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As the ROMBA Conference turns twenty it will begin its multi-year transformation into an association for all LGBTQ MBAs - students and professionals alike.
This will first be experienced at the ROMBA Conference, which going forward, while continuing to have a student focus, will now also have content specifically designed for professional/alumni attendees.
The inaugural LGBTQ MBA Professional Day, a new track of programming designed for professionals who have obtained their MBAs that we hope will serve as a first step toward making Reaching Out truly a career-long association for our community.
What can you expect at the Professional Day?
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
PROFESSIONAL DAY SESSION 1
Welcome & Opening Plenary Panel: Leveraging CEO Action to Move Forward (Panel/Town Hall Format)
Numerous forces, including demographic, political, and social change; evolving ethnic cultures; economic and business opportunities; and globalization, are motivating CEOs and senior executives to challenge decades-old conventional thinking, sharpen the rationale governing corporate Inclusion and Diversity programs, rethink how these programs are implemented, how they relate to business objectives and how they are evaluated. The panelists will speak to their own experiences leading Inclusion and Diversity change inside their companies. They will also “look around the corner” and identify one or two open questions, emerging challenges or possible unforeseen opportunities (for example, those offered by the rapid advance of information technology) that they anticipate focusing substantial amounts their time during the coming years. Attendees can contribute, regardless of seniority or function and how LGBTQ MBA alums, regardless of function, responsibility or seniority can contribute. The panel will then turn its focus to a new, collaborative initiative of 175 leading companies, the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion (CEO Action).
In Partnership with
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
PROFESSIONAL DAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1
The Importance of Role Models and Role-Modeling (Presentation Format)
Despite much global progress around LGBT+ inclusion, significant obstacles still remain for LGBT+ professionals in the workplace. For example, 75 countries still criminalise homosexuality and, even in more liberal societies, there are still some people who do not feel comfortable to be out in their personal and/or professional lives. This should not still be the case in 2017.
Role models are key to challenging the assumption that you cannot be out and successful in business. OUTstanding highlights Role models who are inspiring the next generation of business leaders and encourage companies to use their far-reaching voices for good. We also support future leaders to find their voices and step into the role model positions because we know that by recognising and celebrating the impact of those who are leading the charge we will continue to inspire both businesses and individuals to drive LGBT+ inclusion forward.
In this session we will delve deeper into why LGBT+ role models are crucially important for individuals and for businesses and will provide attendees with key takeaways on what they can do to become role models of the future.
In Partnership with
Living an Extraordinary Life (Workshop Format)
How would life change if people committed to living only a life that they defined as extraordinary? In this presentation, Robbins will identify myths about jobs and careers and practical strategies that work. He'll share the results of his own experiment in extraordinary living ... and what happened after the experiment was over. His material is grounded in multidisciplinary science and research. He will cover topics from entrepreneurship to decision making, learning, and career planning.
Participants will walk away with new insight into how they can shape their lives and have strategies for making changes in pursuit of whatever life they define as extraordinary.
They will learn that
* Planning a life doesn’t work very well, but there are other things they can do instead;
* Fear isn’t what holds people back; habit is;
* Intelligence, willpower, and drive aren’t the keys to having the life one wants; systems and people are.
Facilitated by Stever Robbins
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
REGIONAL NETWORKING LUNCH RECEPTION
Whether you feel tied to the city you were born in, the state where you went to school, or where you currently live, regional connections are important. Our networking lunch in the lobby is set aside for you to learn more about other alumni and students in your area and to build stronger networks amongst members in Reaching Out's regional chapters. Look for signs around the lobby for following areas:
- EAST COAST US LGBTQ MBAS
- WEST COAST US LGBTQ MBAS
- CENTRAL US LGBTQ MBAS
- EASTERN US LGBTQ MBAS
- EUROPEAN LGBTQ MBAS
- SOUTH AMERICA LGBTQ MBAS
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLENARY: AWARDS & LGBTQ MBA PERSPECTIVES - A SERIES OF ALUMNI TED-STYLE TALKS
Both the student and professional attendees at the ROMBA Conference come from all walks of life and bring with them a myriad of experiences. This plenary session is designed to bring together both Professional Day and traditional ROMBA Conference attendees. Delivered in short-form TED-style talks, alumni will illuminate some extraordinary life lessons that you may benefit from hearing. Following these talks, the ROMBA Conference Competitions and Friendfactor Competition winners will be awarded a "big" check.
3:15 PM -4:30 PM
PROFESSIONAL DAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2
Making Work-Life Balance Work for Us (Panel Format)
With all of the buzz about making the workplace more family friendly and offering flexible work practices, how do we make sure LGBTQ professionals are included in that conversation? What are the realities of balancing work and family for LGBTQ professionals and how are they different? How do LGBTQ professionals navigate demanding jobs and career advancement while still making time for what is really important? Join this session to discuss how to make work-life balance work for all of us.
Executive Presence for the LGBTQ Leader (Workshop Format)
It's often said that "technical skills may get you into a firm, but strong communication skills will move you up." In this session you will learn proven tactics to exhibit and expand your executive presence in meetings, presentations, and interviews. Material will be drawn from what JD Schramm has developed and taught in Stanford's Graduate School of Business week-long executive development program for LGBTQ Leaders. Schramm, a long-time veteran at ROMBA and faculty member at the GSB is known for his interactive and engaging style of teaching.
In partnership with
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LGBTQ MBA REUNIONS: ALUMNI HAPPY RECEPTIONS
This time block is dedicated for schools/clubs to host their own events for their LGBTQ MBA alumni and students joining us for the 20th ROMBA Conference and the evening 20th ROMBA Gala Celebration. If your school would like to host an event on site or would like your event listed in the official program, please contact Jordan Summers.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
20TH ROMBA GALA RECEPTION
The 20th ROMBA Gala starts now! Kick off the celebration with a libation at the open-bar reception, sponsored by The Danaher Corporation exclusively for Gala ticket holders.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
20TH ROMBA GALA DINNER
Join us as we acknowledge the past, appreciate the present, and look to the future of ROMBA at the closing of our 20th Conference! This ticketed dinner event, sponsored by The Boston Consulting Group, will recognize the alumni, schools, and companies who have played a critical role in shaping what the ROMBA Conference and the Reaching Out organization are today. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy as we go 360°with our keynote speaker, Anderson Cooper!