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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kyle Piers

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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 KYLE PIERS (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, QUESTROM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Born and raised in Connecticut, Kyle headed to Boston for college and never left. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) and a Master of Science in Biotechnology, both from Northeastern University. For the last 6 years he’s been part of a dynamic research team at Merck & Co., working in the preclinical discovery space to develop drugs for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Kyle has served as the chair of Merck’s LGBT employee business resource group for 3 years, and has also helped build OUTBio, a grassroots network of LGBT biotech/pharma professionals in the Boston/Cambridge area. Kyle is thrilled to join the Health Sector MBA program with a concentration in Strategy and Innovation at the Questrom School of Business. A firm believer in work-life balance, Kyle enjoys traveling, cycling, attending symphonies, and seeing Broadway shows in his downtime.

What made you consider business school?
It wasn’t until I intimately observed cancer from the perspective of my cousin that I considered pursuing an MBA. After a year of accompanying her to immunotherapy appointments, I had this overwhelming sense of responsibility to do something more proximal than pre-clinical drug discovery research to impact human health. After conversations with mentors and colleagues, business school seemed the best path forward to hone a skillset integral to Business Development & Licensing that would complement my natural tendencies to build relationships and help others. I intend to fuse this education with my scientific background so that I can influence a pharmaceutical company’s pipeline and success in delivering innovative medicines to patients like my cousin.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’ve narrowly focused on science in my education and career thus far, so I’m really excited to give myself these next two years to learn completely different topics and to begin an intellectual and personal evolution that expands my understanding and perspective.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Selisse Berry, the founder and CEO of Out & Equal (O&E) Workplace Advocates, has paved the way for so many people to bring their authentic selves to work. Attending the O&E Summits over the years has inspired and educated me, as well as shaped my views of the power that diversity and inclusivity can bring to a business. Brian Piccini, the owner and CEO of Boston Urban Hospitality, is a dear friend who continues to impress me with how he’s tapped into his personal network and harnessed his own diversity to build a successful footprint in Boston with three (soon to be four) exquisite restaurants.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a scientist both in the lab and in the kitchen – I love cooking elaborate meals to unwind. Oh, and desserts are my favorite part.

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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Shannon Chambers

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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 SHANNON CHAMBERS (Boston University, Questrom School of Business)

Born and raised in Monroe, NY, Shannon left the Hudson Valley to attend Bentley University in Waltham, MA, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Design & Corporate Communications. After connecting with a leader of Nuance Communications while abroad in Budapest, she pursued an internship and eventually a full-­time role in digital marketing at the company’s headquarters in Burlington, MA. Now an MBA candidate at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, Shannon plans to use her digital marketing background and experience at Questrom to pursue a career in Product Management. She lives with her girlfriend Ingrid and her French Bulldog Stella in Boston’s South End.

What made you consider business school?
After spending 3 years in corporate marketing at Nuance, I realized that I needed to push myself to find a new challenge. I wanted the opportunity to explore other business disciplines and potentially pivot to a career in product management.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Someone once described their MBA program as a two-­year journey where you gain the career experience of 50 lifetimes. I’m most excited about meeting and learning from all of the incredibly bright members of my program – and MBA programs all around the country – and sharing my experience with them as well.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Nikki Weiss-­Goldstein and my grandmother who was a woman far ahead of her time.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a total hobbyist. From writing music and playing the guitar to sewing and creating my own paper goods, I’m pretty much interested in learning everything.

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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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