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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Chelsea Jones

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender 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 lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET CHELSEA JONES (University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, but Austin has been home for about nine years. I was a Radio-Television-Film major at The University of Texas, and after spending a summer in Los Angeles as a production intern on CBS Paramount’s since-cancelled Medium starring Patricia Arquette, I moved backed to Austin to work as a producer for the Austin-based creative content company Arts+Labor. Prior to starting business school, I spent almost five years managing internal and external communications, information management, and legal support for an energy management firm. I also run my own freelance editing and design business, creating and refining content for individual, small-business, and non-profit clients. Outside of work, I spend my time reading the news and books about psychology and linguistics, watching TV on Netflix, trying new restaurants with my parter Marty, and playing with our two giant dogs. Marty and I just finished fully remodeling a house a quarter-mile from Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, so we are also enjoying fishing and relaxing on the water. I am an avid volunteer for the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where I teach a free, 12-week, designated evidenced-based education course for family members of individuals with mental illness. I am an only child and a night-owl, and I love live music, storytelling, and technology.

What made you consider business school?
Given my creative and writing-intensive background, I am going back to business school in order to build a stronger foundation in finance, accounting, and economics to supplement my experience in communications. I hope to apply those skills, innate and acquired, to consumer-focused positions in marketing.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I love academics, and a postgraduate education has always been an important ambition of mine, but I am most excited about joining a network of highly-accomplished and mission-driven individuals–like the other ROMBA Fellows and members–who are committed not only to personal achievement but to making business better at large.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Cecile Richards, Lena Dunham, Rachel Maddow, Tim Cook, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anita Sarkeesian.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am an outgoing introvert. While I love meeting new people, deep discussions, and public speaking, group settings are tiring, and I need time alone to recharge.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Bryant R. Ramirez

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs.  Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.

MEET BRYANT RAMIREZ (UT AUSTIN, MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Bryant Ramirez, from San Francisco, California, is a ROMBA Fellow attending the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. After business school, Bryant is interested in pursuing a role in corporate or digital strategy at a leading, innovative Fortune 500 company, particularly within the technology or travel/hospitality industries.    Bryant earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, majoring in Business Economics and graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and College Honors.    Bryant began his professional career as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, with a focus on technology strategy and implementation. Bryant has significant experience working with various Fortune 100 companies to solve many issues facing today’s corporate environment, such as implementing next-generation financial planning systems and delivering cloud and digital strategies.    Bryant has also founded a nonprofit called Sparkr (sparkr.org), which aims to make business schools the hubs of innovation leadership, particularly among communities that are underrepresented in our society’s leadership today.    Outside of his professional career, Bryant’s interests include traveling around the world (33 countries and counting) playing guitar and vocals, attending concerts and festivals, and rooting for his favorite sports teams. Go Niners, Warriors, Bruins and Longhorns!    Bryant is proud to be among the first ROMBA Fellows, which will provide a platform to change the culture and dynamic of LGBT inclusion in the business world, where people who identify as LGBT have an equal voice and footing in all levels of business leadership. 

What made you consider business school?
Business school provides me the avenue to re-explore my place in the business world through building a solid educational foundation, establishing my personal brand and fostering lifelong friendships with my class. While consulting taught me many foundational business and professional skills, I wanted to continue my career elsewhere, where I could focus as a strategist within a particular field. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I want to learn as much as I can from the perspectives and experiences of as many of my fellow classmates and apply these learnings to how I approach my professional career and personal growth moving forward. This will be the last time I will be in this kind of an academic “safe space” to explore various perspectives openly and frankly. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I want to learn as much as I can from the perspectives and experiences of as many of my fellow classmates and apply these learnings to how I approach my professional career and personal growth moving forward. This will be the last time I will be in this kind of an academic “safe space” to explore various perspectives openly and frankly.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m most inspired by leaders who started with “nothing”, worked their way to make an impact in their respective industries, and go well beyond their “fields” to make a social impact. People like Bono, Tim Cook, and Oprah Winfrey come to mind here. They all have demonstrated that a person from a modest family upbringing could work their way up to both attain individual acclaim and create societal impact. 

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to explore, especially when I get to explore along with others. Whether it’s music, traveling, sports, or food, I always find an avenue to learn something new and impart my own perspectives upon new experiences. It’s just another way to keep continually growing and learning. 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
After accepting my offer to McCombs, I spent about 5 months traveling throughout 18 countries in the Asia Pacific and Europe. Before you ask for my “favorite”…     Most unique: Burma, Most scenic: New Zealand, Most “naturey”: Australia, Best food: Japan, Best architecture: tossup between Denmark (Copenhagen) and Austria (Vienna), Most late nights: Thailand

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