Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Natasha Torres
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 NATASHA TORRES (WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY MBA)
I am a dual degree MBA/ JD student at Willamette University. I currently live in Salem, OR with my wife and two bulldogs. My previous positions with the education and law fields have given me insights on risk management and the critical importance of creating strong foundations in the core of any company. One of my long term goals involves the creation of an organization dedicated to helping other women of color open successful and sustainable businesses in Oregon.
What made you consider business school?
I wanted the opportunity to tackle hard issues like workplace equity and create spaces for more minority women business leaders to thrive. I hope to use my knowledge of business and law to advocate for the empowerment of underserved communities.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am excited to connect with women executives and learn some of the ways in which they balance the high-stress and unequal demands while still remaining true to their core values and authenticity.
Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
When I was transitioning out of my teaching career, I relied on the knowledge and power provided to me by Jennifer McClanahan-Flint. I have also been fortunate and honored to witness the significant life changes and sacrifices many of my sorority sisters have made to work towards their fulfillment. Some of these notable women and inspirations include Dr. Cassandra St. Vil, Frederique Thomas, and Eve Torres.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am much more willing to invest in myself now than I was five years ago. I know my value and I work hard everyday to create positivity and empowered leadership.