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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Patty Arehart

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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 PATTY AREHART (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, QUESTROM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Patty is a first-year student at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where she is concentrating in Public & Nonprofit Management. Prior to Questrom, Patty worked in education and learned the benefits of mission-driven leadership at her school in Boston. Back in her hometown, Columbus, Ohio, Patty enjoyed working with a foundation that funded local programs designed to foster economic self-sufficiency for women and build leadership skills for girls. Through this work, Patty became interested in the ways public and private sectors can work together to improve their communities. As an undergraduate, Patty studied political science at Kenyon College, with a particular interest in comparative politics and political philosophy. Ever since graduating, she has often been found daydreaming about that picturesque town with the best bookstore, decent coffee, and not much else. Her other interests include traveling, tennis, and trying to cook as effortlessly as her mom.

What made you consider business school?
I’ve had the chance to work with leaders who organize teams around their institutions’ missions to great effect, and in order to do so myself, I felt I needed to gain a more nuanced understanding of what makes an organization tick. Business school stood out as the next step for how the curriculum so uniquely builds hard and soft, theoretical and personal skills.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m looking forward to the chance to grow through the curriculum with a cohort of peers, engage with the greater Boston community through clubs and projects, and generally learn as much as possible!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Barack Obama, Billie Jean King, Jean Paul Agon, and Isabella Allende.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My family is from Chile, and I love to visit any chance I get.  If you’re ever trying to condense a tour of world geography into just one passport stamp, Chile’s combination of mountains, volcanoes, deserts, vineyards, and beaches won’t disappoint!

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kyle Piers

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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 KYLE PIERS (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, QUESTROM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Born and raised in Connecticut, Kyle headed to Boston for college and never left. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) and a Master of Science in Biotechnology, both from Northeastern University. For the last 6 years he’s been part of a dynamic research team at Merck & Co., working in the preclinical discovery space to develop drugs for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Kyle has served as the chair of Merck’s LGBT employee business resource group for 3 years, and has also helped build OUTBio, a grassroots network of LGBT biotech/pharma professionals in the Boston/Cambridge area. Kyle is thrilled to join the Health Sector MBA program with a concentration in Strategy and Innovation at the Questrom School of Business. A firm believer in work-life balance, Kyle enjoys traveling, cycling, attending symphonies, and seeing Broadway shows in his downtime.

What made you consider business school?
It wasn’t until I intimately observed cancer from the perspective of my cousin that I considered pursuing an MBA. After a year of accompanying her to immunotherapy appointments, I had this overwhelming sense of responsibility to do something more proximal than pre-clinical drug discovery research to impact human health. After conversations with mentors and colleagues, business school seemed the best path forward to hone a skillset integral to Business Development & Licensing that would complement my natural tendencies to build relationships and help others. I intend to fuse this education with my scientific background so that I can influence a pharmaceutical company’s pipeline and success in delivering innovative medicines to patients like my cousin.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’ve narrowly focused on science in my education and career thus far, so I’m really excited to give myself these next two years to learn completely different topics and to begin an intellectual and personal evolution that expands my understanding and perspective.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Selisse Berry, the founder and CEO of Out & Equal (O&E) Workplace Advocates, has paved the way for so many people to bring their authentic selves to work. Attending the O&E Summits over the years has inspired and educated me, as well as shaped my views of the power that diversity and inclusivity can bring to a business. Brian Piccini, the owner and CEO of Boston Urban Hospitality, is a dear friend who continues to impress me with how he’s tapped into his personal network and harnessed his own diversity to build a successful footprint in Boston with three (soon to be four) exquisite restaurants.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a scientist both in the lab and in the kitchen – I love cooking elaborate meals to unwind. Oh, and desserts are my favorite part.

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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Yetunde Abass

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from business schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (Oct 12-14), which this year will include an inaugural Professional Day for alumni and our 20th ROMBA Gala Celebration with Anderson Cooper!  

Not only will the leaders tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBTQ MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

LGBTQ MBA & business graduate students, alumni and applicants can register
for the 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (October 12-14) here.

Name: Yetunde Abass

School (Program/Concentration): Boston University Questrom School of Business (dual degree candidate MBA/ MS in Digital Innovation)

Summer Internship: MBA Intern, Contact Engagement Program at Pegasystems in Cambridge, MA

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Although I wasn’t particularly fond of it at the time, most of my classes at BU required me to do a lot of presenting. It really strengthened my ability to orally communicate complex ideas. I’m grateful I got that experience because in my internship I regularly have to present — formally and informally — on the research that I am doing. I am much more confident than I think I would have been otherwise.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
(1) I am working for a company that is working to change the way it presents and positions itself against its competitors. It has been interesting to observe this first hand; I think this is a valuable exercise to keep in mind regardless of any future career choice I make. (2) The level of responsibility I have been given in this internship is new and unfamiliar to me. I’m hoping to use this experience to become more persuasive and lead projects more confidently.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019?
Get to know people working outside of your functional group—especially if what they’re doing interests or excites you.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
Meeting up with some of the cool folks I met last year! Also after all of the phone calls, brainstorming sessions, and organizing committee retreat, I’m excited to see these sessions finally come alive.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Don’t feel bad if you don’t end up attending every session or event you originally intended. Meeting and networking with LGBT students and professionals from around the country (and world!) is an equally valuable use of your time.

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