On the surface, Devon Dickau has a background that strays wildly far from the stereotypical MBA student. He has a bachelor’s degree in American literature and culture. He’s got a master’s in education. He’s mainly worked as an advocate and community organizer in the nonprofit and entertainment sectors. And he’s gay.
According to statistics provided by Reaching Out MBA, the leading organization for LGBTQ MBA students and their allies, about 3 percent of the MBA population identify as out LGBTQ students.
Still, on another surface level, Dickau’s everything a stereotypical MBA student is “supposed” to be. First, he’s incredibly intelligent. His graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a 3.82 grade point average. He picked up his master’s in education from Harvard University where he maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while serving as class marshal. And he scored an impressive 740 on the GMAT, which put him in the top 3% of all test takers.
Additionally, Dickau’s a natural leader and wants to make a positive impact on the world. So it makes sense that it has been his dedicated modus operandi to change perceptions of what it’s like to be gay and a business leader from the get-go of his MBA education at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.