Oct 2&3, Oct 8-10, 2020 // Virtual Conference

ROMBA Agenda

We expanded the 2020 ROMBA conference to include 5 days of programming, including 2 days of Career Expo. Thanks for joining our our interactive panels and workshops, inspiring plenaries, receptions and drop-in networking sessions!

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

12:00 pm Duration 60 min

Opening Plenary: ROMBA 2020: Life through a New Lens

Kick off ROMBA 2020 with a discussion with C-suite executives David Galloreese (Wells Fargo) and Ben Hasan (Walmart) who will be interviewed by two ROMBA Fellows on shifts in the business landscape resulting from unique challenges we face in 2020, namely COVID-19 and systematic racism as highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. The session will include thoughts and guidance on about how to rethink the jobs market, being allies to the other underrepresented minorities, and navigating ROMBA with these things in mind.

Speakers: David Galloreese, Wells Fargo // Ben Hasan, Walmart
1:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Interview Hero: How to Ace Any Interview

Confident humility is the secret to power and influence. Without humility, confidence is vulnerable and translates as arrogance. Without confidence, your accomplishments can’t shine through. In interviews, you must talk about yourself and your achievements with both confidence and humility to win the job or the offer for MBA admission. Join Angela Guido, Founder of Career Protocol, for this fun and interactive storytelling workshop and develop tools to speak powerfully about your successes and engender genuine human connection in interviews. P.S. This session is also excellent preparation for MBA Essay Writing!!

Consulting: A Day in the Life

In this workshop, you’ll have the chance to break into small groups with current consultants to ask questions and hear about the ins and outs of a day on the job – and how that has changed in 2020!

Hiring for Roles in Tech

A common misconception is that a tech background is required to land a position in the tech industry. However, tech companies of all sizes are offering positions to MBAs from all backgrounds in a variety of functions including product development, strategy, and finance. In this session, you’ll hear from MBAs about the variety of roles available, skill sets best suited for these roles, and what the day-to-day entails in these positions.

Navigating Recruitment at ROMBA

Learn how to take advantage of virtual recruiting opportunities at ROMBA: who to talk to, what questions to ask, and how to get yourself closer to an internship or full-time offer.

3:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Finance: A Day in the Life

Do you think you’re interested in a finance career, but not sure what that might look like? There are many finance paths for an MBA, and we want to talk with you about them! Join us for an interactive session and speak with finance professionals from a variety of career paths to learn about what a day in their life is like, and how you can best prepare yourself for recruiting in this space.

Careers in Healthcare

Are you looking to pursue a career in healthcare but not sure where you fit in best? Learn from a diverse range of professionals within the industry about different way to apply your skills and passion in healthcare.

Finding Meaning in the Workplace

McKinsey believes employees perform at their best when their passion and their skills are aligned. In other words, meaningful work motivates and inspires us. But finding that meaning can be difficult. We will lead and facilitate attendees to: 1) Identify personal definitions of “meaning”; 2) Share where they’ve found meaning in work; and 3) Brainstorm ideas for expanding opportunities to find meaning in work. This will be an interactive session filled with small group discussion, led by a McKinsey partner.

Presented by:McKinsey & Co.

ROMBA Conference Office Hours

This is a drop in session for any pre-, current, and post-MBAs with general questions about the ROMBA conference: sessions, navigating the virtual features of our community, etc.

Office hours will be staffed by student organizers and volunteers; they will not be providing advice on recruiting.

4:30 pm Duration 60 min

Raising Capital for your Startup

This panel discussion covers strategy and fundraising for early-stage LGBTQ entreprenuers. Panelists will discuss and answer questions such as: What differentiates successful startups from those that can’t get off the ground? How has the fundraising landscape been affected by COVID-19? Should LGBTQ entrepreneurs come out to the (potential) investors in the early stage? Come and learn the key steps to develop and fund your great idea!

