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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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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Blanca Aguado

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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 BLANCA AGUADO (MIT, SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

For the past three years, Blanca has worked in the aerospace/aviation sector, advising high level executives and bridging the gap between industry and government with the goal of successfully implementing new technologies that benefit all users. During her time at a Federal Advisory Body in Washington DC, she engaged with foreign governments to work with the US in implementing new tech systems. Most recently, Blanca worked as a consultant for an inter-governmental organization in Brussels, Belgium, leading the expansion of the organization’s ties with regions across the world.  For the past six years, Blanca has served as an advocate and volunteer for air crash victims and their families around the world, helping to create an international federation and advising them throughout their meetings with world government leaders and United Nations’ officials.   A native of Madrid, Spain and a graduate of McGill University with a BA in Political Science and Psychology, you are most likely going to find Blanca discovering new places, drinking coffee (cortados!) and extensively explaining the benefits of siestas.

What made you consider business school?
For the past three years I worked in teams where I was the only non-engineer. By steering away from a purely technical approach, I gained insight into the important mechanics of the decision-making process that allows technology to foster social change. Working with governments, industry and civil society made me aware of the stark difference between good and excellent leaders, as well as how that can impact individuals and results. I soon understood that an MBA would significantly add to my background, allowing me to broaden my perspective of problems as well as my ability to formulate sensible solutions. For me, it all boiled down to one thing: in order to understand the world, I need to understand business.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?Without a doubt – the people. People with different backgrounds and curiosities with whom I will be able to share the common goal of always striving to make things better.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I’m inspired by leaders who are able to unite a large group of different stakeholders around a table and get results. Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first democratic Prime Minister after 40 years of dictatorship who forged an exemplary political transition, is an example of that.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Don’t ask me how, but I can fit everything I own in a medium sized suitcase.

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