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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Roxanna Solorzano

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n 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: Roxana Solorzano

School (Program/Concentration): Johnson at Cornell University (Strategic Management)

Summer Internship:  Summer Associate at Bain & Company in Mexico City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I love Chicago and I´m looking forward to being surrounded by so many interesting people in such an amazing city. The sessions and keynotes will be absolutely inspiring.

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

The first time I went to ROMBA I was a bit intimidated but I soon learned that everyone was there to help, make connections and have fun. The atmosphere is great, everyone has so many things in common and at the same time such unique experiences that spending the weekend talking to people is, in itself, a great plan. Be yourself and have clear goals for the conference; don´t forget to include having fun among those goals.

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

My goal is to understand what being a consultant actually means. I´m very excited to work with so many talented people from around the world and to be back in my home country after several years.

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

The first year of business school was quite intense and full of new experiences. I had to adapt to a new country and get used to being a student again. I wanted to get involved in as many things as possible and build relationships with my classmates and faculty. I learned how to manage my time more effectively and to prioritize activities to make the most out of every day. Coming from a “non traditional” background I expected to feel a little overwhelmed but I was pleasantly surprised by how many transferable skills applied to my new career choice. Year 1 definitely taught me how to focus on the most important things and to be more effective in my internship.

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

“Our recruiting process works and you’re here for a good reason. Don´t be afraid to ask for help and think twice if you don´t have questions, you should.”

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Feb 2015

Queer Women in Business Panelist: Leanne Pittsford (Plus a Special Lesbians Who Tech Discount)

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Have you heard of Lesbians Who Tech?  If not, you should and you should also meet Leanne Pittsford, its founder! Luckily Leanne will be one of our TED-style speakers (10 minutes, no slides!) during the Queer Women in Business Summit, so you can meet her and hear how she created such a strong LBT community amongst queer women in technology!

Content at the Queer Women in Business Summit will be applicable to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in all phases of their careers. Attendees can look forward to speeches from LBT business leaders like Christie Smith, panels exploring issues at specific career stages and issues around intersectionality within the LBT community, a series of inspirational TED-style talks, a workshop around building stronger communication skills, and structured interactive breakouts that designed to build personal networks and foster organic mentor/mentee relationships in their industries.

Register for QUIB ($99 for professionals and $49.50 for students using the code LBTstudent)

Liberty Mutual is the title sponsor for the inaugural QUIB Summit!

SPECIAL PARTNER OFFER

Speaking of Lesbians Who Tech, their annual Summit in San Francisco is next weekend.  Luckily for you we have a partner discount that we can extend! Reaching OUT members get 25% off with the code LWTREACHOUT. Register today! http://goo.gl/JFrNXq

 

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Feb 2015

Queer Women in Business Speaker: Christie Smith

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We are thrilled to announce that Christie SmithManaging Principal, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, as the first speaker for the 2015 Queer Women in Business Summit. As a senior out LBT leader frequently listed as a “Women in Watch” by the Diversity Journal and an Inclusion speaker at TEDx BeaconStreet, Christie will be part of an inspired start to a day of great content.  Learn more about Christie below!

Content at the Queer Women in Business Summit will be applicable to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in all phases of their careers. Attendees can look forward to speeches from LBT business leaders like Christie Smith, panels exploring issues at specific career stages and issues around intersectionality within the LBT community, a series of inspirational TED-style talks, a workshop around building stronger communication skills, and structured interactive breakouts that designed to build personal networks and foster organic mentor/mentee relationships in their industries.

Register for QUIB ($99 for professionals and $49.50 for students using the code LBTstudent)

Liberty Mutual is the title sponsor for the inaugural QUIB Summit!

 

Christie Smith, PhD
Regional Managing Principal, Consulting
Managing Principal Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion

Christie is the Managing Principal for Consulting in the west region of the United States. Her responsibilities include markets, clients, talent and community for more than 2,400 consulting practitioners and more than 250 Principals and Directors. She is also a Lead Consulting Partner and Advisory Partner on several of Deloitte’s largest clients.

With more than 25 years of experience, Christie has a passion for serving clients and bringing innovative and effective solutions to their most important business, market and talent issues. Christie focuses her work with clients on aligning business strategy with the requirements of organizational structure, talent, leadership development and global workforce planning.

In addition to her management and client responsibilities Christie leads the Deloitte University Leadership Centers for Inclusion and Community Impact. Both roles provide a platform for developing solutions with our people, clients, academics and non-profits about how the business world can fundamentally redefine how it approaches issues including inclusion, transitioning veterans, and education.

Because of Christie’s varied accomplishments and commitment to Inclusion she has been identified by Diversity Journal as a 2013 “Woman to Watch”. In addition, she has been recognized in 2012, 2013 & 2014 as one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women by the Business Times.

She is a frequent lecturer and author on topics including corporate values, leadership, culture, inclusion, and talent. Her work has been featured in Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company and on CNN.

Christie is a Board member at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Advisory Council for New America’s Caregivers & Breadwinners.

Christie has a MSW from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work/IO Psychology from New York University.

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