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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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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Allie Esslinger

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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 ALLIE ESSLINGER (NYU, Stern School of Business)

Allie Esslinger is a Southern transplant living in Brooklyn. She began working in entertainment as a joke writer during her time at the New School and freelanced for various magazines and blogs while transitioning into film. She grew from intern to associate producer on the feature length documentary Eat, Drink, Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip and worked as a development producer for independent television projects and commercial agencies while completing an MFA in screenwriting. She opened Olive Juice Films in 2011, initially as a traditional production services company, creating projects for platforms like Above Average, Major League Gaming, Maker Studios, and VICE. Since then, Olive Juice has expanded to include content marketing and digital strategy for independent filmmakers, nonprofits, and startups. Most recently, the company co-created Live From Tomorrow, a monthly talk show and fundraising platform for New York’s startup scene. In 2013, Allie founded Section II, a streaming network showcasing Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LBTQ) content. Named for the clause in the Motion Picture Production Code that outlawed homosexuality on screen till 1968, Section II is now the destination platform connecting LBTQ stories and audiences with a library of over 500 features, shorts, and series. Allie loves television, big sunglasses, iced coffee, and Alabama football.

What made you consider business school?
Although I’m very proud of the work my team and I have accomplished at Section II, I think it’s important for the filmmakers we are working for that we scale our operations and generate formidable partnerships outside of the niche and indie film worlds. Business school is a great opportunity to learn about different trajectories for a small/growing business and to pinpoint new strategies and ideas about what comes next.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am really looking forward to being employable!  I have worked for myself throughout my entire career, as a producer/director at Olive Juice Films and then as the founder of Section II. It’s exciting to learn more about corporate life and begin to build the skills that will allow me to transfer into a larger-scale environment, as we continue to grow into the studio system.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Lara Spotts is the Head of Development at Bravo, and she has done an amazing job there promoting diversity and improving the quality of representation for LGBTQ characters and creators. Kelly Bush Novak is the founder of ID-PR, a publicity firm that works closely with many of the most interesting LBTQ celebrities in Hollywood. She herself is gay and worked closely with Ellen Page to strategize her coming out and her career as a newly-minted gay icon. Katherine Grainger at Civitas is someone who I really admire from my knowledge of her work at LPAC.  Lucy Mukerjee-Brown is the programmer of Outfest, the largest LGBT film festival in the world and does an amazing job leading that male-dominated industry niche.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My top five favorite inventions are 1. television 2. libraries 3. gel pens 4. pocket scarves 5. right-on-red

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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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