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Apr 2016

Standing with Duke Fuqua and UNC Kenan-Flagler Against HB2

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Current and admitted students at Duke Fuqua's 2015 LGBT Admitted Student event.

Current and admitted students at Duke Fuqua’s 2015 LGBT Admitted Student event.

We at Reaching Out MBA want to express our support and solidarity for our schools in North Carolina  in the wake of the passage of House Bill 2. We know that the passage of HB2 is damaging, but we want to stand in strength with our students, leaders, and clubs at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke.

Representatives from UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club at the 2015 "Ask A Queer" event.

Representatives from UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club at the 2015 “Ask A Queer” event.

Fuqua Pride and UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club have each spoken out against the anti-LGBT legislation, noting that #WeAreBetterThanThis. We know, and our students know, that laws like this are not what North Carolina is about. Below are the public statements from Fuqua Pride and UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club.


Statement from FuquaPride and its Allies at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business:

FuquaPride, the Duke MBA LGBT network, in conjunction with Fuqua’s student government, the MBA Association, as well with our allies in the MBA Association of Women in Business and the Black and Latino MBA Association, is deeply troubled by North Carolina’s regressive HB2 law. Today, we publicly reconfirm our commitment to growing and maintaining the Fuqua value of Collective Diversity that keeps “Team Fuqua” special and a transformative experience for its members. The installation of a gender neutral bathroom, the success of all FuquaPride events (including the sold-out annual drag show), and the prioritizing of LGBT admissions efforts are proof to the inclusive and thriving environment for LGBT students at Fuqua and of our school’s support. This law will not change that.

We can’t change this legislation tomorrow, but we do have the power – through our hearts and our actions – to send a signal today to North Carolina that as members of Team Fuqua and other leading MBA programs #WeAreBetterThanThis.


As student representatives at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, we condemn the actions taken by the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory to pass House Bill 2 into law. HB2 intentionally excludes the LGBT community and veterans from statewide anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodation, and prohibits and nullifies any local law or ordinance that provides such protections. Passing this law egregiously erodes civil rights protections, endangers some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and harms the reputations and cohesion of our state, local governments, and valued institutions.

The proponents of this bill invented a moral panic out of whole cloth, depicting transgender individuals as predators intent on accessing bathrooms to assault women and children. Not only is there no record of any such thing ever occurring, but transgender people are often put in serious danger when forced to use facilities conflicting with their gender identity.

We applaud the major employers in our state that have staked out clear positions against HB2. However, we have severe concerns that the law will make it impossible for our top-ranked school to continue attracting the best students, faculty, and staff. HB2 is rapidly wearing away our state’s global reputation as a beacon of growth and innovation. As a public institution of North Carolina, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s reputation will likewise suffer among prospective students, the companies that recruit our graduates, and the international business community.

Our leaders’ actions place North Carolina wholly on the wrong side of history. We choose to stand by the core values of our school: excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork, and so we implore the General Assembly and Governor McCrory to reconvene and cooperate to pass a comprehensive non-discrimination act that respects, values, and protects all of North Carolina and our people.

Susan Lawrence Hedglin, President of the MBA Student Association

Jonathan Aronoff, Vice President for Diversity

on behalf of:

MBA Student Association Executive Council

Association of Minority Business Students

MBA@UNC LGBTQ Interest Group

Pride Club

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Jun 2015

Hannah Yankelevich Named New ‘Reaching Out’ Board President

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Reaching Out is thrilled to announce that Hannah Yankelevich, an Associate at McKinsey & Company, will serve as the organization’s new Board President.  Hannah replaces Erik Hebert, Senior Director at HP Software Global Strategy & Planning, who has served as President from 2014-2015.  Erik will remain on the organization’s Board as a member at large.

Alongside the organization’s full-time Executive Director Matt Kidd, Hannah will work to ensure that the organization’s quality programming for current and alumni LGBT MBAs & graduate business students continues, while also putting renewed emphasis on programming specifically for LBT women and other under-represented segments of the LGBT community in the business and business school environments.

The organization added Robert Mark, Business Operations Manager for Apple, and Heather Rae Martin, Senior Manager of Strategy at Mylan Inc.  Reaching Out’s co-founder, James Robertson, departed the Board but will serve on a new Advisory Board made up of community partners & organizational stakeholders. The full advisory board will be named in the Fall.

Shane Proch-Wilson, a Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, will move from member at large to the organization’s Secretary role.

Reaching Out is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting LGBT business students & alumni to become the out leaders of tomorrow.  The organization is best known for its annual ROMBA Conference, which brings together over 1,400 current, prospective and alumni LGBT MBAs graduate business students along with professionals from the organization’s 80+ corporate partners.

The organization’s full staff & board can be viewed at: http://www.reachingoutmba.org/about-us-2/board-of-directors/

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Dec 2014

Have a Safe New Years Eve!

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We’d like to wish all our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and active ally MBA students, alumni and prospective graduates a safe and happy New Years Eve.

#ROMBA2014 attendees at the LGBT MBA Charity Party (sponsored by Target & Unilever), which raised $9,000 for the SF LGBT Center

We can’t to unveil new programming for 2015 including the Queer Women in Business Summit, LGBT Club Leadership Summit, Reaching Out Abroad: Brazil, Summer Treks for Admitted Students, The LGBT MBA Fellowship Summit and more!  Stay tuned…


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