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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Anna Schmit

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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.



I grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology. I’m very active and an avid athlete (and huge Sox fan – Dad was actually down the street at Fenway when I was born) and play soccer, basketball, softball, and try to swim, ride horses, camp, and do as much yoga as possible! I am currently studying for my MBA at Boston University in Health Sector management and working part-time for Sonzia, which produces touch screens designed specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities.

What made you consider business school?
As the coordinator for 4 research studies since graduation, I discovered the need for skilled managers in the healthcare field who both understand the industry and additionally have strong management and communication skills. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m excited to meet people, and to learn about what ideas and solutions are out there that are able to make good healthcare and good quality of life more accessible to more people. I’m also excited about learning how to take these ideas and then translate them into a healthy, successful business.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
Abby Wambach, Ellen Degeneres, Barney Frank.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a very playful sense of humor. And I love coffee.

What were you doing during the summer before you started business school?
I was working part-time consulting for a startup company called Sonzia, which produces touch screens for children and adults with developmental disabilities. I’m also spending time with family on Martha’s Vineyard, camping with friends in Maine and Vermont, and enjoying as many local shows and concerts as I can.

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Jun 2015

Registration for ROMBA 2015 & the LGBT MBA Admissions Summit are open!

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The ROMBA,or Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate, Conference is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) graduate business school students – the largest gathering of LGBT business students in the world.

While the organization has grown year-round, the ROMBA conference is our marquee program. Now in it’s 18th conference, ROMBA launched as a conference to provide LGBT business school students with a resource to make connections with other LGBT students and business professionals. The first conference brought together about 100 LGBTQ students. Last year in 2014 over 1,400 students, prospective LGBT MBAs and business graduates, business leaders, and recruiters joined us at the 17th annual ROMBA conference in San Francisco – and we plan to continue building on that success at the ROMBA 2015 in Chicago.

The conference presents a dynamic line-up of industry speakers, workshops and panelists representing all sectors of the business community, from finance and entrepreneurship to non-profits and entertainment & media.

The 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Student Conference provides future lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 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. Leading businesses partner with the conference to show support for the LGBT community and recruit top level talent.

Learn how your company can get involved or how you can attend or you can attend as an LGBTQ MBA/Grad Student, Alumni or Prospective MBA.

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Nov 2014

LGBTQ MBA Student Video Interview: Christina Stubbe & Kyle Bucher of UT Austin McCombs

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In this edition Chistina & Kyle, Co-Presidents of University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business’ GLAM (Gay, Lesbian & Ally MBAs) tell us a bit about how their club leverages allies for programming, McCombs’ focus on admissions for prospecitive LGBT MBA applicants, and how Austin is a great city for LGBT professionals.

The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business is participating in the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship program – which provides a minimum $10,000 scholarship to a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or active ally (LGBTQA) business school applicant as well as  leadership opportunities and access to Reaching Out programming.

Want to know what activities clubs do or advice that current business graduate students have for LGBTQ MBA applicants?  These videos are a great sources for you. Keep checking back through the rest of the year for more videos.

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