Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Will Taylor
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 WILL TAYLOR (DARTMOUTH UNIVERSITY, TUCK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)
Will Taylor is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. While at UNC, he was an active member on campus, holding leadership positions within student government and the campus YMCA, and serving as member of the Chancellor Student Innovation Team. After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked as an investment banking analyst with a focus on consumer & retail clients before exiting to a client — joining the Corporate Strategy team at the Hudson’s Bay Company. Over the last three years, he worked on a number of key initiatives across the organization. This includes leading the post-merger integration efforts of the Gilt Groupe into the HBC portfolio of retail banners across every aspect of the business. Outside of work, Will is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling to new cities and eating good food.
What made you consider business school?
Business school has always been a dream of mine. As an undergraduate, I knew I wanted to pursue a master’s degree to further my education, expand my network, and grow in my career as a future business leader.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The opportunities! To learn, to be challenged, to meet new people, to try new things, to travel, to grow and to graduate a more thoughtful, impactful leader for the world.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
During my pursuit of an MBA, I had the pleasure of meeting Vivienne Ming, a ROMBA advocate and mentor, at Yale SOM. During her talk titled “Using Machine Learning to Unlock Human Potential”, she opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of breaking down barriers and using science to further the role of business in society. Further, I was greatly inspired by Randy Pausch’s book “The Last Lecture,” which has taught me how to live my life to the fullest.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I prefer red wine to white, gin to vodka, mayo to mustard, steak to chicken, sweet to savory and enjoy cooking as an avid chef with five years of personal experience and two years of volunteer experience in a professional kitchen. My signature dish is a Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo.