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Jul 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Brian Balduzzi

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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: Brian Balduzzi

School (Program/Concentration): Johnson School of Management at Cornell University (Concentrations in Financial Analysis & Financial Investing and Minor in Real Estate)

Summer Internship: MBA Summer Associate at J.P. Morgan U.S. Private Bank in New York

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Cornell offers a breadth of finance-related courses, and Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and Behavioral Finance made me curious about the work and space, while giving me the tools and understanding to converse about and add value to my summer internship.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I hope to take away two things from my summer internship: (1) the curiousity and engagement in the world and people around me, and how to reflect upon how different pieces fit together to form a meaningful whole; and (2) the ability to stretch myself out of my comfort zone and look for how to add value to organizations and systems around me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Take advantage of as much as you can from your summer internship, whether it is meeting people from your team or other departments, asking to be put on projects that stretch you outside of your comfort zone, or researching ideas or problems affecting the company in your spare time! Be strategic, but also be available to learn as much as you can from the experience. 

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
I love seeing friends and colleagues from around the country who I have met at past ROMBA and recruiting events. It will be a great weekend to deepen relationships while meeting new people!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Try to research companies and plan your weekend before you arrive. You will likely need breaks and time to plan for interviewing (and fun!), so be strategic in how you allocate your time. Planning ahead can help you not feel overwhelmed by the number of opportunities, and avoid missing anything.

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Aug 2016

Advance Registration Events at #ROMBA2016

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As of today registration and applications for all advance sign-up events at the 2016 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference (Oct 6-8 in Dallas) are open.  Below you will find three competitions (giving out $16,000 in awards this year) as well as three other events with highly limited attendance.  Competitions are filled on a first come, first served basis and the other events’ applications are reviewed in the order they are submitted, so if you are interested we highly recommend you submit an application ASAP!
Competitions (Pre-Registration Required)
When: Saturday, October 8th 11:15am-12:30pm
How good is your idea or business plan? Pitch your business to a panel of judges (thanks to StartOut) who are some of the industry’s top VCs with extensive experience in the space and hear feedback that will help you no matter where you fall. Win and walk away with some cash to help get your venture running! Both LGBT MBA & graduate students and LGBT MBA professionals are eligible to compete.
Award: $5,000
When: Saturday, October 8th 10:00-11:15am
The inaugural M&A Case Competition provides MBA student teams with the opportunity to experience the role of investment bankers in a mergers & acquisitions scenario. Teams will demonstrate their financial and strategic analysis skills before a prestigious panel of judges hailing from top banks. Join us for the final showdown of teams as they showcase their analyses of the case.
Award: $2,500
When: Saturday, October 8th 8:00am-1:00pm (depending on elimination round)
In the 14th annual ROMBA Case Competition, students will analyze a business situation and present recommendations to a panel of seasoned consultants from various consulting firms. This case will allow participants to test and display their business acumen and strategic thinking. Finals are open to the public to view. Congrats to the finalists!
Awards: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000
Other Events Requiring Application/Pre-Registration 

When: Saturday, October 8th 2:30-5:30pm
The Dallas Trek will visit two major companies based in Dallas: AT&T and Southwest Airlines. Both headquarters are conveniently located near the site of ROMBA 2016, so this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in tech or travel or in exploring options in Dallas.
When: Saturday, October 8th 2:30-5:30pm
Join teams of 6-8 MBAs to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing LGBT and nonprofit organizations. Facilitated by management consultants and other professionals from McKinsey & Company, this session will be run like a consulting mini-case, creating strategies to solve major social problems.
When: Saturday, October 8th 2:30-5:30pm
Join team and experts in an interactive workshop where we will review the latest in human-centered design and practice applying it to LGBT-centered business issues.

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Sep 2015

Find Your Industry at #ROMBA2015

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By: Phillip Hue & Michael Collins

One of the most common (and best) reasons for getting an MBA is to make changes.  Change your industry, change your role, change your company or just change your career trajectory.  While some students have a specific new career in mind, many others take advantage of this period to explore, and ROMBA is one of the best places to start your exploration.

In industries alone, the representation of ROMBA is expansive, and our industry content is crafted to provide multiple perspectives, from recruiter to leader, employee to industry expert.

Industries represented in panel and workshop sessions include:

-        Banking & Venture Capitol

-        Big Box Retail

-        Consulting

-        Ecommerce

-        Energy

-        Fashion

-        Food & Wine

-        Government

-        Healthcare

-        Home Goods

-        Insurance & Financial Services

-        Manufacturing

-        Nonprofit

-        Pharmaceutical

-        Sports & Entertainment

-        Technology

-        Travel & Hospitality

-        Video Gaming

-        And more!

Industry-specific sessions are meant to give you an idea of two things: 1) What’s happening or interesting in the industry today, a look into the major trends you could help build, and 2) What it would be like for you to work in that industry in your desired role or capacity.

Here is just a sampling of industry-focused content at the conference.  Be sure to look through the schedule and list of companies recruiting at ROMBA to find much more!

THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY: The technology industry has grown and evolved at an unprecedented pace over the last 10 years.  Three sessions have been developed to give you a look into three of the biggest trends in tech, which are consequently three major areas seeking MBA talent in the industry.  How Business Uses the Cloud explores why cloud services are considered the 3rd wave of technology disruption, after the PC and the Internet.  Technology & Experiential Innovation explores the development of the so-called Internet of Everything, the complete automation of our daily lives.  Finally, Big Data – A Universal Tool explores how advancing data capabilities have revolutionized just about every industry.

TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY: Working in Travel & Leisure will explore trends and opportunities in airlines, hoteliers, online travel agencies and more.  Furthermore, you will find travel companies participating elsewhere around the conference, in sessions about technology and internal corporate strategy.

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