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: Shawn Goodin
School (Program/Concentration): MIT Sloan School of Management – Finance Concentration
Summer Internship: Associate, William Blair Investment Bank (San Francisco – Technology IB)
How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
The structured IB recruiting process helped guide me through the process. In many cases, you just had to show up and be prepared. The CDO works with school teams that facilitate the process and provide direct points of contact. At most MBA schools, a lot of coordination and mentorship is provided by members of the finance club. If you have a question, somebody has an answer. I found that many of my classmates had prior banking experience and could provide some color on some of the conversations in my coffee chats or help me to better understand the industry in general.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I am attempting to replicate what I think my work and life experience will be like if I receive an offer and return. This includes my personal life, such as where I live, eat, and socialize. I am hoping that the office will within reason provide me with the same experience I will have should I return. Furthermore, I want to learn more about the tech sector in general and begin to develop connections through networking with other MBAs, alums, and others working in the tech space.
What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Don’t psyche yourself out. You should prioritizing enjoying your experience – this is the rest of your life. If you’re completed jaded by your summer experience, you’re going to have one hell-of-a-ride doing that job full-time. Intensity is great – don’t let it overwhelm you.
What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
I imagine that the second year experience is very different from the first year. I am looking forwarding to reconnecting with folks I’ve met over the last year and hopefully meeting new people. I’m also excited to see how everything comes together – to see us literally go from Post-It Notes on a wall to an audience in the room. The guest speaker line-up is hands down first-rate – it will be exciting to be in the audience.
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
You really need to have a game plan. Are you going to network, hang out with other students from your school, party in the evenings, or just stick to yourself and hope opportunity lands in your lap? Figure out your plan and commit to it. ROMBA is like finding gold – so many resources are amassed in one location for you to take advantage of. It’s a great event; regardless of your priorities, have fun!