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Apr 2016

Learning Together on Lake Michigan: 2016 Club Leadership Summit in Chicago

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We had a great time in Chicago with the incoming leaders from over 30 LGBT MBA student clubs from schools across the U.S., Canada, and Europe! What a jampacked day it was. On a beautiful, sunny day, we learned about the highlights and challenges across many of our clubs at this 10th annual event, which is made possible by a generous donation from Shorenstein Properties in memory of Richard Chicotel, one of their out LGBT leaders who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 .

Despite vast differences in size of membership, engagement with the administration, and number of events, all our clubs showcased their unique LGBT campus pride… in about 3 minutes each as we kicked off the morning.

Our student leadership gave us great lessons across the board. Meghana Raghavan (Booth School of Business, Class of 2017) moderated a fascinating panel on the unique experiences of international LGBT MBAs. Given the sizable population of international students in North American business schools, we’re glad that Meghana’s panel gave us insight into the intersection of being international, LGBT, and a business student in the U.S.

Over lunch, Kellogg School Professor Julie Hennessy taught our club leaders about how to market and brand their clubs to maximize appeal and to be as effective as possible on their campuses. We were proud to be joined by admissions officers from Kellogg and Booth in the afternoon, who offered professional guidance as our students dove into a mini-case discussion on how to incorporate more LGBTs into business school admissions.

Later on in the afternoon, some representatives of our 2016 ROMBA Conference planning committee introduced this year’s theme: Authentic Disruption, and got the energy up for the conference in Dallas! 162 days and counting…

Finally, before we all headed out for a delicious Italian dinner, our club leaders divided their energy between three stimulating afternoon breakout sessions on ally programming, how to bring greater equality for LGBTs into a business school’s recruiting process, and how to create a stronger space for bisexual and transgender people, as well as those who aren’t comfortable with being out yet.

All in all, this year’s Club Leadership Summit was filled with learning, laughter, and last connections for the upcoming year and beyond. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 ROMBA Conference in Dallas and throughout the year across the country!

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Mitch Doering

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs.  Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.


Mitch grew up in Central Minnesota.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from the  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  He takes full advantage of the great outdoors in his free time by running/cycling to and from work in Minneapolis and spending as much time on the lake as possible during the warmer months.

What made you consider business school?
Growing up, I was always dead set on going to Law School.  Business school was always on my radar as a dual-degree option, but I didn’t realize how well it aligned with my career goals until I sat down with a recruiter for at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. I had a very candid conversation with her early on about what I was aiming to achieve.  I soon learned that business school more closely aligned with my goals – so I took the leap!

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about building a new routine and many new friendships in b-school!  I learn fastest by surrounding myself with people who will challenge me to think differently both in life and business. I believe that’s exactly the kind of setting business school will immerse me in and it’s one of the reasons I’m most excited to start this fall.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
From a business perspective, Tom Ford comes to mind for his involvement with the CFDA and his portfolio of work turning around luxury brands over the past two decades.

What are you doing during the summer before you start business school?
Professionally, I’m continuing my work at Target until August, and then taking some time off to vacation abroad before school ramps up. I’ll be continuing in my current contract role as a Social Media Curator throughout the summer and into my MBA.     Personally, I’m taking some time off to visit Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel and Istanbul, Turkey for 10 days in August, (leaving in just over 24 hours). 

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