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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Adam Richman

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs.  Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle.  To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here

MEET ADAM RICHMAN (Boston University, Questrom School of Business)

Adam is a first-year MBA student at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he is concentrating in Health Sector Management. A native New Englander, Adam grew up in Wilton, Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts to attend Brandeis University, where he majored in Economics and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. After graduating in 2011, Adam joined the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality in Boston, a public health non-profit focused on catalyzing systems change to improve child health. In 2014, Adam joined the DentaQuest Institute, an organization that facilitates adoption of preventive oral healthcare by assisting community health centers, hospitals, and private dental offices redesign processes in order to improve health outcomes. Adam is experienced in process improvement, performance measurement, and project management. Outside of work, Adam enjoys traveling to and exploring new places, relaxing at the beach, playing trivia with his weekly trivia team, and spending time with friends and family.

What made you consider business school?
After spending four years working directly with healthcare organizations on large-scale improvement initiatives, I realized that in order to create sustainable change, all areas of the organization need to work together from the clinical staff, to leadership, finance, and operations. I saw business school as an opportunity to strengthen my management, communication, and quantitative skills and learn what makes organizations successful so that I can be a more well-rounded leader in healthcare.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I’m most excited about building connections and friendships with my classmates—learning from their different backgrounds and perspectives to broaden my own. I also am looking forward to building my network in Boston, from professors to guest speakers and employers.

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Tim Cook, Atul Gawande, Mark Zuckerberg, my parents

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I have a knack for remembering mundane and useless facts, which my trivia team often greatly appreciates!

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Taylor Wiegele

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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!

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Jessica Kaiser

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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: Jessica Kaiser

School (Program/Concentration): MIT Sloan (Full Time MBA)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant, BCG

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Nobody prepared me for this internship better than my fellow classmates: I learned how to work with a diverse set of people with a diverse set of working styles.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’d like more clarity on what I do and don’t enjoy from my work, and what energizes me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
No matter what your experience during your internship is, it’s valuable — it’s all data you can use to make another decision later on. Challenge yourself to seek an experience that will give you really robust data about yourself – you’ll grow from it. Oh, and sleep at least 7 hours a night. That’s really good for you.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Connecting and reconnecting with all the folks I’ve met through ROMBA.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Stay curious. I definitely learned about organizations I wasn’t expecting to, from people I wasn’t expecting to meet and those experiences helped coalesce what I wanted from my summer experience.

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