Club Leadership Summit & Shorenstein

Shorenstein Properties honors the memory of Richard Chicotel to support club leaders.

The annual Reaching Out MBA Club Leadership Summit is proudly supported by Shorenstein. Shorenstein is a fully integrated real estate investment company, bringing entrepreneurial vision to office and mixed-use properties in dynamic markets across the United States. In honor and in memory of Rich Chicotel, a former CFO at Shorenstein and a leader in the LGBTQ+ MBA community, Shorenstein supports this vital programming for our future business leadership.



Mr. Richard A. Chicotel served as the Chief Financial Officer of Shorenstein Properties, one of the country’s most distinguished real estate organizations, for many years until his unexpected death in 2012. Mr. Chicotel joined Shorenstein in 1988 where he was responsible for planning, monitoring, and communicating the financial performance of all company investments and for managing the liquidity, profitability, and capital structure of the company and its investments. He also oversaw the company’s financing activities, its risk management program, and its investor reporting activities. In 2007, he was named San Francisco Bay Area CFO of the Year, Private Company, by the San Francisco Business Times.

Mr. Chicotel lived in San Francisco where he was a prominent member of the San Francisco LGBTQ+ community. He was openly gay in a conservative industry and at a time when being out was an important statement. Mr. Chicotel remained committed to supporting fellow and emerging LGBTQ+ business students and was active in various LGBTQ+ causes, including Reaching Out MBA.

Mr. Chicotel graduated from Harvard College with a B.A., from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand with a Postgraduate Diploma in International Economics, and from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A.

For the past several years, Shorenstein Properties have supported Reaching Out MBA in memory of Mr. Chicotel’s legacy to the community. Shorenstein’s annual donation supports our Club Leadership Summit, including a cash prize to help one club expand its reach on campus and in its community.

Club Leadership Competition Impact Reports

2023 Winner

2022 Winner

2021 Winner

At the annual Club Leadership Summit, Reaching Out MBA hosts a Club Leadership Competition for all Summit attendees to enter for a chance to win $5,000 for their LGBTQ+ club. This prize money is graciously funded Shorenstein Properties. In order to participate, students must come up with a proposal that details how their LGBTQ+ club would use $5,000 to increase its impact on campus and/or in their community. Reaching Out staff review submissions and select three finalists to present their proposal at the Summit, and all students in attendance vote for the winner. In 2021, students from Pride@SBS at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School were the first winners of the competition.

Pride@SBS, Saïd Business School’s first formal club for LGBTQ+ students, developed the idea for the Oxford Queer Case Writing Competition. Open to all current or recent MBA students, the competition asked students to write a business case study addressing LGBTQ+ issues or featuring LGBTQ+ characters centrally. The aims for the Oxford Queer Case Writing Competition were:

1. To direct attention to the lack of representation among MBA case studies; and
2. To engage MBA students in producing case studies which would help shift that representation, offering opportunities for professors to teach LGBTQ+ cases.

By nurturing relationships with diverse stakeholders, we were able to explore multiple avenues for celebrating and sharing the LGBTQ+ cases from the competition – ultimately bringing them to the faculty and advisors who make key decisions about course content.

The winning cases of the Oxford Queer Case Writing Competition, as well as all the submitted cases are now housed with the Saïd Business School’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. Responsible for promoting innovative and inclusive teaching practices across the business school’s curriculum, the Centre has circulated and socialised among faculty and lecturers this academic year.

The winning cases from 2021 are:

Winning Cases and Authors:
Conor Jordan, Annie Williamson from University of Oxford, and Queen Mary University of London
Balancing “Inclusivity, Safety, and Fairness”: The Rugby Football Union’s Rollout of a Transgender Athletes Participation Policy

Julia Hamilton from London Business School
Fostering Inclusive Workplaces: The Importance of Pronouns

Runner Up:
Krista Su, Thomya Goode, John Witkowski, Justin Woods from University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Disease Incidence versus Access to Medication — Gilead’s Truvada: A Different Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Shorenstein is a Proud Partner of Reaching Out MBA