In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from business 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 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (Oct 12-14), which this year will include an inaugural Professional Day for alumni and our 20th ROMBA Gala Celebration with Anderson Cooper!
Not only will the leaders tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBTQ MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!
Name: Nate Micon
School (Program/Concentration): Yale SOM
Summer Internship: Summer Consultant, BCG, NYC
How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
I think I grew in many unexpected ways. A lot of this growth came from observing my peers and listening to their stories. Yale’s team-based curriculum made me a much better leader and group member. Recruiting, ROMBA, and other events taught me to be more comfortable being my authentic self around new people and in new situations. Being constantly surrounded by a pool of truly exceptional people challenged me to stretch myself and provided numerous role models.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I want to work on my presentation skills: becoming more concise and articulate, and improving my presence.
What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Take advantage of everything the firm offers the summer MBAs. (That includes the advantage of being new and asking literally any question!) Get to know your team outside of the office. Attend every event you can. Ask for feedback constantly. And don’t forget that you have a unique opportunity to meet with senior-level people to chat about the company and different roles/units. Be sure to take advantage of that, too.
What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
The people! I made great friends at ROMBA 2016 and I was struck by the positive and authentic vibes of the conference. I can’t wait to be in that space again, and learn from everyone around me.
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Have a plan, be purposeful, and have fun. The conference goes by quickly and it’s impossible to attend every session that looks interesting. Really think about what you want to get out of the conference before arriving. Most importantly though: have fun! The sessions are interesting and recruiting is important but don’t lose the forest for the trees. Take time to relax, meet people, and make friends. ROMBA gives you unparalleled access to LGBTQ MBA students and professionals in various settings. Don’t leave without getting to know this potential network in a setting when you’re not in a suit and tie.