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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Geoffrey Sokolowski

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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 GEOFFREY SOKOLOWSKI (University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management)

Geoff is a first-year MBA candidate at UCLA Anderson originally from Shrewsbury, MA. Prior to enrolling at Anderson, Geoff graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and Economics. He also spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC and San Francisco where he supported clients with large scale business transformations, including business process redesign and software implementation. With this background, Geoff hopes to use his time at Anderson to transition into a product management role with a long-term goal of starting his own business. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and exploring his new city of Los Angeles.

What made you consider business school?
I wanted to gain a better understanding of core business functions in an academic environment in addition to building a robust network of professionals across industries and functions.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited to meet my new classmates and learn from the experiences that they’ve had.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
I’ve always found Elon Musk’s ability to bring his long-term vision for the future to reality inspirational. As the first openly gay man to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company, I also have looked up to Tim Cook.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to travel and will rarely say no to a trip!


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Dec 2014

UCLA Anderson Joins the LGBT MBA Fellowship

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We are thrilled to announce that UCLA Anderson School of Management has joined the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship, created as a joint effort between top graduate business schools and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools & MBA programs are outstanding opportunities for self-identifying and out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) young professionals and their active allies to build their careers.

Each Fellowship recipient will receive a minimum $10,000 scholarship for each academic year during his/her full-time MBA as well as access to various Reaching Out programming, mentoring and LGBTQA leadership opportunities, some of which would be developed specifically for these Fellows.

As part of accepting the Fellowship, the students will also agree to take a national leadership role in planning content for at least one Reaching Out initiative during his/her time in business school.  Learn more about the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship & Scholarships

As a bonus we’re excited to unveil our interview with current out LGBT MBA leaders Tracy Bjelland & Devon Dickau who co-lead Out@Anderson, UCLA Anderson’s on-campus LGBT group.  One of their major initiatives is to build a greater pipeline of LGBTQ student – and being part of the LGBT MBA Fellowship is just one of their many initiatives for prospective LGBTQ applicants to UCLA Anderson.



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