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Dec 2016

HEC Paris Joins the LGBT MBA Club Affiliates

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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 LGBT 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 simply creates stronger connections between clubs, Reaching Out and the LGBT MBA community.

LGBTQ MBA clubs can join now simply by (1) sending an e-mail stating your club’s interest and (2) including your 2016-2017 club leaders’ names and contacts.

We are happy to welcome HEC Paris to the ROMBA LGBT Club Affiliates this week!

The LGBTs in Business Club was started in September of 2016, rising from a need to address the lack of network and resources for LGBT business students. Now officially recognized as an HEC Paris Club, the club seeks to:

1. Build a supportive MBA LGBT environment
2. Partner with the broader LGBT community at HEC (outside of the MBA program)
3. Create international partnerships.

HEC Paris now joins the network of international schools affiliated with ROMBA along with London Business School, INSEAD, and University of Toronto.

 

Welcome LGBTs In Business!

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29

Jun 2016

Northwestern Kellogg Named Winner of this Year’s Friendfactor Challenge

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Pride@Kellogg is the winner of this year’s Friendfactor Challenge, a friendly competition between LGBT MBA Clubs to promote engagement and creating LGBT-friendly campus cultures through allyship. Columbia Business School’s ClusterQ and Ross School of Business’ Out for Business round out the top 3.

Pride@Kellogg is walking away with a year’s worth of bragging rights and the $5,000 prize! Watch for representatives of Kellogg being recognized on-stage for the club’s win at the ROMBA Conference in October.

13 clubs finished this year’s challenge. These schools collectively held 238 events in every region of the country throughout the academic year.

To view other takeaways and top placing schools in the categories of social events, educational events, and community events, please click here.

Thanks to all of these clubs for participating in this year’s competition:

Out@Anderson Out@Kelley
OutReach (Booth) Pride@Kellogg
Cluster Q (Columbia) eQual MBAs (McCombs)
Pride at Darden Out for Business at Ross
Out in Business (Foster) OutClass (Stern)
FuquaPride Out&Allied (Tepper)
Allies Club (Harvard)

If your school’s LGBT MBA student club wants to participate in Friendfactor in the upcoming year, have your club leader email Sho Garland today!

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27

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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