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: Mitch Doering
School (Program/Concentration): University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
Summer Internship: General Mills – Marketing, Associate Marketing Manager Intern, Minneapolis, MN
How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
The rigor in working on client projects through experiential learning as a member of Carlson’s Consulting Enterprise honed my client management skills, furthered my skills in team leadership, and taught me to storyline and deliver compelling messaging in my deliverables. This gave me the opportunity to fine tune the skills I had acquired via my core curriculum before even beginning my internship, which prepared me well.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I intend to take away a deeper understanding of managing internal senior-level clients within the natural & organic consumer packaged goods manufacturing industry. Taking advantage of this learning at an industry level will allow me the opportunity to build a skill set of strategic persuasion that uses data to influence brands and people in real ways, which was something I sought to do by coming back to business school. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised to have had the opportunity to experience was owning the development and implementation an e-commerce merchandising strategy for one of General Mill’s highest growth brands, Larabar. What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Learn to be okay with ambiguity. These firms are asking you to solve some of the issues that their best and brightest haven’t been able to solve. Take comfort in knowing that you will not always know the right answer and be open to the perspectives of others throughout this 12 week learning process. Ask questions, I cannot emphasize that enough! People are very busy no matter where you go and despite feeling like an annoyance, you need to know that with limited industry experience you have to rely on the expertise of others to get at the data, information, and answers you need to successfully develop the recommendations that your team will support and act on.
What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
I’m really excited to reconnect with the people that I’ve met throughout this past year in pursuit of my MBA. From the people I met at last year’s ROMBA conference, to my class of fellows, to the mentors and people that have given me their unbiased advice throughout the process.
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Go out of your way to meet new people, I have met people that I would now consider close friends through ROMBA. Whether you are there to meet new people or to also find a job, just know that there is time for both – it’s all about prioritization. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to get in front of employers that are interested in you, because who knows where your priorities will be three months to a year from now. Having those contacts, mentors, and newfound friends to answer your questions and create connections during your first year is what will make you successful now and in the future. Don’t underestimate the power of your LGBT network!