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REACHING OUT IS THE WORLD’S PREMIERE ORGANIZATION FOR LGBTQ MBA & GRADUATE STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS, CONNECTING TOP TALENT TO THE TOP COMPANIES.

Reaching Out’s significant impact on Corporate America and in generating the LGBTQ leaders of tomorrow is increasingly being recognized in the media. Below is a sampling of the articles and reports on how Reaching Out is helping LGBT MBAs & other business students as well as LGBT MBA business professionals connect and emerge as out leaders.

2015 Advocate "Here's How to Break the Pink Ceiling"

Yet the LGBT MBA Fellowship is more than another diversity inclusion program. I’m a big believer that inclusion is a lot like having a seat at the table — just because you have a seat doesn’t mean anyone wants to hear you talk. If policy, inclusion, and legal protections worked fully, we would have moved beyond gender and race struggles decades ago. Equality is about power and influence.

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2014 Businessweek "The Effort to Get Gay Professionals Out of the Closet & Keep Them Out"

Hodges is one of about 1,350 people who are in San Francisco this week for a conference celebrating MBAs who are lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual. His desire to be openly gay in his professional life is one encouraged by Reaching Out MBA, the nonprofit running the conference. To make their support for this stance official, the group is announcing a new set of scholarships today, each which will offer at least $10,000 per year toward tuition for one LGBT student at six top business schools. + Read More

2014 Poets & Quants "LGBT Event Creates Community of Acceptance"

The big announcement at the conference was the introduction of the new ROMBA LGBT Fellowship. The fellowship will work like a Forte or Consortium scholarship and the eight participating schools will give at least one student identifying as LGBTQA a minimum of $10,000 per year to pursue an MBA.  + Read More

2015 New York Times: For Transgender Students, Business Schools Are a Transition

The number of business students identifying as L.G.B.T.Q. is about the same as the national average, at 3 percent, according to a 2014 survey at 38 top business schools by Reaching Out M.B.A., or Romba. But unlike the national picture, which is divided evenly between gay men and lesbians, the L.G.B.T.Q. community within business schools is disproportionately male, according to Matt Kidd, executive director of Romba.  + Read More

2014 US News "3 Ways to Be a Good Candidate for MBA Scholarships"

Reaching Out MBA, an organization for MBA students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or an ally of these communities, has a similar policy for its new fellowship. The fellowship will award scholarships of at least $10,000 per school year, starting next school year, through its network of partner institutions, says Matt Kidd, the executive director. The students who receive it is completely up to the schools, he says. + Read More

2014 Businessweek "The Effort to Get Gay Professionals Out of the Closet & Keep Them Out"

Hodges is one of about 1,350 people who are in San Francisco this week for a conference celebrating MBAs who are lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual. His desire to be openly gay in his professional life is one encouraged by Reaching Out MBA, the nonprofit running the conference. To make their support for this stance official, the group is announcing a new set of scholarships today, each which will offer at least $10,000 per year toward tuition for one LGBT student at six top business schools. +Read More

2014 Poets & Quants "LGBT Event Creates Community of Acceptance"

 The big announcement at the conference was the introduction of the new ROMBA LGBT Fellowship. The fellowship will work like a Forte or Consortium scholarship and the eight participating schools will give at least one student identifying as LGBTQA a minimum of $10,000 per year to pursue an MBA.  + Read More

BBC: "Full disclosure: Revealing sexual orientation on a CV"

Many members of the millennial generation, born in the 1980s and 1990s, feel it’s only natural to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to recruiters. They often came out earlier in their lives than previous generations and grew up in an era of fast-expanding rights for the LGBT community. + Read More

The Street: "Reaching Out MBA Names Executive Director"

The Board of Directors of Reaching Out MBA Inc. the nation's leading organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graduate business students has announced the appointment of Matt Kidd to the newly created position of Executive Director. + Read More

2013 Poets & Quants "Interview with Executive Director Matt Kidd"

As much as Matt Kidd appreciates business schools’ efforts to welcome LGBT students, he says a few schools are kind of missing the point. As the new executive director of Reaching Out MBA’s Kidd is responsible for organizing the LGBT nonprofit’s annual three-day conference. “Some schools—and there are a handful of people who are guilty of this—have their career offices telling people ‘You should go to this conference no matter what ’” he says. “And they’re telling them to go to National Black. They’re telling them to go to [the National Society of Hispanic MBAs] and it’s frankly inappropriate.” + Read More

