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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Darren Le

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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 DARREN LE (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Hello all, I’m Darren and I have grown up in three countries with different degrees of LGBT rights: Vietnam – once conservative but opening-up country, Sweden – the flagship in LGBT rights, and Singapore – economically developed but socially religious and conservative society. Born in a small town in Vietnam, I responded to the struggle of my identity with renewed determination to win the scholarship to National University of Singapore in Economics major. While the school cultivated a fair environment for everyone, life outside in Singapore was much more challenging for “people-like-us”.  I continued searching for inspiration while attending the Engineering Management program at Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. There in Sweden, I joined the LGBT rugby team ‘Stockholm Berserker’ – the experience that changed my life. From my captain, a proud married entrepreneur, I drew real courage and inspiration to have pride in my identity and develop a positive outlook. Coming back to Singapore, I joined LGBT dragon-boat team Utama, volunteered for Publicity team in Pink-Dot movement, and were advocating for better understanding of LGBT community at my company – Garena. the unicorn tech start-up of South East Asia. Throughout that life-defining journey, I learned a hard lesion that our rights are never given, they can only be earned. An economically and politically stronger LGBT community will push the movement forward – and this is why I am looking forward to build a long-lasting relationship with all of ROMBA. Together we will build a stronger LGBT community.

What made you consider business school?
To develop further in Product Management career and to prepare for my future business venture in Technology. This is why I applied to Haas.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?Gaining an enormous knowledge and skills through intensive coursework, student activities, projects and internship is the first thing that I look forward to. Second, I hope to build a long-lasting and meaningful relationship in these two-years.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I admire my ex-captain in Stockhom LGBT rugby team Peter Sahlstrom for his courage and positive thinking which had great influence in me.  In business, my boss Forrest Li – founder of the biggest Internet company in South East Asia is my role model on how we should lead people with integrity.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
The craziest thing I have ever done was participating in No-Pants Subway Ride in Stockholm 2011: by being bottomless in the middle of harsh winter. I was a bit shy when people started asking me why, but I was delightedly surprised by how people reacted. Two policemen after inquiring my group decided to take photos with us. The lesson here is: we may be surprised with people’s kindness if we do it in a right way, and we will never know until we try.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Chad Johnson

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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 CHAD JOHNSON (INDIANA UNIVERSITY, KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Chad is an MBA candidate at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona he graduated with an engineering degree from Santa Clara University and began his career as an Account Manager at NetSuite where he worked with leaders of technology companies to position tools that helped them exceed aggressive growth targets. After 6 years in various sales, leadership, and enablement roles he joined Salesforce where he found a passion for the intersection of social responsibility and the role that technology is playing in the evolution of healthcare and consumer goods companies. He is looking to leverage his business school experience to develop the skills necessary to tackle the challenges of modern business and the changing nature of customer demand. Chad was a varsity member of the Santa Clara rowing team. In his free time, he can usually be found cycling, exploring the outdoors, or enjoying great food with friends.

What made you consider business school?
Business school is an opportunity to gain a wholistic understanding of business from both classroom and experiential perspectives.  Kelley specifically brings together an incredibly diverse and impressive group of students and professors that create a unique environment to learn from one another.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I am really looking forward to learning from my peers and stepping out of my comfort zone to take on complex projects and to grow as much as possible both personally as well as professionally.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am really inspired by Harvey Milk.  He taught us that we can do our best work when we are out and true to ourselves.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I really enjoy giving back and helping to raise money for important causes, in fact, over the summer I participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride.  This 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes place over 7-days every summer and raises millions of dollars every year for critical HIV/AIDS support services. It was a life changing experience and I can’t wait to do it again!

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Carlton Forbes

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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 CARLTON FORBES (CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, TEPPER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

My name is Carlton Forbes, and I am a Class of 2019 MBA Candidate at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition to the ROMBA Fellowship, I am also a Consortium Fellow and have been selected to receive the David A. Tepper and Wallace L. Jones Scholarships. My areas of concentration will be Strategy, Organizational Behavior and Operations Management. Prior to business school, I worked for 12 years in the legal industry and most recently at Goldman Sachs.

What made you consider business school?
I decided to attend business school as a means to accelerate my career trajectory by expanding my network and enhancing my analytical skills.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?I am excited to learn new things, meet new people, and work towards making myself a better person outside of the realm of academics and recruiting.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by the next generation of leaders (young people I have met formally through mentoring relationships and informally through the normal course of life). I want to not only set a great example for them to follow, but also position myself to stay on the cutting edge as society moves forward.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Although I tend to be introverted at times, I derive a great deal of energy from my interactions with people. Whether we are commiserating or collaborating, I am happiest when immersed in group settings.

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