All sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, our host hotel.
All session topics, session times, and
​session locations are subject to change.

2019 Conference Underwriters


Atlanta Company Treks - apply here!


This year's trekkers will be visiting UPS's state of the art command center (S.M.A.R.T.) and the Atlanta Federal Reserve. Treks are a great, intimate way to hear about opportunities in industries, network with professionals, and see what a company is really like. Each trek will be limited to 20 attendees and spots will be competitive - apply here before the September 13th deadline!

Navigating Recruiting at ROMBA


Learn how to take advantage of recruiting opportunities at ROMBA: who to talk to, what questions to ask, and how to get yourself closer to an internship or full-time offer.  A must-do for first time attendees!

Fine Tune Technical Skills for Investment Banking


Although investment banking is known to require technical skills for success, they are truly accessible for all! Learn how to focus your efforts and time on the technicals to best prepare for interview and internships.

Out Women at ROMBA Sessions


Out Women at ROMBA:  Leadership as a Woman


Learning how to navigate the complex world of being an LBTQ+ woman in business is not something taught in business school. Hear stories and insights from women who lead in their organizations and takeways to deploy in your day to day life.

Out Women at ROMBA: Mentorship vs. Sponsorship


The words mentorship and sponsorship are seemingly used interchangeably, but they are very different. Mentors provide guidance and support, while sponsors use their capital to elevate you. Learn how to find a mentor and a sponsor in your indsutry and how to leverage them for your career success.

Out Women at ROMBA: Who (All) Is On Board?


In the era of #metoo, patriarchy hurts and limits all -- even the men benefitting from it. This isn't a conversation on how to get men on board. This is about everyone. Respecting all voices requires openness and encouragement for everyone to get on board and have a voice to be believed, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Join us as we talk about how panelists from different industries have found ways to amplify their voices and the voices of others and listen together in the face of #metoo.

Out Women at ROMBA Reception


Come meet other women, femmes, and non-binary folks at ROMBA in both structured conversation and a casual setting to bond with others over similar passions regarding gender and LBTQ issues in the workplace. Wrap up the afternoon of content with a mixer designed to build life-long connections in your LBTQ network.

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Pride Products and Iconic Ad Campaigns


LGBTQ consumers have immense buying power—and the world's leading retailers and consumer brands are looking to capture a slice of the market. From pride products to advertising campaigns, review case studies that reveal best practices and key learnings. Discuss the sheer size and scope of the LGBT market and the implications of businesses pursuing it.  

Advice for Career Switchers

Pursuing your MBA to pivot your career? Hear from others who have successfully navigated the recruiting process to change their career. Learn from speakers about what tactics they used, advice they have for other careers switchers, and ask those lingering questions that are on your mind as you embark on your new career path.

Using Your MBA toward Social Impact


Interested in how your career or extra time can positively impact the world? Learn about the world of social impact, and how you can make a difference with your MBA. This may be a career focus, or with the extra few hours you have each month. Either way, our panel of experts will provide some tools to get you started by thinking about evaluating organizations, the types of donations make the biggest impact, and how you can best give back to your community. 

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Careers in Consulting


This panel will feature consultants from a variety of specializations talking about how and why they transitioned from being a generalist to a specific industry or function. The aim of the session is to provide attendees with a broad overview of different types of specializations available through a career in consulting. 

Corporate Finance Roundtable


This roundtable session will enable attendees to sit down with professionals in corporate finance from a variety of industries, from established and newer companies, to ask questions and get a better understanding of the different careers and experiences available in corporate finance. 

Ace the Case Interview

Are you interested in becoming a consultant? The case interview is an integral portion of the interview process for both the internship and full-time position. PwC will lead their annual session providing frameworks and best practices to help you 'ace the case'. This interactive workshop provides you the chance to hear from experts and ask any and all questions so you leave prepared for your upcoming interviews.

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Veterans Reception

The right to serve one's country through military service as an LGBTQ citizen is fundamental in the United States. This meet-up serves to bring together and celebrate our LGBTQ veterans.

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Welcome Reception

Join us for the official opening of the 22nd Annual ROMBA Conference! This year's theme: Solid Gold: Proud & Bold celebrates the trailblazers from the Stonewall Riots fifty years ago. Enjoy some light bites and cocktails as you see old friends, meet new ones and discuss what the next 50 years of LGBTQ progress looks like.