Presented by:start out

LGBTQI+ Philanthropic Giving Trends

Learn about philanthropic trends and LGBTQI+ organizations CCS Fundraising has been proud to partner with in recent years, including The Trevor Project and The Ali Forney Center. This panel will also provide an opportunity to learn how an MBA with sharp quantitative and analytical skills, as well as performance assessment experience, can complement a nonprofit organization. This panel discussion—moderated by Douglas H. London, Senior Vice President at CCS Fundraising—will focus on philanthropic giving trends from industry leaders at LGBTQI+ organizations

Speakers: Douglas H. London, CCS Fundraising
Presented by:CCS Fundraising

Drop-in Networking: MBAs in Media & Entertainment

Join this session to meet others pursuing and interested in pursing careers in Media, Entertainment, & Communications. Casual conversations will be facilitated by a leader, and you can also break off into smaller groups or 1-on-1 conversations.

4:30 pm Duration 90 min

Ace the Case Workshop

Are you interested in becoming a consultant? The case interview is an integral portion of the interview process for both the internship and full-time position. In one of our most popular sessions, experts leading the Ace the Case workshop provide frameworks and best practices to help you get a leg up and ask any and all questions so you leave prepared for your upcoming interviews.

Presented by:
6:00 pm Duration 60 min

ROMBA Fellow's Reception

This reception brings together ROMBA Fellows and the 2020 student organizing team. Our Underwriter, Diamond, and Emerald partners are also invited to join this talented group!

7:00 pm Duration 60 min

Welcome Plenary

In this year’s Welcome Plenary, we are honored to host a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign. The discussion will anchor on intersectionality between the LGBT+ community and other under represented minorities, in particular African Americans, and explore commonalities and differences in our experiences, and how to be an ally in both our professional and personal lives.

Speakers: Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter // Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign // Michael Thomas, Discover
Presented by:discover
12:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Quick and Fundamental Finance Technicals

Planning to enter the banking sector? Need some advice on what to prepare for an interview? In this panel discussion, our experts in Finance will talk about some useful financial concepts and terms, such as discounted cash flow analysis and cost of equity, and share with you some tips on how to ace an investment banking interview.

Deck Design: Building a Cohesive Story

Mastering deck design is fundamental to running successful presentations and meetings. Sharpen your tools in this session where experts share their insights on communicating effectively through different tones of voice, messaging styles, typeface and colors.

Pre-MBA: Choosing a Path for Your MBA

A MBA opens doors and presents many options for your future. Whether you are currently in a traditional business role, or pivoting to an entirely new career, learn what outcomes are possible with an MBA, and some potential careers that could be awaiting you on the other side!

Exec Presence for the LGBTQ+ Leader

Being “out” at work or in our personal lives brings some unique challenges for leaders. This engaging webinar will explore how we can all be more effective and authentic in what we say and write. Relying on his years of experience as an out (and outspoken) gay leader JD Schramm will lead this discussion. Since 2007 JD has taught elective communication courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He will be referencing material from his recently released book, Communicate with Mastery.

Speakers: JD Schramm,
1:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Streaming the Future

From Netflix, to Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple Music, we all have experienced the wonder and convenience of streaming. However, with this constantly evolving landscape, what does its future hold? How can the platform be more inclusive of all queer voices? Learn from queer experts in the entertainment and media industries on what the potential market holds and how to remain competitive.

Coping with COVID: How Walmart Met the Challenges of a Pandemic

Got TP? The retail industry has been uniquely impacted by COVID-19. Walmart’s value proposition to its customers has always been: “Save Money. Live Better.” Despite increased demand and low inventory, Walmart has kept that promise to its customers throughout the pandemic. Come hear from leaders across Walmart on how they addressed issues such as price gouging , supplier negotiation, and supply chain disruptions — all while keeping toilet paper in-stock.

