September 26-28, 2024 // Los Angeles, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for answers to many frequently asked questions regarding this year’s conference.

General FAQs

When and where is this year's ROMBA Conference?

The 2024 ROMBA Conference will take place September 26-28th at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel located at 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

What is the ROMBA 2024 Conference format?

The ROMBA Conference will take place in person on September 26th, 27th, and 28th in person at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel located at 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

What is the cost to attend the conference?

We have three ticket categories set at various price points, with price increases happening in September. You can find more information about our ticket prices in the table below.


Early Bird Pricing

(Until August 25)

Regular Pricing

(Until September 20)

Last Minute Pricing
Current Students $250 $300 $400
Professionals $300 $400 $500
Corporate Partners $800 $900 $1250

When and where will the Career Expo take place?

This year the Career Expo will take place on Friday, September 27th from 2:15-6:15PM on site at the ROMBA Conference. Companies must be an active partner to participate in the Expo. Packages start at $10,000. 

What meals will be provided to attendees during the conference?

Meals will be available to those with a full conference registration on Friday during the Breakfast and Lunch Plenaries, and at the Saturday Night Keynote Dinner. Seating is limited, and meal service will be available at the published times in the conference agenda. We will offer light bites at the Welcome Reception as well as Friday Fest.

Will there be Post-MBA specific content at this year’s conference?

We have launched PRIZM, a new multi-day event for post-MBAs and other experienced, mid-career business professionals. The first PRIZM event will take place September 27-29, 2024, in Los Angeles in conjunction with this year’s ROMBA Conference. You can learn more about PRIZM here.

Those with less than 2 years post-graduate experience should register as “Other Professionals” for ROMBA.

I am a recent business school graduate, which conference should I attend?

Those with less than 2 years post-graduate experience should register as “Other Professionals” for ROMBA.

The PRIZM target audience is 2-7 years post MBA/grad, those with more than 7 years are also welcome to attend.

I can no longer attend the conference and I need to cancel my registration. What should I do?

Ticket refunds, minus the processing fee, will be available by request (at until August 25th, 2024 Please include REFUND REQUEST as the email title.

After that, any canceled/forfeited fees will be considered a donation to the ongoing work of Reaching Out MBA without exception.

What are ROMBA's current health and safety protocols?

For information on our current health & safety policies, please visit this page.

How can my company learn more about partnership opportunities?

You can learn more about corporate partnership opportunities on our Become a Partner page.

Can allies attend the ROMBA Conference?

ROMBA welcomes the support and engagement of LGBTQ+ allies!  We as a community must remain steadfast in advocating for our LGBTQ+ peers as well as calling on allies to support programs and opportunities that create welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ MBA students and professionals. We invite allies to attend our events, sponsor our programs, and support our Board of Directors.

The recruiting aspects of the ROMBA conference are exclusively for the LGBTQ+ community. However, if someone has demonstrated that they are truly a strong and active ally and they really wish to join the other aspects of the conference, panels, receptions, etc., we do allow for that. Allies wishing to attend should reach out to the club leadership of their LGBTQ+ MBA club to request a registration code. Clubs may ask additional questions about the student’s allyship activities.

What is the conference attire?

The recommended ROMBA Conference attire is “business casual authentic” – you are welcome to wear whatever business casual clothing is the most authentic to your identity. Jeans are fine and suits/blazers certainly aren’t required. Most people tend to dress a bit more formally for the Saturday Night Marquee Dinner & Keynote, as it is the culmination of the conference.

Current MBA FAQs

How do I get a password to register?

Leaders of each of the business schools’ affiliate LGBTQ+ clubs will be issued a registration password to access registration. If you attend a school on this list, please contact your club leadership for the registration password once registration opens. If you need introductions, email for a request. 

If your school does not have an LGBTQ+ club, you will be able to request an individual registration password once registration opens.


Is there financial assistance to help with travel for current students?

We are now accepting applications to the James Robertson LGBTQ+ Student Access Fund. Thanks to the generous support of individual and corporate donors, the LGBTQ+ James Robertson Student Access Fund enables LGBTQ+ MBA students to attend Reaching Out events, helping them grow as leaders. We invite students to apply for funds when covering the cost of travel would provide a financial burden.

We ask that students capable of personally covering travel costs and those that receive funding from their school or LGBTQ+ Club reconsider applying. This allows us to provide funding to more students that otherwise would not be able to participate.

You can access the application here.

Can students in programs other than the MBA attend?

While this conference is designed by LGBTQ+ MBA students for LGBTQ+ MBA students, we welcome LGBTQ+ graduate students in other programs to attend. Students in other programs will be able to request an individual registration password through this form.

How do I get an interview or coffee chat?

Corporate Partners will post job opportunities and pre-screen resumes for interviews on the Reaching Out Career Portal this summer. Your best chance for interviews is to make sure your information is up to date when companies begin searching.

Visit the Reaching Out Career Portal (GradLeaders) as soon as you register by following the link in your registration confirmation email. The Reaching Out Career Portal is where you can access our job board, upload your current resume, and apply for current jobs. This is also how employers will learn more about you.

Do I have to post my resume in advance?

No, but we highly recommend you post it as soon as possible if you are seeking a job or internship. Recruiters will be looking at candidates all summer. The later you post a resume, the less likely it is you’ll be able to pre-schedule interviews or coffee chats.

Without posting your resume, employers will not be able to find you to offer pre-scheduled interviews. We highly recommend posting your resume or curriculum vitae as soon as possible.

Will competitions take place this year?

Yes. ROMBA competitions allow students and alumni to showcase their business acumen and compete for cash awards. More information regarding the 2024 competitions will be shared later this summer! You can read here for information on the 2024 competitions.