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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Simon Ellis

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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 SIMON ELLIS (LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL)

 

Simon is an MBA candidate in the class of 2019 at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, he spent three and a half years working for Finsbury, a WPP-owned financial public relations company. During this time, he principally advised clients from Russia and the CIS region, focusing on reputation and crisis management issues, as well as M&A and IPO work. Simon studied Modern and Medieval Languages (German and Russian) at the University of Cambridge, spending his third year abroad in Moscow working for a French law firm. Outside of work and studies, Simon is a keen runner, swimmer, reader and Netflix-watcher.

What made you consider business school?
I felt that it was the right time to make a change in my career and develop new skills for the next chapter of my working life. In the last few years, I have become very aware that I don’t have a business education, so the MBA will allow me to gain a more rounded skill set and improve my leadership abilities to set me up well for my career going forward. Ultimately, I want to push myself to be the best I can be.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’ve been so impressed by the people I have met at the admit events, so I really can’t wait to meet the rest of the 2019 cohort. I think the admissions committees at many schools do a brilliant job of compiling a diverse, talented and interesting class. I consider myself fortunate to be able to learn from them over the next two years.     I am also looking forward to having a second chance at being a student. In hindsight, I wish I had been more involved with various clubs and the LGBT community at undergrad, so this is a great opportunity for me to do it right.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Billie Jean King for being a trailblazer, both for the LGBT community and for women. She has been a role model for decades, even during times when attitudes were less tolerant than they are today.  Richard Branson for being a strong advocate for greater diversity and equality. He understands that we need to continually reinforce positive messaging to foster inclusive workplaces.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am obsessed with tennis. I play all year round, I travel to watch tournaments, I even watch it on my phone on the commute. I practise my swing (without a racket) walking around my apartment and have damaged several walls and light fittings in the process.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Sebastian Bernal

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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 SEBASTIAN BERNAL (CORNELL UNIVERSITY, JOHNSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Sebastian is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied business management and economics at Loyola University in New Orleans. Upon graduation, he worked as a strategy analyst at a switchgear manufacturing company, located in the outskirts of the city.   In the fall of 2016, he left the US to spend time back home before pursuing his MBA. While in Argentina, Sebastian worked as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte. Now, he is a first-year MBA candidate at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Sebastian is also a classical dance enthusiast. He enjoys practicing ballet twice a week and attending performances as often as possible.

What made you consider business school?
One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had was when I first had the opportunity to apply the knowledge I gained in college at work. So now, four years later, I am ready to repeat that experience. My goal is to continue working in the consulting world; however, I know I can be a better consultant if I go for a MBA. I am confident that business school will provide me with a great framework for developing consulting skills in a different way than just working.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I could not be more thrilled to join a new community! I really look forward to getting to know my classmates. I cannot wait to work, study, and grow alongside inspiring and diverse individuals.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Evita Peron, Michael Porter, and Britney Spears. Britney especially, because through watching her journey I learned to be fearless and resilient in my choices. She inspires me to always follow my dreams while staying true to myself.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I play Quidditch.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Rory Fitzpatrick

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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 RORY FITZPATRICK (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Rory is an MBA candidate at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Originally from Seattle, Rory graduated with honors from New York University with a double-major in Dramatic Writing and Film & Television and a minor in history. He moved back to the West Coast to work in the digital entertainment industry in Los Angeles. He has served in a variety of roles at Silicon Beach startups such as ZEFR, Jukin Media, and theStream.tv. At ZEFR, Rory was at the forefront of digital entertainment by managing YouTube content for 10 major film and television studios. While at Jukin Media, Rory developed programming for online video platforms with over 1 billion monthly views, and helped produce the first network television show based off of a YouTube channel. Rory is also committed to helping his community through his involvement with the Trevor Project, a crisis and suicide intervention organization serving LGBTQ youth. Outside of his professional life, Rory is an avid traveler and enjoys following U.S. politics.

What made you consider business school?
My academic background is in the arts and as I grew professionally I learned about positions within my industry I had no idea even existed when I started out. I found that I was much more passionate about the business decisions I saw my colleagues in the entertainment industry making over the artistic challenges. I knew to switch gears and pivot to a different career path I would need to expand my skill set. I am hoping to wed my creative background with a strong business education in my time at Marshall to launch the next stage of my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am very eager to learn about industries, career paths, and roles that I may have not been very aware of before coming to business school. I hope to broaden my horizons by engaging with my diverse classmates as well as my professors. I am also looking forward to traveling and studying abroad with my classmates through USC’s PRIME program.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Abbe Land, CEO of the Trevor Project, for her outstanding career as an advocate for underrepresented communities. I recently read a biography of David Geffen and I was struck by his perseverance and vision as he navigated his professional career. Most of all, I am inspired by my father who has mentored me and made me the person I am today.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have lost count of how many times I have reread “Game of Thrones”.

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