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Mar 2018

Month of Service Recap: Out&Allied, Rice-Jones

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During the month of service, the Out&Allied club from Jones School of Business at Rice University partnered with The Montrose Center in Houston. The center serves the greater Houston LGBT community with many different programs – from counseling, to testing, to social events for all ages.

The club was able to stockpile some inventory for the HIV/AIDS program, making over 1000 harm-reduction kits which will be distributed by volunteers in high-risk areas in and surrounding Houston. The kits include condoms, cleaning supplies for people using or sharing needles, and information about the resources available at the center. To learn more about this organization, visit  https://www.montrosecenter.org/hub/.

Thank You, Out&Allied!

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Mar 2018

Recap: LGBTQ MBA Clubs Month of Service

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During the month of February 2018, Reaching Out worked with clubs enrolled in the Club Affiliates Program to plan events across school campuses aimed at providing support to national and local community organizations. This presented an opportunity for students in the LGBTQ MBA community to demonstrate their dedication to helping the broader LGBTQ movement progress by giving back to organizations focused on social impact. Clubs that decided to participate signed a pledge committing to take part in community service and volunteering during the month of February.

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting each school and the work that they did with a community organization.

Thank you to all of the clubs who participated! 

Out & Allied – Rice University, Jones School of Business
UNC KFBS Pride Club – University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Cohort Q – Boston University, Questrom School of Management
Out Network – Babson College, Olin School of Business
Scheller Pride – Georgia Tech, Scheller School of Business
Out&Allied – Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
OutClass – New York University, Stern School of Business
Smith Pride Alliance – University of Maryland, Smith School of Business
Pride @ Kellogg – Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
HBS LGBT Student Association – Harvard Business School
EQual MBAs at McCombs – University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Out4Business – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Out For Business – Cornell University, Johnson College of Business
Cluster Q – Columbia Business School
IE Out Club – IE Business School, IE University
Out for Business at Ross – University of Michigan, Ross School of Management

 

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Taher Lokhandwala

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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 TAHER LOKHANDWALA (RICE UNIVERSITY, JONES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Taher is an MBA candidate at Rice University. Prior to attending Rice, he spent five years with the Consulting and Project Management group at Halliburton, where he held several leadership and engineering roles on technology development and operations projects. He has a successful track record of working with both executives and engineers in some of the most well-known oil and gas companies worldwide. Taher holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to broaden the scope of my professional experience and give myself the base to be a successful future business leader.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am looking forward to learning as a full-time student again; I intend to make the best of being surrounded by incredibly accomplished professors and classmates. Also, with the benefit of five years out in the “real world”, I believe I am going to be a wiser and better learner this time around.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by the conscience and determination of leaders like Howard Schultz, Larry Kramer, Dolores Huerta and Mahatma Gandhi to name a few.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
My name is pronounced Ta-hair.

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