EUROut: LBS works to inspire LGBT MBA students reach their professional aspirations – while being themselves

While it’s true to sat that legislation on LGBT equality has made great strides over the past few years in more economically developed countries, research suggests that more than two thirds of openly LGBT students go back into the closet when they transition from graduate schools into the workplace.

The Out in Business (OiB) Club was founded at London Business School (LBS), 20 years ago, as an LGBT affinity group with the clear mission to help its members reach their professional aspirations while being themselves. I strongly believe that having a significant support network and direct access to role models is very important as our club members transition from school into the workplace. We want to effectively reduce the number of people that decide to go back into the closet, particularly in those industries that have been historically considered as less LGBT friendly.

Inspired by the success of Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), a large conference for LGBT MBA students primarily from the US, LBS’ Out in Business Club organised the first EurOUT conference in 2010. The success of the event has led to an annual event, and EurOUT 2016 will be the sixth edition of the conference.

EurOUT is Europe’s leading LGBT+ conference for graduate students, MBAs, PhDs and alumni from top business schools. We aim to create a forum for talented LGBT students, alumni, thought leaders, and employers to connect and share ideas relevant to the community.

For students, the conference is a unique opportunity to network with other business students, successful LGBT alumni, and business people, and most importantly to encourage them to ‘be authentic’ and to become effective role models for the next generation. For alumni and business professionals, this conference provides an excellent opportunity to publicly signal support for LGBT+ diversity and inclusion and to meet with talented students from top business schools.

We are very excited for this year’s conference having received confirmation from Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg; Lord Black, Executive Director of Telegraph Media Group; Jane Gooding, Head of Branding at Aviva; Jason Basmajian, Chief Creative Officer at Cerruti 1881; among others, to attend EurOUT 2016. We have also decided to increase attendance to 275 students and established partnerships with other global elite business schools. Finally, we want to maintain the number of career fair participating companies, currently at 30, with a focus on career progression as an LGBT employee and across diverse career pathways.

We would be immensely grateful if you could spread the word about EurOUT in your respective campuses! It would be a pleasure for us to receive LGTB students and allies from all corners of the world. For more information on EurOUT, or to book a ticket, please click here.