LGBT Business Organization

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    Jul 24, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Were any of you guys part or currently part of an LGBT Business Organization at your college where you get connected to corporate recruiters or business leaders who happen to be gay?

    For example, Indiana University has an LGBT organization within their business school.
    http://www.indiana.edu/~oak/constitution.html

    I really would like to start one at my college, but I need some pointers on where to start. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?

    Thanks!

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    Jul 24, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    Seek out "Chief Diversity Officers" and employee affinity groups at major corporations.
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    Jul 24, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidSeek out "Chief Diversity Officers" and employee affinity groups at major corporations.


    Will do! Thanks Gam!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 24, 2013 1:08 PM GMT
    Very interesting. I didn't think this sort of thing had been established....anywhere. Some of the things you learn on RJ. Great to hear!

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  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 24, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    I'd talk to whoever lines up on-campus interviews for corporations. All schools have them. I bet they'd be interested in doing this and help you get started. Then you can coordinate with both the school and the companies.
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    Jul 25, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI'd talk to whoever lines up on-campus interviews for corporations. All schools have them. I bet they'd be interested in doing this and help you get started. Then you can coordinate with both the school and the companies.


    I will definitely be going to the Corporate / Alumni Relations office.
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    Jul 25, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidWhile I think it's important for GLBT business leaders and leaders in general to be visible in order to demonstrate to youth that being GLBT doesn't need to hold you back, I don't like the idea of networking GLBT people for the purpose of getting an advantage in the job market.

    I would not be comfortable being hired because of my sexuality.

    Agree.
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    Jul 25, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    People, people.

    Big companies value diversity these days as an end in itself. There is a whole diversity industry. Even my law firm has a diversity staff.

    If being LGBT gives you an edge in the recruiting process, TAKE IT. Believe me, there will be times and places where it works against you, don't deny yourself the benefits when they're available.
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    Jul 25, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    I'm not a below par student just trying to use "I'm gay" to get a job. I am in the top 10% of my graduating class as of right now and I am highly involved with clubs and activities.
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    Jul 25, 2013 6:50 PM GMT
    The University of Southern California has one of the most active Gay alumni organizations in the country. See www.alumnigroups.usc.edu/lambda We sponsor several scholarships and a number of activities throughout the year that facilitate networking as students who are members of the several gay orgs on campus move out in to the real world. The past winners of my architecture scholarship are getting to the point where they reach out to assist/advise those who have followed and I know of several others in different fields who are doing the same. You might check with your own school's alumni office to see if they don't have similar programs either already in operation or trying to get started.
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    Jul 25, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    showme saidPeople, people.

    Big companies value diversity these days as an end in itself. There is a whole diversity industry. Even my law firm has a diversity staff.

    If being LGBT gives you an edge in the recruiting process, TAKE IT. Believe me, there will be times and places where it works against you, don't deny yourself the benefits when they're available.


    +1

    Not to mention that your in a unique position to provide a service to the company and to it's clients.

    You offer a window into the LGBT community to help create new offerings or simply enhance existing ones.

    You are also able to help the company develop a better work environment for other LGBT members.

    Just because one of the reasons you were hired is because you are LGBT does not mean that was the only reason.

    When I hire for diversity, I make sure I'm getting the best candidate. They need to better than all other candidates I'm interviewing, including non-diversity candidates.
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    Jul 25, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    creyente said
    +1

    Not to mention that your in a unique position to provide a service to the company and to it's clients.

    You offer a window into the LGBT community to help create new offerings or simply enhance existing ones.

    You are also able to help the company develop a better work environment for other LGBT members.

    Just because one of the reasons you were hired is because you are LGBT does not mean that was the only reason.

    When I hire for diversity, I make sure I'm getting the best candidate. They need to better than all other candidates I'm interviewing, including non-diversity candidates.

    If you are looking for the best candidate, where does diversity come into the picture? How does the diversity thing work?
    If you have suitable candidates with similar background, will you prefer the one from LGBT community? That's the only way I see where diversity can help you.
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    Jul 25, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    Diversity simply means the company is looking for some balance in the hires. So you will try to pick up a hire from an area where you want to lift the numbers.

    However, you don't do this at the peril of the company. Believe it or not, there are a lot of very skilled candidates that are available for diversity hires.

    I have not experienced the old meme that diversity stops the most qualified candidates from getting hired. I can only assume that those who have experienced it were not trying to balance their teams from the get go. This may be because they were promoted to management over a team that had no diversity and they were ordered to fill spots with only diversity candidates.

    I can see that might cause an issue, but even there you can find very good candidates if you try.

    I have not personally run into this, nor has any of my management colleagues and friends.

    As you say, if there are two individuals of equal talent and you must hire a diversity hire, then yes that individual would be hired.

    That's pretty much how it was done before diversity as well, except you would have preferred someone that was in some way more acceptable to you. That may have been because of their race, sex, ethnicity, culture, values, etc..


    Bharatiya said
    creyente said
    +1

    Not to mention that your in a unique position to provide a service to the company and to it's clients.

    You offer a window into the LGBT community to help create new offerings or simply enhance existing ones.

    You are also able to help the company develop a better work environment for other LGBT members.

    Just because one of the reasons you were hired is because you are LGBT does not mean that was the only reason.

    When I hire for diversity, I make sure I'm getting the best candidate. They need to better than all other candidates I'm interviewing, including non-diversity candidates.

    If you are looking for the best candidate, where does diversity come into the picture? How does the diversity thing work?
    If you have suitable candidates with similar background, will you prefer the one from LGBT community? That's the only way I see where diversity can help you.