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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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Mar 2016

Class of 2017 Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows Retreat Recap

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Reaching Out had the pleasure of spending last weekend in the City by the Bay with 22 of our incredible LGBT MBA Fellows, each of whom is a business student in this scholarship & leadership development program.

Representing 17 top MBA programs from across the United States and Canada, these Fellows brought their enthusiasm for business and LGBTQ leadership to San Francisco for a weekend retreat filled with learning, professional development, and bonding.

Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), spoke about her 20-year career working for equal civil rights for LGBT people. In conversation with ROMBA’s Executive Director Matt Kidd, Kate spoke frankly about the triumphs and setbacks she’s seen from the passage of California’s Proposition 8 to nationwide marriage equality and more. “Be more ferocious than you think you are,” Kate challenged the group. From her, the Fellows got the chance to think about the kind of leaders they can become.

After Kate, the Fellows learned about “Leading Out Loud” from Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer J.D. Schramm. J.D. spoke to the Fellows and encouraged them to find an authentic communication platform to share their their LGBTQ identities. As J.D. instructed them to engage levers, explore actions, and embrace their communication tools, each Fellow got strategic guidance on how they share stories. From Kate and J.D.’s lessons, our Fellows came together as a cohort, learning from and with each other.

But the weekend wasn’t all work, no play. In the afternoon, we set out to the Castro to learn about San Francisco’s storied LGBTQ history from Kathy Amendola at Cruisin’ the Castro Walking Tours. As we trekked through Harvey Milk’s old stomping grounds under a 20’ x 30’ rainbow flag, we listened to tales of triumph and sorrow that deepened our understanding of what it meant to be LGBTQ in the past, and how our community’s past can inform its future. From Pink Triangle Park to Twin Peaks — the first gay bar in the country to have windows after homosexuality was decriminalized — we learned about the Castro’s legacy.

People describe San Francisco as a foodie’s paradise, and our Fellows got to experience this first-hand. We ate at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar on Friday, a truly one-of-a-kind tiki restaurant serving Asian cuisine and tropical drinks. On Saturday, we went to the movies…for dinner at Foreign Cinema. We feasted on food surrounded by the sights and sounds of film — a particularly fitting dinner the night before the Academy Awards. All in all, the Fellows came to San Francisco as individuals, but left as peers, colleagues, and friends. Reaching Out MBA’s Class of 2017 Fellows are an impressive cohort. We know that we’ll see more great things from them soon.

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Dec 2015

28 MBA Programs Now Offer the LGBT MBA Fellowship

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We are thrilled to announce that Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business is the 25th and 26th MBA programs to join the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship, an international scholarship & leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender graduate business students.

The LGBT MBA Fellowship was created as a joint effort between top graduate business schools and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools & MBA programs are outstanding opportunities for self-identifying and out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) young professionals and their active allies to build their careers.

Each Fellowship recipient will receive a minimum $10,000 scholarship for each academic year during his/her full-time MBA as well as free access to various Reaching Out programming (including the annual ROMBA conference), mentoring and LGBTQA leadership opportunities, some of which would be developed specifically for these Fellows.

Learn more about the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship & Scholarships


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