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Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Esme Rhine

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer 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 access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools. This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you. 41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.

MEET ESME RHINE (CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, TEPPER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I have always been naturally inquisitive. One huge benefit to growing up in a small town in central Oregon is being surrounded by some of the most gorgeous landscape in the country. This instilled in me a deep love of the outdoors. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking, I loved anything that enabled me to explore outside. I found this curiosity also spilled over into the classroom. For college, I attended MIT and majored in materials science and engineering. I fell in love with materials engineering because it allowed me to study a wide variety of technologies, from biomaterials to optics. At MIT I I learned how seemingly opposite technologies can be interlinked, and how to apply my engineering skills to any problem. My projects there not only taught me the science behind the technology, but also how to apply my knowledge to the real world. After graduating from MIT, I wanted to go somewhere I could apply my technical background and be challenged to grow in a fast paced environment. Intel was that place for me. I joined as a supply chain engineer and quickly had to learn how to jump from technology to technology and problem to problem. With these experiences in mind, I am entering Tepper to lay the foundation for my future career, combining my engineering career and complex problem-solving ability with the finance strategies and business techniques I will gain from an MBA.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to round out my engineering background with the skills and knowledge that an MBA provides. One thing studying engineering has taught me is how to view problems in different ways and how to quantitatively back up my decisions. Combining this with a sound understanding of finance and leadership skills will allow me more versatility in my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about all the amazing people I’ll be able to meet and learning how I can make an impact in whatever role I’m in.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Serena Williams, Lynn Conway, Indra Nooyi

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a huge Pittsburgh sports fan. Go pens!

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Derek Jackman

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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 DEREK JACKMAN (Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business)

Originally from Brockton, MA, Derek headed south to Pittsburgh to study Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating in 2009, he pursued a career in financial services (bridges everywhere are safer as a result), taking a role at Freddie Mac in the company’s Advanced Analytics group. A year later he left for a direct-investment role at Boston-based Eaton Vance Management as a bond analyst where he covered a variety of industries including REITs, homebuilders, and gaming.  When not working, Derek can be found making a splash with LANES, Bostons LGBT swim team. He also enjoys running, yoga, trying new and strange restaurants, learning about architecture and design, and overfeeding people at dinner parties.

What made you consider business school?
Coming from a largely technical background, I always felt that something was missing in my skill set. As I progressed in my career I came to realize the something missing was a more global perspective. For me, getting an MBA is a transformative experience. Ill have the opportunity to not only learn about all the different business disciplines, Ill also be immersed into a mix of cultures and new ways of thinking that will prepare me to take on challenging leadership roles in the future.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s got to be the people, no question. There are very few opportunities in life where you get to surround yourself with so many driven people from all over the world with backgrounds and experiences so vastly different from your own. During the next two years, I’m excited to learn from my classmates stories and hopefully travel and experience some of what I’ve heard about first hand!

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

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Kiwis are both my favorite fruit and my favorite animal.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nate DeCarolis

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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 NATE DECAROLIS (CARNEGIE MELLON, TEPPER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Nate hails from Northwestern Pennsylvania, where he fostered a love of science and curiosity about the natural world. After earning his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on neuroscience from American University (DC), Nate worked at two biotech firms in the DC-area before pursuing his Ph.D. During his graduate studies in Integrative Biology at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Nate explored the resident stem cell population in the adult mouse brain. His research then led him to the laboratory of Theo Palmer at Stanford University, where Nate led a team of students and interns while exploring how the cellular microenvironment around a stem cell informs its fate choices to either remain stem-like or to differentiate into a neuron. At the same time, Nate became involved in a new graduate program on Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, where he enjoyed working with graduate and medical students. He is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and “science-ing,” but above all else, enjoys hanging out with friends and trying new beer.

What made you consider business school?
I first considered business school during my graduate studies as a scientist; I realized that there were many gaps in my training, specifically with regards to managing people and managing money. Scientists are very well trained to run and design experiments but often lack skills needed to run a laboratory. I thought business school would fill the knowledge gap.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am really excited about meeting so many new people, hearing their stories, and learning about motivates and inspires them. 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Tim Cook, the out CEO of Apple.  

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a goof-ball who enjoys socializing and helping people feel comfortable in otherwise uncomfortable situations. 

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
I am finishing a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, traveling to a few European destinations for work, and then taking a long drive from California to Pennsylvania.

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