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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kate Lohmeyer

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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.

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25

Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Nipun Sehgal

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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 NIPUN SEHGAL (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School)

Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Nipun graduated among the top ten in the Class of 2011 from GGSIP University, Delhi with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. He initiated his professional journey with a $15B company called Larsen and Toubro Ltd on an airport construction project in Salalah, Oman. His management skills in the role of a Procurement Engineer Trainee earned him a client facing role of Construction Planning, Execution and Management within a year at the project. He used this experience to understand business in the Gulf while learning a wonderful new culture. Nipun had always been inclined towards entrepreneurship and after gaining an expertise in the field of construction, he co-founded a design and construction solutions company in 2014 in New Delhi and has delivered many construction and architectural projects in the national capital region of India since then. Nipun is also passionate about helping others and this is reflected in the work that he put in at Teach for India as an intern, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 as a volunteer, and as a part time faculty for the verbal section on the GMAT at a study abroad institute in India. He also enjoys listening to Bollywood music while working on his sketching skills.

What made you consider business school?
Business school is the hub of unadulterated experiential learning from peers, faculty and guests. I wish to observe a high paced growth in my career and I believe that business school can help achieve that.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Apart from academia and business opportunities, I am most excited to be a part of Pride club at my school. I look forward to learning from like-minded people and contributing to the LGBTQ community.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
The first name that comes to my mind for a leader in business and in society is Ratan Tata. The way he blends ethical values with business is inspirational. I also look up to Ellen DeGeneres as a leader in the LGBT community. I find Be Kind to one another powerful.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I crack jokes when I am nervous.

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09

Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Jake Stallard

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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 JAKE STALLARD (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School)

Jake is a member of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Class of 2018. He received his BA from University of Florida in Elementary Education. He went on to receive his M.Ed. in Special Education with a focus on High-Incidence Disabilities from Vanderbilt University. Prior to enrolling in business school, Jake performed a variety of roles in the field of education. In the realm of behavior disorders, he worked as both an in-home therapist and as a teacher for students with severe behavioral deficits. In service of those with learning disabilities, Jake worked as a nonprofit program facilitator for adults lacking literacy skills, both native English speakers and adults for whom English is a second language. Finally, he worked as an SAT/ACT tutor for students struggling with test-taking skills and content deficits. His favorite pastimes are reading Car and Driver and getting out on the water, whether that’s paddling a kayak or floating in the waves.

What made you consider business school?
Business school presents an incredible opportunity to open new professional doors, increase my network, and to realign my passion with the work I will do.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited about being back in the university setting and learning a whole new set of skills surrounded by so many smart, passionate professionals.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Anderson Cooper inspires me with the compassion he displays in his reporting. He seems to bring himself to his job, which is something I strive to do.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m with her.

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