Out for Business Club

Out for Business


As members of the Rice community, we believe that by working together we can fulfill our overall objective of increasing diversity by raising awareness of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community at the Jones School, Rice University, and Houston. We will fulfill our goals by sponsoring various networking events by partnering with gay and straight business leaders and professionals and taking part in various community activities.

The purpose of this organization shall be:
  1. to foster a general awareness of the LGBT community throughout the Jones, Rice, and the overall Houston community;
  2. to sponsor various networking events by partnering with companies and gay and straight alumni and business leaders to increase professional touch points for Jones and Rice students;
  3. to contribute to the Jones, Rice, and Houston community through community service;
  4. to make partnerships with various organizations in the Houston LGBT community to further expand opportunities for students to become involved and to further enlighten the Rice community on LGBT issues


Rob Mark
Victoria Grinbaum
Karen Cook
General Officer


 We will hold a series of education seminars and conference preps throughout the year.

The education seminars aim to:
  • help the LGBT students understand the current situation both regionally (pridehouston.org) and globally (amnestyusa.org)
  • identify career opportunities in the various industries
  • provide guidance and approaches to be out
The Conference Preps will prepare members for:
  • taking initiative, polishing resume, and following up with the contacts
  • volunteering at the conference
  • case writing competition (a first draft of completed case due by January 31, 2012; a final completed case submitted by March 30, 2012)
  • business plan competition

Reaching Out MBA Conference (ROMBA)

When: October 17th – 20th, 2012
Where: Boston

Reaching Out is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) graduate business school students. This year, 1,000 students, business leaders, and recruiters will gather from October 17th thru October 20th in Boston.

The conference presents a dynamic line-up of industry speakers and workshop panelists representing all sectors of the business community, from finance and marketing to government and the arts.

Thirteen years ago, Reaching Out MBA, Inc. launched to provide LGBT business school students with a resource to make connections with other LGBT students and business professionals. The 2011 Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference provides future LGBT leaders from around the world the opportunity to network, learn, and improve their skills so they will emerge stronger and more confident in the business world. Leading businesses partner with the conference to show support for the LGBT community and recruit top level talent.