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Jun 2016

#WeAreOrlando: A Letter and Request from Reaching Out’s Executive Director

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Where were you Saturday night?

I was at my wedding. My husband Shawn and I have been together over 13 years and following last year’s marriage equality ruling, we decided to finally tie the knot. It was a joyous celebration with friends and family. Following the event about 30 of us ended up at a nightclub with our friends and stayed until close.

Luckily I happened to be in California, but I could have been in Orlando and the night might have ended much differently. I still haven’t processed what it means that my wedding will forever be tied to such a callous act towards the LGBT community. Worse yet is the thought that any of us celebrating a night out in such a perceived safe space could have been in a situation like the shooting victims at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

While our thoughts can go to the victims, that’s not enough. Yet it also isn’t productive just to get angry or sad, and many of us are wondering what we can do to help and to heal.

Reaching Out was founded with the simple principle that if we come together as LGBT MBAs (both students and professionals) we hold great power and influence that can impact change. It’s time to give back and use that collective voice to help those from the LGBT community who need support.

With that in mind, we are asking all students and professionals in the Reaching Out network to join us for a donation & Thunderclap campaign to raise money for the victims and their families of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. For those unfamiliar with Thunderclap, it is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks.

Here’s what you need to do:

1)  Make a donation to the Victims the Pulse Shooting Fund

This fund was established by Equality Florida and supported by the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both the Chattanooga and Aurora shootings. All funds will go directly to the victims and families of the shooting.

2)  Sign-up for our Thunderclap campaign & let all our voices be heard collectively on Sunday

It may feel like your voice is lost by itself, but together we can be heard and influence others to add their support.  Let’s show that LGBT MBAs can and will give back to our greater community. On Sunday at 12noon, any social networks you register with will show the following:

“I’m joining LGBT & Ally MBAs around the world in donating to the Pulse Victims Fund #LGBTMBAsGive #WeAreOrlando http://thndr.me/SzcuWg”

Please join us and show that together we can have an impact.



Matt Kidd

Executive Director

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May 2015

Today is Give Out Day!

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100% of donations to Reaching Out on Give Out Day will go to our LGBT Student Fund, which directly supports LGBTQ students’ ability to travel part of conferences (including ROMBA & Queer Women in Business), educational treks for LGBT students, and other events that help create a new generation of out LGBTQ business leaders.

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Reaching Out MBA (Reaching Out) has a nearly 20-year history of supporting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer MBA and graduate business school students.  Through a year-round series of programming, with the annual ROMBA Conference as the cornerstone, Reaching Out strives to Educate, Inspire and Connect emerging leaders in the business world.

Our ROMBA Conference, held each fall in a major US city, has grown to include over 1,400 individuals – including LGBT MBA and graduate business school students, LGBT pre-MBA students, human resources and diversity professionals from nearly 100 corporations, universities and non-profits and, ERG members from various organizations, and active allies in the fight for LGBT equality.  Reaching Out also creates and supports a growing variety of programs and events on a year-round basis to ensure that our networks of students and employers continue to collaborate and find new ways of interaction moving forward.  These include the LGBT MBA Student Treks, Reaching Out Brazil, Queer Women in Business and the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship program currently at 17 business schools throughout the US.

- See more at: https://www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/a/reachingoutlgbt#sthash.MWuj0aSk.dpuf