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Jul 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Morgan Lippitt

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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: Morgan Lippit

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2016, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Finance)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant at The Cambridge Group in Chicago working on Consumer Demand Strategy

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I’m most excited to hear your guys’ experiences with the Conference and get to know as many of you as I can. It’s such a cool thing that we are afforded these opportunities to connect with each other and major companies.

What advice do you have for students, particularly those recruiting, going to ROMBA 2015 in Chicago?

Know yourself, Know what you want out of your career/ROMBA, ask questions, and at the end of the day live/work by 3 rules (1) Laugh about it, (2) Learn from it, (3) Move on. There are more than enough jobs out there and the road to finding them can be awkward at times. This is the case for everyone so don’t stress but do come prepared and open to learning new things. You never know what will inspire you to your true calling

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship?

My goal for the summer was to take a look behind the scenes in consulting firms and see if there is a longterm career fit for me. By the end of the summer I hope to have a better understanding of the answer to that question.

How did your first year as a graduate student prepare you for your summer?

The first year of business school can be many things to many different types of people. In my opinion it should be tailored to the individual. As a result I chose to focus on the soft skills in business. Spending time with friends with crazy high EQ and a talent for navigating orgs. My goal was to soak as much up from them as possible while also trying to further develop these skills in class. This has been so incredibly just on a day to day perspective through out my internship. There is something to be said for being able to see the human element in the business problems you work on as well as in the context of the situation in which you are doing the work.

What valuable piece of advice can you offer readers going into their summer internship?

Make mistakes, ask questions, and at the end of the day live/work by 3 rules (1) Laugh about it, (2) Learn from it, (3) Move on. There are more than enough jobs out there, don’t waste your time stressed and unhappy.

Current, prospective & alumni LGBT MBAs and related graduate students can register for ROMBA 2015 here.

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