Recap: 2017 LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit
Posted by Reaching Out LGBT / in LGBTQ BUSINESS STUDENT BLOG /
In early April over 90 students coming from 38 schools convened in Chicago for the 10th Annual Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit. This annual summit is designed to bring together the rising leaders of LGBTQ MBA campuses across the globe to share their experience, best practices, learn from Reaching Out’s staff, and hear from LGBTQ community leaders.
This year’s Summit content included report-outs from Clubs, a speech from HRC’s Beck Bailey about lessons clubs can learn from HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and the activities of corporate LGBTQ employee resource groups, a workshop on how LGBTQ clubs can partner with other diversity groups on campus, and a LGBTQ MBA admissions brainstorming competition with feedback from Kellogg School of Management’s Lance Bennitt.
Attendees of the Summit also had a Friday night reception, Women’s Mixer and a group Dinner to get to better know each other and foster collaboration between schools. After meeting this group, we’re sure 2017-2018 is going to see a lot of amazing programming on our partner schools’ campuses.
We would be remiss without mentioning that the funding for this event comes from Shorenstein Properties in memory of its CFO Rich Chicotel. Mr. Chicotel was a past ROMBA Conference attendee who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 at the age of 52. Mr. Chicotel, who was himself an active fundraiser and advocate for causes in the LGBT community, was particularly moved by the passion and energy of the LGBTQ business student attendees he met and really hoped to see the community thrive and continue to support each other.