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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Mars Garcia Pena Silveyra

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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: Mars Garcia Pena Silveyra

School (Program/Concentration): Chicago Booth (Full Time / Strategic Management, Operations)

Summer Internship:  Consulting in Bain Mexico – staffed in Peru

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
I took leadership positions that made me feel more comfortable speaking in public, improved my communication skills, and I grew both my professional and my personal networks.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I want to experience constant feedback to improve immediately. It’s a short period of time, therefore a steep learning curve, I want to be out of my comfort zone and be able to accomplish all of the objectives in my work stream.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Be yourself, stay humble, learn from anyone and everyone, be wiling to help others, leverage your network, ask a lot.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Seeing everyone again, being on the other side, working together to make people have an awesome experience in ROMBA 2016 as I did last year.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Understand what you want to get out of the Conference, if it’s only new friends, or a summer internship, an update in LGBTQ MBA’s lives, or all of the above, know it, in order to take the most out of ROMBA. Ask us, and ask second years at your schools about their experience. If you decide you want to recruit, ask for help cleaning up your resume, practicing your elevator pitch, understanding what you want to recruit for, if you’ve never had a coffee chat (my first coffee chat was in ROMBA 2015!), know what is it, look at the companies that will be there, etc. Meet people, you can find really good friends from this amazing experience, I know I’ve had!

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Jun 2016

Reaching Out: Brazil 2016 Recap

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The Reaching Out staff crossed the equator for the second annual Reaching Out: Brazil Conference on May 14. Part-learning, part-networking, part-career fair — our Saturday in São Paulo at FGV-EAESP sped by. We couldn’t have put on such a successful event without our sponsors: McKinsey & Company, AmBev, A.T. Kearney, Goldman Sachs, IBM, J.P. Morgan, and Dow.

In the morning, after a warm welcome from Reaching Out’s Matt Kidd, Brazilian students and young professionals listened to panelists speak about what it means to be out as an LGBT person at work. Then, we placed a spotlight on lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in our second general session. This community is a double minority in the business world, and several LBT women spoke about their unique experiences and educated their colleagues about the challenges they face.

In the afternoon, we packed into a nearby restaurant for lunchtime networking. Our students and sponsors made great connections while enjoying some great São Paulo cuisine. When we returned to FGV, our program resumed with a focus on the upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero. We were fortunate to have a representative from Dow (a Worldwide Olympic Partner sponsor) and a member of the Rio 2016 organizing committee speak with one another about the intentional inclusion of LGBT equality in the Rio Games in contrast to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

We wrapped up the afternoon with some breakouts on consulting, finance, and technology. Our sponsors answered questions about their industries before sending everyone down to a Career Fair where students and sponsors had the chance to talk and make connections. We really enjoyed being in Brazil for the second year in a row. Many thanks to our sponsors and the staff at FGV-EAESP. We look forward to next year!

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Apr 2016

Standing with Duke Fuqua and UNC Kenan-Flagler Against HB2

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Current and admitted students at Duke Fuqua's 2015 LGBT Admitted Student event.

Current and admitted students at Duke Fuqua’s 2015 LGBT Admitted Student event.

We at Reaching Out MBA want to express our support and solidarity for our schools in North Carolina  in the wake of the passage of House Bill 2. We know that the passage of HB2 is damaging, but we want to stand in strength with our students, leaders, and clubs at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke.

Representatives from UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club at the 2015 "Ask A Queer" event.

Representatives from UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club at the 2015 “Ask A Queer” event.

Fuqua Pride and UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club have each spoken out against the anti-LGBT legislation, noting that #WeAreBetterThanThis. We know, and our students know, that laws like this are not what North Carolina is about. Below are the public statements from Fuqua Pride and UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club.


Statement from FuquaPride and its Allies at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business:

FuquaPride, the Duke MBA LGBT network, in conjunction with Fuqua’s student government, the MBA Association, as well with our allies in the MBA Association of Women in Business and the Black and Latino MBA Association, is deeply troubled by North Carolina’s regressive HB2 law. Today, we publicly reconfirm our commitment to growing and maintaining the Fuqua value of Collective Diversity that keeps “Team Fuqua” special and a transformative experience for its members. The installation of a gender neutral bathroom, the success of all FuquaPride events (including the sold-out annual drag show), and the prioritizing of LGBT admissions efforts are proof to the inclusive and thriving environment for LGBT students at Fuqua and of our school’s support. This law will not change that.

We can’t change this legislation tomorrow, but we do have the power – through our hearts and our actions – to send a signal today to North Carolina that as members of Team Fuqua and other leading MBA programs #WeAreBetterThanThis.


As student representatives at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, we condemn the actions taken by the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory to pass House Bill 2 into law. HB2 intentionally excludes the LGBT community and veterans from statewide anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodation, and prohibits and nullifies any local law or ordinance that provides such protections. Passing this law egregiously erodes civil rights protections, endangers some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and harms the reputations and cohesion of our state, local governments, and valued institutions.

The proponents of this bill invented a moral panic out of whole cloth, depicting transgender individuals as predators intent on accessing bathrooms to assault women and children. Not only is there no record of any such thing ever occurring, but transgender people are often put in serious danger when forced to use facilities conflicting with their gender identity.

We applaud the major employers in our state that have staked out clear positions against HB2. However, we have severe concerns that the law will make it impossible for our top-ranked school to continue attracting the best students, faculty, and staff. HB2 is rapidly wearing away our state’s global reputation as a beacon of growth and innovation. As a public institution of North Carolina, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s reputation will likewise suffer among prospective students, the companies that recruit our graduates, and the international business community.

Our leaders’ actions place North Carolina wholly on the wrong side of history. We choose to stand by the core values of our school: excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork, and so we implore the General Assembly and Governor McCrory to reconvene and cooperate to pass a comprehensive non-discrimination act that respects, values, and protects all of North Carolina and our people.

Susan Lawrence Hedglin, President of the MBA Student Association

Jonathan Aronoff, Vice President for Diversity

on behalf of:

MBA Student Association Executive Council

Association of Minority Business Students

MBA@UNC LGBTQ Interest Group

Pride Club

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