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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Natasha Torres

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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 NATASHA TORRES (WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY MBA) 
I am a dual degree MBA/ JD student at Willamette University. I currently live in Salem, OR with my wife and two bulldogs. My previous positions with the education and law fields have given me insights on risk management and the critical importance of creating strong foundations in the core of any company. One of my long term goals involves the creation of an organization dedicated to helping other women of color open successful and sustainable businesses in Oregon.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted the opportunity to tackle hard issues like workplace equity and create spaces for more minority women business leaders to thrive. I hope to use my knowledge of business and law to advocate for the empowerment of underserved communities.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited to connect with women executives and learn some of the ways in which they balance the high-stress and unequal demands while still remaining true to their core values and authenticity.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
When I was transitioning out of my teaching career, I relied on the knowledge and power provided to me by Jennifer McClanahan-Flint. I have also been fortunate and honored to witness the significant life changes and sacrifices many of my sorority sisters have made to work towards their fulfillment. Some of these notable women and inspirations include Dr. Cassandra St. Vil, Frederique Thomas, and Eve Torres.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am much more willing to invest in myself now than I was five years ago. I know my value and I work hard everyday to create positivity and empowered leadership.

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10

Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Mark Mosby

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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 MARK MOSBY (COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

Hello! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, but my parents moved our family to Greenville, Texas shortly before I entered high school. In high school, I excelled both on the football field and in the classroom, which afforded me the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 Football at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). I reported to USAFA for Basic Cadet Training on 28 June 2007, and my life has never been the same since that day. At the Air Force Academy, I was challenged beyond measure academically, physically, and mentally. I also took advantage of the opportunities to fly glider aircraft, travel internationally, and develop my leadership skills. I graduated from USAFA with a BS in Behavioral Science in May of 2011 and have been serving in the Active Duty Air Force as an officer ever since. During my Air Force career I’ve served as a diversity recruiter for the Academy, in which I recruited the world’s most qualified diverse candidates to attend the Air Force Academy; a program manager of a high-tech cryptographic system program; and an Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) instructor, teaching and developing the leadership skills of AFROTC cadets at Louisiana State University. I will be headed to Columbia Business School in the fall to pursue my MBA, and I am thrilled about what lies ahead in the future.

What made you consider business school?
I believe that business school is the perfect way for me to transition from a career in the Air Force to a career in the civilian sector. During my time as an officer, I have had plenty of opportunities to develop the softer skills, such as leadership (and leadership development), communication, teamwork, etc. The curriculum I’ll take during business school will enhance my technical abilities in areas such as accounting, finance, economics, and data analytics. Both the soft skill sets I have acquired in the military and the harder, more technical skill sets I will learn in business school are fundamental to a successful career in business.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
What excites me the most about business school is the opportunity to foster relationships with my classmates. I will be going to school with extremely intelligent, passionate leaders coming from a wide range of industries and functions. I am excited to learn from their previous experiences and the things they are passionate about and share my experiences and passions with them as well. I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to lead in the LGBT MBA space through ROMBA. This will be the first opportunity for me to do so, and I am excited to serve a community that I care so deeply about.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
To be completely honest, the one leader that inspires me the most is Abraham Lincoln. His thoughts and beliefs were so progressive for his time, and he fought for what is fundamentally right: equality. Furthermore, he embodies the characteristics that I believe are core to every leader: honesty and humility. A close second would be President Obama. The progress that was made during his presidency through the repeal of both the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy as well as the Defense of Marriage Act had a direct, profound impact on my life as a gay military member. Not only could I serve proudly and openly, but I could also marry someone I was truly in love with. I am certain that I wouldn’t be the confident person I am today without his leadership.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am an ambassador for diversity & inclusion through both by my words and my example. I have made deliberate choices throughout my Air Force career to dismantle stereotypes and break down barriers to create a more diverse, inclusive environment within the Air Force. I am also passionate about leadership and leadership development as well and take opportunities to lead and develop other leaders when they arise.

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09

Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Maria Del Toro

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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 MARIA DEL TORO (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Maria del Toro is  an MBA candidate for the class of 2019 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Originally from the Bronx, New York, she has dedicated herself to revitalizing and empowering under served communities by building a career in nonprofit development and fundraising for a wide range of social justice, environmental, arts and education organizations. Maria previously served as the Development Officer for the Equal Rights Center, a national civil rights nonprofit dedicated to promoting equal opportunity in housing, employment, and access to public accommodations and government services for all populations. Prior to the ERC, she worked with The White House Project a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization working to advance women in business, politics, and media, where she primarily managed the organization’s foundations portfolio of regional, national, and venture philanthropy funders. Professionally, Maria has also supported the development efforts of several other truly groundbreaking nonprofits including the San Francisco Green Film Festival, SEO Scholars, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. In a volunteer capacity, she is an active advocate for two majors innovation hubs – Latinas Think Big and Be Social Change. Maria is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a Faculty Scholarship recipient and member of the President’s Commission on Racial and Cultural Diversity.

What made you consider business school?
Though I loved fundraising, I quickly learned that there are more efficient ways to scale impact than through a conventional philanthropy-based nonprofit model. At The White House Project, our Corporate Council members paid annual fees for us to provide training to the women within their companies. At the Equal Rights Center, through our Multifamily Housing Resource Program, housing developers hired us to ensure that their residential units were compliant with accessibility laws.  If these models could succeed in accelerating the outcomes being produced, then I could forge a new path—one outside of the nonprofit sector—while still actively advancing social and economic equality through my work.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
As nerdy as it sounds, I am most excited to be back in a classroom again! As a grant writer, I have always been writing papers and under deadlines, so that part of school never went away for me. However, I’m thrilled to be back in a classroom with driven, passionate peers to help me grow and push me to my limits.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Sonia Sotomayor is my daily inspiration. I keep a picture of Sonia along with the acronym “WWSD?” in all of my workspaces, I throw a birthday party for her every year, I’ve dressed up as her on Halloween, and if I ever write an autobiography the title of it will be “Just Like Sonia.”

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Though I have written over $8 million in grants, two of the most unique ones, by far, were for a project focused on conducting cognitive research on orangutans and another that involved converting a food truck into a mobile pop-up arts venue.

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