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Apr 2016

Learning Together on Lake Michigan: 2016 Club Leadership Summit in Chicago

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We had a great time in Chicago with the incoming leaders from over 30 LGBT MBA student clubs from schools across the U.S., Canada, and Europe! What a jampacked day it was. On a beautiful, sunny day, we learned about the highlights and challenges across many of our clubs at this 10th annual event, which is made possible by a generous donation from Shorenstein Properties in memory of Richard Chicotel, one of their out LGBT leaders who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 .

Despite vast differences in size of membership, engagement with the administration, and number of events, all our clubs showcased their unique LGBT campus pride… in about 3 minutes each as we kicked off the morning.

Our student leadership gave us great lessons across the board. Meghana Raghavan (Booth School of Business, Class of 2017) moderated a fascinating panel on the unique experiences of international LGBT MBAs. Given the sizable population of international students in North American business schools, we’re glad that Meghana’s panel gave us insight into the intersection of being international, LGBT, and a business student in the U.S.

Over lunch, Kellogg School Professor Julie Hennessy taught our club leaders about how to market and brand their clubs to maximize appeal and to be as effective as possible on their campuses. We were proud to be joined by admissions officers from Kellogg and Booth in the afternoon, who offered professional guidance as our students dove into a mini-case discussion on how to incorporate more LGBTs into business school admissions.

Later on in the afternoon, some representatives of our 2016 ROMBA Conference planning committee introduced this year’s theme: Authentic Disruption, and got the energy up for the conference in Dallas! 162 days and counting…

Finally, before we all headed out for a delicious Italian dinner, our club leaders divided their energy between three stimulating afternoon breakout sessions on ally programming, how to bring greater equality for LGBTs into a business school’s recruiting process, and how to create a stronger space for bisexual and transgender people, as well as those who aren’t comfortable with being out yet.

All in all, this year’s Club Leadership Summit was filled with learning, laughter, and last connections for the upcoming year and beyond. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 ROMBA Conference in Dallas and throughout the year across the country!

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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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Nov 2014

LGBT MBA CLUB HIGHLIGHT: TUCK PRIDE’S TUCK TAILS – COMING OUT EDITION

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By Jasper Wright, MBA Tuck at Dartmouth ’15

Tuck Tails are weekly happy hours that happen on Thursday evenings. It’s a chance to unwind with your classmates after a busy week (students don’t have Friday classes for most of the year). Each event is often sponsored by a different student organization. Tuck Pride uses the events it sponsors (e.g., Allypalooza and Diva Party) to raise awareness of LGBT issues. The October 9th Tuck Tails celebrated National Coming Out Day.

Two students told their coming out stories and another student shared his dad’s coming out story. Terry, Justin and Jay encouraged our classmates to help create and foster an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance when we all leave Tuck. There was an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone in attendance. Students then headed over to the steps of Tuck Hall, the iconic building that appears in all the brochures, to light up the columns in rainbow!

Tuck Pride’s Tuck Tails 2014 LGBT

 

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