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ROMBA Fellowship Recipient Reception (By Invitation Only)

This reception brings together our ROMBA Fellows and the organizing team that helped us bring together this year's conference. Reaching Out's Emerald, Diamond and Underwriting partners are also invited to join this talented group!

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Company Interviews & Coffee Chats (By Invitation - Select Companies Only)


Did you know that over 60% of companies at the ROMBA Conference hold either coffee chats/informational conversations or interviews with LGBTQ MBAs and other grads at the event? These conversations and interviews are by invite only and many invitations are sourced from the LGBTQ MBA Resume Database & Job Board before the conference  — so get your resume in the database asap (hint: some companies don't post jobs, but do screen through the resumes!).


Breakfast & Opening Keynote Interview


Begin the first full day of ROMBA with a hearty breakfast sponsored by KKR. Our esteemed keynote panel will be discussing the Future of Inclusion and how being ahead of the curve can grow a better work culture as well as the bottom line.

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Morning Breakout Sessions I


Healthcare Benefits and Family Planning

According to the Family Equality Council, 63% of LGBTQ millennials are considering expanding their families by becoming parents for the first time or by having more children. This panel brings together LGBTQ parents who have use various pathways to parenthood such as in-vitro fertilization, surrogacy, foster care, or adoption. This discussion will highlight the hurdles and questions you should ask yourself and your employer before making your BIG decision.

Presentation Design and Strategy and Marketing Tools

The sheer importance of presentation and design—in shaping brands of all kinds—can't be understated. With this in mind, we highlight what you should be focusing on as you craft presentations, both the visual elements like typeface and color palette, as well as tactical ones like messaging style and tone of voice. Furthermore, in the face of a rapidly changing technology landscape, learn to develop a "marketing stack" that works best for you.

Consulting - A Day in the Life

Hear from a panel of current consultants about the ins and outs of a day on the job. Ask questions and hear from a variety of experiences as you learn about the exciting life as a consultant. 

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Careers in Finance: A Day in the Life

Yes, money makes the world go 'round, but investment banking is not the only finance career path for MBA grads! In this interactive roundtable, you'll be hear directly from a variety of professionals in financial services about their career path, what an average week looks like, and advice to your specific questions.

Representation in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

More and more companies rely on algorithms for functions like hiring, targeted sales, and customer experience. While these save time and improve experiences, they often rely on past data and people to work. This means many of our cultures racial, gender, and sexual orientation biases get baked into new technologies. What role is the tech Industry playing to combat these biases? How is this playing out across industries as small firms adopt these technologies? What role do MBA's play in reducing these biases?

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Applying Your Non-Traditional Business Background to a Career in Retail

This panel discussion will examine the hard and soft skills one can leverage, from any professional background, to build a successful career in the retail industry.

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You Have an Idea...What Next?

Now that you have a ground-breaking startup idea… what's next? What are the steps to turn a concept into a going concern? From crafting a pitch deck to bootstrapping, listen to experts discuss what it takes to launch a business.

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Morning Breakout Sessions II


Combating Implicit Bias in Healthcare/Mental Health

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder.” Come join a candid discussion on how companies are utilizing creative strategies to positively impact mental health wellness on the individual, institutional, and systemic levels. The discussion will highlight the importance of these initiatives through the lens of not only LGBTQ employees but also investors.

Finding Meaning in the Workplace

McKinsey believes employees perform at their best when their passion and their skills are aligned. In other words, meaningful work motivates and inspires us. But finding that meaning can be difficult. We will lead and facilitate attendees to: 1) Identify personal definitions of “meaning”, 2) Share where they’ve found meaning in work, 3) Brainstorm ideas for expanding opportunities to find meaning in work. This will be an interactive session filled with small group discussion, led by a McKinsey partner.

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Quantitative Marketing

More than ever, marketers are tasked with making informed, data-driven decisions to shape consumer  behavior and drive results. Join us for a panel discussion on harnessing the power of quantitative techniques—including strategies to master and pitfalls to avoid.

Securing Funding for Your Idea

Last year marked the highest number of private-company financing events ever, including some of the largest venture capital deals in history. Hear from experts on both sides of the table what it takes to secure funding for your business at all stages, if outside funding is right for your business and alternative methods.

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LGBTQ Under-represented Minorities in America

URMs are, and have always been, a vibrant part of the LGBTQ+ community. From trailblazing pioneers such as openly gay novelist James Baldwin and transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, to modern-day heroes such as actress Laverne Cox and basketball star Jason Collins, URMs have made enormous contributions to the ongoing fight for social, racial and economic justice. In this session, learn more about the important issues facing LGBTQ URMs, including economic insecurity, violence & harassment, HIV & health inequity, and religious intolerance.

