HISTORY

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REACHING OUT STARTED IN 1999 AS A HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL AND YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT STUDENT-RUN CONFERENCE FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER MBAS.

15 YEARS LATER REACHING OUT HAS BECOME A YEAR-ROUND OPERATING ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO EDUCATING, INSPIRING, AND CONNECTING BUSINESS STUDENTS TO IMPACT CHANGE IN THE CLASSROOM AND WORKPLACE.

ORGANIZATION MILESTONES

1999
What would become the first of many Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference was created by students from Harvard Business School and the Yale School of Management. Approximately 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender MBA students attended.

2004
Reaching Out MBA, Inc. was recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference introduced its first ever case competition, which continues to this day and has become a source of scholarships for LGBT MBA students.

2005
Reaching Out MBA, Inc. formed an expanded board of directors and supported student efforts to produce a conference in November that would better align with the corporate recruiting cycle.

2006
Reaching Out MBA, Inc. launched a search for lesbian & gay MBAs to serve as authors to research and write cases dealing with LGBT issues.  This first case starts what is now serves as the LGBT Case Library.

2008
Reaching Out MBA, Inc. sponsored and facilitated the first-ever graduate business student lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Student Leadership Summit, now an annual event.

2010
The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference adds the Community Outreach Initiative, an innovative program that brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender MBA students, consulting firms and non-profits seeking consulting advice.

2011
The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference adds an Entrepreneurship Pitch to its programming, which has since turned into an entire entrepreneurship track for LGBT MBAs focused on startups.

2012
The 15th Annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference is held in Boston with 1287 attendees and 78 corporate partners.

2013
Reaching Out MBA celebrates 15 years and the Board of Directors makes the decision to hire its first full-time Executive Director to help grow the organization's year-round programming for LGBT MBA students.