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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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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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Nov 2014


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We are thrilled to announce that Yale School of Management has joined the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship, which was created as a joint effort between top business schools and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools & MBA programs are outstanding opportunities for self-identifying LGBTQ young professionals and their active allies to build their careers.

The Fellowship recipients will receive a minimum $10,000 scholarship for each academic year as well as access to various Reaching Out programming, mentoring and LGBTQA leadership opportunities, some of which would be developed specifically for these Fellows.

As part of accepting the Fellowship, the students will also agree to take a national leadership role in planning content for at least one Reaching Out initiative during his/her time in business school.

Learn more about the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship & Scholarships

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