Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Lev Eldemir

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from schools across the world. These core group of the students working on the ROMBA Conference are known as the “Student Leadership Committee.”  The Leadership Committee comes up with the conference’s theme, ideates all breakout sessions, and is seen prominently on the ground at the conference!

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight each of this year’s 11 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Lev Eldemir

School (Program/Concentration): Columbia Business School (Full Time, Strategy / Management)

Summer Internship:  Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices – Marketing Leadership Development Program Intern; U.S. Marketing, Biosurgery; Somerville, NJ

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Specifically, an elective course – Marketing Research & Analytics – provided me with a solid foundation in market research methods to hit the ground running.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
With no previous experience in Marketing, I hope to gain a firm understanding of the strategic/business planning aspect within a Marketing role. I also am very excited to see how marketers leverage data to formulate insights that inform their strategy. Separately, working within Healthcare, I am excited to understand the thought processes of surgeons in different specialties and how J&J engages them to develop new products.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Relax and be ok with not knowing things. Identify who will be strong resources for you and be proactive about asking questions – never spin your wheels. Also, remember that as an MBA student, you likely have a strong track record – believe in your ability to learn quickly, draw upon your previous work and school experiences, and make an impact with your projects.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Continuing to make new connections and reconnecting with friends I made last year.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Understand what your priorities are and stay focused – whether that’s networking with companies, building relationships with other MBA students, exploring different job opportunities, and/or engaging in interesting panel discussions. Fun is also encouraged, but keep it classy. Don’t let a hangover prevent you from engaging in the awesome content and with professionals & students! Lastly, don’t be too clicky with your school -meet new people! It will not only be beneficial to you in the future, but it will also strengthen the LGBTQ community as a whole. ROMBA is truly such a unique and empowering experience.

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