Last Saturday, I joined members of the Booth student group OUTreach for the 20th Anniversary of the Reaching Out MBA Conference (ROMBA) in Boston. The conference’s goal is to provide LGBTQ business school students with a resource to make connections with other LGBTQ students and business professionals. Reaching Out is a great organization whose mission is to support LGBTQ MBA students and professionals and champion the charge to spotlight positive roles in education, business and society. The annual conference includes dynamic break-out sessions and has major support from companies like McKinsey, BCG, Target, Home Depot, and Citi.
ROMBA draws an amazing group of registrants every year and I was fortunate to meet some very interesting and engaging prospective students at the MBA Admissions Summit, an MBA fair where guests can meet and learn more about different MBA programs. I was joined by current 2nd year Booth students Taylor Carson, Lincoln Campbell, and Thomas Wichman where we had great conversations with prospective students who are focused on designing their careers and the importance of selecting the right MBA program. “I attended last year for the awesome support around recruiting offered by such a strong network.” Thomas said. “I knew right away, though, that I would come back for the friendships and the community.”
After a long day of interviewing, recruiting, and case competitions, the outspoken comedienne Margaret Cho provided entertainment for everyone on Friday evening with her special brand of comedy and political satire. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening gala and provided everyone with his unique style of wit and charm. He was very candid about his career, being out for all of his life and why making it public was important to him recognizing the power of his position. He also made it clear why having a strong community is important because it is still unsafe to be out in many areas of the world. I’ve attended a few conferences this year and this was indeed one of the best for prospective students to gain more information about the culture and the LGBTQ community at Chicago Booth. I’m looking forward to continuing our rich relationship with Reaching Out for many years to come!