MBA Student Fellows

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To engage students in advancing the agenda on gender equality, GATE offers a competition each year for student fellowships.

Each selected MBA Fellow receives a bursary of $10,000 and commits to work on a project related to the mandate of GATE. Projects include a short video series on women’s experiences in companies, a whitepaper on women in STEM, guidelines for adapting MBA courses to be more inclusive and a strategy for attracting more women to MBA programs. Consulting firm Bain & Company is partnering with GATE to provide consultants who can guide and support the Fellows as they complete their projects.

2017-18 Student Fellows

Ria Dutta
Ria is a self-aware individual who very early in life understood the opportunities she has been afforded as a female, in comparison to the vast majority of women and little girls whom she encountered while living and travelling across the globe. To make a difference, she joined the World Youth Alliance (WYA, New York) as an intern, and gave an intervention speech on the topic of maternal health at the United Nations 54th Commission on the Status of Women. More recently, she cofounded ‘The Tiebrary’, a company to support marginalized children with books and ipads from the sale of handmade silk ties. As an aspiring leader in the business world, she is committed to engaging in conversations around gender equity in the workplace. Ria is presently working full-time as an Assistant Marketing Manager, while pursuing her MBA at the Rotman School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo.
Vanessa Ko
From solving complex policy problems through data science at the University of Chicago to driving innovation in the humanitarian sector, Vanessa has pursued opportunities that connect ideas, people and sectors together to create a positive impact in a global marketplace. Currently, she is pursuing a joint MBA/Master of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, exploring how collaboration across sectors, rigorous research and bottom-up advocacy can foster change across multiple sectors and industries. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from McGill University, with a major in Political Science and minors in Economics and International Development.
Hilary Partner
Hilary is healthcare professional with a passion for improving the lives of women. As a second-year MBA student at the Rotman School of Management, Hilary is pairing business acumen with her clinical experience in order to move social service organizations forward. She adds value by understanding complex problems and driving clients towards optimal solutions. Her experience includes case management in the criminal justice system, adolescent drug abuse prevention research and clinical therapy for eating disorders. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Colgate University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.
Fatima Saya
A joint-MBA and Master of Global Affairs Candidate, Fatima is an advocate for what she calls interdisciplinary empathy, seeing huge potential in the sharing of experience and expertise across industries. Throughout her experience in the social sector, she has worked with stakeholders at all levels to build sustainable cross-sectoral programs with demonstrable social impact. As a Project Manager with a non-profit that engaged in diversity & inclusion initiatives, Fatima worked with the Ministry of Education in Quebec to develop diversity programming in high schools. Looking to use her business education to continue to bridge the management gap in the social sector, she is currently working with Rotman’s Nexus Consulting Group, providing management consulting services to social sector executives. Fatima graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economic Development. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment, both internationally and in Canada, where she is working with the Women in Management Association to give women the tools to challenge perspectives and opinions of equity in b-schools and in the workplace.
Mark Vaz
Mark is committed to bringing diversity in the STEM fields and equalizing the gender imbalance in technology companies. This commitment has pushed involvement with Women in Engineering initiatives at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto as well as mentoring with Ladies Learning Code, helping women build skills and networks. Having graduated from the University of Waterloo through the Systems Design Engineering program with minors in Economics and Chemistry, he is currently pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Toronto, aiming to focus both degrees towards live issues in the software industry and environmental sustainability and the forces that influence them.

2016-17 Student Fellows

Celeste Jalbert
Celeste is deeply committed to improving people's lives through sustainable, market-based solutions and spent nearly six years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working in service of this mission – most recently with Co-chair Melinda Gates as her Associate Program Officer focused on how gender intersects with the foundation’s 27 different strategic program areas across global health, global development, and US education. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Toronto as a Forté Fellow, building her business acumen and exploring opportunities to bring her multidisciplinary and consumer-centered approach to the private sector. Celeste graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. where she earned a degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Communication and was a Dean’s Scholar in Globalization. She also holds a certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.

