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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Stefan Kapelac

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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 STEFAN KAPELAC (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business)

Stefan is a first­‐generation immigrant that grew up in Portland, Oregon. His background is in strategic planning and he is looking to continue working in strategy post­‐MBA. Stefan has lived in five different countries and his most time consuming hobby is traveling (and using airline points to do it on a budget). His interests include economics, tennis, hiking, guilty­‐pleasure TV, exploring food scenes, and forcing his friends to go dancing with him.

What made you consider business school?
I was at the point in my career where I was fairly experienced technically but didn’t have a lot of exposure to becoming a stronger manager. Business school seemed like the right path that would expand my skillset, increase my network, and give me the ability to explore other career fields.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s hard for me to pick just one thing – I want to take my time at Ross as an opportunity to self­‐reflect, particularly in terms of my values and how I want my career to unfold. I am extremely humbled by both the alumni of Michigan Ross as well as my incoming classmates, and I cannot wait to work with and learn from them in the next two years and beyond.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Peter Thiel for his entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropy, Sheryl Sandberg for always paying it forward and being the gold standard of a successful career, Greg Mankiw for his work in economics and making his studies accessible to a broad audience.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Dad jokes are the best jokes (and the way to my heart).

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