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Feb 2018

LGBTQ MBA Clubs Month of Service

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During the month of February 2018, Reaching Out is working with clubs enrolled in the Club Affiliates Program to plan events across school campuses aimed at provided support to national and local community organizations. Analysis of previous years of the FriendFactor Competition have shown that there is a need for clubs to participate in more community initiatives to make a lasting impact.  This presents an opportunity for students in the LGBTQ MBA community to demonstrate their dedication to helping the broader LGBTQ movement progress by giving back to organizations focused on social impact. Clubs that decide to participate will sign a pledge committing to take part in community service and volunteering during the month of February.  Look for recaps of the work that the clubs have done next month!


Reaching Out MBA Month of Service Pledge

We hereby commit to participating in the Reaching Out MBA Month of Service and understand that our club will be listed through online and promotional resources under Reaching Out’s national campaign for Club Affiliates. We agree to identify (an) organization(s) whose mission aligns with our club’s values, and will communicate with leaders from the organization to identify a volunteer need that our club can achieve. We agree to maintain the integrity of the club and organization in all interactions and accept responsibility for any attention that may result from not completing the pledge.

Clubs Participating in the Month of Service

  • Out & Allied – Rice University, Jones School of Business
  • UNC KFBS Pride Club – University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Cohort Q – Boston University, Questrom School of Management
  • Out Network – Babson College, Olin School of Business
  • Scheller Pride – Georgia Tech, Scheller School of Business
  • Out&Allied – Carnegie Mellon Unviersity, Tepper School of Business
  • OutClass – New York University, Stern School of Business
  • Smith Pride Alliance – University of Maryland, Smith School of Business
  • Pride @ Kellogg – Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • HBS LGBT Student Association – Harvard Business School
  • EQual MBAs at McCombs – University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
  • Out4Business – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Out For Business – Cornell University, Johnson College of Business
  • Cluster Q – Columbia Business School


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May 2017

2017 LGBT MBA Club Leadership Summit

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This event is made possible thanks to Mr. Richard A. Chicotel and Shorenstein Properties. Mr. Richard A. Chicotel was the chief financial officer of Shorenstein Properties, one of the country’s oldest real estate organizations, and a past Reaching Out LGBT MBA attendee who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 at the age of 52. Mr. Chicotel was an active fundraiser and advocate for causes in the LGBT community and was particularly moved by the passion and energy of our attendees. Thanks to the generosity of his estate and Shorenstein Properties, Reaching Out MBA is able to continue to offer no-cost attendance for students and provide travel for speakers to the annual LGBTQ School Leadership Summit.

Reaching Out held its annual Leadership Summit this April in Chicago at the Booth School of Business. This one-day summit invited leaders of LGBTQ MBA clubs to build their network, share ideas, and raise visibility on their campus. Topics covered outreach on campus, building awareness, and growing LGBT MBA student club organizations. Club Leaders from over 35 business schools were in attendance, including representatives from Canada and Europe.

A brief summary of what the event looked like below:

Welcome Address
The event started off with a Welcome Address from Executive Director, Matt Kidd during which an overview of new plans for the 2017-2018 year and the history of the relationship with club leaders was presented. Afterwards, each club was given the floor to present their top priorities, challenges, and achievements. This serves the purpose of allowing staff to understand what types of resources the clubs need and also helps to match skill sets among the schools and allow them to share their best practices.

Engaging Allies through the Corporate Equality Index
A presentation on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index explained the statistics and criteria that make up the index survey. As the US doesn’t have uniformly protect LGBTQ rights, the CEI can help to be a measure of that for larger corporations. Attendants were walked through what they should examine in a CEI score for a potential employer. An interesting note was made that the index only determines what policies and measures are in place. It cannot measure the culture or day-to-day experience. This led to a discussion about corporate culture and the ways that it can be quantified.

Joint Ventures
Promoting allyship on campus can be much more effective when connected to other campus clubs. Club leaders with successful campaigns in co-sponsored events led this interactive workshop. Split into groups by geographic location, students brainstormed potential ideas, discussed procedures for cross-promotion, and set tentative schedules for the year.

Over lunch, three breakout sessions were held to cover specialized topics:
• Bridging The Gap Across LGBTQs addressed how to close the gap among race, social-economic background, and international students who tend to be left out within the main-stream LGBTQI movement.
• Spotlight on Effective Professional Development, Recruitment and Alumni Relations presented what current trends across LGBTQ+ recruiting and placement exist, and how to use that knowledge to build professional development training and resources.
• Impacting the Greater LGBT Community explored ways to leverage the LGBTQ Clubs and MBA community to have a positive impact on LGBTQ communities outside of business school.

Conference Introduction
The Steering Committee for the 20th Year ROMBA Conference and Gala provided updates for this year’s conference and discussed ways that clubs can engage alumni leading up to and at the event. They also had the honor of notifying the students that Anderson Cooper would be the keynote speaker this year.

Enhancing LGBTQ Admissions
The day ended with talking about how to recruit LGBTQ students to business schools. An Admissions representative from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business spoke on what these teams do to recruit and invited students to discuss ways that clubs can become involved in that process. Using prompts, groups were challenged to come up with ways to recruit LGBTQ talent. From being situated in the South, to being a small campus or having no LGBTQ presence, tactics were created to recruit different populations within the LGBTQ community.

The relationship between Reaching Out and its club affiliates is critical to the success of the organization. We thank all of you who were able to attend and look forward to next year’s summit!


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Feb 2017

LGBTQ MBA Clubs Do Love!

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Valentine’s Day and the encompassing week it falls on is well known by many schools as Love Is Love Week. Importantly, the message embedded in the title is that all forms of love should be celebrated regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. We’ve highlighted some of our LGBT MBA Club Affiliates and the events they held throughout the week to spread positivity and love on campus.

The HBS LGBTQSA held #LoveAtHBS, during which the club handed out free red roses and unveiled a new portrait project which highlighted the diverse expressions of love at Harvard.
Cluster Q organized a candygram sale for students and faculty to help them spread the love throughout campus. They also took over the weekly CBS Rugby Happy Hour and hosted the Rainbow Rugby Happy Hour.
Fuqua Pride held an ally pledge sign-up, displayed and encouraged people to add their post-it note thoughts to their Love is Love Wall, and coordinated their historically popular bar crawl which celebrates LGBTQ rights.
​Out For Business at Ross put on their annual charity Drag Show called MBgAy and donated the proceeds to the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
It is because of events like this that Valentine’s Day can be celebrated and appreciated as a community and not just as a holiday for couples.

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