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: Taylor Wiegele
School (Program/Concentration): Harvard Business School
Summer Internship: Sr. Buyer Intern, Merchandising at Target in Minneapolis, MN
How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Fairly well in terms of thinking about the broader implications of merchandising strategy as it pertains to a Brick & Mortar retailer establishing itself as an online competitor.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m excited to have thought strategically about an assortment in an omnichannel environment and analyzed new product pitches from new and established manufacturers.
What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Get outside of your comfort zone. Think about what you want to do and think more broadly about how you can achieve it. This is (maybe) the last chance you have to try a career on for size. Seize it!
What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
The panels on Brand and Gender. We have some amazing topics and panelists and I can’t wait for the fruitful discussion. (I’m also excited to square dance)
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Pick a few things you absolutely have to do and take the rest of the time to go with the flow. Maybe you meet some amazing people and attend sessions/socials with them, they introduce you to a career you hadn’t even thought of and you end up working there for the summer–it happened to me!