Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Romelle Morris
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 ROMELLE MORRIS (NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
I grew up in Gary, Indiana and attended The University of Iowa, studying Marketing and Chinese. After college, I took a global sourcing position at Target Corporation pursuing my interest in international business, consumer behavior, and the retail industry. Throughout my time at Target I have held a variety of positions across Target’s sourcing, allocation, and merchandising strategy teams. My Target experience has cemented in me a passion for consumer behavior and trend research. After business school, I plan to move into a marketing or consumer insights role within a growing consumer discretionary company. Outside of work, I love a good debate (ENTP) and spend a good amount of my free time watching documentaries. When I am not debating, I also love to shop.
What made you consider business school?
The retail environment has become increasingly volatile as new retailers and brands use technology and innovation to disrupt the traditional retail experience. Going to business school would give me a chance to step out of retail, learn from growth-minded professors and students, and ultimately form a better perspective on what companies and brands are equipped to win in the new business environment.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to officially join the Kellogg community and meet all my classmates. I get energized by getting to know people and understanding their unique perspectives on the world. I get very excited when I think about all the amazing people I will meet and learn from in school.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
James Baldwin, for his bravery, intellect, and unparalleled ability to express the complexities of being gay and black in America. Harvey Milk, for being a trailblazer and representing the LGBT voice in American politics. Howard Schultz, for not only being an innovative business leader but also for repeatedly standing for diversity and inclusion at Starbucks. Angela Ahrendts, for giving us a master class in luxury goods rebranding at Burberry and taking her branding expertise to the innovative world of technology.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I believe in living life to the fullest. I have made and learned from many mistakes in my short life. I am painfully aware of how different my life could have turned out. I push myself and those around me to chase their passions while remaining lighthearted, resilient, and optimistic.