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Nov 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Fred Gehrig

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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 FRED GEHRIG (Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management)

Project management professional specializing in healthcare and operations.  Attending the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt in the fall, where I will be specializing in Strategy and Marketing.

What made you consider business school?
I knew what trajectory I wanted to take with my career.  I felt that the current path I was on would not lead to that however. I think that business school will allow for that pivot.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Learning about many different industries that I have yet to experience in my career.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Steve Jobs is someone that continues inspire me, posthumously.  His drive for continual change and innovation was unprecedented.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love to dance.

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Feb 2015

Queer Women in Business Panelist: Danielle Piergallini

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As we near the inaugural Queer Women in Business Summit (March 7th in NYC), we’re thrilled to unveil some of the amazing speakers and panelists that are participating in the day’s events.

One first panelists to unveil is Danielle Piergallini, who is an MBA alum of Vanderbilt University.  Danielle, who was recently featured in the New York Times’ article “For Transgender Students, Business Schools Are a Transition.”  Danielle will join three other panelists for our afternoon panel titled “Intersectionality” that explores the levels of diversity within our community of LBT Women.  Read more about Danielle below!

Content at the Queer Women in Business Summit will be applicable to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in all phases of their careers. Attendees can look forward to speeches from LBT business leaders like Christie Smith, panels exploring issues at specific career stages and issues around intersectionality within the LBT community, a series of inspirational TED-style talks, a workshop around building stronger communication skills, and structured interactive breakouts that designed to build personal networks and foster organic mentor/mentee relationships in their industries.

Register for QUIB ($99 for professionals and $49.50 for students using the code LBTstudent)

 

Danielle Piergallini, Sr. Analyst, Small & Medium Business Loyalty

After joining American Airlines in January 2013, Danielle spent 18 months helping plan the integration of their two multi-billion dollar websites (USAirways.com and AA.com) before moving into the Global Sales organization, where she’s responsible for growing small/medium business loyalty through partnership development. Prior to earning her MBA at Vanderbilt University, Danielle interned in employee engagement at Sprint and led campaign strategy for a boutique interactive agency. Within the LGBT space, she focuses on improving visibility around transgender-specific issues and spreads awareness through her ‘life is good, make it better’ social media campaign – which has reached more than 1.5 million viewers. She also has a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Liberty Mutual is the title sponsor for the inaugural QUIB Summit!

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