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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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