Presented by:

Pre-MBA: Crafting Your Story in an Application

You’ve decided to apply for a MBA, but now it’s time to actually put pen to paper and submit an application. In this session you will learn valuable insights from experts on how to stand out in your application and to tell your compelling personal journey to B-school. Answer all your questions from “What is a “good” GMAT score?” to “How has the application process changed in the post-Coronavirus world?”. Don’t take our word for it, hear it straight from a panel of experts from around the country!

ROMBA Conference Office Hours

This is a drop in session for any pre-, current, and post-MBAs with general questions about the ROMBA conference: sessions, navigating the virtual features of our community, etc.

Office hours will be staffed by student organizers and volunteers; they will not be providing advice on recruiting.

3:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

OWIB #1: Leadership as a Woman in 2020

Join us for a cross-generational discussion on how opportunities for LBT+ women in business have changed over time, across industries and cultures. You’ll learn how women have overcome obstacles to succeed and what is at stake as the scope of women’s rights in the workplace has expanded to include non-binary and trans employees.

Presented by:McKinsey & Co.

Non-traditional Paths for Your MBA

Hear from professionals who took the road less traveled in achieving their MBA, and those who have applied their degree to less traditional career paths.

Presented by:discover

Pre-MBA: Group Meetings based on Region

This is a targeted networking session meant to allow Pre-MBAs to speak with Admissions Representatives from top business programs around the world. Attendees will be placed into breakout rooms to continue discussions with schools based on geographic region.

Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives at Work and School

This webinar is a presentation for students and professionals about racial equity, and how to be an active and effective supporter of anti-racism as a student, a professional, and a business leader. Participants will learn tools and principles that they can apply in both their personal and professional lives. No matter where you are in your knowledge of anti-racism, you are encouraged to participate!

Speakers: Monroe France, New York University
4:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Tech 101: Walk the Talk and Rock Your Tech Interview

Product Interviews for tech roles can be daunting, especially without a technical background. However, many MBAs with non-tech backgrounds succeed during the interview process to ultimately work in a product role. This session provides a taste for what to expect during a product interview by going through a case study from the vantage point of a product marketer and a product manager.

Pre-MBA Group Meetings based on School Size

This is a targeted networking session meant to allow Pre-MBAs to speak with Admissions Representatives from top business programs around the world. Attendees will be placed into breakout rooms to continue discussions with schools based on school size.

Drop-in Networking: Trans and Nonbinary Affinity Group

Join this session to meet other trans and nonbinary students and alumni. Casual conversations will be facilitated by a leader, and you can also break off into smaller groups or 1-on-1 conversations.

6:00 pm Duration 60 min

People of Color Reception

The People of Color reception celebrates the diversity of our attendees and welcomes those of diverse backgrounds and anyone committed to diversity within the LGBT+ community for a fun-filled hour of networking.

Presented by:KPMG
7:30 pm Duration 60 min

Social Activities

Pub Trivia Quiz, Early Session

Join our virtual trivia night! You’ll be placed on a team and compete against other ROMBA attendees. Our live hosts will take care of all the details, you just need to add the session to your agenda on in our virtual community – https://romba2020.admin.pathable.co –  and show up on time!

Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Early Session

If trivia isn’t your thing, try our smaller scavenger hunts. You’ll be teamed up with other attendees and tasked with finding objects around your house or online against the clock. Our live hosts will take care of all the details, you just need to add the session to your agenda on in our virtual community – https://romba2020.admin.pathable.co – and show up on time!

9:00 pm Duration 60 min

Social Activities - Late Edition

Pub Trivia Quiz - Late Edition

Join our virtual trivia night! You’ll be placed on a team and compete against other ROMBA attendees. Our live hosts will take care of all the details, you just need to add the session to your agenda on in our virtual community – https://romba2020.admin.pathable.co – and show up on time!

Scavenger Hunt - Late Edition

If trivia isn’t your thing, try our smaller scavenger hunts. You’ll be teamed up with other attendees and tasked with finding objects around your house or online against the clock. Our live hosts will take care of all the details, you just need to add the session to your agenda on in our virtual community – https://romba2020.admin.pathable.co – and show up on time!

