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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Rory Fitzpatrick

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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 RORY FITZPATRICK (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

Rory is an MBA candidate at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Originally from Seattle, Rory graduated with honors from New York University with a double-major in Dramatic Writing and Film & Television and a minor in history. He moved back to the West Coast to work in the digital entertainment industry in Los Angeles. He has served in a variety of roles at Silicon Beach startups such as ZEFR, Jukin Media, and theStream.tv. At ZEFR, Rory was at the forefront of digital entertainment by managing YouTube content for 10 major film and television studios. While at Jukin Media, Rory developed programming for online video platforms with over 1 billion monthly views, and helped produce the first network television show based off of a YouTube channel. Rory is also committed to helping his community through his involvement with the Trevor Project, a crisis and suicide intervention organization serving LGBTQ youth. Outside of his professional life, Rory is an avid traveler and enjoys following U.S. politics.

What made you consider business school?
My academic background is in the arts and as I grew professionally I learned about positions within my industry I had no idea even existed when I started out. I found that I was much more passionate about the business decisions I saw my colleagues in the entertainment industry making over the artistic challenges. I knew to switch gears and pivot to a different career path I would need to expand my skill set. I am hoping to wed my creative background with a strong business education in my time at Marshall to launch the next stage of my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am very eager to learn about industries, career paths, and roles that I may have not been very aware of before coming to business school. I hope to broaden my horizons by engaging with my diverse classmates as well as my professors. I am also looking forward to traveling and studying abroad with my classmates through USC’s PRIME program.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I am inspired by Abbe Land, CEO of the Trevor Project, for her outstanding career as an advocate for underrepresented communities. I recently read a biography of David Geffen and I was struck by his perseverance and vision as he navigated his professional career. Most of all, I am inspired by my father who has mentored me and made me the person I am today.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have lost count of how many times I have reread “Game of Thrones”.

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Kai Jhou

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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 KAI JHOU (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS)

I am Kai from Taiwan, MBA candidate at USC Marshall, class of 2019. For the past four years, I have been working in Macronix, the world’s largest Read Only Memory (ROM) and NOR Flash Memory producer. As a Senior Marketing Specialist, I mainly focused on marketing communications, including promotional material, advertisement and trade show. I developed company profile with CEO to fulfill the need of different marketing segments. Moreover, I was the coordinator of 3-year Marketing Center Improvement Project with Vice Presidents and Marketing Directors. I organized their master action plans during meetings that lasted for months. I received my BBA degree in Management Science at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and spent one year at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden as an exchange student. I enjoyed the experience so much that I co-founded an alumni association and served as the president. Exchange students going to Sweden can get information and tips in experience sharing events before departure. We also held a seminar and invited GM and employees from Swedish companies in Taiwan, and some members got hired! In my free time, I love traveling (visited 28 countries in four continents), movies, and playing board games with friends.

What made you consider business school?
I would like to pursue an international marketing career, as I have the passion to develop international markets and solve cross-cultural marketing problems. MBA is ideal for upper level management training. First, I can further deepen my marketing knowledge in a systematic way. Second, since communication and integration within an organization is vital, I will appreciate the opportunity to explore other corporate functions and learn how to cooperate with them. Last, MBA can provide the cultural exposure while I work with other international students in case studies and group discussions.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Learning and getting inspired by talented people from different industries, functions, and countries. I look forward to the sparks during case studies and group discussions.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Ellen DeGeneres, as she spreads positive energy and joy to the world. Be kind to one another, and we can make the world a better place.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am driven by exploring, performing, and community, and I really enjoy interacting with people from different cultures. For example, I volunteered as an English free walking tour guide for a NPO named “TourMeAway” in Taipei. Working with and learning from my amazing fellow tour guides, I sharpened my presentation, performing, and cross-cultural communication skills. Storytelling and delivering an informative and entertaining experience to customers give me joy beyond description. I developed many jokes and enjoyed seeing the audience laugh, and I often get 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Will Gee

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Will Gee

School (Program/Concentration): USC Marshall (Full Time, Strategy/ Marketing)

Summer Internship:  PwC, Senior Associate, Operations, Los Angeles

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
It provided the foundations of a more holistic understanding of business.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m hoping to get a good idea for what management consulting is all about. I am also hoping to contribute to my team and help solve complex problems for our clients.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Both before you get the internship and once you start your internship, tap your LGBTQ friends and leverage the “gay mafia”. It is one of the most exclusive networks you have access to, and also one of the most supportive.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Catching up with all my new friends that I met at ROMBA last year.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Maximize your experience at ROMBA. Go to as many events as you can fit, and meet as many people as possible. It is a unique event, and undoubtedly will be one of the highlights of your time as an MBA candidate.

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