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To engage students in advancing the agenda on gender equality, GATE offers a competition each year for student fellowships.

Each selected MBA Fellow receives a bursary of $10,000 and commits to work on a project related to the mandate of GATE. Projects include a short video series on women’s experiences in companies, a whitepaper on women in STEM, guidelines for adapting MBA courses to be more inclusive and a strategy for attracting more women to MBA programs. Consulting firm Bain & Company is partnering with GATE to provide consultants who can guide and support the Fellows as they complete their projects.

2017-18 Student Fellows

Ria Dutta
Ria is a self-aware individual who very early in life understood the opportunities she has been afforded as a female, in comparison to the vast majority of women and little girls whom she encountered while living and travelling across the globe. To make a difference, she joined the World Youth Alliance (WYA, New York) as an intern, and gave an intervention speech on the topic of maternal health at the United Nations 54th Commission on the Status of Women. More recently, she cofounded ‘The Tiebrary’, a company to support marginalized children with books and ipads from the sale of handmade silk ties. As an aspiring leader in the business world, she is committed to engaging in conversations around gender equity in the workplace. Ria is presently working full-time as an Assistant Marketing Manager, while pursuing her MBA at the Rotman School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo.
Vanessa Ko
From solving complex policy problems through data science at the University of Chicago to driving innovation in the humanitarian sector, Vanessa has pursued opportunities that connect ideas, people and sectors together to create a positive impact in a global marketplace. Currently, she is pursuing a joint MBA/Master of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, exploring how collaboration across sectors, rigorous research and bottom-up advocacy can foster change across multiple sectors and industries. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from McGill University, with a major in Political Science and minors in Economics and International Development.
Hilary Partner
Hilary is healthcare professional with a passion for improving the lives of women. As a second-year MBA student at the Rotman School of Management, Hilary is pairing business acumen with her clinical experience in order to move social service organizations forward. She adds value by understanding complex problems and driving clients towards optimal solutions. Her experience includes case management in the criminal justice system, adolescent drug abuse prevention research and clinical therapy for eating disorders. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Colgate University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.
Fatima Saya
A joint-MBA and Master of Global Affairs Candidate, Fatima is an advocate for what she calls interdisciplinary empathy, seeing huge potential in the sharing of experience and expertise across industries. Throughout her experience in the social sector, she has worked with stakeholders at all levels to build sustainable cross-sectoral programs with demonstrable social impact. As a Project Manager with a non-profit that engaged in diversity & inclusion initiatives, Fatima worked with the Ministry of Education in Quebec to develop diversity programming in high schools. Looking to use her business education to continue to bridge the management gap in the social sector, she is currently working with Rotman’s Nexus Consulting Group, providing management consulting services to social sector executives. Fatima graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economic Development. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment, both internationally and in Canada, where she is working with the Women in Management Association to give women the tools to challenge perspectives and opinions of equity in b-schools and in the workplace.
Mark Vaz
Mark is committed to bringing diversity in the STEM fields and equalizing the gender imbalance in technology companies. This commitment has pushed involvement with Women in Engineering initiatives at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto as well as mentoring with Ladies Learning Code, helping women build skills and networks. Having graduated from the University of Waterloo through the Systems Design Engineering program with minors in Economics and Chemistry, he is currently pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Toronto, aiming to focus both degrees towards live issues in the software industry and environmental sustainability and the forces that influence them.

2016-17 Student Fellows

Celeste Jalbert
Celeste is deeply committed to improving people's lives through sustainable, market-based solutions and spent nearly six years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working in service of this mission – most recently with Co-chair Melinda Gates as her Associate Program Officer focused on how gender intersects with the foundation’s 27 different strategic program areas across global health, global development, and US education. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Toronto as a Forté Fellow, building her business acumen and exploring opportunities to bring her multidisciplinary and consumer-centered approach to the private sector. Celeste graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. where she earned a degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Communication and was a Dean’s Scholar in Globalization. She also holds a certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.

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