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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Rajiv Khattar

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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.


MEET RAJIV KHATTAR (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Rajiv wants to try and change the world (just a little). Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Rajiv attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he explored his passion for organizations and research and earned two degrees: one in Business and another in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Not one to stay in one place, Rajiv has been in strategic consulting his entire career, traveling to and partnering with some of the biggest companies all over the world. He’s hiked up a mountain in Hong Kong in sandals because the line for the tram was too long, gotten lost in Paris (twice), and lived in China for a year for a project. Because of these experiences, Rajiv has also gained a new perspective on organizations: He hopes to revolutionize the way businesses are put together and how they operate. In his free time, Rajiv is a lifelong learner, dabbling in photography, music, and technology.

What made you consider business school?
Even though before business school I had a lot of traditional post-MBA benefits (namely a career in consulting, management experience, and a global perspective of businesses), I want to facilitate the large disruptions we’re seeing in the relationship between organizations and the people in them. I wanted: (1) to take a bet that these same organizations will finally be ready for people-focused analytics, (2) the hard skills to be at the forefront of that wave of change, and (3) the broader view of a business by interacting with a lot of intellectually curious classmates.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m looking forward to seeing people of non-traditional backgrounds (race car drivers, news producers, and even opera singers) interact with Finance, HR, and Operations people; This creates an environment where we can learn so much from each other. It’s rare to have the time and resources in such a rich environment and I’m excited to see what new ideas emerge.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I get inspired by people like Malala Yousafzai (champion for education), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (notorious Associate Justice for the Supreme Court), and Fred Rogers (the Mr. Rogers). I also get inspired by the countless number of leaders in my community, though they may not be in the news as much.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a strong introvert. Keep saying hello. It gets better, I promise.

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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.

MEET DAYNA HINE (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

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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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Stefan Kapelac

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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 STEFAN KAPELAC (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business)

Stefan is a first­‐generation immigrant that grew up in Portland, Oregon. His background is in strategic planning and he is looking to continue working in strategy post­‐MBA. Stefan has lived in five different countries and his most time consuming hobby is traveling (and using airline points to do it on a budget). His interests include economics, tennis, hiking, guilty­‐pleasure TV, exploring food scenes, and forcing his friends to go dancing with him.

What made you consider business school?
I was at the point in my career where I was fairly experienced technically but didn’t have a lot of exposure to becoming a stronger manager. Business school seemed like the right path that would expand my skillset, increase my network, and give me the ability to explore other career fields.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s hard for me to pick just one thing – I want to take my time at Ross as an opportunity to self­‐reflect, particularly in terms of my values and how I want my career to unfold. I am extremely humbled by both the alumni of Michigan Ross as well as my incoming classmates, and I cannot wait to work with and learn from them in the next two years and beyond.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Peter Thiel for his entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropy, Sheryl Sandberg for always paying it forward and being the gold standard of a successful career, Greg Mankiw for his work in economics and making his studies accessible to a broad audience.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Dad jokes are the best jokes (and the way to my heart).

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