Fin Tech: Industry Disruptors, Tech Stacks, and Crypto Currency

From developments in blockchain, to payment innovations, the evolution of artificial intelligence, new financial regulations, and digital currencies, the Fintech industry has been disrupted across the space. What's next?

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Professional Session: Promoting LGBTQ rights in the workplace: From policy to practice

How do you know if your organization is truly taking workplace harassment and support of the LGBTQ community seriously? The HRC Corporate Equality Index verifies a company has implemented the right policies to support the rights of its LGBTQ employees – but what happens after that? Join this conversation, approached from a legal lens, to hear about how companies have translated their policy to practice, and how you can find out if your company is doing the same.

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Morning Breakout Sessions III

12:00PM - 1:00PM 

Careers in Healthcare

Want to make a difference in people’s lives in your next position? Want to pursue a career in healthcare, but not sure where you fit in best? Come learn about a diverse range of careers within healthcare (finance, marketing, operations, etc.) with an open discussion with professionals from the payor, provider, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors.

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Preparing for a Career in Consulting

Are you ready for a career in consulting? Sign up for this sesssion by mid-September and you can take a case assessment prior to ROMBA, then work through your results with a consulting expert an interactive workshop to hone your skills, identify strengths or areas for improvement.

Innovation and Design Thinking

As the business world changes more rapidly, companies are being forced to adapt and react more efficiently and effectively to the challenges they face. Learn how individuals draw from their personal and professional lives to create innovative products and solutions to the problems they face.

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Non-Traditional Paths for your MBA

Hear from a panel of professionals who took the road less traveled in achieving their MBA, whether by pursuing a part-time or international program, and also those who have applied their degree to less traditional career paths.

Learning Your Authentic Leadership Style and Maximizing Your Career Potential

Whether you have significant career experience or are transitioning from an academic to a professional setting for the first time, we'll discuss how becoming an authentic leader is built upon being self-aware, owning your continual professional development, and harnessing the power of mentors and advocates.

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Evolution of Being LGBTQ in Banking and Financial Services

Banking and Financial Services has historically been known for its conservative culture. Fortunately, this industry has made great strides in LGBTQ diversity in the past few decades.


While progress has been made, much more can still be done in terms of gender diversity (e.g. female LGBTQ and trans people recruitment) and broad-based diversity in other functional groups (e.g. Capital Markets and Investment Management). Hear LGBTQ bankers share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges they face due to their LGBTQ identity.

Hiring for Roles in Tech

"Tech" jobs are more than just technical. Companies of all sizes and across nearly every industry are offering tech-adjacent MBA roles in product development and management, strategy, finance, operations, and more. Attend this session to learn about the variety of modern roles in tech, what skill sets are best suited for these roles, and what the day-to-day looks like for those currently working in these positions.

Careers in Finance: An Industry Overview

This panel will provide a high-level overview of a variety of paths available to MBAs looking to pursue a career in financial services. If you're interested in finance and want to expand your perspective on what's available and how to land the job that's right for you, this is the panel for you!

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Leadership Lunch & Keynote Plenary

The Leadership Lunch, sponsored by McKinsey & Company, connects attendees so they can learn more about their peers and companies that may have invited them to join their table for lunch. This year's theme, Women in Leadership, showcases leaders from a variety of industries and backgrounds, how they've been inspired by mentors and trailblazers to rise to the top of their fields, and their advice on how you can do the same.

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21st ROMBA Conference Career Expo

ROMBA's preeminent career expo hosts over 90 top companies (many of which do not visit campuses) looking to recruit LGBTQ MBA and graduate talent. A must for
all job-seeking attendees.


* Please note that most companies are attending exclusively to identify LGBTQ talent they cannot easily access elsewhere. If you are not LGBTQ or an active ally this is not the best career event for you.

Entrepreneurship Expert Zone


Attendees with “pitch ready” new startup ideas will be paired with investors and entrepreneurial experts who will help them create clearer visions and next steps for their ventures. Candidates who are interested in working for startups are also welcome to network.

LGBTQ People of Color Reception


Did you know that 50% of attendees at the annual ROMBA Conference identify as nonwhite/caucasian? The LGBTQ MBAs of Color Reception celebrates the diversity of our attendees and welcomes all of those of a diverse backgrounds, and anyone committed to diversity within the LGBTQ community, for a fun-filled hour of networking over complimentary beer & wine.

