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applications due October 31st

Highlighting LGBTQ MBA students & alumni by placing them into national leadership positions is core to Reaching Out’s mission – and this is where you come in!  We want you to join us as on a leadership team for the 2020 Out Women in Business Conference in NYC, 2020 LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit in Chicago or 2020 ROMBA Conference in Los Angeles!




  • Joining the Reaching Out family, growing your professional connections, and gaining nation-wide leadership experience

  • Drive your leadership capabilities while creating organic lifelong business connections with LGBTQ MBA peers

  • Set and lead the agenda, topics, and conversations for the LGBTQ MBAs, advanced degree students, and professionals around the world

  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in brand management, product development, program management, and sponsor integration

  • Use your entrepreneurial skills to learn the pertinent LGBTQ issues in business today and develop targeted content that reaches the varied interests of LGBTQ MBA students & alumni




  • Taking Reaching Out to a new level of career, culture, and definition of community

  • Create and develop event themes and programming to inspire the LGBTQ MBA community over the course of the event

  • Build, develop, and manage (with our staff’s guidance and support) the content for savvy, educated, and connected LGBTQ consumers

  • Utilize the expansive Reaching Out network of business professionals to help support and construct your vision

  • Recruit and lead some of the best and brightest LGBTQ MBA minds to meet your vision

  • Learn and understand the challenges and goals facing our diverse corporate partners

  • Excite current LGBTQ MBAs to meet one another and make meaningful lifelong connections

  • Create a working leadership structure within your event team that manages multiple components of ideation and execution


All applications have an October 31st Deadline

Event Dates: October 8-10, 2020

Open to: First Year or Part-Time Students Who Will Still Be Enrolled in Fall 2020
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Since our founding in 1999, teams of LGBTQ MBA & graduate students have been selected to create our conference’s content and be part of an ever-growing legacy of innovation, leadership and education in the LGBTQ community. We owe a tremendous thank you to the 176 students from 35 schools who have served on the ROMBA Conference’s Student Leadership Committees. 

Each team works with Reaching Out’s staff and board to shape the overall theme and content for the conference’s student and professional attendees coming from across the world! The Leadership team is the most involved in the planning of the conference from start to finish. The ROMBA Conference Organizing Team is kept to no more than 10 students, each of whom will own an area of the conference content. 

Commitment-wise, the ROMBA Conference Leaders are generally engaged for 9 months, with late March and late August through October being the busiest times. Different roles have slightly different timelines and commitments (e.g. overseeing tracks with competitions might be a bit of a later activity compared to building out an entrepreneur track's core content).  However, time expectations can easily be managed depending on your area of interest and how you structure your team.

This application is ONLY for the conference leadership team, which is a year-long effort in partnership with Reaching Out's full-time staff. For those interested in only moderating or working on one breakout session during the conference, applications for session directors will be available in the spring. 

 All participation expenses are paid for these leaders.

Event Dates: April, 2020

Open to: All current students
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Now in its 12th year, the leadership summit brings together rising club leaders to network, share experiences & best practices, and hear about national LGBTQ issues and initiatives.  Each year a core team of 5-6 students works with Reaching Out's staff on the content for this event, which is designed to bring together rising LGBTQ MBA on-campus leaders for networking and learning. 

Applications are open to anyone who will be a current student in the spring of 2020.  An ideal team will consist of some first year students, some second year students, and potentially a part-time student.

Commitment-wise, the LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Summit generally involves a one-hour team call once a month starting in November, with some content development and logistics work in between often done one-on-one with Reaching Out staff members. Teams are generally 5-6 students who work alongside Reaching Out's Executive Director and staff. The team usually has check-ins every 3 weeks starting December through April. These roles are almost exclusively content focused with some minor logistics. 


Event Dates: February TBD, 2020

Open to: All current students & professionals
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Out Women in Business (OWIB) was launched in 2015 to raise the visibility and connectivity of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in business (at all levels, regardless of an MBA).  Since then the event has become a marquee program for Reaching Out attracting speakers including Tammy Smith, Roberta Kaplan and Annise Parker. In 2019 we will look to further grow the event’s attendance & reputation.  The 2020 OWIB Conference is scheduled to be held in mid-February in NYC. 

The OWIB team, which is made half of professionals and half of MBA graduate students, sets the conference's theme, ideates & plans the event's breakout & plenary content, and works with Reaching Out's full-time staff on the logistics and marketing for the event.

Commitment wise Out Women in Business will involve virtual team meetings (generally 1 hour) every 2-3 weeks starting in late November leading to the conference. The busiest period of the planning process will be the 6 weeks leading up to the conference.  All travel and planning expenses are paid for the team.