12:00 pm Duration 150 min

Career Expo

ROMBA’s preeminent career expo hosts close to 100 top companies (many of which do not visit campuses) looking to recruit LGBT+ MBA and graduate talent. A must for all job-seeking attendees.

3:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

GAY-mer: Leveling Up to a Corporate Gaming Career

The gaming industry’s continued explosive growth is starting to provide large scale opportunities for MBAs. Find out how the industry’s demographic reach is growing, how it’s melding with film and other media, and how you can be part of the next wave of the gaming business.

The Rise of Telemedicine in the Time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every part of life including going to the doctor or seeing a therapist. Luckily technology has provided a solution – getting treatment virtually from the VA to Silicon Valley start-ups. Telemedicine has been transformed into a once novel idea to the viable alternative to precious time wasted in transit to see a medical professional. With healthcare cost projected to skyrocket in coming years, what else is on the horizon?

Presented by:

FinTech: The Next Decade of Disruption and Innovation

The Fintech industry continues to grow its foothold and disrupt several sectors across the global economy. From the evolution of cryptocurrency and the emergence of mobile applications that lower the cost and barrier to investing, Fintech is reshaping finance. And with increasingly autonomous finance, the human aspect of this industry is also shifting. This session will explore these the trends in in Fintech, how this industry is changing the world, and, specifically, what the role of business professionals and MBAs will be in the coming decade.

Presented by:Wells Fargo

Drop-in Networking: Being your "out" self in a mostly straight cohort

Join others in a facilitated conversation about how we represent and stand up for gay rights by asking queer specific questions in the classroom, getting queer culture in business school programs, and attract more queer students.

Company Presented Workshop: A New LBGTQ+ Workforce has Arrived

In June 2020, BCG partnered with NYC’s LGBT Community Center (“The Center”) to publish a groundbreaking study on the state of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the US workforce. The report findings were featured in media nationwide and include tangible steps companies can take to foster inclusion for LGBTQ+ employees.

Join BCG and The Center for an interactive discussion about how companies can take the next big step forward on workforce inclusion and the role you can play.

Presented by:bcg
4:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Facing Challenges Head On: How to Build Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the world, upending peoples’ notion of who they were. When faced with personal, professional, or global crisis, research shows that those with greater resiliency are much more likely to move past their challenges and be successful. In this session, you will learn strategies to develop your own resiliency skills and how to apply these skills to face down any personal or professional challenge.

Presented by:

Big Data and the New Digital Capitalism

Your personal data is a goldmine. Smart devices collecting biometric trends, phone systems correlating internet searches, GPS-verified real-life behavior can be harnessed. What implications does this massive data collection have on business and you personally? With the rules and ethics on personal information changing constantly, what does this mean for information security and individual privacy?

Presented by:Fortive

Entrepreneurship Expert Zone

Attendees with “pitch ready” new venture ideas will be paired with VC and entrepreneurial mentors who will help them construct a roadmap and tackle pressing issues. Participants will not only walk away with a clearer vision for their venture, but also solid business contacts for the future. Ideally, the mentor-mentee relationship will continue beyond the conference.

Presented by:start out

Drop-in Networking: Bisexual Affinity Group

Join this session to meet other bisexual students and alumni. Casual conversations will be facilitated by a leader, and you can also break off into smaller groups or 1-on-1 conversations.

Company Presented Workshop: Global Impact Investing - How we think about doing good while doing well

KKR executives will share insight on their investing philosophy and strategy, highlighting recent investments as case studies for how and where they invest.

Presented by:KKR

ROMBA Conference Office Hours

This is a drop in session for any pre-, current, and post-MBAs with general questions about the ROMBA conference: sessions, navigating the virtual features of our community, etc.

Office hours will be staffed by student organizers and volunteers; they will not be providing advice on recruiting.

