2018 Media Partners

Reaching Out’s significant impact on Corporate America and in generating the LGBTQ leaders of tomorrow is increasingly being recognized in the media. Below is a sampling of the articles and reports on how Reaching Out is helping LGBT MBAs & other business students as well as LGBT MBA business professionals connect and emerge as out leaders.
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2018 CNN Money: A new first for LGBTQ business leaders

Straight, cis-gender leaders still dominate the C-suite. But there have been a handful of LGBTQ milestones in corporate America recently.

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2018 Financial Times: Doors open for gay MBA graduates

One of Romba’s missions is to help change the perception surrounding finance and business. “How do you convince graduates that business school is the place for them?” he asks. “For business schools it is becoming a priority.”
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2018 NBC News: Growing number of scholarships fill void for LGBTQ students

Kidd said his organization's MBA scholars are also increasingly female, transgender, gender non-conforming and people of color, a change that can eventually lead to a more diverse workforce as these graduates enter management positions.
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2018 Mic: LGBTQ equality in Corporate America: Where are all the queer CEOs?

“People are kind of looking for folks that look like them,” he said. “And if you look at the role models in the LGBT community like Tim Cook — not to knock them because they’re great people — but they’re still white cis-gender gay men. So we need to think of breaking out of that mold.”
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2017 The Advocate: In America's Boardrooms, LGBTs Are Quietly Ascending to Power

Those who believe we have not come very far in furthering LGBT business leadership are missing an important story that has evolved incrementally and on a parallel track with the overall achievements of the LGBT movement.
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2017 Business Equality Magazine: ROMBA Celebrates 20 Years of Advancing Future LGBTQ Business Leaders

Being out and authentic to yourself is incredibly important to succeeding in business. Kidd, who is big on data, cites several important studies that say if you’re not out in the workplace, then you are not performing to your fullest and won’t be particularly satisfied with your job. In turn, this impacts both the bottom line for companies and also the trajectory of your career.
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2016 Poets & Quants: Elite LGBT MBAs At All-Time High

Campus LGBT clubs and admissions offices at the schools self-report the raw data. This year, elite MBA programs have an average of 3.46% of out self-identifying students–up from 2.94% last year and 2.7% the year before.
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2015 New York Times: For Transgender Students, Business Schools Are a Transition

Elite business schools have reputations as conservative, buttoned-up corners of college campuses, as bastions of male dominance. Many transgender individuals tend to avoid the business world, and up until a few years ago, there hadn’t been openly trans students at many prestigious B-schools, if any. 

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2015 Mail & Globe: Rotman extends a hand to LGBT students

The recent moves by Rotman follow those of the Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management and Purdue and Georgetown universities, which have joined ROMBA as they look to broaden LGBT representation in MBA programs – and break down stereotypes of what a business leader looks like in the process.
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2015 Huffington Post: Are LGBTQ People in Your Diversity Plan?

In the age of social media corporate shaming we’ve seen numerous companies make bold commitments to diversity. Unfortunately when it comes to LGBTQ people in workplace these proudly diverse companies are not always the bastions of LGBTQ inclusion that their marketing staff would hope they are in the post Obergefell celebration.

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2015 The Advocate: Here's How to Break the Pink Ceiling

Yet the LGBT MBA Fellowship is more than another diversity inclusion program. I’m a big believer that inclusion is a lot like having a seat at the table — just because you have a seat doesn’t mean anyone wants to hear you talk. If policy, inclusion, and legal protections worked fully, we would have moved beyond gender and race struggles decades ago. Equality is about power and influence.

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2014 Bloomberg: The Effort to Get Gay Professionals Out of the Closet & Keep Them Out

Hodges is one of about 1,350 people who are in San Francisco this week for a conference celebrating MBAs who are lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual. His desire to be openly gay in his professional life is one encouraged by Reaching Out MBA, the nonprofit running the conference. To make their support for this stance official, the group is announcing a new set of scholarships today, each which will offer at least $10,000 per year toward tuition for one LGBT student at six top business schools.

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2014 US News: 3 Ways to Be a Good Candidate for MBA Scholarships

Reaching Out MBA, an organization for MBA students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or an ally of these communities, has a similar policy for its new fellowship. The fellowship will award scholarships of at least $10,000 per school year, starting next school year, through its network of partner institutions, says Matt Kidd, the executive director. The students who receive it is completely up to the schools, he says.

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2014 BBC: Full disclosure: Revealing sexual orientation on a CV

Many members of the millennial generation, born in the 1980s and 1990s, feel it’s only natural to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to recruiters. They often came out earlier in their lives than previous generations and grew up in an era of fast-expanding rights for the LGBT community.

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2013 Poets & Quants: Interview with Executive Director Matt Kidd

As much as Matt Kidd appreciates business schools’ efforts to welcome LGBT students, he says a few schools are kind of missing the point. As the new executive director of Reaching Out MBA’s Kidd is responsible for organizing the LGBT nonprofit’s annual three-day conference. “Some schools—and there are a handful of people who are guilty of this—have their career offices telling people ‘You should go to this conference no matter what ’” he says. “And they’re telling them to go to National Black. They’re telling them to go to [the National Society of Hispanic MBAs] and it’s frankly inappropriate.”

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2012 The Boston Globe: LGBT Workplace policies a draw for MBA students

On Thursday, more than 1,000 MBA candidates, corporate executives, and recruiters will gather at the Seaport ­Hotel and World Trade Center for the annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference, which aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or ­LGBT, business school students with some of the nation’s leading companies. Now in its 14th year, the conference has grown from 150 students networking over boxed lunches at Harvard Business School to a three-day event with high-profile sponsors, a sign that corporate America is more progressive than the public sector when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.

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2005 Financial Times: Sexual orientation: Students reach out to foster change

Business school campuses - thronging with affinity and membership groups of like-minded students pursuing everything from volunteering activities to discussions on how to save the planet - can prove fertile ground for change in the business world when MBA students graduate and start work. Among the groups, a US-based organisation called Reaching Out is having a growing influence on promoting acceptance of gays and lesbians both on campus and in corporate corridors.

1999 New York Times: Traditional Business Schools More Open for Gays, Students Say

Last month's conference here, entitled ''From the Closet to the Boardroom,'' was organized by two M.B.A. candidates from Ivy League business schools: James Robertson, from Yale, and Jason Stone, from Harvard. About 150 students from 20 different schools, including those at Dartmouth, M.I.T. and Stanford, attended.

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1999 The Advocate: Gay MBA Students are Changing the Face of Their Schools

The fact that gay students from major business schools are getting together for the first time is perhaps as important as the conference's program.

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