Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Yetunde Abass

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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!

LGBTQ MBA & business graduate students, alumni and applicants can register
for the 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (October 12-14) here.

Name: Yetunde Abass

School (Program/Concentration): Boston University Questrom School of Business (dual degree candidate MBA/ MS in Digital Innovation)

Summer Internship: MBA Intern, Contact Engagement Program at Pegasystems in Cambridge, MA

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Although I wasn’t particularly fond of it at the time, most of my classes at BU required me to do a lot of presenting. It really strengthened my ability to orally communicate complex ideas. I’m grateful I got that experience because in my internship I regularly have to present — formally and informally — on the research that I am doing. I am much more confident than I think I would have been otherwise.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
(1) I am working for a company that is working to change the way it presents and positions itself against its competitors. It has been interesting to observe this first hand; I think this is a valuable exercise to keep in mind regardless of any future career choice I make. (2) The level of responsibility I have been given in this internship is new and unfamiliar to me. I’m hoping to use this experience to become more persuasive and lead projects more confidently.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019?
Get to know people working outside of your functional group—especially if what they’re doing interests or excites you.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
Meeting up with some of the cool folks I met last year! Also after all of the phone calls, brainstorming sessions, and organizing committee retreat, I’m excited to see these sessions finally come alive.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Don’t feel bad if you don’t end up attending every session or event you originally intended. Meeting and networking with LGBT students and professionals from around the country (and world!) is an equally valuable use of your time.

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