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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


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Help Foster the LGBTQ Business Leaders of Tomorrow.

Participating in regional and national LGBTQ events is crucial for students to build networks outside of their own campuses–where many of them may be one of only a few LGBT students - and to find future jobs with companies seeking out LGBT professionals.

Did you know that with flight, hotel and various registration fees, a typical student spends over $750 to attend a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) event?

Reaching Out, an 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting LGBT business students to become out leaders in the workplace, has launched a restricted fund to make LGBT events more accessible to business students.

All donations to this fund go directly to students’ travel & registration for LGBT events. No money is taken out of this fund for overhead, production costs, or any other costs to the organization. 

Every dollar you give goes right to providing the opportunity for an LGBT business student to grow both personally and professionally as an OUT business leader of tomorrow.

Will you help us in our effort to ensure that current LGBT business students can become the out LGBT business leaders of tomorrow?


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Nov 2014

Behind #ROMBA2015: Student Leadership

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Today was an important day for the Reaching Out organization because it was the first meeting with the student leaders for the 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference.  Over the next 10 months, these students will work together with our staff to develop all the content that LGBTQ business students and professionals will experience at #ROMBA2015 in Chicago (Oct 8-10, 2015).

Watch this space for more updates on the team’s developments!

The ROMBA 2015 Student Leaders, from Booth, Kellogg & Cornell gather for their first meeting.


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