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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Scott Shaefitz

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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 SCOTT SHAEFITZ (New York University, Stern School of Business)

Scott was born in NYC and raised in Weston, CT. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2011 where he studied theatre and psychology, he moved to NYC to pursue his dream of a career as a professional actor. Scott worked as an actor in NYC and around the country in addition to multiple “survival” jobs until he found his professional goals shifting. He then stepped away from the entertainment industry and pursued opportunities at smaller education and healthcare technology firms, where he worked in various roles across strategy/business development, operations, and marketing. Scott will be attending NYU Stern with the goal of pivoting his career back to the entertainment industry, ideally within the rapidly evolving television/streaming space where he can contribute to the consumption of content that is as artful and influential as it is financially successful.

What made you consider business school?
I started to consider business school when I realized that I wanted to return to the entertainment industry in a corporate capacity. Business school will provide the resources and community I have been looking for to hone my technical skills, broaden my personal and professional networks, and allow me to effectively connect my lifelong passion with my professional experience.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited for the diversity I am going to encounter in business school. I am looking forward to learning from all of my classmates’ experiences and broadening the way I think about business, culture, and the world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by leaders that embrace the aspects of their identity (sexuality and gender­‐based or otherwise) that have traditionally been seen as “other” or “less than.” In addition to performing at the top of their respective fields, they use their position to call attention to these issues and serve as advocates for their communities. Some examples include Tim Cook, Malala Yousafzai, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Sandberg, and Lavern Cox.

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Sam Young

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Sam Young

School (Program/Concentration): NYU Stern School of Business

Summer Internship:  Visa- Corporate Finance, San Francisco, California

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Coming from a quantitative background, I believe the first year in business school prepared me for some of the more qualitative aspects of the internship (e.g. how to join a new organization and effectively navigate its culture). As shocking as this may sound, even in more quantitative functions, soft skills can still be a very important aspect of the role.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
Payments is a fascinating industry, which is expected to grow exponentially. Therefore, I hope to A) learn as much as possible about the industry and B) have an impact on the organization.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
An internship is a great way to test a new company, function, or city, so have an open mind!

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Hopefully planning the best conference to date!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Have your school’s career office review your resume as soon as possible and with so many events going on at the conference, map your schedule in advance.

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Apr 2016

Ally Week at NYU Stern

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At Reaching Out, we’re proud to be affiliated with some really incredible LGBTQ clubs at MBA programs around the country. Last week, OutClass at NYU’s Stern School of Business held its annual Ally Week, and we wanted to share it with all of Reaching Out’s readers.

Allyship: an active and consistent practice of unlearning and re-evaluating beliefs and actions, in which a person seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized individual or group of people

Originally focused on LGBTQ programming, Ally Week at NYU Stern has grown in recent years to include the many affinity clubs and identities within the student body.  Each year, Stern finds ways of including new perspectives and cross-identities, and this year was no different. The week kicked off on Monday with a workshop led by Google about inclusion and the role of allyship in team environments. On Tuesday, small lunch discussions at local Greenwich Village restaurants were moderated by affinity club leaders, followed in the evening by a panel about Asian stereotypes. On Wednesday, the club screened the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, with a Q&A featuring director Peggy Rajski as well as Jason-Daniel Fair from The Trevor Project. Thursday, the group held an “Ask Anything” forum, followed by Stern’s weekly beer blast hosted by Stern Women in Business. On Friday and Saturday, OutClass and the other Stern affinity groups organized community service projects around the city. All through the week, allyship took over Stern’s lobby with an ally pledge and public ally board. The word ally continues to have a strong meaning within LGBTQ advocacy, but OutClass has found kindred spirits in the many contributors and sponsors of a now annual event: Stern Diversity Committee, Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students, Military Veteran’s Club, Stern Women in Business, Asian Business Society, Stern Community Service, Stern Parents, Google, and Accenture.

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