6:00 pm Duration 60 min

Veteran's Reception

The Veteran’s Reception brings together all those who have served their country in the military to celebrate their commitment and other veterans.

Presented by:
7:00 pm Duration 60 min

Plenary Session: A Conversation with Reddit COO Jen Wong and McKinsey

We are viewing life through a new lens—something no one knows better than the Chief Operating Officer of “the front page of the internet.” As COO of Reddit, a network of communities with more than 400 million users, Jen Wong is at the forefront of how we engage with each other, our interests, and the world around us. Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from being a queer leader in tech to the latest cooking fads that are getting us through quarantine.

Speakers: Jen Wong, Reddit // Monne Williams, McKinsey & Co. // Hannah Yankelevich, McKinsey & Co.
Presented by:McKinsey & Co.
8:30 pm Duration 120 min

Netflix Watch Party: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Join us for the compelling and educational documentary, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Scoring 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film follows Victoria Cruz as she investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. This includes archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson’s family, friends and fellow activists.

Note that the Netflix Watching Party app is only compatible with Chrome and Opera browsers, and works only on laptop and desktop computers. We can have up to 50 people in each party, so we will have several showings running at once!

Here are some steps to join the party

  1. Make sure you have a Netflix subscription.
  2. Download the Netflix Watch Party app at www.netflixwatchparty.com.
  3. At 8:25pm ET on October 8, join the session on Pathable, our virtual conference community.
  4. In the room, click on one of the URLs to join. If that room is already full, click on the next URL down until you find an open room!
12:00 pm Duration 150 min

Career Expo

ROMBA’s preeminent career expo hosts close to 100 top companies (many of which do not visit campuses) looking to recruit LGBT+ MBA and graduate talent. A must for all job-seeking attendees.

3:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Human Centered Design & Customer First Product Management

Have you heard the terms “Design Thinking” or “Human-Centered Design”, but are not sure what they mean? Design Thinking is a customer-first philosophy and a set of tools being used everywhere — from startups to IBM to the US Dep’t of Veterans Affairs — to better understand customer needs, improve services, and create competitive advantage. In this workshop, facilitators from across different industries and roles will discuss how they use design thinking in their work. Participants will have the opportunity to join small breakout sessions with panelists to connect with them in a more intimate setting and ask them questions directly. No prior experience or knowledge is needed!

Presented by:start out

OWIB #2: The Power of Self-Motivation

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, working remotely and being isolated from our teams. This session explores different ways to leverage your resources to self-motivate while sheltering in place. How do you push yourself in this new “stay at home” paradigm? When you have less access to allies in the workplace? How do you continue to make your presence in the workplace felt? Explore with us as we equip you with the tools to take charge and drive your own success.

Presented by:McKinsey & Co.

Quantitative Marketing, Data Visualization and Storytelling

Marketers are under increasing pressure to make data-driven decisions that shape consumer behavior and drive results with a finite amount of resources. Join our marketing experts as they share best practices for gathering data, conducting marketing experiments, and creating data visualizations to make the right decisions.

Drop-in Networking: Private Wealth Management

Join this session to meet others interested pursuing a career in Private Wealth Management, as well as alumni and corporate partners already in the field. Casual conversations will be facilitated by a leader, and you can also break off into smaller groups or 1-on-1 conversations.

4:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

OWIB #3 Sorry Not Sorry: Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

Studies show that women, on average, say sorry more often than men and internalize blame more often. This session is a discussion on self-advocacy in the workplace – how do we as women stand firm for our rights in a society that brands us for being bold?

Presented by:McKinsey & Co.

Business in the Age of Climate Change

Climate change is an existential threat for societies and business that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, including the LGBT+ community. This panel discussion brings together business leaders who are implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to discuss the challenges businesses are facing around energy, supply chains, and healthcare. We will also cover innovation opportunities that climate change presents, and how the business community can continue to lead on this issue.