2012 Conference Coverage in the Boston Business Journal

A conference expected to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graduate business school students to Boston this October has drawn double the number of corporate participants this year compared to 2005, the last time the event was held there. + Read More

“LGBT Workplace policies a draw for MBA students“ in The Boston Globe

On Thursday, more than 1,000 MBA candidates, corporate executives, and recruiters will gather at the Seaport ­Hotel and World Trade Center for the annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference, which aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or ­LGBT, business school students with some of the nation’s leading companies. Now in its 14th year, the conference has grown from 150 students networking over boxed lunches at Harvard Business School to a three-day event with high-profile sponsors, a sign that corporate America is more progressive than the public sector when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. + Read More

Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference Coverage in EDGE Magazine

The 15th Annual Reaching Out Conference for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Business Graduate students was held last weekend, October 18-20, at the Seaport Hotel World Trade Center in Boston. The largest conference of its kind, it welcomed more than 1,000 students, business professionals and recruiters who took part in the three-day foray into professional and personal networking and development. +Read More

 

10th Annual Reaching Out Conference: Highlights and Insight

Business schools’ best, brightest and most stylish gathered in San Francisco on October 11-14, 2007 to “Connect. Build. Achieve,” as the 10th Annual Reaching Out Conference motto stated. I was invited to the conference to share my impression of this educational, networking and recruiting event for LGBT students in MBA programs. + Read More

Queercents Asks Ten Money Questions(TM) of Lisa Sherman

Lisa Sherman is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Logo. Logo is the network for LGBT viewers launched by MTV Networks. The network provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment programming that is authentic, smart, inclusive and open-minded. I asked her to get personal about money, work and all things financial. Enjoy! + Read More

Queercents Asks Ten Money Questions(TM) of Chip Conley

Chip Conley will never peak. After 20 years in the hotel business, he’s aiming higher and still climbing. As the founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, California’s largest boutique hotel company, Chip satisfies customers, inspires employees and learned how to create “joy of life” inside his company and out. He just authored a new book, PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow, and writes about how we ultimately are motivated by peak experiences. Read on as Chip gets personal about all things financial and explains how money ranks in the hierarchy of needs. + Read More

Queercents Asks Ten Money Questions(TM) of James Robertson

James Robertson is a founding co-chair of Reaching Out, the premier conference for LGBT students earning their MBA. This October the event moves to San Francisco and unites students and professionals from around the world to connect, build and achieve with the LGBT business community. Business, of course means money, so I jumped at the chance to speak with James about the conference, queer careers and the almighty dollar. + Read More

Gays no longer miss best jobs at Citigroup, Goldman, Merrill

Larry Chanen recalls the day, more than 20 years ago, when he realized he'd have to mask his homosexuality in order to advance on Wall Street. Chanen was driving through Manhattan with a senior partner at the law firm where he worked when two men dashed across the street in front of the car. "They're faggots. Let's hit them. It won't mean anything,'' the partner told Chanen, who's now 57 and head of bankruptcy-related litigation at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). + Read More

Dec 2006 – Specifically on Reaching Out

If corporate America has indeed become gay-friendly, there are few better places to witness the trend happening en masse than the annual Reaching Out conference for gay and lesbian MBA students.

Each fall, some of the biggest companies on the Fortune 500 - and virtually all of Wall Street - send recruiters to lobby hard for what they view as simply more of the best talent that can be hired. The fact that everyone they're recruiting is gay? It's all but incidental. + Read More

Dec 2006 – Highlights LGBT in business

Business is booming at Raytheon (Charts), the $22-billion-a-year defense contractor that sells Tomahawk cruise missiles, laser-vision goggles and advanced radar systems to the Pentagon. This, improbably, is good news for the gay-rights movement. + Read More

December 2005 – Specifically on Reaching Out

Several Stern students mentioned that campus seemed a little less coiffed, perhaps not as fashion forward as it usually is on November 17th and 18th. Stern OutClass traveling to Chicago for the 8th annual Reaching Out Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender MBA Student Conference could testify to some of our classmates' observations. + Read More

 

 

April 2004 – Statistics on LGBT-friendly workplaces, released for Reaching Out

According to a new national survey of U.S. heterosexual and gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) workers, when asked to rank the top two characteristics that they value most in a supervisor, equal percentages of gay (59%) and non-gay (58%) workers ranked "treats all employees with respect" on top.

The next highest-ranked traits GLB workers value in supervisors are whether they are "ethical" (25%) and "encourage opportunities for training and growth" (25%). + Read More