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Mar 2016

Why we need Out Women in Business

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Can you name a woman at the top of her field? We’ll give you a few seconds. While you think, here’s some Wonder Woman.

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Got one in your mind? Good. Here’s just a few guesses on where your brain wandered. Maybe you went political and thought of Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel. Perhaps your mind went to the business world and thought of Mary Barra or Indra Nooyi – the CEOs of GM and PepsiCo, respectively. Maybe you even thought about music, and Katy Perry or Beyoncé came to mind. These women are admirable and accomplished, breaking glass ceilings whenever they face them. In addition to all being women, they have something else in common: they’re all straight (at least as far as we know).

Lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBTQ) women are woefully underrepresented in business. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I have no doubt that LBTQ women are well-represented; they’re just not out at work. That’s understandable given the well-established evidence that women and LGBTQ people both face potential discrimination in the workplace. The data on LGBTQ people of color and employment is even more stark. But none of this will change unless we work together, as a community, to make sure that people can be out at work. Non-discrimination protection is key, but so is creating a strong network of LBTQ women to lean on for support, guidance, and development on how to be out at work. That’s where the Out Women in Business (OWIB) Conference comes in.

On April 1, we’ll meet in New York at OWIB to create a more united and visible community of out women in different industries. Together, we can form a strong, visible network of professionals that will inspire future generations of LBTQ women. Come and learn from some incredible speakers as they share their experiences of being out at work. Let’s change those statistics about LBTQ women and unemployment. Let’s work as a community to be more out, more present at work. Let’s turn the “double glass ceiling” narrative on its head. Register here for OWIB and build the world we want to live and work in.

 

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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Zarrah Birdie

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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 in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.

MEET ZARRAH BIRDIE (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

An ever-curious adventurer. Zarrah lived in three different continents in the last five years and has a passion for travel and discovering new cultures. She loves having her beliefs questioned and challenged. She is an extroverted-introvert, love riding bikes, black coffee, a good conversation, yoga and meditation. She’s left handed and favorite color is navy blue! She’s intellectually curious and vibrantly playful.

What made you consider business school?

After working for two years in investment banking and another two in international development, I sought a means to bridge my two distinct skill sets. This combined with my desire to develop a career in impact investing, with a particular emphasis on helping develop and grow social enterprises in developing countries, fueled my desire to gain an MBA degree. The MBA will give me the ideal tool set needed to be a trusted adviser for social enterprises in developing countries – helping them strategically grow, gain access to capital etc.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited about connecting with my classmates both at my business school and beyond. I’m excited about creating meaningful communities around them. I’m also excited to have my opinions and worldview challenged and broadened through these interactions.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?Tim Cook (Apple

CEO) and  Debbie Gupta (Nest Corporation)

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I’m a chocolate fiend, if you ever need anything for me, include chocolate and your wish is my command. I love trying new experiences and things, the more outlandish the better!

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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tiffany Barillas

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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 in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.

TIFFANY BARILLAS (COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Tiffany Barillas worked in finance at Goldman Sachs for four years. She was an active member of their LGBT and Hispanic-Latino affinity networks. She also mentored youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization and the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program. She was involved in the Out for Undergrad Business Conference as a young professional and has served as the conference’s Programming Director and Executive Conference Director. She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised by two extremely hard working Guatemalan immigrants. In 2011, Tiffany received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a major in business administration and a minor in music. At Berkeley, she was a part of the Cal Marching Band, the Cal Women’s Rugby team, the Music Connection, and was President of the Latino Business Student Association. She will now be pursuing her MBA at Columbia Business School.

What made you consider business school?

I first heard from MBA students and alumni at a business conference as an undergraduate. From that point forward I knew an MBA would be something I would pursue in the future. After working four years in a very analytical role, I knew I had to further develop a different skill set in areas such as organizational and consumer behavior.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

Networking, traveling, and meeting new people. CBS’s community was the number one reason I decided on the school. With one of the largest LGBTQ groups (Cluster Q) and vast ally support, I am excited to meet my classmates and future life-long friends. I have also never left the American continent so I am super excited of the opportunities CBS offers to travel and explore new cultures.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?

Marty Chavez, Julie Goodridge and Susie Scher

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

This one time in band camp…. I was in marching band through most of high school and although I hate to admit it: I LOVED IT! I was drum major my senior year and as the leader of 70+ teenagers it laid the groundwork for my leadership style.

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?

Hanging out with my family in Los Angeles. I figure I will be doing a lot of travel the next two years and spending time with my parents is very important. I do plan on a small road-trips to Baja California (Mexico), Vegas, San Francisco, and a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway.

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