Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference

Building a Growing Network of LGBTQA+ Professionals

This annual event focuses on the perspectives and concerns of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, intersex, and asexual students in preparation for co-op, internships, and professional life beyond campus. Students have the opportunity to hear from alumni and professionals in various industries about topics such as navigating microaggressions, corporate culture, gender presentation, etc. Additionally, students engage with their peers on these topics and meet with professionals to further discuss questions related to preparing for professional working environments.

2020 Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference

Sunday, November 1st | Keynote & Alumni Networking

Sunday kicks off day 1 of ReachOUT! Join us for an opening session featuring a live recording of the I’m Impossible Podcast and guest speaker discussion, followed by a keynote speaker and Q+A. We’ll wrap up the evening with a casual networking session with LGBTQIA+ Northeastern University alumni.  Events include: 

  • I’m Possible Podcast Listening Session and Live Discussion  
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Alumni Networking  

Monday, November 2nd  | Industry

Join us for the 2nd day of Reach(OUT) by participating in several industry-focused events! Engage with companies in the afternoon through one-on-one conversations for discussions on your professional materials (resumes, portfolios, etc.) and opportunities/challenges in specific industries. In the evening, students will hear from employer panelists on the topic of achieving success in career paths different than their discipline and participate in roundtables broken down by industry.  Events include: 

  • Employer in Residence 
  • What’s Major Got to Do With It? Honing Transferrable Skills for Professional Success Panel, followed by networking opportunities by industry

Tuesday, November 3rd | Identity 

As we continue through the week of event, our focus shifts to look deeper into intersectionality. This day of workshops focuses on identity-based dialogue and discourse. Navigating career paths while also holding non-dominant and underrepresented identities can be a challenge and finding community within that can be even more challenging.  Events include: 

  • Tackling Imposter Syndrome in the Job Search and Workforce (CIE + EECD collaboration)  
  • My Body Is Political: Employment in the Age of COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter Panel 
  • TGNC panel & Affinity Breakout 

Wednesday, November 4th | Global

We go global! In our increasingly global campus and society, students are taking their interests, dreams, and careers across borders. This day focuses on LGBTQA+ identity from an international lens.  Events include: 

  • Making Queer Lives Across the Globe 

Thursday, November 5th | Self & Community Care

Join us for the final day of Reach(OUT) 2020! We are wrapping up our time together by talking about care(both self and community care). This is a panel about what community care looks like in both professional and personal contexts. In this space community care and wellness looks like building care networks, nourishing each other’s futures, and leaning into justice and equity work by showing up for each other.  Following the panel, there will be a short brief networking piece for participants to get to know the speakers more, and begin to create community.  Events include: 

  • Forging & Finding Community Care Panel 

Students: If you are interested in attending any part of this conference, please complete the Pre-registration Form to receive the full registration program!

2019 Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference

Friday, October 25, 2019

6:00pm Registration and Dinner

6:30pm Welcome and Alumni Introductions

7:00pm Skill-Building Session and Networking


Saturday, October 26, 2019

9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:45am Opening Remarks

10:15am Professional Development Workshops

11:00am Breakout Session 1

  • It’s Not You, It’s Them: Assessing Fit and Culture
  • Practical Adulting 101: So you’re graduating…Now what?
  • Finding and Optimizing Your Local Career Resources

12:00am Lunch and Networking

1:00pm Breakout Session 2

  • Rights, Benefits, and Negotiation
  • Building Your Support Network at Work
  • Because You’re Worth It: Self-Care and Work-Life Boundaries

2:00pm Coffee and Cupcake Break

2:35pm Breakout Session 3

  • Practical Adulting 101: So you’re graduating…Now what?
  • WorkingOUT: Navigating Work as TGNC People
  • Building Your Support Network at Work

3:40pm Closing Remarks

Professional Development Workshops

Self-Assessment and Career Exploration
This workshop is designed for people exploring majors and/or career paths. You will take part in a self-assessment activity to help identify your values and apply them to career decision-making.

Career Planning and Job Search Strategies
This workshop is designed for people approaching the internship or full-time job search. Topics will include: job search strategies, tailoring resumes, interviewing, dressing authentically in the workplace, and more.

Rights, Benefits, and Negotiation

Learn how you can research and identify employment rights and non-discrimination laws and policies across companies and regions. This panel will engage participants with strategies around how to understand, review, and negotiate your legal rights with your identity in mind.

WorkingOUT: Navigating Work as TGNC People

A place to discuss the realities of the workplace and the job search for TGNC Folks only. In this panel, you will hear from a group of TGNC folks about how they have made choices around identity disclosure, background checks, dress code, pronouns, and the politics of customer or client-facing positions.

Building Your Support Network at Work

We all deserve to be supported at work, but typically, we have to build that support ourselves. How can we think about making connections and building relationships so that we have coworkers and mentors who can listen, affirm, and advocate for us? And how can we show up for our fellow coworkers with marginalized identities as we may experience some similar and some different things around microaggressions, exclusionary behavior or practices, and/or being the “only one”?

Because You’re Worth It: Self-Care and Work-Life Boundaries

Want to learn more about what to talk about to your co-workers when it comes to your personal life? How do you check-in with yourself and make sure you don’t fall into fatigue and burnout and why does that matter? This panel will discuss what self-care looks like when you cannot be your whole self at work, and how to protect your personal life.

It’s Not You, It’s Them: Assessing Fit and Culture

Can’t relate to the workspace or the company’s “culture”? Have the Sunday scaries? When is the right time to go? How do you handle those stinky microaggressions without ruining workplace relationships? This panel will discuss how to figure out those unwritten rules for fitting in, figure out if a workspace is meant for you, and, if it comes to it, cut ties professionally.

Practical Adulting 101: So you’re graduating…Now what?

This panel will focus on that difficult time in one’s life when they have to leave university life and campus resources and commit to joining the “real world.” Learn from those who successfully made the jump, and hear their best advice for how you can make it through as well.

Finding and Optimizing Your Local Career Resources

Where can you find safe and reliable resources for the workplace as a student? How can you identify queer-friendly companies? What resources can help you explore your different options so you can find opportunities that energize you! This panel will help debunk your questions about researching, applying to and interviewing for co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs.

2019 Reach(OUT) Conference Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Logo

 NU Bouve logo

DMSB LogoCOE LogoCollege of Science Logo

Rainbow Level Sponsors

Hajoca LogoGlobal Experience Office logo

Ernst & Young Logo

CAMD Logo 


Partner Level Sponsors

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