Then & Now: A CQBS History

If you have been following the Columbia Queer Business Society before the Fall of 2015, you might have immediately noticed that our website has taken an upgrade. This is just one of the many cosmetic and organizational changes the board has making recently in order to better handle the increase in growth and firm interest we have been receiving over the past year.

To provide our members with a little context, the CQBS was founded in 2010, and has since made great strides in creating a safe and informative environment for Columbia undergraduates who identify as LGBT to learn about their professional career options within financial services. We organized panels with “out” professionals from the industry, hosted mixers and networking receptions with ClusterQ, the Columbia Business School’s LGBT organization, and led workshops on “the gay resume,” presentational skills, and the recruitment process. Over the years, we’ve expanded our industry focus to cover consulting and technology. As we enter the new semester, the board is also interested in exploring areas like marketing, community impact, and the public sector.

Today, the Columbia Queer Business Society has reached un-precedented levels of interest from both the undergraduate population and within the professional industry. Excited about the new opportunities this might open up, the CQBS board has a few highly ambitious ideas in mind for this semester. Stay tuned – we’ll release more details when we can!