Eight students, accompanied by Caroline MacDonald from the school’s Career Center, raised the HEC Paris MBA flag at the 20th annual Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Our students joined an estimated 1,600 participants from other European and American business schools, more than 100 companies interested in MBA talent, and celebrities such as Margaret Cho and Anderson Cooper in the largest gathering of LGBT MBA and graduate students and alumni in the world.
HEC Paris made its mark at the October 12-14th event by being one of the few European schools in attendance, and also by sharing in plenaries and talks. Former LGBT+ Business Club President Louis Doumier moderated a panel on Building Your Online Brand, leading speakers Donna Wright of T-Mobile, Kevin Smith of Kevin W. Smith Consulting, and Steven Tamaroglio of United Airlines in an engaging discussion of the do’s and don’ts of social media.
Current LGBT + Business Club President Raphael Fonseca and his board members shared best practices with over 20 other clubs during the LGBTQ MBA Club Leadership Forum. Their advice was appreciated by other clubs from smaller-sized MBA programs, and by the delegates wanting to start their own school clubs.
The conference was a success not just in terms of attendance, but also because of the deep connections and networks that our students built with other business schools and with companies that celebrate diversity.