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.
* 2014 Keynote Speakers to be announced *
2013 Keynote Speakers
R. MARTIN CHAVEZ
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, GOLDMAN SACHS
Marty is the chief information officer for Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for the Technology Division, and has joint responsibility with divisional leadership for the firm’s global strategists. Marty serves on the Management Committee, Steering Committee on Regulatory Reform and the Americas Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Firmwide Hispanic/Latino Network and the LGBT Network. He also represents Goldman Sachs as a director of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.
Marty first joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division, where he was a senior energy strat until 1997. He returned to the firm as a managing director in IBD Strats in 2005. Prior to assuming his current role, Marty was global co-chief operating officer of the Equities Franchise and before that he was global co-head of Securities Division Strats. He was named partner in 2006.
Prior to first joining the firm, Marty was co-founder and chief technology officer of Quorum Software Systems from 1989 to 1993. From 1997 to 2000, he was global head of energy derivatives at Credit Suisse Financial Products. In 2000, Marty co- founded Kiodex, Inc. and was chairman and chief executive officer until 2004.
Marty serves on the Board of Trustees of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Board of Directors of Friends of the High Line, the Advisory Board of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai, and the Campaign Advisory Group of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of PNM Resources, Inc.
Marty earned a PhD in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University in 1990, an SM in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1985, and an AB, magna cum laude, in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College in 1985.
CEO AND FOUNDER, NORTHSTAR ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC.
Julie Goodridge is CEO and Founder of NorthStar Asset Management, Inc., a wealth management company based in Boston, Massachusetts. NorthStar invests assets for individuals and institutions with an interest in socially responsible investing, shareholder activism, and positive returns. NorthStar has created numerous shareholder resolutions asking companies to create policies that uphold publically stated corporate values with the aim of enhancing corporate performance. NorthStar began shareholder engagement in 2000 with a focus on subprime lending. Since that time NorthStar has, through, the proxy process, negotiated human right to water policies at Pepsi, Connecticut Water, Intel, Proctor and Gamble; extended protections for LGBT employees at numerous companies, including domestic partner and spousal benefits at FedEx. NorthStar is currently focused on corporate political contributions, and their intersection and divergence from corporate policies on LGBT protections, immigration and other public policy issues. Goodridge was the lead plaintiff in the legal case, Goodridge v. Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, winning marriage rights for same-sex couples in Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. from Boston University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
HEAD OF GLOBAL COMMODITIES AND CIB REGULATORY AFFAIRS
Blythe Masters is J.P. Morgan’s head of Global Commodities. Named to the position in 2007, Blythe is responsible for the Global Commodities team’s integrated physical and financial commodity solutions products for clients, including market-making, structuring, risk management, financing and warehousing capabilities across the full spectrum of commodity asset classes. She recently took on the additional responsibilities for running Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Affairs, overseeing the business’ strategies to address the range of complex regulatory changes. She is a member of the JPMorgan Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee.
Blythe has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. From 2004 to 2007, she was chief financial officer of the Investment Bank. Prior to that role, she was J.P. Morgan’s head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy, responsible for managing the credit and market risks of the bank’s retained credit positions and the development of credit strategy, policies, infrastructure and limits to measure and control credit risk. In addition, she coordinated the financial and risk reporting of the firm’s credit activities. Earlier positions at J.P. Morgan include head of North American Structured Credit Products, co-head of Asset Backed Securitization and head of Global Credit Derivatives Marketing. Her responsibilities have included the structuring and distribution of credit derivative products and related credit risk management strategies, both for J.P. Morgan and its clients. Blythe joined J.P. Morgan full-time in 1991, after completing a number of internships at the bank dating back to 1987.
In February 2012, Blythe became chair of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA), which represents the common interests of the world’s leading financial and capital markets participants. She is also chair emeritus of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), whose mission is to support a strong financial industry, job creation and economic growth while building trust and confidence in the financial markets. Blythe is a member of the board of directors of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and is the former chair of the board of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She serves on the Third Way’s Capital Markets Initiative Advisory Group.
Blythe received a B.A. in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge. She is an avid equestrian and lives in New York with her husband and daughters
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com for additional questions or requests.