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Nov 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Zarrah Birdie

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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 ZARRAH BIRDIE (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

An ever-curious adventurer. Zarrah lived in three different continents in the last five years and has a passion for travel and discovering new cultures. She loves having her beliefs questioned and challenged. She is an extroverted-introvert, love riding bikes, black coffee, a good conversation, yoga and meditation. She’s left handed and favorite color is navy blue! She’s intellectually curious and vibrantly playful.

What made you consider business school?

After working for two years in investment banking and another two in international development, I sought a means to bridge my two distinct skill sets. This combined with my desire to develop a career in impact investing, with a particular emphasis on helping develop and grow social enterprises in developing countries, fueled my desire to gain an MBA degree. The MBA will give me the ideal tool set needed to be a trusted adviser for social enterprises in developing countries – helping them strategically grow, gain access to capital etc.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited about connecting with my classmates both at my business school and beyond. I’m excited about creating meaningful communities around them. I’m also excited to have my opinions and worldview challenged and broadened through these interactions.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?Tim Cook (Apple

CEO) and  Debbie Gupta (Nest Corporation)

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

I’m a chocolate fiend, if you ever need anything for me, include chocolate and your wish is my command. I love trying new experiences and things, the more outlandish the better!

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jess Sun

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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 JESS SUN (UC BERKELEY, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Jess is a first-generation Chinese, born and raised in Minnesota. She studied Management Information Systems and Marketing at the University of Minnesota and then worked as an IT project manager for Target Corp prior to business school. Through that role, and her experiences coaching high school debate and advising her alma mater on supporting diversity within the IS major, she has come to be passionate about technology as a tool for education and reaching underserved groups. In her spare time she enjoys live music, reading, rollerblading, food, yoga and the great outdoors.

What made you consider business school?
I have many interests and know business school will help me blend them in my future career path.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
The opportunity to know and learn from my classmates.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
“If you had fun, you won!” 

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
I’ve gotten to do a lot of fun traveling before business school – it has truly been the best summer of my life! I went on a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters, traveled to Nicaragua, went on a cross-America road trip starting in Charlotte, NC and ending in San Francisco, hung out in New York, and hiked the Andes and volunteered in the rainforest in Peru.

 

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