JPMorgan – New York – October 2-4, 2015

The 2015 Out for Undergrad Business Conference will take place on October 2nd-4th at JPMorgan in New York City.

Our vision is to educate, inspire, and advance LGBT undergraduates who are interested in careers in financial services, management consulting, and accounting. Working with LGBT professionals from over 40 of the most elite firms in these industries, we help exceptional LGBT undergraduates learn about job opportunities, explore career paths, and develop strategies for managing and leveraging their identity to their advantage 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 private career fair and networking receptions provide opportunities to connect with top employers and learn about their recruiting processes in smaller, less formal settings.

OUBC will also be a lot of fun, and there will be opportunities throughout the weekend to build relationships with other exceptional LGBT students from across the country.

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

For further information, please contact arting.chang@outforundergrad.org.

We’re working out the agenda for 2015 now.  Here’s a look at what last year’s agenda looked like:


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


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 more than one O4U conference?

With rare exceptions, students will only be attend to one of our conferences.  All students must indicate their preference for a conference when applying. 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 no application fee or cost to attend OUBC.  There is a $50 registration fee for accepted students to reserve their spot in the program; however, we offer a waiver for students for whom this presents a significant financial burden.

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

No.  O4U covers the cost of flight or train, and shared hotel accommodation, for students attending from outside the New York area.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

Admissions decisions will be released several 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 attire. Students are encouraged to look their best and wear a suit, especially at the career fair on Saturday. Appropriate attire includes dress slacks, knee length skits, dress shirts, blouses, suit jackets, ties, vests, 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.

Applications for OUBC 2015 are now closed.  Come back in early 2016 to apply for next year’s conference!

Sponsors make OUBC possible. We thank our Host and Underwriter:
We thank our Diamond supporters:
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We thank our Gold supporters:
And we thank our Silver supporters: