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Aug 2017

Johnson & Johnson Webinar on September 13th

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Johnson & Johnson is excited to be attending ROMBA this year

and hopes to see you there!

We would like to make sure you have the chance to learn about Johnson & Johnson in the weeks leading up to ROMBA and will be hosting a webinar to provide a company overview, our commitment to the LGBTQI community, and the MBA opportunities within consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical device marketing, as well as human resources across all three sectors.

 This webinar will take place on September 13 at 6 PM EST and information on the WebEx meeting can be found below.  You are also welcome to take a look at our job postings on the ROMBA jobs board, if you’ve registered for the conference. Please reach out to us if there are any questions. We look forward to speaking with you over the coming weeks!

Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 742 530 074

Join by phone: Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-5659999 (US)

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Attendee access code: 948 303 79

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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Elsa Rodriguez

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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: Elsa Rodriguez

School (Program/Concentration): University of Chicago Booth School of Business Full-Time Program (Concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Managerial & Organizational Behavior)

Summer Internship: Senior Program Manager at Amazon, Seattle, WA

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Through coursework based in cases, lab courses and real-world projects, I learned to identify key business challenges and create a structured approach. From there, I was able to apply knowledge in identifying the necessary information and building an analysis that could give me insight or further information about the problem at hand.What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I hope to take away the ability to not only present a pitch or a deck, but truly write out a business problem and approach in a more academic fashion. I also hope to keep the spirit of driving my own investigation, finding resources and continuing to ask for support and help when needed.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019?
The summer is a great chance to both explore the company and the location. Identify a few things you want to try or departments you want to hear about, plan some weekend adventures and go to talks at work. I would also ask yourself, “what skillset or experience do you hope to gain from this summer” and communicate that to your team or find places where you can build that space for learning for yourself.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
Going back to ROMBA this year feels like a reunion. Over the past year we have gotten to connect with LGBTQ students from other schools at a few events, work remotely on projects or even live in the same city over the summer. It will be amazing to see everyone again and meet the new class of 1Ys!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
A big chunk of the experience will feel very recruiting-based, which can get tiring, but you get to start that process in a welcoming setting. Outside of recruiting, meet people! The MBA community is small and you will most likely get to connect with these folks again. It is a great place to forge connections outside of your own program.

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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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