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Apr 2017

ROMBA Session Director Applications Due April 28th!

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While most people know that serving as a Session Director at the ROMBA Conference is a way for current and admitted LGBTQ business students to get free registration, many of you may not be sure exactly what it entails.  Luckily we’ve created a slide that tells you everything you need to know!

Don’t forget the deadline to apply is April 28th!

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Apr 2017

Recap: 2017 LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit

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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.

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Feb 2017

LGBTQ MBA Clubs Do Love!

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Valentine’s Day and the encompassing week it falls on is well known by many schools as Love Is Love Week. Importantly, the message embedded in the title is that all forms of love should be celebrated regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. We’ve highlighted some of our LGBT MBA Club Affiliates and the events they held throughout the week to spread positivity and love on campus.

The HBS LGBTQSA held #LoveAtHBS, during which the club handed out free red roses and unveiled a new portrait project which highlighted the diverse expressions of love at Harvard.
Cluster Q organized a candygram sale for students and faculty to help them spread the love throughout campus. They also took over the weekly CBS Rugby Happy Hour and hosted the Rainbow Rugby Happy Hour.
Fuqua Pride held an ally pledge sign-up, displayed and encouraged people to add their post-it note thoughts to their Love is Love Wall, and coordinated their historically popular bar crawl which celebrates LGBTQ rights.
​Out For Business at Ross put on their annual charity Drag Show called MBgAy and donated the proceeds to the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
It is because of events like this that Valentine’s Day can be celebrated and appreciated as a community and not just as a holiday for couples.

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