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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Tam Emerson

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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 TAM EMERSON (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Tam Emerson is an MBA candidate at the University of California – Berkeley Haas Business School. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Tam is a 2008 Segal City Year Fellow and joined the Segal Program Team as a Management Fellow in 2012.   Prior to her work with the Segal Program, Tam served for two years at the AmeriCorps Program City Year Boston and was part of the start-up team for the City Year London site. Tam earned a B.S. in STEM elementary education focused in human growth and development with a minor in juvenile justice and youth advocacy from Wheelock College. Additionally, Tam completed a research fellowship through the American Cancer Society at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pediatric Oncology Department. She was named as one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino community in 2016 by the prominent Boston Latino newspaper, El Planeta.

What made you consider business school?
There are many examples of current social structures becoming privatized. I believe that it is important for all sectors to work together to find innovative solutions. Moreover, I am dedicated to the hiring and retention of marginalized people. I want to take my nonprofit experience and actualize it in the for-profit sector.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Growing my understanding of self, the world and relationships with new people.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I enjoy a great conversation!

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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Paul Norton

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from business schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (Oct 12-14), which this year will include an inaugural Professional Day for alumni and our 20th ROMBA Gala Celebration with Anderson Cooper!  

Not only will the leaders tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBTQ MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

LGBTQ MBA & business graduate students, alumni and applicants can register
for the 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (October 12-14) here.

Name: Paul Norton

School (Program/Concentration): Berkeley-Haas MBA/MPH

Summer Internship: Commercial Strategy, Proteus Digital Health

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
The curriculum of the MBA/MPH program, experiences of my classmates and professors, and opportunities to see some of the most forward thinking minds in my industry speak at events at conferences in the Bay Area, gave me a well rounded perspective on where I think the healthcare industry is going to go in the future. At the same time, a lot of the coursework from the first year of the MBA gave me the tools and confidence to think critically about decisions companies make, even at the highest levels.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I came to Proteus because I wanted to better understand how new digital health companies think about integrating into the incredibly complex operations of medical practices and health systems. I also wanted to understand what it was like to be in a role that was focused on growth and that involved managing client relationships directly.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Make the manager and team you will work with a top priority. Find people that will trust you, give you responsibility, and broaden your perspective. All of the best things that have come from my summer so far have been a result of the team that I am working with.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
Having nine years in the Boston area before heading west for graduate school, I can’t wait to be in Boston in October! If you’re coming in from out of town, make sure you get out of the hotel at some point and see the beautiful trees.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Think beyond the job fair and remember that you have opportunities to make contacts the entire weekend. Some of my best connections came from conversations after panels or even a few drinks in at the Saturday Night gala. Also, use the conference as an opportunity to see what truly great top-down support for diversity looks like, so you can take those lessons back to companies that may not be as far along in that evolution.

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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tal Eidelman

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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 TAL EIDELMAN (University of California, Berkley, Haas School of Business)

Tal Eidelman is an MBA candidate (class of 2018) at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Haas MBA program, Tal worked as a product manager at startup companies in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and San Francisco. After finishing a five­‐year military service, Tal earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and East Asian Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Alongside his professional career in technology, Tal volunteers in organizations that support refugees from Africa and the Middle East who were prosecuted because of their ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

What made you consider business school?
Having mostly technical professional background in software development, I want to improve my business skills and gain a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to make innovation a reality.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Meeting students and faculty members with diverse backgrounds and learning how to see things from new points of view.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My husband, Omer Rosen, is a leader in the LGBT family equality movement in Israel. As an attorney who specializes in family law he promotes equal rights in marriage and adoption. I am mostly inspired by the way he manages to pull in traditional legal arguments along with post-gender queer anarchism in his advocacy for equality.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Wherever I go, I am usually followed by my pug, Frank.

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