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ROMBA Charity Party!

Close the Friday of ROMBA with a bang at our annual Charity Party, featuring drinks, appetizers, and dancing! Proceeds from this event will go to the James Robertson LGBTQ Student Access Fund, a restricted fund that ensures that all LGBTQ students have equal opportunities to succeed. All donations to this fund go directly to students’ travel & registration for LGBTQ leadership development-related events. No money is taken out of this fund for overhead, production costs, or any other costs to the organization.


Company Interviews & Coffee Chats (By Invitation - Select Companies Only)


Did you know that over 60% of companies at the ROMBA Conference hold either coffee chats/informational conversations or interviews with LGBTQ MBAs and other grads at the event? These conversations and interviews are by invite only and many invitations are sourced from the LGBTQ MBA Resume Database & Job Board before the conference  — so get your resume in the database asap (hint: some companies don't post jobs, but do screen through the resumes!).


Case Competition - enter here!

Preliminary Round: 8:00AM-10:30AM

Final Round: 11:00AM-12:30PM

In the 17th annual ROMBA Case Competition, students will analyze a business situation and present recommendations to a panel of seasoned consultants from various consulting firms. This case will allow participants to test and display their business acumen and strategic thinking. The competition will open late summer, look out for email updates.

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Mergers & Acquisitions Competition - enter here!


The 5th annual M&A Case Competition provides MBA student teams with the opportunity to experience the role of investment bankers in a mergers & acquisitions scenario. Teams will demonstrate their financial and strategic analysis skills before a prestigious panel of judges hailing from top banks. Join us for the final showdown of teams as they showcase their analysis of the case. The competition will open late summer, look out for email updates.

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Pre-MBA Expo


Over 45 top MBA programs will have a mix of admissions officers, LGBTQA MBA alumni and current MBA students on-site to share information about their programs and experiences on campus with our pre-MBA attendees. Through the remainder of the day, many of these schools will also hold invited one-on-one informational sessions with pre-MBA attendees.

Morning Breakout Sessions I


LGBTQ History

Don't feel like you have a complete understanding of LGBTQ+ history? You're not alone! Come join us for a condensed, one-hour version of LGBTQ+ history to help you know what really happened at Stonewall, what all those different colored flags stand for, and why we should be thankful to our queer elders for helping to rock the boat.

Startup Hiring, Culture and Leadership

Building a strong and diverse team is one of the most challenging aspects of starting and growing a company, and one of the primary roles of a founder. Learn what it takes to hire and develop a well-functioning team, as well as its culture and leadership for your startup from pre-seed through series A.

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Retail Marketing and Innovation

Retail is changing at warp speed. As consumer preferences evolve, business models develop, and new services emerge, the leaders of tomorrow are tasked with defining and driving success in the industry. Hear from a panel of retail industry leaders about trends in the retail sector and how companies are innovating to find new ways to meet consumer demand.

Professional Session: Defining your Path post MBA

While consulting, IB, and other traditional post-MBA jobs help pay off student loans, they are not the best long-terms careers for everyone. Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves – their strengths, their values, and how they perform best. Join us for a conversation on how those some years out of b-school have navigated and crafted a sustainable career based on their passions.

8th Annual LGBTQ MBA Startup Pitch Competition - enter here!


Pitch submission is open to both students & alumni. Pitch your startup to a panel of investors and industry experts (thanks to StartOut) who will provide valuable feedback and advice on your pitch and business model. The winner will walk away with a $5000 grand prize to help get their venture started. Both LGBTQ MBA graduate students and LGBTQ MBA alumni are eligible to compete.

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Morning Breakout Sessions II


Healthcare in the Digital Age

Technology is changing how patients receive care and interact with their providers, from chatting with your doctor through your phone to performing surgery via a robot from across the world. In this session, we will discuss the rapidly advancing healthcare technologies that will revolutionize the industry and make organizations more efficient and impactful.

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Big Business Takes Stances

Did you know that some of your favorite for-profit companies have taken loud, unapologetic stances when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights? Hear from those companies about the issues they've decided to take on publicly, what the reaction has been from customers and shareholders, and what they’d like to see happen going forward.

Marketing Cases

Case interviews aren't just for consulting anymore—prospective marketers are now similarly expected to navigate them with prowess. Interested in a career in marketing? Join this interactive session to work through different marketing scenarios and hear how professionals tackled them. Learn key strategies to master the case interview. 

