KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Every year Reaching Out has the privilege of hosting several keynotes at our annual LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate Conference (ROMBA Conference). These speakers are consistently some of the most inspiring content and create impactful memories for our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer attendees.
2019 ROMBA Conference Plenary Speakers
2019 ROMBA MARQUEE DINNER KEYNOTE (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12)
Plenary Session Sponsored by TBA 

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FRIDAY C-SUITE BREAKFAST (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11)
Plenary Session Sponsored by TBA

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FRIDAY LEADERSHIP LUNCH (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11)
Plenary Session Sponsored by TBA

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LGBTQ MBA PERSPECTIVES: SHORT FORM ALUMNI TALKS  (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12)
Plenary Session Sponsored by TBA

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Past ROMBA Conference Keynote Speakers
2018: Minneapolis

Jeff Harmening
Chief Executive Officer,

General Mills

Kate Kendell
Executive Director,

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Beth Ford
President & Chief Executive Officer,

Land O'Lakes

Polly Foss
Global Vice President,

3M

Rick Gomez
 Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer,

Target

George Takei
Actor, Social Justice Activist, & Social Media Mega-Power

2017: Boston (20th ROMBA Conference)

Dominic Barton
Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Beth Ford
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes

Margaret Cho
Entertainer

Dr. Martine Rothblatt
CEO, United Therapeutics

Anderson Cooper
Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°

Jim Fitterling
CEO, The Dow Chemical Company

Jan Siedmund
Chief Financial Officer, ADP

2016: Dallas

Jimena Almendares

Chief Product Officer, OKCupid

Darnell Moore
Senior Editor, MicNews

Aydian Dowling
Founder, Point 5cc Clothing

Ken Mehlman
Member & Global Head

of Public Affairs, KKR

Vivienne Ming
Founder & Executive Chair, Socos

Zachary Quinto
Actor & Activist

2015: Chicago

Morgana Bailey
Vice-President, State Street

Laverne Cox
Actress & Advocate

Tim Gill
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

George Kalogridis
President, Walt Disney World

Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois

2014: San Francisco

Trevor Burgess
Chief Executive Officer, C1 Bank

Janet Mock
Author, "Redefining Realness"

Kevin Jennings
Executive Director,

The Arcus Foundation

Kathy Levinson
Operational Strategist & Philanthropist

Jonathan Mildenhall
Chief Marketing Officer, Airbnb

Peter Thiel
Entrepreneur & Investor

2013: New Orleans

Billy Bean
Ambassador for Inclusion,

Major League Baseball

David Paltiel
Chief Product Officer, 

Fab.com

Margaret Stumpp
Senior Advisor,
Quantitative Management Associates

2012: Boston

Brian Elliott
Founder,

Friendfactor

Julie Goodridge
Chief Executive Officer & Founder,

Northstar Asset Management

Dan Savage
Bestselling Author
& Founder of It Gets Better Project

Brian Sims
Representative,

Pennsylvania State House

2011: Dallas

Howard Bragman
Founder,

Fifteen Minutes

Joel Burns
Council Member,
Fort Worth, TX

Elyse Cherry
Chief Executive Officer,
Boston Community Capital

Joe Solmonese
President,

Human Rights Campaign

2010: Los Angeles

Dustin Lance Black
Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, Producer and Director

Brian Graden
Former President of Entertainment,

MTV Networks

Meghan Stabler
Senior Director and Executive Advisor,

CA Technologies

2009: Atlanta

Carleen Haas
Vice-President, Talent Strategies,

Humana

LZ Granderson
ESPN & CNN Columnist and GLAAD Award Winner

Cleve Jones

Founder of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

2008: Washington DC

Doug Coblens
President,

Broad Spectrum Media

Michael Guest
Former Ambassador to Romania

Donna Rose

Transgender Leader

Andrew Tobias

Author

2007: San Francisco

Lisa Sherman

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Logo

Margaret Cho
Actress & Comedian

Chip Conley

Founder and CEO,

Joie de Vivre Hospitality

2006: New York

Christie Hardwick

Executive Coach and Consultant

Barry Herstein

Senior Vice President,

American Express

Kirk Snyder

Head of Equality Career Group Inc.

2005: Chicago

Amy Errett
Chief Executive Officer,

Olivia

Karen Magee
Executive Vice President,

Time Warner

Brian McGuinness

Executive Director of Gay Games VII 

Judy Teevan

Vice President,

American Express

Keith Farazi

Author, Speaker

2005: Boston

Ted Childs

Vice President of Global Workforce Diversity, IBM

Jean Dolan
Principal,

Booz Allen Hamilton

Lowell Selvin

Chairman and CEO of PlanetOut Inc.

Tim Gill

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

2004: Los Angeles

David Bohnett

Founder of Geocities,

David Bohnett Foundation

Nina Jacobson

President,

Buena Vista Motion Picture Group

Hilary Rosen

Former CEO,

Recording Industry Association of America

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