Out for Undergrad Business Conference

JP Morgan | October 10th - 12th


The 2014 Out for Undergrad Business Conference will be held on October 10th-12th in New York City. Our vision is to educate, inspire, and advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender undergraduates who are interested in careers in financial services, management consulting, and accounting. The conference helps exceptional LGBT undergraduates develop strategies for managing and leveraging their identity in the workplace.

Students will have a variety of opportunities to meet junior and senior professionals from top firms and learn from their individual experiences. Interactive breakout sessions will give students an expansive look into the roles of first year analysts in different industries. Our career fair and networking receptions provide opportunities to network and learn more about the recruiting process at top firms in smaller, less formal settings, and there will be be opportunities to build relationships with exceptional LGBT students from across the country.

Travel expenses and lodging will be covered in full for students traveling from outside New York City.

Keynote Speakers




Managing Director and Head of Retail M&A, J.P. Morgan

Ms. Aiyengar is a Managing Director in J.P. Morgan’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group responsible for the marketing and execution of advisory assignments for clients in Financial Institutions, Retail and General Industries sectors.  Over the past 15 years, she has advised both domestic and international clients on a broad variety of assignments including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, hostile transactions and special committee assignments.  Ms. Aiyengar also serves as engagements officer for North America and serves on J.P. Morgan’s fairness and valuation committee. 


Managing Director - Americas Financing Group, Goldman Sachs

Susie is a managing director in the Americas Financing Group, where she is head of Investment Grade Capital Markets/Syndicate and Liability Management. She serves on the Firmwide Capital Committee (FWCC), Firmwide Risk Committee, GS Bank USA Client and Business Standards Committee, Credit Policy Committee and the Community Investments Committee. Susie is an MD advisor to the firmwide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network. Susie joined Goldman Sachs as a summer associate in 1990 and rejoined the firm in 1997. She was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2006.Susie is a trustee of Middlebury College in Vermont and LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) in New York City and serves on the Board of Directors of the Posse Foundation.Susie earned a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in 1986 and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University School of Business in 1991.



Lord Browne was born in 1948.  He holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities.

He joined BP in 1966 and he joined the board in 1991.  He was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995 and held that position until May 2007.

He is a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC; Fellow and former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006-2011), a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery on 1 August 2007 and Chairman of the Trustees on 26 January 2009. He was appointed the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board member in June 2010.   He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School Government at Oxford University and a member of a variety of other trusts and boards. He chaired the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (the Browne Review, 2010). 

He was Chairman of the Advisory Board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 - 2007. He was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 – 2006, a Trustee of The British Museum from 1995-2005, a member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 – 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996-1999.

He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 – 2002.  


Friday October 10th

Time Session Name
11:00am-1:00pm Registration
12:00pm-1:00pm Campus Ambassador Lunch
1:00pm-1:50pm Welcome & Logistics
J.P. Morgan Welcome Address: Anu Aiyengar
1:50pm-2:50pm Group A: Student Networking
Group B: Ice Breaker
2:50pm-2:55pm Break
2:55pm-3:55pm Group A: Ice Breaker
Group B: Student Networking
3:55pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-5:00pm Keynote Speaker – Susie Scher, Goldman Sachs
5:00pm-5:20pm Break
5:20pm-6:20pm Interactive Breakout Sessions I
Sales and Trading
Professional Services
6:20pm-6:30pm Break
6:30pm-7:30pm Keynote Speaker – John Browne
7:30pm-9:30pm Cocktail Reception

Saturday October 11th

8:45am-9:40am Mentorship Group Breakout I: Introduction & Setting Group Norms
9:40am-9:50am Break
9:50am-10:50am Gender Diversity Panel & Discussion
10:50am-10:55am Break
10:55am-11:55am Mentorship Group Breakout II: Race, Gender, Class, and Leveraging Stakeholders
11:55am-12:55pm Networking Lunch
12:55pm-1:50pm Interactive Breakout Sessions II
Asset Management
Investment Banking
1:50pm-2:00pm Break
2:00pm-2:55pm Community Engagement Panel: Giving Back As a Working Professional
2:55pm-3:05pm Break
3:05pm-4:05pm Mentorship Group Breakout II: What does it mean to be out in the professional world?
4:05pm-4:45pm Breakout Sessions:
Careers in Social Impact
Women in Business
Internship Panel
4:45pm-6:45pm Career Fair
7:00-10:00pm Banquet



Can I attend OUBC and OUTC?

Students can only attend one of the conferences and must indicate their preference for a conference on the University Program application. OUBC is more suited for students with a strong interest in accounting, consulting, or finance careers.


How much time do I need to dedicate to attending the conference?

The conference begins promptly Friday afternoon and will last through Sunday morning. Students are required to attend all of the conference events on Friday and Saturday, with optional programming on Sunday. Students should expect to fly out of New York City Sunday afternoon or evening. Please plan ahead to be sure you arrive on time for the first event.  You can refer to the conference schedule for further details.


Do I need to have a background in consulting, accounting, or financial services?

Absolutely not. The conference’s content is designed both for students who are committed to careers in these industries as well as for students who are just curious or want to explore these options. Our sponsors believe in hiring students from a wide variety of backgrounds and we encourage undergraduate students with all areas of focus to apply.


Do I need to be a senior to apply?

No, we encourage all undergraduate students to attend the conference and only a third of attendees last year were seniors. Accounting students pursuing a master’s in accordance with CPA requirements are also encouraged to apply.


Do I need to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) to apply?

The University Program’s syllabus and conference’s agenda and content is specifically geared towards LGBT students. While allies are welcome to attend, those who do not identify as LGBT may have a less meaningful experience.


Will I be ‘outed’ if I attend the conference?

Information about conference attendees is strictly confidential and will not be released without permission to anybody but the conference’s sponsoring firms. If you would like your participation to remain confidential from sponsoring firms, please email business-attendees@outforundergrad.org.


What is the cost to attend OUBC?

There is a $50 fee for accepted students in the University Program which reserves your spot in the program and at the conference.  However, we believe all students should be able to attend the conference, and offer financial support to ensure that everyone who is admitted can attend.  For students who would like to request the waiver of this fee, please email business-attendees@outforundergrad.org.


Will I need to pay my own travel expenses for the conference?

No. For those traveling outside of the New York area, flights, transit fare and a shared hotel room will be provided to all accepted students.


When will I find out if I was accepted?

Admissions decisions will be released two weeks after each application deadline. Those that are not accepted in the first round will be automatically reconsidered in the second round.


What is the dress code?

All events are business casual. Students are encouraged to look their best, especially at the career fair on Saturday. Appropriate attire for the male identifying includes: dress slacks, button-down shirts with collars, and dress shoes. Appropriate attired for the female identifying includes: dress slacks, knee length skirts, fitted dress shirts or blouses, and dress shoes.  No lycra, jeans, khakis, t-shirts, sweat shirts, sandals or sneakers please.   


What should I bring to the conference?

We recommend that students bring a notebook, resumes, and pen or pencil.


Can I select my roommate?

We will be assigning your hotel roommate as another attendee of the same gender identification, unless otherwise requested. Unfortunately we cannot facilitate specific roommate requests. The conference is an opportunity for you to network and make friends with students from all over the country.


I have an additional question or specific need. Who can I contact?

Please email business-attendees@outforundergrad.org for additional questions or requests.