Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kate Lohmeyer
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 KATE LOHMEYER (UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL)
Kate Lohmeyer is pursuing a joint Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She recently completed an internship at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked on the intersection of trade and environmental policy and on business opportunities created by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Kate’s coursework focuses on economics, innovation, and the intersection of public and private sectors. Her primary interests are technology, innovation, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. She is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Sanford Journal of Public Policy, Board Member at the Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center, and Founding President of Sanford Pride. Kate graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 2010, receiving degrees in History and English. She has over five years of communications and project management experience at non-profit organizations. She also volunteered with infants and children for three years at a local children’s hospital in Chicago. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, playing guitar, learning new languages, and kayaking.
What made you consider business school?
I was seeking a graduate program that would give me a solid base of skills to draw on for life. An MBA program gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself, take on new responsibilities, and meet a diverse group of people. I saw business school as a way to expand my horizons while working to advance my career.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Graduate school draws together people from all over the world who bring different insights and skills to the table to solve common problems. I am most looking forward to learning from and being challenged by my peers in business school and beyond.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Madeleine Albright and Samantha Power—smart women who have spoken out repeatedly for human rights and the protection of civilians from genocide. Both women seem to be driven by a concern for others and a desire to fight for those without voice, and they have both used their education and platform to challenge the world to act in moments of crisis. Their efforts have inspired me to work for a cause that is greater than myself.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am not a traditional MBA student—I am a dual degree student who is also pursuing a Master of Public Policy. I believe the business community has incredible potential to benefit the public, and I am hoping my MBA will empower me to help achieve great things through collaboration and coordination between public and private sectors.