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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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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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