Reaching Out Student Organizers

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Apply to be a Student Organizer

Reaching Out MBA’s mission is to increase the influence of the LGBT+ community in business by educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni.

Placing LGBT+ MBAs and other business professionals into national leadership positions is core to what we do – and this is where you come in!  We want you to join us on one of three leadership teams:

  • 2022 Out Women in Business Conference in NYC, March 25 (tentative)
  • 2022 Club Leadership Summit in Chicago, April 22 (tentative)
  • 2022 ROMBA Conference in Washington, D.C., October 6-8

The deadline to apply for a 2022 student organizer role is October 31, 2021. Please email any questions to info@reachingoutmba.org.

Student Organizer Testimonials

Mimi Shih

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Michael Hajjar

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Kevin Zhou

ROMBA Student Organizer and Alumni See the Story

Jasmine Hagans

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Organizer FAQs

Who can apply to be an organizer?

Currently enrolled MBAs are eligible to apply to serve as an organizer for all three events: ROMBA, Out Women in Business, and the Student Leadership Summit. Additionally, Out Women In Business is also open to all LBT+ professionals whether you have an MBA or not.

What does the commitment look like?

Each program has a different level of commitment with ROMBA having the largest commitment.  Please read below about each program’s level of commitment:

ROMBA Organizer Commitment:

  • ROMBA Conference Organizers are generally engaged for 10 months beginning in December through October; the busiest times include when the planning retreat is hosted, in July when session directors are selected, and during the lead-up to the conference from August through October.
  • Organizers are tasked with managing the content and flow of a major national conference. 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).
  • In addition to attending ROMBA, organizers will attend an onsite planning retreat in February or March 2022
  • All related travel, lodging, and planning expenses are covered for team members.

OWIB Organizer Commitment:

  • OWIB Conference Organizers are generally engaged for 5 months beginning in November through March; virtual team meetings are held monthly starting in late November.
  • Organizers are tasked with setting the conference theme, planning breakouts, and plenary content, and working with the Reaching Out staff on logistics, marketing, and outreach.
  • The busiest period of the planning process will be the 6 weeks leading up to the conference.
  • All related travel, lodging, and planning expenses are covered for team members.

OWIB Organizer Commitment:

  • LGBT+ MBA Club Leaders Summit Organizers are generally engaged for 6 months beginning in November through April; they participate in a monthly one-hour team call with content development and logistic working taking place between calls. These roles are almost exclusively content-focused with some minor logistics.
  • Of the three marquee events (ROMBA Conference, Out Women in Business, and The LGBT+ MBA Club Leaders Summit), this is the lowest overall commitment, but still requires a lot of thought and preparation for robust content.

What are the benefits and responsibilities of serving as an organizer?

Benefits

  • Grow your professional and personal LGBT+ network: Other MBAs, alumni, board, staff, and corporate partners.
  • Gain valuable leadership experience and visibility during the program.
  • Complimentary travel, accommodation, and registration to the event you help organize.

Responsibilities 

  • Create event theme and content that educates, inspires, and connects the Reaching Out community.
    • Content includes session ideas, titles, and descriptions.
  • Direct one session (develop full content, session flow, prep with speakers, and moderate).
  • Oversee other students and session participants.
  • Staff assigns speakers to sessions, but we’d love your input!