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REACHING OUT IS UNIQUE AMONG NATIONAL MBA CONFERENCES IN OUR CONFERENCE CONTENT, FROM SELECTING PANELISTS TO BRAINSTORMING NETWORKING EVENTS, IS HANDLED BY A CORE GROUP OF STUDENT ORGANIZERS.
A group of gay & lesbian MBA students from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University came together after last year’s conference to put together a bid to host and organize this year’s conference. These students were selected by the Reaching Out Inc to serve as the Organizing Committee, which oversee the ideation and execution of conference content.
Vivian Chung (The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania)
Vivian is a first-year MBA candidate at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where she is pursuing a major in Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to Wharton, she worked for Macquarie Group in the Corporate and Asset Finance division, the on-balance sheet principal investing arm of the bank. Prior to that, she started her career in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. She serves on the board of NQAPIA, a national LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander non-profit organization. Vivian graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. and double major in Economics and Studio Art.
Joe DeBonis (Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)
Joe DeBonis is a first-year MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He earned a B.A. in French Studies, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, interned at an online advertising start-up in San Francisco, and proceeded to spend three years with Bain & Company in their Boston and New Delhi offices. While at Bain, Joe worked on a variety of growth strategy cases in retail, CPG, education, healthcare, and media and played an active role in undergraduate recruiting for BGLAD, Bain’s LGBT affinity group. Joe devotes much of his free time to running, traveling, and developing his trivia skills in architecture, geography, and pop culture.
Rena Fried (The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania)
Rena is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Wharton, Rena worked at Bpeace, a non-profit that provides business consulting and training to entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries such as Afghanistan, Rwanda, and El Salvador. Rena joined Bpeace after working at the boutique communications firm LaunchSquad, which serves tech startups. Rena received her B.A. from Dartmouth College where she met her partner, and fellow ROMBA organizer, Vivian Chung.
Jesse Lampert (Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)
Jesse is a first-year MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to Tuck, he worked at Google, where he worked with small and medium businesses to help them get the most out of the AdWords advertising platform. Before Google, Jesse was a teacher in Dallas with Teach For America, where he taught 10th-grade English for two years. During his summers in between teaching, he worked at TFA’s summer institute in Houston, where he oversaw operations at multiple school sites. Jesse graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and double major in Economics and Creative Writing, and enjoys running, film, and traveling.
Rob Mark (Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University)
Rob Mark currently attends the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, TX where he focuses on energy and finance. After earning a B.A. in History from Davidson College in NC, he joined the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Officer where he served for five years. Between separating from active duty and matriculating at Rice, he completed the White House Internship Program working in the Office of the Vice President on the National Security Affairs staff. Rob remains a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve as part of an intelligence unit in the Washington, D.C. area. Rob enjoys running, snow skiing, hunting, and is interested in foreign policy.
Cara McKenna (Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)
Cara McKenna is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to enrolling in business school, Cara was a high school social studies teacher in the Boston area. Cara was actively involved in coaching colleagues, mentoring new teachers, and advising student extracurriculars, including leading a study tour of Cambodia. Cara received a B.A. in History from Brown University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Colton Neves (The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania)
Colton is a first-year MBA/MA candidate with the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania pursuing a major in Multinational Management. Before Wharton, he was a Business Development Manager overseeing online video advertising and social game monetization at TrialPay, an ecommerce start-up in Palo Alto. Prior to that, Colton has held management positions in both retail banking and retail clothing and was an instructor with Kaplan. He graduated from Pomona College in ‘08 with a degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and is an avid runner, sci-fi/fantasy junkie and puzzle writer.
Ted Sands (The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania)
After years of public service, Ted is beginning his transition into the business world as a first-year Wharton MBA candidate. Most recently, Ted worked to improve the financing, operations and delivery of housing and social services from various posts throughout the Bloomberg Administration in New York City. Additionally, Ted provides ad hoc consulting services to not-for-profit organizations and sits on the board of COLAGE, a national organization that builds community among youth with LGBTQ parents. At Wharton, Ted is a resident fellow of Wharton’s Social Impact Initiative, a social director of Out4Biz (Wharton’s LGBT student association) and an active member in Wharton student government (Vice President, Cluster 3). Ted holds a BA from Stanford University (Urban Studies, 2008), and has completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (San Francisco, 2009). He is originally from rural Northern California and plans to pursue future work in investment banking.
Jasper Wright (Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)
Jasper Wright is a first-year MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. After graduating from Baruch College with a BBA in Finance & Investments, he joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s analyst rotational program in Legal and Compliance, and ultimately placed into the Anti-Money Laundering Group, where he focused on the bank’s global wealth management and trust businesses. He then worked in the Internal Audit Department at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. Throughout his career, he mentored inner-city high school students through iMentor, Inc. Jasper is a life-long Brooklyner and an inveterate news junkie. He enjoys running, racquetball and squash.
Rada Yovovich (The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania)
Rada Yovovich is pursuing her MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is enrolled in their prestigious Health Care Management program. She completed her BA at the University of Chicago, after which she worked with Huron Consulting Group where she specialized in supply chain and materials management strategies in Huron’s Healthcare Consulting group. Immediately before Wharton, she was at athenahealth in Boston, leading a team focused on big data analysis and performance improvement for athena’s hospital and medical practice clients. Rada also boasts an accomplished rugby football career, having played in the USA Rugby Women’s Premier League for five years prior to starting her MBA.