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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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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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Apr 2016


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At Reaching Out, we’re proud to be affiliated with some really incredible LGBTQ clubs at MBA programs around the country. Here’s a recap of UCLA Anderson’s OUT @Anderson “LGBT Awareness Week”:

UCLA Anderson School of Management celebrates LGBT Awareness Week

Walking into the Marion Anderson Courtyard last week, it was evident to students, faculty, staff and visitors that LGBT Awareness Week is not just a formality, but it has become an established, embraced tradition at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. With columns wrapped in rainbow and banners hanging overhead, Dean Judy Olian joined members of the Anderson community in signing the Ally Pledge, and concluded a week of events and programming dedicated to increased awareness and support for LGBT members in the business and UCLA communities.

On Monday, Out@Anderson hosted the “Ask-A-Gay* (*LGBTQ+) event, attended by over 50 people, who had the opportunity to hear from members across the LGBTQ spectrum about subjects such as coming out in a professional setting, how the Anderson student body can increase acceptance of LGTBQ+ students, and other topics relating to LGBT issues in business school. In addition to the event, Out@Anderson member, Kelsey Gorman ‘16 kicked off the week with a blog post on “What It Means to Be an Ally,” featured on Anderson’s LGBT community website.

Students and staff hold a moment of silence in the Marion Anderson Courtyard for victims of bullying and discrimination during LGBT Awareness Week at UCLA Anderson.

As the week continued, a moment of silence was held on Tuesday in the courtyard to raise awareness of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination. Wednesday offered an “LGBT in the Workplace” panel designed to prepare business students for navigating diversity and inclusion in their professional careers. It included Anderson alumni in the strategy, product marketing and consulting fields from companies such as Discovery Channel, AOL and Deloitte. The panelists shed light on realities of LGBT acceptance in business while answering questions about coming out in interviews or the workplace, discrimination faced, and affirming ways companies can adopt policies to promote diversity and inclusion.

UCLA Anderson Alumni members share insight and experiences during the LGBT in the Workplace panel

The week closed with more events, including an Ally Rally at the International Food Festival, a Happy Hour in West Hollywood bringing people together to socialize in Los Angeles’ LGBT neighborhood, and participation in the National Day of Silence on April 15th.

Desserts including rainbow cookies, cupcakes and –making an appearance at all Out@Anderson table events – the traditional bowl of Skittles, were featured at the International Food Festival. All baked goods were homemade!

In an open letter to the Anderson community, Out@Anderson President, Derek Bailey ‘16 reacted to the energy and events of the week: “We are immensely grateful for your active participation in the week’s events and touched by the large number of people who signed our Ally Pledge. Beyond the rich diversity and passion of our LGBT community, our strength lies in the unquestionable support from our allies across campus. Your involvement this week has reaffirmed our belief that UCLA Anderson is a safe, inclusive and empowering space for all LGBT MBA students, faculty and staff.”

Judy Olian, Dean of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, signs the Ally Pledge

Throughout the week, UCLA Anderson students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign the Ally Pledge, which reads:

I pledge to be an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. As an ally, I support the Out@Anderson LGBTQ Club and their efforts to lead diversity initiatives. Beyond the Anderson campus, I will do my best to ensure that friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues feel safe and supported. I will stand up against gender discrimination and all other prejudices directed at members of the LGBTQ community. I will work to create an inclusive environment for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations recognizing that diversity is a force that enhances our shared human experience.

UCLA LGBT Awareness Week is a cross-campus collaboration, in conjunction with the UCLA LGBT Resources Center, which is celebrating over 20 years of education and advocacy for students, faculty and staff at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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