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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jessica Kaiser

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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 JESSICA KAISER (MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)

Jessica Kaiser is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, with an interest in the applications of digital identity and analytic technology in management. Most recently, she was an early employee at Rocket Fuel, an artificial intelligence leader in programmatic advertising that went public in 2014. While there, she built a team that partnered with clients and engineering to deploy non-standard solutions. She majored in Mathematics and minored in Literature at Northwestern University, where she was the co-president of Rainbow Alliance. Thanks to AI, Jessica has free time with which she enjoys rugby, exercise, music, and overcooking her dinner.

What made you consider business school?
My career experience thus far has been entirely in analytics, which has been great with regards to building technical and quantitative experience. However, as I surveyed my career options, I felt that without an MBA, I would continue to be decision support, instead of a decision maker. When I ultimately decided to attend Sloan, it was because the education there will strengthen my quantitative background but give it broader application. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited for two things: 1) to meet an incredible bunch of people, and 2) to learn about all the amazing things that they’ve done, are doing, and will do. 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
There are so many people! But since attending Lesbians Who Tech this year, I’ve been following Megan Smith for inspiration.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
In college, I was an alto saxophone carrying member of the Northwestern University Marching Band. (Go ‘Cats.) 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I am interning as a Product Analyst at Snapchat. Other highlights: traveled solo in Peru, celebrated the Obergefell v. Hodges decision at San Francisco Pride, and visited the future-historic birthplace of James T. Kirk. Live long and prosper.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Anna Schmit

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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 ANNA SCHMID (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, QUESTROM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

 

I grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology. I’m very active and an avid athlete (and huge Sox fan – Dad was actually down the street at Fenway when I was born) and play soccer, basketball, softball, and try to swim, ride horses, camp, and do as much yoga as possible! I am currently studying for my MBA at Boston University in Health Sector management and working part-time for Sonzia, which produces touch screens designed specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities.

What made you consider business school?
As the coordinator for 4 research studies since graduation, I discovered the need for skilled managers in the healthcare field who both understand the industry and additionally have strong management and communication skills. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited to meet people, and to learn about what ideas and solutions are out there that are able to make good healthcare and good quality of life more accessible to more people. I’m also excited about learning how to take these ideas and then translate them into a healthy, successful business.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Abby Wambach, Ellen Degeneres, Barney Frank.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a very playful sense of humor. And I love coffee.

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
I was working part-time consulting for a startup company called Sonzia, which produces touch screens for children and adults with developmental disabilities. I’m also spending time with family on Martha’s Vineyard, camping with friends in Maine and Vermont, and enjoying as many local shows and concerts as I can.

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