Wellbeing at Work

Your wellbeing not only effects you, but your coworkers, family, and friends. This presentation provides you with insights on how you can promote your personal wellbeing, prevent burnout, and flourish at work and in life. You will learn simple daily rituals to help you create and sustain wellbeing.

Navigating Your Identity and Authentic Self in a Consulting Client Service Role

Being a consultant requires you to work for companies and in industries that might not have the best record of LGBT+ acceptance. Find out from experienced practitioners how they navigate this space and what their consulting firms provide in the way of support of being out and proud in the workplace.

6:00 pm Duration 60 min

Women's Reception

Meet and connect with other women, femmes, and nonbinary folks at the ROMBA Women’s Reception. On the heels of two OWIB sessions, this mixer is designed to build life-long connections in your LBT+ network.

7:00 pm Duration 60 min

LGBT+ MBA Perspectives: A Series of TED-style Talks from Alumni

Both students and professionals at ROMBA come from all walks of life and bring with them a myriad of experiences. This plenary, delivered in short-form TED-style talks, taps into a few of the stories, life lessons, and amazing experiences across our community.

Presented by:Deloitte
8:30 pm Duration 60 min

Drag Performance starring Sherry Vine

With almost 30 years under her sequined belt, Sherry Vine has earned the title of Drag Legend. Sherry tours the world with her live singing and hilarious comedy shows, and is The OG Queen YouTube where her video parodies have been viewed over 19 million times. Sherry’s putting on a special show for ROMBA this year, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Viewer discretion is advised.

 

11:30 am Duration 150 min

Consulting Case Competition Preliminaries

In the 18th annual ROMBA Consulting Case Competition, students will analyze a business situation and present recommendations to a panel of seasoned consultants from various consulting firms. This case will allow participants to test and display their business acumen and strategic thinking.

Presented by:Bain & Company
11:30 am Duration 90 min

Competitions

Mergers & Acquisitions Competition

The 6th annual M&A Case Competition provides MBA student teams with the opportunity to experience the role of investment brokers in a mergers & acquisitions scenario. Teams will demonstrate their financial and strategic skills before a prestigious panel of judges hailing from top banks.

Presented by:credit suisse

Start Up Pitch Competition

How strong is your idea or business plan? Pitch it to a panel of judges that include the industry’s top VCs and get some valuable feedback, that could include $5,000 to help get your venture up and running! Both LGBT+ MBA/graduate students and alumni/professionals are eligible to compete.

Presented by:start out
12:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Using Your MBA toward Social Impact and Nonprofit Impact

The majority of a MBA education is centered around for-profit institutions. But people are increasingly invested in giving back and supporting their communities. How can you, as an MBA, utilize your education and experience to increase your impact on causes you care about? This panel will highlight various ways that MBAs are involved with nonprofits – as full-time jobs, serving on boards, leading corporate social responsibility efforts, and how their MBAs help make them valuable, impactful members of their organizations.

Job Search in a Bear Market

Being out of work in the middle of an economic downturn can be a terrifying and daunting experience. This session focuses on actionable strategies to help leverage your network, prepare for an interview, stand out, and land a job when employers may not be hiring many new employees.

AI at work: How Technology is Changing Workplace Wellness

AI technologies are used increasingly to support well-being, in part by detecting and diagnosing mental health conditions. In the workplace, monitoring an employee’s enunciation and tone of voice for stress, detecting linguistic cues that might predict depression could significantly improve results and allow employers to better support their teams.

But how do these benefits balance with privacy concerns and ensuring workers are comfortable and willing to accept various levels of monitoring?

Presented by:Microsoft
1:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Marketing with Meaning: How Brands Connect in 2020

2020 has presented several unique challenges for society as a whole. COVID-19 and the renewed fight against anti-racism have demanded integrity and agility like never before. In the midst of turmoil, many brands are leading the fight by taking social impact-centered actions that resonate with their audiences. In this session, we’ll hear from those who have tackled these difficult issues to help their communities while also elevating their brands.

