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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Dayna Hine

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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.


I grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut where I earned a degree in Political Science, Women’s Studies and Human Rights. I dedicated my spare time to advocating for women’s and LGBTQ rights as the head of the university’s Gay Straight Alliance, as a wellness educator and through internships to support the HIV positive and the transgender communities. I started my career in the nonprofit sector, eventually landing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I combined my love of process and building with activism throughout my career. My most notable career distinction is building the infrastructure of Girls Who Code to support the movement’s rapid growth to 40,000. I love staying active, baking, watching football (Go Blue!), and spending time in Central Park with my fiancé, Rocky.

What made you consider business school?
The main factor in my decision to attend business school was my desire to have more flexibility in my career advancement. Working at a high growth company gave me exposure to other sectors outside of the nonprofit space that piqued my interest. My long term goal is to start my own social enterprise company; however, I am looking forward to exploring and building my professional skills and network in the private sector to build up to my goal. Business school was a clear way to make a career transition, while expanding my professional network and meeting other emerging business leaders and mentors.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?The people! I attribute a good portion of my career success to learning from incredible colleagues and mentors and I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet a group of classmates with diverse sets of backgrounds and specialties to continue to learn from. I’m also looking forward to learning from some of the brightest minds in business through my professors. And, of course, I’m very excited for University of Michigan football!

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
This might be bit cliché, but I look up to Ellen Degeneres and Rachel Maddow. Both women paved the way for younger generations to have an easier path to being themselves and risked everything to get there. I did not grow up with exposure to the LGBTQ community and the two women were the visible leaders I was looking for – one as a friendly face in the room and the other as a fierce intellect. I was able to see a little bit of myself in each of them which was was essential to my personal development. The other business leaders that I look up to are my parents. They might not be famous, but they taught me the value in doing well by others and maintaining integrity, even when it’s most challenging.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m terrible at relaxing. I love being busy all of the time and exploring or learning something new. It’s been great for meeting new people and trying out new hobbies, like rugby and flag football, but is not great for my friends who like beach and spa days.

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