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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Stephanie Letzler

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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 STEPHANIE LETZLER (TUCK SCHOOL AT DARTMOUTH)

Prior to starting her MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Stephanie spent four years working at Google (in three different offices! – NYC, Chicago, and Ann Arbor). While at Google, she worked as an account manager for DoubleClick Search, spending her days helping ad agencies make the most out of advanced, algorithmic ad technology.    Stephanie graduated from Northwestern University in 2011, where she was actively involved in the LGBTQ community as Co-President of the Rainbow Alliance. She was also President of Jones Residential College and was an executive member of the Residential College Board.    When she’s not working, Stephanie enjoys making homemade bagels, playing and watching soccer (go NWSL!), and dreaming up ideas for startups.   

What made you consider business school?

I chose to go to business school to round out my skillset so that I could take on more interesting, challenging business problems. As a liberal arts (political science) graduate, I found that I had well-developed problem solving skills, and well-developed soft skills, but that I lacked the hard quant skills and context necessary to take on more difficult problems. With an MBA, I’ll be well-equipped to take on challenging roles or start my own company.

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

I’m excited for the opportunity to explore different industries,  learn about different cultures, and really learn about all of the different moving parts that make businesses succeed.

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

Eleanor Roosevelt, James Sinegal, Richard Branson, Geena Davis

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

A longtime goal of mine has been to raise and train a dog suitable for animal assisted therapy volunteer work (and I’m planning to do so as a side project during business school).

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Kendall Toarmina

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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 KENDALL TOARMINA (RICE UNIVERSITY, JONES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Kendall Toarmina is a passionate mission-driven leader. She attends Rice University’s Jones School of Business and earned her BA in Hispanic Studies from Rice in 2010. Kendall was most recently a Program Manager with Education Pioneers where she recruited, selected, and trained an exceptional group of top graduate students and young professionals to become leaders and managers in the education sector, making systems transformations so that all children receive a high quality education. She has worked in the private sector, as well as completed a Fulbright scholarship in Argentina.  She has served as Rice’s Native American Student Association President and a student Board Member of Houston Hillel.   Kendall lives in Houston TX with her partner Melanie and their two rescue dogs.

What made you consider business school?
I want to gain skills, expand my network, and boost my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited about the opportunity to broaden my horizons and learn about new industries, roles, and skills, as well as connect with others.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My partner Melanie Pang is my biggest inspiration. Other inspiring leaders that impact me include Dr. Martin Luther King, Mayor Annise Parker, Laverne Cox, 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I am working for most of the summer, but will do a little traveling to visit family and friends before the start of classes.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jess Sun

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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 JESS SUN (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Jess is a first-generation Chinese, born and raised in Minnesota. She studied Management Information Systems and Marketing at the University of Minnesota and then worked as an IT project manager for Target Corp prior to business school. Through that role, and her experiences coaching high school debate and advising her alma mater on supporting diversity within the IS major, she has come to be passionate about technology as a tool for education and reaching underserved groups. In her spare time she enjoys live music, reading, rollerblading, food, yoga and the great outdoors.

What made you consider business school?
I have many interests and know business school will help me blend them in my future career path.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The opportunity to know and learn from my classmates.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
“If you had fun, you won!” 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I’ve gotten to do a lot of fun traveling before business school – it has truly been the best summer of my life! I went on a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters, traveled to Nicaragua, went on a cross-America road trip starting in Charlotte, NC and ending in San Francisco, hung out in New York, and hiked the Andes and volunteered in the rainforest in Peru.

 

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