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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Rajiv Khattar

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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 RAJIV KHATTAR (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Rajiv wants to try and change the world (just a little). Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Rajiv attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he explored his passion for organizations and research and earned two degrees: one in Business and another in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Not one to stay in one place, Rajiv has been in strategic consulting his entire career, traveling to and partnering with some of the biggest companies all over the world. He’s hiked up a mountain in Hong Kong in sandals because the line for the tram was too long, gotten lost in Paris (twice), and lived in China for a year for a project. Because of these experiences, Rajiv has also gained a new perspective on organizations: He hopes to revolutionize the way businesses are put together and how they operate. In his free time, Rajiv is a lifelong learner, dabbling in photography, music, and technology.

What made you consider business school?
Even though before business school I had a lot of traditional post-MBA benefits (namely a career in consulting, management experience, and a global perspective of businesses), I want to facilitate the large disruptions we’re seeing in the relationship between organizations and the people in them. I wanted: (1) to take a bet that these same organizations will finally be ready for people-focused analytics, (2) the hard skills to be at the forefront of that wave of change, and (3) the broader view of a business by interacting with a lot of intellectually curious classmates.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m looking forward to seeing people of non-traditional backgrounds (race car drivers, news producers, and even opera singers) interact with Finance, HR, and Operations people; This creates an environment where we can learn so much from each other. It’s rare to have the time and resources in such a rich environment and I’m excited to see what new ideas emerge.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I get inspired by people like Malala Yousafzai (champion for education), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (notorious Associate Justice for the Supreme Court), and Fred Rogers (the Mr. Rogers). I also get inspired by the countless number of leaders in my community, though they may not be in the news as much.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I’m a strong introvert. Keep saying hello. It gets better, I promise.

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Dec 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Stefan Kapelac

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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 STEFAN KAPELAC (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business)

Stefan is a first­‐generation immigrant that grew up in Portland, Oregon. His background is in strategic planning and he is looking to continue working in strategy post­‐MBA. Stefan has lived in five different countries and his most time consuming hobby is traveling (and using airline points to do it on a budget). His interests include economics, tennis, hiking, guilty­‐pleasure TV, exploring food scenes, and forcing his friends to go dancing with him.

What made you consider business school?
I was at the point in my career where I was fairly experienced technically but didn’t have a lot of exposure to becoming a stronger manager. Business school seemed like the right path that would expand my skillset, increase my network, and give me the ability to explore other career fields.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
It’s hard for me to pick just one thing – I want to take my time at Ross as an opportunity to self­‐reflect, particularly in terms of my values and how I want my career to unfold. I am extremely humbled by both the alumni of Michigan Ross as well as my incoming classmates, and I cannot wait to work with and learn from them in the next two years and beyond.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Peter Thiel for his entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropy, Sheryl Sandberg for always paying it forward and being the gold standard of a successful career, Greg Mankiw for his work in economics and making his studies accessible to a broad audience.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
Dad jokes are the best jokes (and the way to my heart).

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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Britta Volz

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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 BRITTA VOLZ (University of Michigan, Ross School of Management)

Britta’s biggest professional passion is in seeking to create psychological safety on teams through investing in one-on-ones with team members, promoting openness to feedback, and working to empower all team members to do their best work. Britta grew up in Washington, D.C. and has lived all over the United States through her service in several AmeriCorps programs and non-profit leadership positions. Most recently, she was helping run the operations of a small and rapidly growing SeriousFun camp in Colorado for children with serious illnesses. Personally, she also has an interest in finance and investment management, and hopes to merge this interest with her years of experience in team leadership as she continues to build her career. To further her knowledge in this area, she manages some of her own investments, and is enrolled in the Ross MBA Fast Track in Finance program. She is also an Associate on Michigan’s Social Venture Fund, which seeks to invest in early stage socially-minded companies. She is excited to translate her passion for team support, financial management, and socially-minded problem-solving to the Corporate world.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi – people who have made big changes while recognizing the humanity of all people, of those who are oppressed and of the oppressors. I think recognizing the humanity in others – especially in those who are very different from you and may have different belief systems – is the only way to make truly positive change in communities and in the world.

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