Presented by:discover

LGBT+ History and the Role of URM Advocacy

More than ever, it’s important to have a solid understanding of LGBT+ history and how it has shaped the world we live in today. This year, we will focus on the importance of diversity in the LGBT+ movement and how people of color continue to be marginalized since the LGBT+ movement utilized many of the same actions and tactics as African-American Civil Rights, Anti-War, Women’s, and other progressive movements.

Drop-in Networking: Working Abroad in Asia

Join this session to meet others interested pursuing a career in Asia, as well as alumni others who have experiences to share. Casual conversations will be facilitated by a leader, and you can also break off into smaller groups or 1-on-1 conversations.

2:45 pm Duration 75 min

Consulting Case Competition Finals

This is it, the finalists gather for one more opportunity to impress the judges and walk away with the prize! The top three teams will earn checks for $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000!

Presented by:Bain & Company
3:00 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

LGBT+ Abroad: Building a Global Career

Working overseas can open you up to new experiences both personally and professionally, and is a great way to set yourself apart from others. Whether you’re considering a career or a short-term assignment overseas, hear from those who have already taken the leap! They’ll answer you questions and discuss how they navigated being LGBT+ in work and life abroad while remaining true to themselves. We’ll also discuss how you can stay top of mind with those in the home office and position your time abroad for maximum professional effect.

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

Emotional Intelligence, or “EQ,” is one of the most cited skills necessary to be a successful leader. It is also one of the most misunderstood phrase in the business lexicon. This session will focus on defining Emotional Intelligence, outlining its importance for good leadership, and helping you grow your personal emotional intelligence.

LGBT+ Club Leadership Meeting

Gather with other leaders from LGBT+ business school clubs to share thoughts on how to elevate your club’s presence on campus and in the larger community. Topics will include fundraising, engaging alumni and other affinity groups, and much more!

4:30 pm Duration 60 min

Breakout Sessions

Crossroads of Identity: Race, Faith, Age, Citizenship

As workplaces continue to craft policies on equity, diversity, and inclusion, they mostly follow the ERG framework. However, ERGs can feel siloed and not reflective of the experiences of those with intersecting identities. This panel will discuss how organizations can fully support intersectionally-identified queer people, work across groups and encourage more informal allyship.

Managing Complexity

A leader is often called to make decisions in highly complex or ambiguous situations. What skills, practices, and tools can we use to manage complexity and be better decision-makers in difficult situations?

Company Presented Workshop: Compassionate Leadership in a Time of Crisis

While 2020 is abnormal in the number of macro-crises occurring, business leaders face crises constantly – from consolidating real estate and laying off workers, to dealing with disgruntled influencer customers, to employees displaced by natural disasters. It is not just CEOs that face and handle these crises – front-line leaders play the most critical role in ensuring their employees feel heard and supported. In this workshop, you’ll learn how Compassionate Leadership is displayed during crises (and how it’s not!) and have an opportunity to work in small groups to reflect upon how you would lead employees compassionately through an example crisis.

Presented by:LIberty Mutual
5:30 pm Duration 60 min

Prospective Student Organizer Meeting

Much of Reaching Out’s content, including the ROMBA Conference, is developed by LGBT+ MBA students and alumni in our community just like you! If you are interested in being on the steering committees for the 2021 ROMBA Conference, Out Women in Business Conference (students & alumni), or the Student Leadership Summit (students only), come to this session to hear from this year’s leadership team.

6:00 pm Duration 60 min

Alumni Reception

Join the growing number of ROMBA alumni (i.e. post-MBA professionals) for a networking hour where you can jump in and out of a range of conversations.

Presented by:Federal Reserve System
7:00 pm Duration 75 min

Finale Plenary: A conversation with Leslie Jordan

An evening with Leslie Jordan! Cap off ROMBA 2020 with a chat with legend of stage and screen, Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan.

Speakers: Leslie Jordan, // Gabrielle Novacek, BCG
Presented by:bcg