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Friday, April 1, 2016

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Registration for the 2016 Out Women in Business Summit (previously the Queer Women in Business Summit) will open in October.

The inaugural Queer Women in Business NYC Summit was held on March 7th in NYC. The summit, part of Reaching Out's larger Queer Women in Business, was a one day event attended by 192 women at career stages from entry level to Executive Director. It was designed to bring together the broader lesbian, bisexual and transgender professional community to foster a stronger network of visibility and support in the workplace, with the long-term goal of bringing more LBT women into business.

The summit was open to lesbian, bisexual and transgender professionals at all career stages as well as related students.  The content at the summit will be applicable to LBT women in all phases of their careers. Attendees can look forward to speeches from LBT leaders such as Brigadier General Tammy Smith, panels exploring issues at specific career stages and issues around intersectionality within the LBT community, a series of inspirational TED-style talks, a workshop around building stronger communication skills, and structured interactive breakouts that designed to build personal networks and foster organic mentor/mentee relationships in their industries.  

To get involved as a volunteer, sponsor or attendee of future Queer Women in Business events email info@reachingoutmba.org

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9:00-9:45: Welcome & Opening Remarks

Hannah Yankelevich
Board of Directors
Reaching OUT

Patricia McGarry
Coach for Liberty Management Systems
Liberty Mutual

9:45-10:45AM Networking Interactive Session: Circle, Share and Inspire

What are you passionate about? What do you need help with? This session breaks up attendees into small groups and gives the participants the floor for 3-5  minutes to talk about anything they want and take questions. Participants could use this time to pitch an idea and get feedback, get advice on entering a career, or just share a topic they find really important. Practice your public speaking skills and get to know ROMBA participants in a more meaningful way.  

11:00-11:45AM Facilitated Panel: Career Arc

This session will dive into the career paths, opportunities and topics like finding mentors or sponsors for LBT women at early, mid and late career stages across multiple industries including finance, consulting and social impact.

Ting Ting Goh
Executive Director
JP Morgan

Theresa Hagel
Project Manager
The Boston Consulting Group

Lindsey Scrase
Senior Manager

Hannah Yankelevich
McKinsey & Company


11:50-1:00PM Networking Lunch: Industry Match

Whether you are  exploring your options, looking to foster mentor/mentee relationships within your current industry, or just looking to expand your own professional networking, industry match will give you the opportunity to interact with women in your field.

1:00-2:00PM Workshop: Building Stronger Communication & Negotiation Skills

We’ve all heard it before. Women struggle to demand what they want or deserve. Join this session to learn how to improve your negotiation skills and be more assertive during meetings as a lesbian, bisexual or transgender professional woman.

Judith D. White
Associate Professor
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

2:00-3:00PM Keynote Speaker: Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army

3:00-4:00PM Panel Session: Intersectionality in the LBT Community

This session will take a look at how diverse queer women can be and the various issues that affect those within our community who have intersectionalities with the trans community, international communities, and other diversity segment. 

Lanaya Irvin
Bank of America

Yashomati "Bachul" Koul
A.T. Kearney

Sylvia Lacayo
Brand Manager, Knorr

Danielle Piergallini
Senior Analyst, Business Strategy
American Airlines

Lindsee Redmond
MBA, Class of 2016
UCLA Anderson School of Management

3:30-4:30PM TED-style 10 Min Speakers

Hear from six speakers who will present on topics such as “Community Building” “Finding Your Authentic Voice” and “Being an LBT Woman in the Global Setting” that you can bring back to your workplace or campus. 


Jennifer Brown
CEO & Founder
Jennifer Brown Consulting

Chris Crespo
Inclusiveness Director
Ernst & Young

Nicolle Merrill
Global Career Coach
Yale School of Management

Leanne Pittsford
Lesbians Who Tech

5:30-7:00PM Optional Networking Reception at The Empire Hotel Rooftop Lounge

Continue networking with the professional peers you met throughout the day and say hello to a few new ones to expand your LBT professional network.