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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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Sep 2015

Find Your Industry at #ROMBA2015

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By: Phillip Hue & Michael Collins

One of the most common (and best) reasons for getting an MBA is to make changes.  Change your industry, change your role, change your company or just change your career trajectory.  While some students have a specific new career in mind, many others take advantage of this period to explore, and ROMBA is one of the best places to start your exploration.

In industries alone, the representation of ROMBA is expansive, and our industry content is crafted to provide multiple perspectives, from recruiter to leader, employee to industry expert.

Industries represented in panel and workshop sessions include:

-        Banking & Venture Capitol

-        Big Box Retail

-        Consulting

-        Ecommerce

-        Energy

-        Fashion

-        Food & Wine

-        Government

-        Healthcare

-        Home Goods

-        Insurance & Financial Services

-        Manufacturing

-        Nonprofit

-        Pharmaceutical

-        Sports & Entertainment

-        Technology

-        Travel & Hospitality

-        Video Gaming

-        And more!

Industry-specific sessions are meant to give you an idea of two things: 1) What’s happening or interesting in the industry today, a look into the major trends you could help build, and 2) What it would be like for you to work in that industry in your desired role or capacity.

Here is just a sampling of industry-focused content at the conference.  Be sure to look through the schedule and list of companies recruiting at ROMBA to find much more!

THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY: The technology industry has grown and evolved at an unprecedented pace over the last 10 years.  Three sessions have been developed to give you a look into three of the biggest trends in tech, which are consequently three major areas seeking MBA talent in the industry.  How Business Uses the Cloud explores why cloud services are considered the 3rd wave of technology disruption, after the PC and the Internet.  Technology & Experiential Innovation explores the development of the so-called Internet of Everything, the complete automation of our daily lives.  Finally, Big Data – A Universal Tool explores how advancing data capabilities have revolutionized just about every industry.

TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY: Working in Travel & Leisure will explore trends and opportunities in airlines, hoteliers, online travel agencies and more.  Furthermore, you will find travel companies participating elsewhere around the conference, in sessions about technology and internal corporate strategy.

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Aug 2015

Don’t Miss Early Bird ROMBA Registration!

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Early Bird Registration Deadline: Prices will rise 25%
ROMBA 2015 (Chicago, Oct 8-10) is 6 weeks away and early bird pricing for current LGBT MBAs and related graduate students ends September 8th! LGBT & active ally students can get an access code through their on-campus club if it is a ROMBA affiliate or by completing this application
September 7th is Last Date to Book Host Hotel Room at Group Rates
Do you want to stay at the host hotel for ROMBA?  Act fast – the Hyatt Regency Chicago has a special student rate available, but only until September 7th or when the block sells out.  There are only 60 rooms left as of this morning!

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