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Jul 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Ana Testolini

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from business schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (Oct 12-14), which this year will include an inaugural Professional Day for alumni and our 20th ROMBA Gala Celebration with Anderson Cooper!  

Not only will the leaders tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBTQ MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

LGBTQ MBA & business graduate students, alumni and applicants can register
for the 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (October 12-14) here.

Name: Ana Testolini

School (Program/Concentration): Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management / Concentration in Marketing and Strategy

Summer Internship: Summer Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
My first year at Kellogg has taught me to look at problems differently. More than learning how to solve them, I learned how to ask the right questions that will lead to the right answers. I learned that from a combination of courses and also recruiting experiences, in addition to each and every interaction with my Kellogg classmates. I have learned an incredible amount by seeing how my peers solve homework problems. Ultimately, they’re the ones that teach me the most, and prepared me for my Summer with BCG.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
There are two things I want to take away from my summer internship: (1) understand the day-to-day life of a consultant and get hands-on experience on solving complex problems with a very smart team, and (2) develop relationships with my internship class that will last for years to come!

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
The MBA experience is incredible but it can also be overwhelming. FOMO is real! But don’t lose sight of what is important to you, and most importantly: prioritize, prioritize, and prioritize! Be intentional on how you spend your time, and you will take the most out of the experience.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
The leadership team and session directors have worked hard to put together an incredibly thoughtful line-up of sessions, and I am looking forward to seeing it all come together!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Even though it will feel like all you do at ROMBA is recruiting, try and have some fun! Talk to people from other schools, make deep and meaningful connections with peers, those are the most valuable things you will take away from ROMBA.

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May 2017

IEOut Club joins Reaching Out Club Affiliates

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We are happy to welcome IEOut Club to the Reaching Out Club Affiliates this week!

IEOut, the Gay & Lesbian IE Network, is the reference for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender (LGBT) and their friends at IE Business School. This network aims to promote and spread respectful attitudes towards the LGBTQ community and to foster the best practices of inclusivity in academia and in the workplace.
Every year, IEOut plans and organizes the LGBT@Work conference. Its members are proud to host this annual symposium and networking event for the past 11 years and share the best practices in the workplace for inclusivity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

An exciting event that the club will be participating in this year is the WorldPride 2017 Festival. Including the world’s largest LGBT Pride Parade, the festival will  host cultural and exhibition events and an International Human Rights Conference.

IEOut Club now joins the network of European international schools affiliated with Reaching Out along with London Business School, INSEAD, and HEC Paris. Welcome!



Affiliates of ROMBA is a free club membership program for LGBTQ MBA on-campus clubs. This program was requested by the LGBTQ club leaders.  Our goal with LGBT Club Affiliates of ROMBA is to better serve LGBTQ-focused programming, better connect LGBTQ MBA club leaders, and better promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer clubs to prospective MBAs.

Through the Affiliate of ROMBA program, LGBTQ clubs & their members have easier registration access for the annual ROMBA Conference, are able to join monthly club calls, attend the annual LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit, take part in the annual Friendfactor Challenge (where the winning club wins $5,000) and be on the LGBTQ MBA club listserv. Simply put, it creates stronger connections between clubs, Reaching Out and the LGBTQ MBA community.

LGBTQ MBA clubs can join now simply by (1) sending an e-mail stating your club’s interest and (2) including your 2017-2018 club leaders’ names and contacts.

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May 2017

2017 Brazil Conference

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On May 6th, the third annual Reaching Out Brazil Conference was held in São Paolo, Brazil. A record number of attendants were at this year’s conference with nearly 400 students and young professionals registered.

The mission of the conference is to give LGBTQ students & young professionals in Brazil and surrounding countries the opportunity to discover the value and importance of being out as an LGBTQ person in the workplace. The event is structured to encourage participants to form connections with their peers, gain inspiration from the experiences shared by professional LGBT speakers, and learn about career opportunities with top-tier employers in consulting, finance, technology and marketing, which are looking to recruit LGBTQ talent.

The morning began with a Welcome Address from Reaching Out’s Executive Director, Matt Kidd and led into a panel titled Generational Diversity in Organizations. A large part of today’s workforce is comprised of Generation Y employees who come with their own expectations of the workplace, as part of the LGBTQ community and otherwise. This topic discussed the current trends that millennials find most important in the workplace by drawing on the experiences of young employees and senior industry leaders.

Three breakout sessions followed the panel and allowed the participants to spend time learning about specialized areas according to their career interests and level.

What is it like working in your industry brought representatives from the conference sponsors to talk about their experiences in their company and industry as an employee and an LGBTQ employee.
CV Analysis invited participants to have their resume reviewed to aid their job searches and to understand what employees look during the application phase.
Consideration of Graduate Programs analyzed the benefits of pursuing additional diplomas, addressed the question of “What is it like to be a Brazilian student in an international school?” and highlighted industry areas that are proving to be the most popular choices for continuing education.

The morning ended with a session titled Ability To Expose Yourself As an LGBTQ Leader. Professionals shared personal stories about the first time they felt empowered to expose themselves and be seen as LGBTQ leaders. Special emphasis was placed on lesbians, bisexual women, and the transgender community as these parts of the community have been under represented in the workplace. Afterwards, a moderated Q&A was held to allow the speakers to advise individual questions.

After lunch, McKinsey & Company Partner & Global Recruitment Leader, Brian Rolfes delivered an address about the LGBTQ vision and how it has changed over time and in global settings. As a supporting founder of GLAM, McKinsey’s gay and lesbian affinity group, he has been with the company for 19 years and has seen many changes come to inclusion in the workplace.

Following Brian were two speakers who are heavily involved in the Brazilian LGBTQ community, Reinaldo Bulgarelli and Márcia Rocha. Reinaldo serves as the Executive Secretary of the LGBT Business and Rights Forum and teaches courses on human rights and corporate social responsibility in three separate schools. Márcia holds a seat on the Sexual Rights Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health and also works as a lawyer. They both shared their how they have combined their business careers with LGBTQ activism and education.

The day ended with a career fair with the conference sponsors and a reception hosted by AmBev.

Obrigado por participar!




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