The Foster School partners with Reaching Out MBA to support LGBT+ students

The Foster School of Business is proud to announce our new partnership with Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) — a national organization that for two decades has been dedicated to increasing the influence of the LGBT+ community in business through educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni.

Foster MBAs have been attending the annual ROMBA conference for years, and now, as official partners, Foster is able to offer our students an expanded range of leadership and professional development opportunities.

Students selected as ROMBA Fellows will benefit from:

  • Increased access to scholarships
  • Expenses-paid Fellowship Retreats, providing students the opportunity to network with a cohort of 50+ Fellows, alumni, club leaders, and corporate partners
  • Free Admission to all ROMBA events during MBA
  • Increased exposure to top corporate partners & heightened visibility for job/internship opportunities
  • Assistance with Job/Internship Placement
  • Leadership/Professional Development webinars, regional events, and informal mentoring

“Having attended multiple ROMBA conferences over the years, I’ve gotten to see first-hand the power of the ROMBA community & the empowering space it creates for the LGBTQIA+ community,” says Melissa Uyesugi, Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion at Foster. “Several of our rising second year students secured internships at the annual ROMBA conference this past fall, and formalizing our connection to this dynamic organization means we can offer an even greater range of opportunities & networks to our current and incoming students.”

“My 2019 ROMBA experience was both fulfilling on a personal level and invaluable professionally.” described Jack McGarry, President of Foster Out in Business.

“It’s was such a joy to build relationships with fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community with relatable professional interests. I was thrilled to build connections with potential employers, and ended up eventually accepting an internship offer from a company that I interviewed with at ROMBA. For Foster to join the ROMBA fellowship program is, to me, a huge step forward in the program’s recent string of substantive achievements to build a more inclusive and equitable space. I believe that this positive step is both a signal of commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity and belonging, and a concrete step towards providing new resources to LGBTQ+ MBA candidates.”

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