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May 2016

LGBT MBA Admissions Events in Chicago on May 6th

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Apparently Chicago is the place on May 6th if you are LGBT and considering an MBA.  Both Northwestern Kellogg and Chicago Booth are having events for LGBT applicants.

 Northwestern Kellogg’s LGBT Preview Day (All Day)

The best way to determine whether Kellogg is the right school for you is to visit campus as part of LGBT Spring Preview Day. This preview day is your opportunity to experience Kellogg’s vibrant academic atmosphere and supportive community firsthand. During the day you will be able to:

  • Interact with current students, including members of our Pride at Kellogg (P@K) student club and their allies
  • Participate in a mock case discussion
  • Attend a Q&A session with the Career Management Center
  • Learn more about the Kellogg admissions process

This year, LGBT Spring Preview Day will be held on Friday, May 6. Start off your preview day experience on the best possible note by joining us for a kickoff reception on the evening of Thursday, May 5.

Spaces for this event are limited and are expected to reach capacity quickly. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Booth Live (9:00am-6:00pm)

Chicago Booth’s OUTreach student group wants to invite you to join fellow classmates for a firsthand introduction to life at Booth—from inside the classroom to career resources to the importance we place on a diverse community, and more.

You’ll meet faculty and staff, tour the campus, and enjoy lunch with current students who share your career interests. You’ll get an understanding of how OUTreach works to advance social and professional opportunities for LGBT students and allies in the Chicago Booth community. Finally, understand why our appreciation for diversity of thought creates an open environment where impactful solutions are uncovered. Learn More & Register

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Feb 2016

State of the LGBT MBA 2015-2016: Admissions

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As we lead up to the announcement of the current leader(s) for the Friendfactor competition, we’re going to take a moment to look at a different aspect of LGBT equality for students in business schools throughout the global.

Today we’re looking at how business schools allow LGBT applicants to identify themselves during the admissions process and also highlight the 28 schools currently offering the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship, a scholarship and leadership development program for top lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA students.

Today’s information was collected directly from schools’ admissions officers who attended the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit (next year’s will be Saturday, October 8th in Dallas).

Of the 39 schools surveys, 28 MBA programs participate in the LGBT MBA Fellowship.  20 schools (51.3%) have a box that allows applicants to self-identify as LGBT.  Of those schools that do not have a self-identification box, many of them allow students to express interest in the on-campus LGBT club and many note that identification can be done on a resume, essay or in an interview.  View the full results below.

The full State of LGBT Equality in Business School Report will be available online Friday.

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Dec 2015

ROMBA 2016 is Moving to Dallas

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Last Tuesday we were informed that the Hyatt Century Plaza, which has been schedule to be our venue for both 2016 and 2020, would be closing in March. Unfortunately and unexpectedly the property is being converted into condos and has forced us to relocate the conference.

Generally speaking due to the size of the ROMBA Conference (over 80,000 sq ft of meeting space with over 1,400 guests) we book the sites for our annual conference 3-5 years out, so as you can imagine this put us into an “all hands on deck” mode.

How Did We Respond?
Over the past week I’ve been working with Conference Direct (our booking agency), the Los Angeles CVB and our national sales reps at the major hotel chains to identify options, ideally in Los Angeles or the west coast.

Unfortunately there is no availability in October 2016 for a conference our size in Los Angeles at either hotels or convention centers. In fact, nationwide at 10 months out, our options nationwide in major metro areas throughout the US were quite limited the entire month of October.

Fortunately the Hyatt Dallas Reunion comfortably fits the ROMBA conference, so the 2016 ROMBA Conference will now be in Dallas, TX on Oct 6-8 (the same dates we held in Los Angeles).

Why Did ROMBA Select Dallas & These Dates?
This property allows us to remain in an airline & business hub city that is easy for students and professionals, offered reasonable room rates for students and professionals in our block, and kept production costs flat so that we do not need to significantly increase any pricing.

Date-wise, with numerous mid-to-large size recruiting events happening in October, such as National Black MBA, NSHMBA and Grace Hopper, we had to do our best to keep conflicts for LGBT MBA & graduate students in particular to a minimum.

What Changes?
Hypothetically, nothing changes beyond the location! We will move forward exactly as we had planned to in Los Angeles and no major changes are needed. The ROMBA Conference & the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit will follow similar schedule patterns to the past 4-5 years’ conference.

Future ROMBA Conference
We strive to be as transparent as possible about future dates and locations, both with you as well as with other MBA and LGBT organizations. To that end, I want to provide date and location information for future ROMBA Conferences:

2016: Dallas, Oct 6-8
2017: 20th Anniversary Conference in Boston, Oct 12-14
2018: Minneapolis, Oct 4-6
2019: Atlanta, Oct 10-12
2020: West Coast, TBD

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