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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Alexandra Tapley

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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 ALEXANDRA TAPLEY (BABSON COLLEGE, F.W. OLIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Alexandra Tapley is an MBA candidate at Babson College in Massachusetts. Alexandra graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in International Relations with minors in marketing and conflict resolution studies. During her time at USC, Alexandra was an award-winning member of the women’s Varsity rowing team, winning a PAC-10 Championship and competing at NCAA Championships. Alexandra’s experience in international relations, social responsibility and working with street artists from local youth community centres and the surrounding neighbourhoods of South Central, Los Angeles led her to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. Following her time at USC, Alexandra worked as an Associate Producer for the acclaimed documentary filmmaker and author, Jon Reiss and his company Hybrid Cinema. During her five years at Hybrid, Alexandra worked on the sequel to the internationally acclaimed film, “Bomb It”, which featured street-artists from 12 different countries. Alexandra also served as an outreach and distribution consultant for the film “Fambul Tok”, produced by Rory Kennedy. For the past three years, Alexandra has been based in Boston, streamlining her family’s business, The Children’s Spoon Inc. – an international social education program for children into an online platform and mobile app. In addition to The Children’s Spoon, Alexandra, with 25 years of equestrian experience, has been working in nonprofit development for equine therapy centres in addition to instructing children with special-needs and veterans. Alexandra was born and raised in London, England, and holds dual-citizenship with the United States.

What made you consider business school?
I first considered business school when I took on re-booting a family business, that focuses on social education for children, into an app/online program.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Having worked with top gaming developers and child education specialists in both Boston and San Francisco over the last few years during pre-production of my app, I am excited to take the company and development to the next stage and complete production during my MBA. I can’t wait to work with and learn from people with vastly diverse backgrounds and experiences from myself and discover new areas and opportunities. Maybe in business school, there are more than just 24 hours in a day?

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My inspirational leaders have a varied range. Growing up in England, I looked up to Winston Churchill, not because of his victories but because of his humility as a leader. He acknowledged his shortcomings as a leader, and always reminded people that we are all just human. But first and foremost his decree was never to give up – always persist! I find Richard Branson’s business and entrepreneurial spirit inspirational. I would be remiss not to include an athlete, being a former coach and DI college athlete For me, Chris Ernst, an Olympic rower, who along with her Yale teammates back in 1976 paved the way to create the opportunities that female athletes enjoy today. She is the Billie Jean King of rowers!

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love a good adventure into the unknown.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Alex Masica

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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 ALEX MASICA (THE OHIO STATE, FISHER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS)

I am passionate about solving problems for the modern consumer and want to create products and experiences that change peoples’ lives. I enjoy working at the intersection of technology, creativity, and communication. I believe design today is about solving problems and is a critical process to go through in order to make sense of complexity and help humanize technology. As a child, I was always interested in how things were made. As a professional, that has transcended into loving the product development lifecycle in its many forms. I appreciate and value how one-on-one market research mixed with the right data can be the catalyst for driving many new product decisions. I believe in the lean startup and product management models combined with human-centered design, and use them to nimbly learn, produce, fail, and iterate. Working on smaller marketing and product teams has given me the luxury of learning new skills at rapid pace and the chance to make many decisions that affect various channels. From reimagining email marketing programs to developing digital media strategies, my creativity and knowledge of digital marketing are always being put to the test. Outside of work, I enjoy staying active outside by cycling, running, and hiking. I also like to get together with friends for brunch, practice photography, and develop websites.

What made you consider business school?
I chose to attend business school because I wanted to elevate my career, learn the necessary skills for the next stage of my career, and to build a wider network of next-generation leaders.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Honestly, I am most excited about being a full-time student again. I love being in the classroom and learning. Outside of that, I am ready to get involved with various student organizations and learn from my peers. What I think is great about business school is that there is a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and career paths that lead everyone to this point—there is so much to learn from everyone.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’d like to share two. One is local to Minneapolis and one is globally recognized. The first is Nancy Lyons, who is the CEO of Clockwork, a digital interactive agency in Minneapolis. I admire Nancy because of how she runs her business. She begins with hiring smart people who are also really nice (one of the requirements on every job description), trains them well, and then lets them go create great work that clients love. She is also a huge advocate for treating employees well and how businesses can adapt their policies based on employee input. Based on the people I’ve talked with who work for her, this is a huge morale booster for them because they know their leader trusts and respects them. She’s built a people-first culture and I admire her for that. She also sits on a number of boards, including the Family Equality Counsel. If I can be half the leader that Nancy is, I’ll be happy. The global business leader I admire is Sheryl Sandberg. Before reading Lean In, I didn’t know a lot about her. After reading it, I sought out as much information about her as I could find and now try to keep up with speaking appearances on YouTube and other pieces she authors. I admire Sheryl for her compassion and ambition, two traits required to do well in the technology sector. Her compassion shows through all of the work she’s done to shed light on issues women face in the workplace and also in how much pride she has for her own employees. Her ambition has allowed her to chase and fulfill her goals while also empowering other people to chase after their own.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a big advocate of giving back and helping mentor and mold the younger generation. I’ve spent nearly 10 years volunteering with a youth leadership camp in Wisconsin called Badger Boys State, where 17-year-old men learn about the US political system and what it means to be a servant leader among their peers and in their community. I started as a counselor and now lead their media production team.

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Jul 2017

Class of 2019 LGBTQ MBA Fellowship Retreat

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Reaching Out hosted its third class of Fellows this month at the LGBTQ MBA Fellowship Retreat in New York City over the weekend of July 21st. The Class of 2019 is comprised of 54 Fellows representing 36 schools around the world, and will collectively receive over $1.3M in scholarships for each of their two years as LGBTQ MBAs.

Friday morning was set aside for travel and sightseeing with Fellows coming from as far away as Indonesia and as close as the Bronx. The retreat officially started with the MBAs introducing themselves with the help of some prompts. Each introduction ended with a response to the question “Who are your people?”. Their answers drew from a wide range of areas, below is just a short list of who they mentioned:

  • trans community
  • people of color community
  • comics/cos-play fans
  • outdoor adventurers
  • cat people
  • dog people
  • book fans
  • travelers
  • educators
  • military community
  • foodies
  • arts and theater community

Friday wrapped up over dinner where the Fellows were able to spend more time getting to know each other and the Reaching Out staff.

Saturday’s agenda delved into specific fellowship content, leading with a panel of rising MBA2s to share their MBA1 experience. First day jitters, recruiting for internships, effective networking, and ways to manage life during an MBA were among the topics of discussion. Following the panel was a leadership workshop led by McKinsey & Company. Through a number of interactive exercises, the McKinsey staff were able to get the group to identify what leadership qualities they already possessed, areas where they could be further developed, and an understanding of what environments inhibit or engage their ability to lead. Over lunch, several LGBTQ MBA alumni sat down with the group for an informal Q&A about the evolution of their career and relationship with Reaching Out. A brief presentation on fellowship benefits and opportunities finished the day’s informational content.

Reaching Out is inherently an LGBTQ organization and to stress that importance the retreat always includes an LGBTQ tour which highlights the history of the local community. This year’s class was treated to a tour of the west village where much of the LGBTQ movement of the 20th century took place. The tour guides led the Fellows to the streets of the aids crisis, the site of the stonewall riots, the front door of an underground gay speakeasy, and other places of note for LGBTQ history and culture.

The retreat ended with a reception style dinner at a local restaurant known for its LGBTQ clientele where the Fellows continued the conversations and connections that will support them as they begin their MBAs.

 

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