminating obstacles to online entry. In his personal time, Angelo led the conception and development of the Accelerate with Google Academy, created to assist minority-, LGBT -, and women-owned businesses in establishing a web presence and growing their businesses online. He also helped launch Google’s first-ever Small Business Supplier Diversity Program, created to increase diversity in Google supplier base and purchasing. He is a passionate boxer, spoken word poet, proud Uncle, YouTube fanatic, fantasy reader, One Young World Coordinating Ambassador, and award-winning activist for justice and equality for all. He’ll be attending Harvard Business School in the Fall of 2016.

What made you consider business school?
For the past 5 years, I’ve worked only in the sales/advertising and marketing space for a large technology company. This road, though wonderful, has not lined up that well with my long-term goal to maximize organizational impact and success for socially-minded entrepreneurs and small-business owners. I plan to attend business school, gain a depth of knowledge both inside and outside of the classroom, and afterwards transition into generalist consulting to grow my business knowledge, across diverse industries. And subsequently join a leading social/public-sector consulting firm, thus realigning with my long-term plan.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The people, the travel, the case method, the diversity of experiences and perspectives, and Harvard’s Innovation Lab.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tracy Chapman … “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m an Aquarius, ‘to a T’. Oh, and as the White Rabbit would say, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!”

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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Andy Blevins

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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 ANDY BLEVINS (Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management)

Andy Blevins is originally from Denver, CO. He enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as a Cryptologic Technician, a few short weeks after graduating from high school. Serving under the archaic DADT policy, Andy had a successful career and was named his command’s “2010 Sailor of the Year”before being honorably discharged. He attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree in English and Urban Education, and continued at the same university while studying for his Post-Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. He is currently enrolled in the JD/MBA dual-degree program at Willamette University. Andy served as an intern in First Lady Michelle Obama’s office, through the White House Internship Program, and a Mission Continues Fellow with Junior Achievement, where he focused on project development/implementation and education policy. He is no stranger to the LGBT military community, and has served in various capacities with OutServe-SLDN, the Military Partners and Families Coalition, the American Military Partner Association, and the Military Family Advisory Network. Outside of the military community, Andy has worked as an advocate and adviser for LGBT youth through DeMolay International, OneColorado, and the Special Olympics; he co-founded Genders and Sexualities Alliances/Quorums through his cohort in the White House Internship Program and at several high schools and colleges around the state of Colorado; and he has delivered dozens of cultural competency sessions to help educators and school officials better support and represent their LGBT students. In his spare time he likes to read and cook.

What made you consider business school?
I have always been interested in serving my community through the Boards and commissions of nonprofit organizations; I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do so the last several years. I constantly find myself gravitating towards the inspiring leadership that many MBA community members exhibit. Participating in the JD/MBA program gives me the opportunity to develop those same leadership skills, broaden my own horizons, and accelerate my legal career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to make new connections with my professors and peers! In law school, the majority of us have the same skill-sets and interests; I am excited to meet a diverse group of people and to learn from their strengths and perspectives.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Aisha Moodie-Mills, CEO of the Victory Fund, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc., Kathy Wolfe, CEO of Wolfe Video, Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Congressman (NY-18), Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator (WI).

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a total boss at Disney karaoke, and I am definitely not ashamed.

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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Andrew Jancaric

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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 JANCARIC (University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management)

Prior to starting his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Andrew spent three years working for BASF, the worlds largest chemical company.  At BASF, Andrew completed the rotation-based professional development program and learned how large corporations evaluate and implement major capital investments.  Through roles in strategic planning and capital project execution, he built a functional skill set that has served him well throughout his MBA journey.  Andrews involvement with LGBT advocacy began when he was studying chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, a school widely ranked as one of the least LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation. In this environment, he recognized the need to effect positive change in the campus culture.  He became the Vice President of A&Ms largest LGBT student group and the only openly LGBT member of the student senate.  Working with transgender student advocates and his student senate colleagues, he successfully persuaded the university administration to add gender identity and expression to the universitys non-discrimination policy.  Andrew was raised near Dallas, TX and has a deep passion for the food of his home state, including tex-mex, BBQ, and fried chicken.  He enjoys making craft beer with his dad and watching HGTV with his mom. He lives with his boyfriend and two other Anderson students in West LA.

What made you consider business school?
I have always believed that the best kind of investment you can make is an investment in yourself.  I see business school as a fantastic opportunity to expand my skill set, broaden my way of thinking, learn from accomplished individuals, and boost my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am incredibly excited about the people that I am studying with. When I went to Andersons preview weekend, I got stuck on a crowded elevator with 13 other admits.  While we waited for the fire department to come rescue us, we all went around and introduced ourselves and what our pre-MBA stories were.  It was amazing to see how impressive and humble everyone in that elevator was. When we finally got rescued, we all agreed about two things: 1) one should never overload an elevator, and 2) if the rest of the class was as great as everyone in that elevator, the next two years would be amazing

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk (and more recently Annise Parker) for showing the world that the LGBT community could lead, Sheryl Sandberg for showing how to lean in (even in the face of great personal tragedy), and Martin Luther King for being unafraid to speak truth to power.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love craft beer! My Dad and I are amateur home-brewers.

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