Educating, inspiring, and connecting the next generation of LGBT+ business leaders.
In 1998, students from Harvard and Yale Business Schools saw an opportunity to create a space for LGBT+ business students to come together. What started as a gathering of 100 students from six schools has grown into a dynamic set of programs that supports thousands of LGBT+ MBAs and alumni each year.
Meet Our Staff
Ashley Mudd (she/her) joins Reaching Out MBA as the Program Director with substantial experience in program development, non-profit leadership, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Reaching Out, Ashley served as the Executive Director of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana.
Outside of work, Ashley has been an active volunteer in several organizations including the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee for her local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and the PFLAG Lafayette chapter.
Ashley participated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and holds a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Louisiana. Ashley lives in south Louisiana with her wife and two dogs. For fun, she loves to hike, camp, and attend music and food festivals.
Aidan (he/him) has a diverse background in non-profit leadership, management consulting, and digital communications for the world’s largest PR firm. His career has enabled him to work in the UK and continental Europe, Australia, and South Africa.
He initially came to the ROMBA conference as a student in 2010 and returned in 2012 having secured his then-employer Marriott International as a corporate partner.
Prior to joining Reaching out, Aidan spent seven years in the hospitality industry, drawn to its international scope, complexity, and opportunities to engage with a variety of people.
Outside of work, Aidan has long been an active volunteer in several LGBT+ organizations including the NGLCC, Lost-n-Found Youth, and Rainbros. Aidan is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business and holds a BAH in Politics from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.
Jordan Summers (she/her) joins the Reaching Out MBA team after working in higher education administration for several years. Prior to her current role, she served as the Mentoring and Youth Development Coordinator at Berklee City Music, a nonprofit branch of Berklee College of Music. There, she recruited current Berklee students and alumni to teach music lessons to high school musicians across the Boston area.
Jordan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from the State University of New York College at Potsdam. She has volunteered with Boston LGBT organizations in the past and currently volunteers her time to teach math at a local elementary school. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, composing, and playing music.
Paul (he/him) joins Reaching Out MBA as Director of Development with substantial experience in fundraising, LGBTQ+ non-profit leadership, and law. Prior to Reaching Out, Paul served as the Director of External Affairs for the National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation. He was responsible for maintaining relationships with the organization’s internal and external constituents, which included corporations and law firms, as well as overseeing the Bar’s membership efforts. Paul has experience speaking on a number of issues related to LGBTQ+ rights and the law.
Paul previously worked with students in higher education, having served as the Assistant Director of the Law Career Development Office at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Prior to that, Paul worked as an attorney for two litigation firms in the Baltimore area.
Paul received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College.
Julie’s (she/her) relationship with Reaching Out began with the 2006 ROMBA Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City thanks to a referral to one of the student organizers by a friend at Stern.
Julie and ROMBA both relocated to San Francisco in 2007, and following the 2007 Conference, Julie became the permanent Event Producer for the annual conference and other events throughout the year.
Julie’s background is Theatrical Stage Management, Event Production Management, and Fashion Show Production. Past events and activations include clients at Comic Con, New York City Marathon, New York Fashion Week, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
ROMBA is Julie’s longest standing client, and she is excited to celebrate 12 years with this inspiring group of people.