Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Stephanie Letzler
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).