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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Kendall Toarmina

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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.


Kendall Toarmina is a passionate mission-driven leader. She attends Rice University’s Jones School of Business and earned her BA in Hispanic Studies from Rice in 2010. Kendall was most recently a Program Manager with Education Pioneers where she recruited, selected, and trained an exceptional group of top graduate students and young professionals to become leaders and managers in the education sector, making systems transformations so that all children receive a high quality education. She has worked in the private sector, as well as completed a Fulbright scholarship in Argentina.  She has served as Rice’s Native American Student Association President and a student Board Member of Houston Hillel.   Kendall lives in Houston TX with her partner Melanie and their two rescue dogs.

What made you consider business school?
I want to gain skills, expand my network, and boost my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited about the opportunity to broaden my horizons and learn about new industries, roles, and skills, as well as connect with others.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
My partner Melanie Pang is my biggest inspiration. Other inspiring leaders that impact me include Dr. Martin Luther King, Mayor Annise Parker, Laverne Cox, 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I am working for most of the summer, but will do a little traveling to visit family and friends before the start of classes.

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