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Mar 2018

Month of Service: Pride@Kellogg – Kellogg, Northwestern

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During the month of service, Pride@Kellogg members volunteered at the Center on Addison. This is the senior services arm of Center on Halstead and holds the title of being Chicago’s first LGBTQ senior center. Their programs and services for LGBTQ community members over the age of 55 allow for more than 150 seniors to participate in Senior programs to attend workshops, take classes, share a meal or make new friends.

The club visited the Center to help pass out meals to the LGBTQ elders living in the Center’s apartments and had conversations with them about their lives, their experiences in the Center, and their aspirations for the Chicago LGBTQ community. To learn more about Center on Halstead, visit

Thank you, Pride@Kellogg!

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Nov 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Romelle Morris

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.


I grew up in Gary, Indiana and attended The University of Iowa, studying Marketing and Chinese. After college, I took a global sourcing position at Target Corporation pursuing my interest in international business, consumer behavior, and the retail industry. Throughout my time at Target I have held a variety of positions across Target’s sourcing, allocation, and merchandising strategy teams. My Target experience has cemented in me a passion for consumer behavior and trend research. After business school, I plan to move into a marketing or consumer insights role within a growing consumer discretionary company. Outside of work, I love a good debate (ENTP) and spend a good amount of my free time watching documentaries. When I am not debating, I also love to shop.

What made you consider business school?
The retail environment has become increasingly volatile as new retailers and brands use technology and innovation to disrupt the traditional retail experience. Going to business school would give me a chance to step out of retail, learn from growth-minded professors and students, and ultimately form a better perspective on what companies and brands are equipped to win in the new business environment.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to officially join the Kellogg community and meet all my classmates. I get energized by getting to know people and understanding their unique perspectives on the world. I get very excited when I think about all the amazing people I will meet and learn from in school.

Who are some  of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
James Baldwin, for his bravery, intellect, and unparalleled ability to express the complexities of being gay and black in America. Harvey Milk, for being a trailblazer and representing the LGBT voice in American politics. Howard Schultz, for not only being an innovative business leader but also for repeatedly standing for diversity and inclusion at Starbucks. Angela Ahrendts, for giving us a master class in luxury goods rebranding at Burberry and taking her branding expertise to the innovative world of technology.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I believe in living life to the fullest. I have made and learned from many mistakes in my short life. I am painfully aware of how different my life could have turned out. I push myself and those around me to chase their passions while remaining lighthearted, resilient, and optimistic.

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Jul 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Morgan Lippitt

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Organizing Committee.”  The Organizing Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 8 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give readers tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Morgan Lippit

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2016, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Finance)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant at The Cambridge Group in Chicago working on Consumer Demand Strategy

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I’m most excited to hear your guys’ experiences with the Conference and get to know as many of you as I can. It’s such a cool thing that we are afforded these opportunities to connect with each other and major companies.

What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?

Know yourself, Know what you want out of your career/ROMBA, ask questions, and at the end of the day live/work by 3 rules (1) Laugh about it, (2) Learn from it, (3) Move on. There are more than enough jobs out there and the road to finding them can be awkward at times. This is the case for everyone so don’t stress but do come prepared and open to learning new things. You never know what will inspire you to your true calling

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?

My goal for the summer was to take a look behind the scenes in consulting firms and see if there is a longterm career fit for me. By the end of the summer I hope to have a better understanding of the answer to that question.

How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?

The first year of business school can be many things to many different types of people. In my opinion it should be tailored to the individual. As a result I chose to focus on the soft skills in business. Spending time with friends with crazy high EQ and a talent for navigating orgs. My goal was to soak as much up from them as possible while also trying to further develop these skills in class. This has been so incredibly just on a day to day perspective through out my internship. There is something to be said for being able to see the human element in the business problems you work on as well as in the context of the situation in which you are doing the work.

What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?

Make mistakes, ask questions, and at the end of the day live/work by 3 rules (1) Laugh about it, (2) Learn from it, (3) Move on. There are more than enough jobs out there, don’t waste your time stressed and unhappy.

Current, prospective & alumni LGBT MBAs and related graduate students can register for ROMBA 2015 here.

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