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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Yang Zhang

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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 YANG ZHANG (VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, OWEN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Born and raised in Northwest China, Yang moved to Eastern China where he attended pharmacy school. After obtained his Bachelor of Medicine, he accepted full scholarships to pursue a master’s degree in pharmaceutics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon graduating from Duquesne in 2014, Yang headed to Tenseness to join the Department of Pathology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Working as a biomedical scientist during his time there, Yang came to realize that current technology falls short of the clinical needs. For this reason, he is convinced that accelerating the conversion of new technologies to commercialized clinical products is imperative. After spending three years at St. Jude, he decided to change his career focus from biomedical research to the development and commercialization of new technology by pursuing an MBA. Yang is excited about joining the Class of 2019 at Vanderbilt Owen with a focus on finance and strategy. He is also a tennis enthusiast and an amateur painter.

What made you consider business school?
The career change I am making is so significant, from biomedical research to financial services, that I need a place where I could take a step back to focus on the bigger picture and become well-rounded. I cannot think of a better way to accomplish this than going to business school. I hope an MBA will help me leverage my academic credentials and financial skills to play a more business-oriented and client-facing role. I also come to business school to meet more liked-minded people. I believe the two years I am about to spend at Owen will be the most amazing time of my life.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Flexibility. I enjoy taking control of my own time. I tend to be more productive and creative when I have the flexibility of hitting the gym, having a nice breakfast and taking a nap whenever I feel I need to. I also really look forward to going on many trips with my classmates. We are all young, energetic and adventurous. What is going to be more fun than traveling together!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I find many athletes very inspiring. Some top athletes are extremely successful both in sports and business world, such as William sisters, Maria Sharapova (did I mention that I am a tennis fan?), Lewis Howes and Lebron James.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
If you’re a foodie, we will get along just fine.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Will Taylor

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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 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.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Timmy Fan

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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 TIMMY FAN (UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, SIMON BUSINESS SCHOOL)

I was born in southern China and raised in North Carolina. Being ambitious and adventurous, I started my journey traveling abroad when I was three years old, and I had been to 30+ in total since then. Traveling makes me feel surrounded by new cultural atmosphere; the world seems different to me, and I enjoy those differences. I obtained my B.S in Chemical Engineering in North Carolina. After interned with GE, worked as entry level product manager and promoted as director of operation at a start-up financial service company, I decided to go to business school for my MBA degree. I live by the quote “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

What made you consider business school?
“When you feel life at crossroads, you need a higher perspective view.”

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
New Place. New People. New Life.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?|
Sia. Her stories inspire me that I shouldn’t give up even I don’t have anything left to lose.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love both men and women. Love is not about gender but about who you truly love.

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