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: Mars Garcia Pena Silveyra
School (Program/Concentration): Chicago Booth (Full Time / Strategic Management, Operations)
Summer Internship: Consulting in Bain Mexico – staffed in Peru
How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
I took leadership positions that made me feel more comfortable speaking in public, improved my communication skills, and I grew both my professional and my personal networks.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I want to experience constant feedback to improve immediately. It’s a short period of time, therefore a steep learning curve, I want to be out of my comfort zone and be able to accomplish all of the objectives in my work stream.
What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Be yourself, stay humble, learn from anyone and everyone, be wiling to help others, leverage your network, ask a lot.
What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Seeing everyone again, being on the other side, working together to make people have an awesome experience in ROMBA 2016 as I did last year.
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Understand what you want to get out of the Conference, if it’s only new friends, or a summer internship, an update in LGBTQ MBA’s lives, or all of the above, know it, in order to take the most out of ROMBA. Ask us, and ask second years at your schools about their experience. If you decide you want to recruit, ask for help cleaning up your resume, practicing your elevator pitch, understanding what you want to recruit for, if you’ve never had a coffee chat (my first coffee chat was in ROMBA 2015!), know what is it, look at the companies that will be there, etc. Meet people, you can find really good friends from this amazing experience, I know I’ve had!