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Dec 2015

Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge is Now Part of Reaching Out

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Reaching Out & Friendfactor are excited to announce that the Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge will now be part of Reaching Out’s LGBT MBA student programming.

Under a recent agreement between the two organizations, Reaching Out will formally assume all operations and management of the Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge.  Reaching Out will continue the MBA Ally Challenge, currently in its 4th year, in order to enhance its ongoing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) MBA on-campus clubs, which currently includes monthly club calls & speaker series, the Club Leadership SummitLGBT MBA Admissions Summit and the ROMBA Fellowship.

“By integrating the MBA Ally Challenge into Reaching Out, the program will become an even stronger asset for campus leaders to engage and educate their LGBT and ally peers alike,” noted Friendfactor board member and former CEO Joanne Sprague.

Reaching Out Executive Director Matt Kidd remarked, “I’ve witnessed how beneficial the Friendfactor Challenge can be for schools & students in our Club Affiliate Program and I’m thrilled we will continue to grow the spectacular programming that Friendfactor has created.”

Friendfactor has deep roots within the LGBT MBA community from its initial founding by Brian Elliott (Harvard Business School ’10) in 2009 to its relaunch by Joanne Sprague (Duke University Fuqua School of Business ’12) in 2012.  The MBA Ally Challenge launched in fall 2012 with 6 pilot MBA programs, and has since grown to over 20 schools and 9,000 participants nationwide.   21 MBA programs are participating for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Following the program transfer, the Friendfactor 501(c)3 will formally close.

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Feb 2015

LGBT MBA Event: 2nd Annual LGBTQ Conference at Harvard

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For the past two years Harvard Business School’s LGBT Student Association has co-hosted the LGBTQ Conference at Harvard, a cross-Harvard conference that its LGBT students produce that is also open to the greater public.  Emily Miller, co-lead of the LGBT Student Association, wrote this great wrap-up on this year’s event:

“Finding Unity in our Diversity: The Second Annual LGBTQ Conference at Harvard”
post by Emily Miller

Photo Credit: Naomi Iram of Red Robin Events

Over the weekend of Saturday, February 7th through Sunday, February 8th, 2015, the Harvard Business School LGBT Student Association, an affiliate of Reaching Out, co-hosted the Second Annual LGBTQ Conference at Harvard with over 350 students and professionals in attendance from 20+ schools. To continue the momentum from our inaugural conference, the theme was both an aspiration and a call to action: Unified by our Diversity: Solidarity Within and Beyond the LGBTQ Community.

This year’s conference was a unique opportunity to bring together students, scholars, alumni and special guests from around the country to learn, share, and ideate around critical issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community moving forward.  As an interdisciplinary conference, topics of discussion ranged from inclusive healthcare for LGBTQ patients, the role of religion and faith in the LGBTQ community, as well as the relevance of LGBTQ inclusion in developing economies.

Photo Credit: Naomi Iram of Red Robin Events

Special guest Paula Boggs, former Starbucks General Counsel and Obama Administration appointee, presented the afternoon keynote on Saturday, February 7th, chronicling her journey navigating the corporate world at the executive level as a lesbian. She asked the audience some challenging questions to consider when it comes to our diversity – namely, “How hard have I tried in life not to be seen? And at what cost?”

Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at the Washington Post and MSNBC, spoke about the conference theme as a challenge to the LGBTQ community and movement. Specifically, his talk focused on three challenges: “Will professed LGBTQ allies be there once full marriage equality is achieved? Will we – as a nation and a community – finally talk about the T in LGBTQ? Will the community vocally and proactively make common cause with others seeking equality and freedom from discrimination?” The full article by Jonathan Capehart can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/02/09/the-challenging-post-gay-marriage-terrain-for-lgbt-americans/

Photo Credit: Naomi Iram of Red Robin Events

The weekend was an exciting opportunity to not only learn from and collaborate with leaders from across the LGBTQ community, but also forge relationships and come together as a community. We’re already looking forward to next year’s conference!

For more information on the conference, check out: www.lgbtqconferenceatharvard.org

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Dec 2014

LGBTQ MBA Video Profile: Alex Lofton & Garrett Morgan of Stanford Graduate School of Business

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In this video Alex & Garrett talk about life at Stanford GBS for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender MBA students, how Stanford’s students and administration strive to create a generation of out LGBT leaders, and how allies are an important role to on-campus LGBTQ clubs.

GSB Pride is Stanford Business School’s organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students as well as their straight allies. The group plans a number of events throughout the year including programming focused on community, alumni relationships, and allies.  Learn more at: https://alumni-gsb.stanford.edu/get/page/groups/overview/?group_id=0038991170

Our series of LGBT student leader interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBAs is a great opportunity to learn more about schools and student life on business school campuses!  Want to know what activities clubs do or advice that current business graduate students have for LGBTQ MBA applicants?  How about scholarship opportunities for LGBT MBAs and business graduates? These videos are a great sources for you. Keep checking back through the rest of the year for more videos or view them all.

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