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Reaching Out: Brazil

  • Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas 2029 Av. Nove de Julho Bela Vista, SP, 01308 Brazil (map)

BOSTON, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reaching Out, the United States-based organization dedicated to promoting the education, visibility and networking capabilities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business students, is expanding into Brazil by hosting the inaugural Reaching OUT: Brazil Summit on May 30, 2015 in Sao Paulo. 

The one-day conference will provide LGBT students and young professionals in Brazil and surrounding countries an opportunity to discover the value and importance of being out as an LGBT person in the workplace.  "The conference gives students the opportunity to connect with their peers and to learn from and be inspired by professional LGBT participants," said Reaching Out Executive Director Matt Kidd. "This is the perfect environment to network with top-tier employers in consulting, finance, technology and marketing, who are interested in recruiting LGBT talent."

According to Kidd, Reaching OUT: Brazil will follow a similar model to Reaching OUT's American-based ROMBA Conference which started as a 100 person 1-day event 17 years ago and has grown into a 3-day, 1400 person conference. "We see the Brazil summit as an ideal way to work with our alumni and Brazilian professionals to help create opportunities for LGBT young professionals abroad," explained Kidd.  "Our hope is that Reaching OUT: Brazil becomes its own annual event and organization."

With presenting sponsor McKinsey & Company, Reaching OUT: Brazil is also sponsored by AmBev, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan.  Companies including Google, AT Kearney, and PricewaterhouseCoopers are also participating.  Vincente Assis, Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company's Brazil office, said, "As a founding sponsor of Reaching OUT's U.S. conference, we are proud to help bring this event to Brazil. 

McKinsey is a place where our LGBT colleagues thrive, and a successful workplace is one that encompasses different people, perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas."

Registration for the Reaching OUT: Brazil Summit is free for current LGBT undergraduate and graduate students and a limited number of young professionals.  The event will be held at Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas, Avenida 9 de Julho, 2029, Bela Vista, Sao Paulo, SP 01313-902 from 9 am to 6 pm on May 30, 2015.   For information and registration details, visit

About Reaching Out, Inc. Reaching Out, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has a singular purpose to empower LGBTQ MBA students to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society.  Through its programming anchored by its annual conference, Reaching Out, Inc. educates LGBT business MBA students about the opportunities and challenges of being an up-and-coming out LGBT business leader, how to capitalize on those opportunities, and how to overcome those challenges.  Reaching Out, Inc. facilitates the formation of communities between and among students and the corporate sector in an ongoing effort to create the next generation of LGBT business leaders.

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CONTACT: Julie Arvedon Knowlton,, 617-401-6518; James Stranko-  212-415-1971

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