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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 18th ANNUAL REACHING OUT LGBT MBA & BUSINESS GRADUATE (ROMBA) CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO (OCT 8-10th).

 

The 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate (otherwise known as ROMBA) Conference provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young professional 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.  The conference is open to current, alumni and prospective LGBT MBAs and business graduates and active allies.

CURRENT LGBT MBAS & BUSINESS GRADUATES*
PROSPECTIVE LGBT MBAS (INCLUDING LGBT MBA ADMISSIONS SUMMIT)
LGBT MBA ALUMNI & PROFESSIONALS

*LGBT Graduate Students & Active can get an access code through their school LGBT club or via application below.

LGBT MBA & GRADUATE STUDENT REGISTRATION

LGBT MBA & GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • $120 Through 9/8
  • $150 Through 10/1
  • $175 Through 10/8*
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*We will not be able to do any on-site student registrations.

LGBT MBA & GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEER

  • $75.00*
  • *Requires 1 Volunteer Shift; 67 spots available
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FAQs for MBA & GRADUATE STUDENTS

How Can I get an access code?

There are two ways to get an access code:

(1) Through you on-campus LGBT club if it is an Affiliate of Reaching Out. Don't know the club leaders? Email us and we'll introduce you.

(2) By completing this online application.  Note if you are applying from a school with an LGBT affiliate club, we will simply refer you to the club leaders.

I am not LGBT.  Should I come?  

Please note that the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference is a conference for current, alumni and prospective lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender business students.  We want to keep the conference an inclusive environment for both LGBTQ students and active allies alike.

While active allies are welcome, this may not be the best recruiting opportunity for you as many companies are looking specifically for LGBT talent. 

Can I get a discount?

Spots for our conference session directors have been filled at this time.

However, if you are interested in volunteering at the ROMBA conference - you may do so by selecting the volunteer option in the registration process.  There are 70 volunteer spots total.

Is there a ROMBA hotel rate?

Yes!  There is a special ROMBA student rate at our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This rate is only available for those who book by September 7th or when the block is sold out - whichever comes first.  Please note that booking a hotel room or flight does not mean a student is registered.

Book at the student rate here

LGBT PRE-MBA REGISTRATION

Please note this registration type is solely for those LGBT young professionals considering applying to business schools.  MBAs must register as current students; any current students registering as a pre-MBA will have their registrations canceled.

LGBT PRE-MBA (FULL CONFERENCE)

  • $120
  • Attendees can join all parts of the full ROMBA Conference in addition to the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit & Expo
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LGBT PRE-MBA (LGBT MBA ADMISSIONS SUMMIT ONLY)

  • $0
  • This is only for access to the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit & Expo on Oct 10th only.
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LGBT PRE-MBA FAQs

I am an LGBT undergraduate. Can I attend?

LGBT undergraduates who are actively considering an MBA for graduate degree are welcome to attend. However, the ROMBA Conference is not the best recruiting option for LGBT undergraduates as most companies send recruiting teams focused on graduate or experienced hires.

Is there content specifically for LGBTs young professionals exploring an MBA or graduate degree?

Yes!  In addition to being able to connect and interact with current LGBT MBAs throughout the ROMBA conference, we run the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit and Expo.  This is an afternoon of content session with an expo attended by 25+ MBA programs.

Will Schools That Participate in the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship Attend?

Yes!  Coming to ROMBA and the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit is a perfect opportuinity to connect with schools participating in the LGBT MBA Fellowship and to hear from current Fellows.

Is there a ROMBA hotel rate?

Yes!  There is a special ROMBA student & pre-MBA rate at our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This rate is only available for those who book by September 7th or when the block is sold out - whichever comes first.  Please note that booking a hotel room or flight does not mean a student is registered.

Book at the student rate here

LGBT MBA ALUMNI & PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION

ALUMNI & PROFESSIONALS

  • $425
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ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS

  • $175
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Professional & Alumni FAQs

Can I come as an individual rather than representing a company?

Yes - in fact about a third of our professional attendees do not come with their company!  As ROMBA continues to grow and develope as a conference an increased area of content and focus for us will be our alumni population which is well over 10,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender MBAs and related graduate students.

Can I come as a speaker?

We do invite professionals to come as speakers, particularly in our breakout content. While this process is done in the early summer and largely with our corporate partners, feel free to inquire if there are still needs.

Is there a ROMBA hotel rate?

Yes!  There is a special ROMBA professional rate at our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This rate is only available for those who book by September 7th or when the block is sold out - whichever comes first.  Please note that booking a hotel room or flight does not mean a student is registered.

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