In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business 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 Organizing Committee.” The Organizing 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 8 organizers and share some of their tips for those planning to attend this year’s LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference! Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give readers tips on the summer internship search & experience!
Name: Jordy Freeman
School (Program/Concentration): Chicago Booth (Strategic Management, International Business, Marketing Management)
Summer Internship: Summer Associate w/ McKinsey & Co in Mexico City
What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?
Um, everything? I can’t wait to show off the awesomeness of Chicago, the incredible speakers we have lined up, the amazing sessions coming up, and of course meeting the 1500 or so of my LGBT business colleagues! Also: Swag. All of the swag.
What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?
ROMBA is amazing in how much you can extract out of it – professionally, academically, and socially. Watch the webinars, read the primers, and get a good picture of everything you can do while you’re here. Then, let go of your stress and embrace the experience!
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?
I’m thrilled to be working in a new company, in a new industry, in a new country! I can’t imagine the experiences I will take away – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?
This year prepared me by helping me realize that the ´disadvantages´ I felt by coming from a nontraditional background were in reality a tremendous leg up. Instincts, relationship building, and decision-making can’t be taught – Excel can. Being immersed in a community of similarly ambitious yet wildly diverse colleagues has been an eye-opening experience. It´s not what I expected of business school – but it´s what I needed!
What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?
You wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think you had something to add. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. You’re here to make a difference!