ROMBA 2021
October 7-9, 2021 // Austin, TX

Resources and FAQs

We are excited to announce that this year’s ROMBA Conference will take place in a hybrid format – both in-person in Austin, TX, and via our virtual platform. Check out our FAQs below that provide answers to many of your key questions.

General FAQs

What is the ROMBA 2021 Conference format?

The conference will be a hybrid format. We will be holding an in-person conference on October 7-9 in Austin, TX, with a maximum of 900 attendees, AND virtual programming that runs on the Pathable platform. Some virtual sessions will take place in the week leading up to the in-person event; plenaries and select sessions will be live-streamed from Austin.

How are you helping to ensure that attendees are protected against COVID-19?

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, guidance for the gathering of groups continues to evolve. We are working with our partners in Austin to develop protocols to create a safe environment for our in-person conference. We will continue to monitor and follow mandates required by federal, state, and local jurisdictions, as well as the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Detailed guidance and policies will be included in conference registration, which will go live Wednesday, June 30th.

We will communicate any updates and/or changes to protocols to all registered attendees in a timely manner via our website and email. Attendees are responsible for keeping abreast of these changes.

Is there a limit to in-person attendance this year?

Yes. To help ensure the safety of conference attendees and that we can adhere to social distancing guidelines that may be in place, we are limiting the in-person capacity of this year’s conference to 900 people. Anyone who cannot attend in person is invited to participate in the conference via our virtual platform.

Am I eligible to join ROMBA 2021 in person?

In-person attendance will be limited to MBAs who will be enrolled in their program as of October 2021, event speakers, a limited number of corporate partners, student organizers, the Board of Directors, and staff.

What sessions will I be able to join as a virtual attendee?

Virtual attendees will be able to join:

  • The Career Expo, which will be held entirely virtually this year on Friday, October 1st.
  • The four conference plenaries on Friday morning and afternoon, Saturday afternoon and evening.
  • Select panels and workshops throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The sessions available to a virtual audience will be marked accordingly in the conference agenda.

When and where will the Career Expo take place?

This year the Career Expo will take place on Friday, October 1st on our virtual platform, Pathable. This is the same platform we used for the ROMBA 2020 conference and career expo. Employers and students will be able to leverage the platform database to schedule virtual interviews. 

In addition to the virtual career expo, we will be providing interview space onsite at the hotel for corporate partners wishing to meet face to face with candidates of their choice. 

When does registration open?

Registration will open on Wednesday, June 30th at 12:00 pm ET. Tickets will be sold to students who will be enrolled in an MBA program in October 2021 on a first come first serve basis. Since we have limited capacity for the in-person event, we are trying to ensure that the Reaching Out community is aware of the event format and registration date before June 29th to guarantee that all current MBAs have a fair chance of getting a ticket.

Current MBA FAQs (Students enrolled as of October 2021)

How do I get a code to register?

The leaders of your LGBT+ club have been issued a code that can be shared with club members. Please get in touch with them for the registration code. If you need introductions, email info@reachingoutmba.org for a request. If your school does not have a LGBT+ club, fill out this form requesting an individual registration code.

What is the cost to attend in person?

For students attending in person, conference registration is $100. However, when the student arrives they will be given a $100 Amazon gift card to offset their registration cost. Since we will have limited in-person capacity, we have created this process to prevent registrants from holding spaces and not attending.

Corporate Partner FAQs

How are limits to in-person attendance for corporate partners different this year?

Given capacity limitations, we’ve altered allowances for this year’s in-person event as follows:

These allowances do not include attendees who are invited to speak at ROMBA plenaries, panels, and workshops.

Partner Levels Number of in-person attendees
Underwriter 5
Diamond and Emerald 4
Sapphire and Ruby 3
Garnet 2
Expo 1

How many people from our company can attend virtually?

To balance out the in-person limits, we are inviting as many people from your company as you wish to attend the event virtually.

Do those selected to speak on sessions count toward our company limit?

No, these allowances do not include attendees who are invited to speak at ROMBA plenaries, panels, and workshops.

When and where will the Career Expo take place?

This year the Career Expo will take place on Friday, October 1st on our virtual platform, Pathable. This is the same platform we used for the ROMBA 2020 conference and career expo. In addition to the virtual career expo, we will be providing interview space onsite at the hotel for corporate partners wishing to meet face to face with candidates of their choice.

Pre-MBAs & Business School FAQs

When and where will this year’s Pre-MBA programming take place?

All Pre-MBA programming will take place virtually this year. The sessions will run on September 29th and 30th. Session content and timing will be listed on the conference agenda, which will be posted June 28th.

Will there be a Business School Expo this year?

While we won’t be holding an expo with virtual booths, we will be providing multiple ways by which Business Schools can connect with Pre-MBAs and vice versa. Details on programming specifics will be available on our website by late July.

What is the cost to attend virtually?

Registration is available free of charge for pre-MBAs and Fellowship Business Schools.

All Students & Post-MBA Professionals FAQs

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

Yes, we will be running several Post-MBA continuing education sessions during the week of September 27th. Session content and timing will be listed on the conference agenda, which will be posted by June 30th.

What is the cost to attend virtually?

Registration for the virtual portion of the conference is available free of charge for all students and post-MBA professionals.

ROMBA Competitions

Will competitions take place this year?

Yes, all competitions (Consulting Case Competition, Mergers & Acquisitions Competition, Startup Pitch Competition) will take place virtually this year on Pathable.  Details about eligibility and requirements to participate will be released in July.