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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Bryan White

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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 BRYAN WHITE (George Washington University School of Business)

Bryan begins his Global MBA at The George Washington University in the fall (Class of 2018) with aspirations to create social impact on an international level. He was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA and attended undergraduate at UCLA, getting his degree in Communication Studies and participating in UCLA’s Marketing and Advertising Team. He studied abroad in the Italian cities of Siena and Padova where he first experienced the joy of global exploration. After graduation, he was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to teach English in a small, fishing village in southern Japan. He spent two years working with students, learning Japanese language and culture, and discovering Asias beauty. He was also selected to present a seminar to other JET Language Teachers on LGBT Living in Japan. Upon returning to the US, he moved to New York City where he supported Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Top Destination Specialist for Croatia at VisitCroatia.com in Business/Product Development. He later moved back home to Orange County where he worked as a Marketing Coordinator for the travel management company, Worldview Travel. Finding he wanted to make more of an impact on the local community, he entered a position managing the Events and Patron Relations departments for Long Beach Symphony. While there, he worked to conceptualize and execute creative, large-scale cultivation and fundraising events with proceeds benefiting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs. He is a music and theatre enthusiast, joining local theatre productions and attending concerts whenever possible.

What made you consider business school?
While considering my professional goals before I applied to business school, I realized that an MBA would be an important step in gaining creative freedom in whichever career or industry I decide to pursue.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited for our Consulting Abroad Project (CAP) project, along with the potential for other study abroad opportunities.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’m most inspired by people who aren’t afraid to break the status quo: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, George Takei and Freddie Mercury come to mind. Tim Cook stepping in as Apple’s CEO and then publicly coming out as the first Fortune 500 CEO was incredibly admirable. I look forward to living in a time, though, when minorities stepping into great leadership positions is not considered breaking the status quo.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I host game night with my friends at least once a week… we can get very competitive.

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Apr 2016

Learning Together on Lake Michigan: 2016 Club Leadership Summit in Chicago

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We had a great time in Chicago with the incoming leaders from over 30 LGBT MBA student clubs from schools across the U.S., Canada, and Europe! What a jampacked day it was. On a beautiful, sunny day, we learned about the highlights and challenges across many of our clubs at this 10th annual event, which is made possible by a generous donation from Shorenstein Properties in memory of Richard Chicotel, one of their out LGBT leaders who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 .

Despite vast differences in size of membership, engagement with the administration, and number of events, all our clubs showcased their unique LGBT campus pride… in about 3 minutes each as we kicked off the morning.

Our student leadership gave us great lessons across the board. Meghana Raghavan (Booth School of Business, Class of 2017) moderated a fascinating panel on the unique experiences of international LGBT MBAs. Given the sizable population of international students in North American business schools, we’re glad that Meghana’s panel gave us insight into the intersection of being international, LGBT, and a business student in the U.S.

Over lunch, Kellogg School Professor Julie Hennessy taught our club leaders about how to market and brand their clubs to maximize appeal and to be as effective as possible on their campuses. We were proud to be joined by admissions officers from Kellogg and Booth in the afternoon, who offered professional guidance as our students dove into a mini-case discussion on how to incorporate more LGBTs into business school admissions.

Later on in the afternoon, some representatives of our 2016 ROMBA Conference planning committee introduced this year’s theme: Authentic Disruption, and got the energy up for the conference in Dallas! 162 days and counting…

Finally, before we all headed out for a delicious Italian dinner, our club leaders divided their energy between three stimulating afternoon breakout sessions on ally programming, how to bring greater equality for LGBTs into a business school’s recruiting process, and how to create a stronger space for bisexual and transgender people, as well as those who aren’t comfortable with being out yet.

All in all, this year’s Club Leadership Summit was filled with learning, laughter, and last connections for the upcoming year and beyond. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 ROMBA Conference in Dallas and throughout the year across the country!

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Dec 2014

LBS EVENT RECAP: 2014 EurOUT Conference tackles Leading Global Businesses of Tomorrow

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This past November, the Out for Business Club at London Business School held it’s annual EurOUT Conference, which attracts participants from business schools throughout Europe.  Here’s a great recap by one of the students leading the event: 

By: Johnattan Leon

“Where are the lesbians?” joked Liz Bingham, Managing Partner at EY at the 2014 EurOUT Conference: Leading Global Businesses of Tomorrow.

Bingham was one of the distinguished speakers at the 2014 EurOUT Conference hosted by the Out in Business Club at London Business School on November 9th. This year’s edition of EurOUT was the biggest yet, expanding over three days to bring together 150 students and professionals from across Europe to the school’s campus. New to the Conference this year, was the first EurOUT Career Fair aimed at connecting more students with the internal LGBT networks of global companies, and a Sunday brunch to give everyone one last opportunity to network and exchange business cards.

On Friday afternoon EurOUT hosted the first LGBT Career Fair for 10 of the world’s leading consulting, finance, and technology organizations – including BCG, McKinsey, Bain, American Express, Google, and Microsoft – and students from leading advanced-degree programmes in Europe, such as Oxford, LSE, Insead, and Johns Hopkins. It was a unique platform for the companies to show their commitment to diversity recruiting and answer questions about what it is like to be LGBT in their organisation, highly relevant as a study by Deloitte noted that over 85% of employees are not out to their colleagues. Like any good LBS Fair, there was plenty of wine to keep the conversation flowing over to Shoreditch for a McKinsey-hosted dinner and drinks late into the night. For networking purposes, of course!

As arrivals began at 9:30am the following day, it was clear that even if EurOUT was not voted the best LBS Conference like it was in 2013, it should at least get a mention for having the prettiest people. All gathered in LT 6, the Conference explored the challenges the LGBT community is facing today to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to live a fulfilling professional life and become a member of the C-Suite. With keynotes and panels with some of the most successful and influential LGBT business leaders, including Liz Bingham, António Simões (CEO UK HSBC), Nicholas Goad (Managing Director, BCG), and Lord Browne, the audience was challenged and inspired to be authentic in the workplace, and for companies to openly recruit LGBT candidates from the onset. Not only because it might be the “right” thing to do, but as Lord Browne suggested, because it makes business sense: “Is really is important to recruit the best of the best, and it really is good to foster engagement. And I can say this as the member of two minorities, that people from minorities tend to over-compensate [in terms of effort], so why wouldn’t you seek out these groups?” Each speaker provided anecdotes of his/her life to remind everyone that a big part of their success was due to their decision to live an open life, and invest in meaningful relationships with their colleagues and clients. As Lord Browne learned after being outed by the media in 2007, “When you’re in a high-profile position, you have a duty to be authentic and clear on who you are. I wasn’t.”

Later that night, while enjoying a delicious Italian feast at Villandry thanks to BCG, the room was buzzing with excitement discussing the day’s messages and how to apply them to daily life. More so, it was a moment of pride for London Business School, which effectively set the agenda for the discussion around LGBT inclusion in the corporate workplace, bringing together influential leaders with the power to encourage and enforce the message to various corners of the world, particularly those where even today homosexuality is a criminal offense.

And for those who are wondering, the lesbians are at Barclays, claims Amy Stanning, Senior Programme Manager, who shared her moving story of coming out and going through a transition while successfully climbing up the ranks of the bank. She also heads Barclays LGBT Spectrum Network for UK and Europe with…another trans woman!

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