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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Tim Zachas

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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 TIM ZACHAS (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management)

Tim is an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT, Tim worked as a growth strategy consultant with The Cambridge Group ‐ a boutique consulting firm focused on creating differentiated growth via a deep understanding of consumer demand. There, he primarily worked on innovation and retail strategy projects for consumer goods companies. In his free time, Tim is a huge fan of traveling, outdoor activities, and food exploration. You can catch him running around town (or a different country!), on a hike, or trying some new and exciting cuisine. His most notable travels to date have included an excursion to Chilean Patagonia! A native of Chicagoland, Tim attended Northwestern University, where he studied economics and organizational behavior.

What made you consider business school?
I’ve spent three years in growth strategy consulting for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, but I still feel like I have huge blind spots. As we say at my firm, none of us actually “have real jobs”. By that, I mean we see a certain angle of a business without truly understanding the nitty gritty details of our clients’ operating environments. To be more well­‐rounded, I felt it crucial to attend business school! I look forward to getting hands on experience in other functional areas to round out my skill set.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m really excited to get to know a fantastic, diverse group of people. I’m excited to work side by side with these people, learning from them and building life‐long friendships!

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Laverne Cox and Tim Cook are at the top of my list. Though now I’d also add Ta­‐Nehisi Coates, as he’s been a driving force behind our recent difficult, but entirely necessary, social conversations as a nation.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
For those I interact with day to day ­‐ I am far too energetic in the morning, so if you aren’t a morning person be warned! A general conundrum I face in life is that I love running but am actually quite clumsy, which makes for an unfortunate scenario.

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Jessica Kaiser

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from 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 ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Jessica Kaiser

School (Program/Concentration): MIT Sloan (Full Time MBA)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant, BCG

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Nobody prepared me for this internship better than my fellow classmates: I learned how to work with a diverse set of people with a diverse set of working styles.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’d like more clarity on what I do and don’t enjoy from my work, and what energizes me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
No matter what your experience during your internship is, it’s valuable — it’s all data you can use to make another decision later on. Challenge yourself to seek an experience that will give you really robust data about yourself – you’ll grow from it. Oh, and sleep at least 7 hours a night. That’s really good for you.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Connecting and reconnecting with all the folks I’ve met through ROMBA.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Stay curious. I definitely learned about organizations I wasn’t expecting to, from people I wasn’t expecting to meet and those experiences helped coalesce what I wanted from my summer experience.

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