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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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Aug 2015

The Home Depot “Tools for Success” Student Scholarship to Attend ROMBA 2015!

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The Home Depot is sponsoring 5 second-year MBA students to attend the 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference, Oct 8-10 in Chicago.

The selected students will receive an full conference registrations, $250 travel reimbursement plus access to the Saturday Charity Party. For more information about the ROMBA Conference please visit http://www.reachingoutmba.org

Program Rules and Procedures 

· Applicants for this student scholarship must be enrolled full-time in an accredited business school program in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and award. Please be advised that this scholarship is for currently enrolled college/university students who are in the second year of a full-time MBA or related graduate degree. Applicants must be able to attend the conference in Chicago and must be able to be physically present at the convention in its entirety from Oct 8-10.

· Deadline for submission/application: Wednesday, Sept 9th, 2015 midnight, 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time

· Who is eligible? Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who are in entering their second year of a fulltime MBA or related graduate degree in full-time program at an accredited business school in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and award.

· To submit your interest, please send an email to info@reachingoutmba.org containing the following information:

1. Full name
2. City, State and Country you are currently located in
3. Contact information: email and phone
4. Name of business school that you are enrolled as a full-time student.
5. Anticipated graduation month/year.
6. State your status as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)
7. Confirm that if selected, you can attend the ROMBA Conference in full from Oct 8-10 (in your email, simply state a “YES” beside this statement)
8. Confirm that if selected and notified by Reaching Out, you can and will respond within 48 hours to indicate if you will accept this scholarship
9. Write and submit (or include in the body of the e-mail) a brief essay (max 300 words) in response to this question:

What have you done to demonstrate that you are BOLD, a DREAMER, an INNOVATOR and a PROBLEM SOLVER?  Note that The Home Depot website www.careers.homedepot.com/next speaks to these as qualities they are seeking in employment candidates.

· When the selected students are notified (on or before September 14, 2015) the student must respond within 48 hours to acknowledge their acceptance of the scholarship, and provide evidence that travel arrangements have been made to attend the convention.  Otherwise, the scholarship may be reassigned to another student who can attend.

· E-mail your submission to info@reachingoutmba.org no later than September 9, 2015 (11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time).  Selected students will be notified no later than September 8th.


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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Rob Parsley

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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: Jordy Freeman

School (Program/Concentration):  Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Strategy, Marketing, and Health Care)

Summer Internship:  Senior Associate Intern at PwC Strategy& in Chicago

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I think our team has come up with a really unique theme for ROMBA this year, and I’m really excited to watch it all play out! I made some great friendships and professional relationships at ROMBA 2014, so I’m also excited to continue that this year with all of you!

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

Take the time to have a well thought-out plan for what you want to get out of the experience before you arrive. There is going to be a lot to see and do, and it can be easy to get lost in the mix if you don’t know what you want to get out of it. That being said, don’t be afraid to explore some areas that might be unfamiliar to you. You might just find that we surprise you with something unexpected!

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

Consulting is an entierly new industry for me, so my primary goal is to get an idea of whether or not it will be a good career fit for me after school either as a long term career option or even for a few years. I think that it’s possible to get an idea if the general lifestyle and work tempo are compatible with my personality over the course of an internship

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

My first year of business school was a rollercoaster of recruiting events, some entirely new academic experiences, and new friendships with some really great, interesting people. Because there has been so much to take in, so much of my first year experience became about thinking critically about what I value and where my real strengths lie. I felt like I had gone through much of that process before ever arriving on campus, but what I found was that it wasn’t until I was truly in the middle of everything that I really had the opportunity to test some of my assumptions. Thankfully, I began my internship with a very level head and some distinct goals for the summer. There is no way I would have gone into it with the same clarity had I not been able to experience everything I did in my first year.

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

Do your best to learn what the goals of your firm and your superiors are, and make sure you are aligned to them. Don’t be afraid to mess up, but own your mistakes when you make them.

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