The Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Fellowship for LGBTQ MBA candidates provides prospective LGBTQ MBA candidates with access to a network of students, corporate recruiting and other support to continue to propel diversity in corporations. Started in 1999 when approximately 100 LGBTQ students attended a conference hosted by Harvard and Yale MBAs, there are now well over 50 affiliated MBA programs across the world.
The annual ROMBA conference (see you in Minneapolis) brings corporations directly to LGBTQ MBA candidates and allows students for networking and interview sessions. Over 90 companies have agreed to participate at the 2018 conference where the keynote will be Ru Paul!
Each school selects their ROMBA fellows, in my MBA program, the two fellows are selected by way of essay submission. Although I was not selected, I am excited to meet the two students who will receive the $10k annual award to cover their program expenses as their essays certainly demonstrated their ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ community and business world.
In addition to the conference and the fellowship, ROMBA offers treks (or professional trips) over the summer before school to introduce newly admitted MBAs to firms in their industry of interest. This summer's treks are as follows:
NYC for Finance (June 18-19, 2018)
Minneapolis for Marketing & Retail (June 21-22, 2018)
Boston for Health Care & Insurance Markets (July 9-10, 2018)
San Francisco for Technology (July 12-13, 2018)
Seattle for Technology & Retail (July 16-17, 2018)
Chicago for General Management & Consulting (July 19-20, 2018)
I look forward to reporting back on the trek I attend this summer!