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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Alberto Fabian

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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 ALBERTO FABIAN (NYU STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Born and raised in Chicago, Alberto received a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising & Public Relations at Loyola University Chicago in 2012. After graduation, he spent four years working in digital analytics at two of the largest global public relations agencies: Edelman and Weber Shandwick. Most recently, he worked as a data quality analyst at Google as part of the rebuild of Google Attribution 360 (formerly known as Adometry). While at Google he managed product integration and data management across 13 clients. Alberto is now a first-year MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business, specializing in Business Analytics & Strategy. In addition to being a ROMBA Fellow, he is also a fellowship recipient of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. In his spare time, Alberto is likely to be found reading a book or going for a run. In November 2017, Alberto will race in his third marathon in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

What made you consider business school?
As a communication professional turned analyst, I knew I needed to sharpen my quantitative and technical skills. I decided on an MBA specifically because I believe that analytics is about business problems, not just data or technology challenges. I believe that an MBA will help me better understand and navigate the business landscape to deliver true impact.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to engage with my new classmates. With approximately 400 students in my incoming class, there is naturally a lot of diverse talent and interests. I am thrilled to meet everyone, collaborate, and help shape each other over the next two academic years and beyond. As a life-long Chicagoan, I’m also excited to do that in a new city. 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Howard Schultz, Larry Page and Jeff Weiner are among the most inspiring leaders to me. They each represent a range of admirable qualities, pioneering initiatives around sustainability, diversity, community outreach, STEM education, and more. The principles upon which they’ve built their companies I think have contributed immensely to their success.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am often the first one on the dance floor.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Adam Macie

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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 ADAM MACIE (EMORY UNIVERSITY, GOIZUETA BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Adam is a current MBA student at the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University. Adam was born in Buffalo NY, raised in Atlanta, GA, and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he majored in Business Administration. After graduating in 2012, Adam joined the Huron Consulting Group as an analyst working to implement business process improvements and net revenue enhancement strategies at nationally recognized healthcare systems. In 2014, Adam joined Apple Inc. as a business analyst responsible for the forecasting, implementation, and oversight of global repair-related initiatives, confidential repair programs, and operational procedures. Outside of work, Adam has been involved with the Communities in Schools organization, serving as a volunteer math/science tutor for middle school students, Net Impact, and local running clubs in Austin and Atlanta.

What made you consider business school?
Through my experience at Apple and Huron, I have learned where I want to go in my career. Business school will provide me with the necessary breadth of knowledge and leadership skillset to draw from to ultimately make a larger, positive impact on society.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited to learn from the diverse experiences of my classmates, who will also become lifelong friends.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Lisa Jackson, Al Gore, Rose Marcario.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have never met a person I didn’t want to talk to or a dog I did not want to pet.

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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Aaron Lai

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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 AARON LAI (JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Aaron is a first year MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School. Previously, Aaron was a senior auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked with more 20+ companies throughout Asia. He has extensive experience in fields such as accounting, auditing, internal control, risk management, legal compliance, etc. Aaron graduated from National Taipei University in Taiwan, where he majored in accounting and minored in financial management. He grew up in South Africa and later spent his life living in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. Outside of his professional life, Aaron is a financial advisor for the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, the main NPO in Taiwan advocating for equal marriage rights which also trail blazed Taiwan to become the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage. Aaron is also a fervent soccer fan and avid reader of fantasy novels.

What made you consider business school?
After working in the accounting/finance industry for 5 years, I realized that I wasn’t satisfied with my ability to resolve some of the issues that I encountered. As I had the opportunity to talk with management with a lot of different companies, I realized that a lot of the issues that management encountered on a day to day basis required a variety of skill sets. As I started to research on what skill sets were required to resolve these complex issues, I spent a lot of time reflecting also on what I wanted in life. In the end, I realized B-school was the perfect pathway for a lot of my aspirations.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m mostly excited about finally going back to school. This time around, after having worked in the industry, I’m really looking forward to how my perspective has changed towards learning about business knowledge in the classroom. I’m also looking forward to JHU GMBA’s flagship program called Innovation for Humanity, where students are divided into groups, based on their skill sets, and travel to developing countries to solve real world issues by applying what they learned throughout the semester. It’s exciting because not only do you get the opportunity to “get your hands dirty” but also you also get the opportunity to really impact the lives of people locally.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m always inspired by people who are willing to do things differently. Some of the leaders that I look most up to are Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Marilyn Manson, and Hans Zimmer. These people have inspired me by the way they approach their respective fields—often swimming against the stream and not with it because they believed in what they were doing.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am the epitome of a global citizen. I grew up in South Africa and later spent my years living in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. Later in life, as an auditor working for PwC, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Asia. Now that I am pursuing my MBA in the US, I’m eager to travel to as many locations in the US as possible to see what exciting things await me. The funny thing is that I never deliberately devised a checklist or anything like that to specifically aim to travel to as many countries as I can, but I guess since my childhood, my life was always destined to be one that was mobile. But hey, I’m surely not complaining!

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