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Career Sustainability in Finance

How much of the 'churn and burn' culture is true and how can you navigate your finance career long term? Hear from industry veterans about the skills and tools they have developed to sustain their passion and careers in financial services.

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Compassionate Leadership

What does it mean to be a compassionate leader? In this panel, you will hear first-hand stories about the power of empathy, and how it helps to develop your leadership skills.

Pre-MBA Session: MBA Panel


This panel of current MBA students from a diverse set of schools will discuss their experiences in business school, including their journey through the application and enrollment process, to their experience as an MBA.

Pre-MBA: School Informational Chats


Many schools will invite pre-MBA attendees to sit down with their staff, alumni or students for an informational conversation. Invitations may be extended in advance or during the morning expo. Not all schools will participate.

Regional Networking Lunch


Whether you feel tied to the city you were born in, the state where you went to school, or where you currently live, regional connections are important. Our networking lunch in the lobby is set aside for you to learn more about who's in your area and to build stronger networks amongst members in Reaching Out's regional chapters. Look for signs around the lobby for following areas:





Pre-MBA Session: Navigating Your Application to Business School


This session will be a tactical navigation of applications. Do you attend all the events? How do you network with admissions or current students? How do you create a well crafted application? How do you tackle the GMAT? We can dispel rumors and share honest experiences on the process.

Plenary Session: Awards & LGBTQ MBA Perspectives - A Series of TED-Style Talks from Alumni

Both the student and professional attendees at the ROMBA Conference come from all walks of life and bring with them a myriad of experiences. This plenary session is designed to bring together both Professional Day and traditional ROMBA Conference attendees. Delivered in short-form TED-style talks, alumni will illuminate some extraordinary life lessons that you may benefit from hearing. Following these talks, the ROMBA Conference Competitions winners will be awarded a "big" check.

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Pre-MBA: Speed-Networking


Get to know other pre-MBAs who are applying to business school through this speed-dating style networking session. Share tips and tricks you've encounted along the way and make some new friends who are going through the same application process as you.

LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Forum


Are you an officer of an LGBTQ on-campus club? Meet up with LGBTQ MBA club leaders from the many other top MBA programs that attend ROMBA. Moderated by Reaching Out’s Executive Director and picking up from the annual LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit, this is a great opportunity to hear about club initiatives around the country.

Pre-MBA Session: Developing your Personal Brand


Applying to MBA programs? Do you know how to market your personal brand? This session is aimed at helping pre-MBAs build their personal brand before applying to school, allowing them to express their interests and goals in a variety of elevator pitches. 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions I


Diversity in Tech

Technology companies have recognized that diversity leads to innovation. The tech industry has awakened public interest and scrutiny as its platforms have become the fundamental building blocks of our digital economy. This is a crossroads for those that can integrate diversity into their competitive strategies. Join us in this session to hear from a variety of organizations that are exploring the best way to achieve this.

Global Perspectives

There’s a big world out there, in business and beyond! For those interested in navigating a career abroad, or how to work with clients and colleagues from different cultures, our panel of professionals will talk to their international experiences and answer your questions as you consider the dynamics of our global village.

Professional Session: Using the Full Power of your Network

Networking is for more than getting your next job. As you grow in your career, it can be a gateway to hiring talent onto your team, finding a mentor, and growing your influence. This session will cover a range of stories and techniques to ensure you’re leveraging all 360 degrees of your network across regions, industries, and ages.

Prospective ROMBA Student Leaders


Much of Reaching Out’s content, including the ROMBA Conference, is developed by LGBTQ MBA students and alumni in our community just like you! If you are interested in being on the steering committees for the 2020 ROMBA Conference in Los Angeles, Out Women in Business Conference (students & alumni), or the Student Leadership Summit (students only), come to this session to hear from this year’s leadership team.

School Receptions for Alumni & Students

In the spirit of connecting with other LGBTQ MBAs and alumni, many schools are hosting private receptions for their students, alumni, and administration joining us at the conference.

Marquee Dinner Reception


Kick off a celebration of everything that was ROMBA 2019 with a libation at the open-bar reception - as we get ready to dine and hear from our keynote speaker!

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Marquee Dinner & Keynote

The marquee dinner is a culmination and celebration of ROMBA 2019, and a final opportunity to connect with your community, learn about what Reaching Out has in store for the next year, and hear from our esteemed keynote speakers! Dinner and drinks are compliments of our co-underwriter Boston Consulting Group.

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