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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) graduate business school students - the largest gathering of LGBT business students in the world.

Seventeen years ago, Reaching Out MBA, Inc. launched as a conference to provide LGBT business school students with a resource to make connections with other LGBT students and business professionals.  The first conference brought together about 100 LGBTQ students.

While the organization has grown year-round, the conference is our marquee program. Last year in 2014 over 1,400 students, prospecitve LGBT MBAs and business graduates, business leaders, and recruiters joined us at the 17th annual ROMBA conference in San Francisco - and we plan to continue building on that success at the 2015 ROMBA Conference in Chicago.

The conference presents a dynamic line-up of industry speakers, workshops and panelists representing all sectors of the business community, from finance and entrepreneurship to non-profits and entertainment & media.

The 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Student Conference provides future lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders from around the world the opportunity to network, learn, and improve their skills so they will emerge stronger and more confident in the business world. Leading businesses partner with the conference to show support for the LGBT community and recruit top level talent.

Learn how your company can get involved or how you can attend or get involved as an LGBTQ MBA, LGBTQ Business Graduate or Prospective MBA.

PAST REACHING OUT MBA CONFERENCES

Each subsequent year, the Annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference has been held in been held in a number of major business and education centers across the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

± 2014 - Progress Through Partnership

Location
October 2 – October 4, 2014
at Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Organizers
Jones School of Business, Rice University
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvana 

Keynote Speakers
Trevor R. Burgess, Chief Executive Officer of C1 Bank
Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of The Arcus Foundation
Kathy Levinson, Operational Strategist & Philanthropist
Jonathan Mildenhall, Chief Marketing Officer of Airbnb
Janet Mock, Author & Activist
Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur & Investor

± 2012 - Together Building Community

Location
October 18 – October 20, 2012
at The Seaport Hotel and Convention Center, Boston, MA

Organizers
MIT Sloan School of Management
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Yale School of Management

Keynote Speakers
Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State House Representative
Julie Goodridge, CEO & Founder of Northstar Asset Management
Dan Savage, Creator of “It Get’s Better” Project
Brian Elliot, Founder of FriendFactor

± 2011 - Looking Back Stepping Forward

Location
October 13 – October 16, 2011
at The Fairmont, Dallas, TX

Organizers
Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
The George Washington University School of Business
Stern School of Business, NYU
Johnson School of Business, Cornell University
Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota 

Keynote Speakers
Joel Burns, Council Member, Fort Worth, TX
Joe Solomonese, President, HRC
Elyse Cherry, CEO Boston Community Capital
Howard Bragman, Spin Doctor

± 2010 - Life on the Q List

Location
October 14 – October 17, 2010
at The Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City, CA

Organizers
Columbia Business School
Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University
Johnson School of Management, Cornell University
New York University Stern School of Business
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Keynote Speakers
Meghan Stabler, Senior Director and Executive Advisor, CA Technologies
Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, Producer and Director
Brian Graden, Former President of Entertainment at MTV Networks

± 2009 - Emerging as Leaders

Location
October 15 – October 17, 2009
at The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA

Organizers
Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Emory University Goizueta Business School
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech College of Management
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Keynote Speakers
Carleen Haas, Vice President, Talent Strategies, Humana
LZ Granderson, ESPN Columnist and GLAAD Award Winner
Cleve Jones, Founder of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

± 2008 - Redefining Human Capital

Location
October 30 – November 2, 2008
at Renaissance Washington DC , Washington, DC

Organizers
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
George Washington University Graduate School of Business
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Keynote Speakers
Doug Coblens, President, Broad Spectrum Media
Michael Guest, Former Ambassador to Romania
Donna Rose, Transgender and Transsexual Leader
Andrew Tobias, Author

± 2007 - Connect. Build. Achieve.

Location
October 11-14, 2007
at The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA

Organizers
Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Keynote Speakers
Lisa Sherman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Logo
Margaret Cho, Actress and Comedian
Chip Conley, Founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality

± 2006 - What’s Next? Defining LGBT Leadership

Location
October 13-15, 2006
at The Grand Hyatt New York, New York, NY

Organizers
New York University Stern School of Business
Columbia Business School
Johnson School of Management, Cornell University

Keynote Speakers
Kirk Snyder, Head of Equality Career Group Inc.
Barry Herstein, Senior Vice President of American Express
Christie Hardwick, Executive Coach and Consultant

± 2005 - Beyond Diversity: Expanding the Role of LGBT Business Leadership

Location
November 17-20, 2005
at The Westin North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Organizers
Kellogg School of Management
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Keynote Speakers
Judy Teeven, Vice President of American Express
Amy Errett, CEO of Olivia
Karen Magee, Senior Vice President of Time Warner
Brian McGuinness, Executive Director of Gay Games VII

± 2005 - The 7th Annual Lesbian and Gay MBA Conference

Location
February 4-6, 2005
at The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

Organizers
Harvard Business School
MIT Sloan School of Management
Yale School of Management

Keynote Speakers
Ted Childs, Vice President of Global Workforce Diversity, IBM
Jean Dolan, Principal of Booz Allen Hamilton
Lowell Selvin, Chairman and CEO of PlanetOut Inc.

± 2004 - The 6th Annual Lesbian and Gay MBA Conference

Location
April 2-4, 2004
at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Organizers
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles

Keynote Speakers
David Bohnett, Founder of GeoCities
Nina Jacobson, President Buena Vista Motion Picture Group
Hilary Rosen, Former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America

± 2003 - The 5th Annual Lesbian and Gay MBA Conference

Location
April 4-6, 2003
at Crown Plaza Hotel Times Square, New York, NY

Organizers
Columbia University Graduate School of Business
Stern School of Business at New York University
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Keynote Speakers
Allan Gilmour, Vice Chair and CFO of Ford Motor Company
Shelly Meyers, Chair and CEO of Meyers Capital Management, LLC
Reginald Van Lee, Senior VP and Managing Partner of Booz Allen Hamilton

± 2002 - The 4th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender MBA Conference

Location
April 5-6, 2002
at The Renaissance Hotel,  Chicago, IL

Organizers
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Keynote Speakers
Martin Atkin, Managing Director of JP Morgan
Zoe Dunning, organizational consultant, trainer, and coach
Bryan Simmons, Vice President of Marketing for Lotus Software at IBM

± 2001 - The Third Annual Lesbian and Gay MBA Conference

Location
March 30-31, 2001
at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Organizers
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Anderson School at UCLA

Keynote Speakers
Kathy Levinson, former president and COO, E-Trade
Cindy Martin, former president of Global Customer Service and Support, Kodak
Andrew Tobias, Treasurer of Democratic National Committee

± 2000 - Working Out

Location
March 24-25, 2000
at Park Hyatt Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Organizers
Columbia Business School
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Speakers
David Steward, former CEO of TV Guide
Suzanne Levan, Senior VP of Marketing of Phillip Morris
James Hormel, US Ambassador to Luxembourg

± 1999 - From the Closet to the Boardroom

Location
March 26-27, 1999
at Harvard Business School

Organizers
Harvard Business School
Yale School of Management

Keynote Speakers
Julie Palen, Founder of InterNoded Incorporated
Walter Schubert, Founder of Gay Financial Network