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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Michael Collins

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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: Michael Collins

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

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant at Accenture in New York City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

Chicago! I’m also looking forward to the keynotes and meeting everyone that I can.

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

Identify firms that you are interested in before going to make the opportunities at the conference less overwhelming. Also, don’t forget to have fun. Last year, I was so focused on recruiting and school, that fun took a backseat. Make the experience worth it by finding a healthy balance.

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

I hope to gain a specific insight into the breadth and depth of the firm’s offering. I also think that company culture is an important aspect of determining my fit into an organization, so I am also hoping to gain closer insight into that.

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

1Y taught me the importance of level setting, prioritizing and pacing myself. It taught me that it is ok not to know everything–and in fact, to not know A LOT of things. The humility that it fostered has and will likely continue to serve me well in the internship.

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

Don’t overthink things. Do your best, be yourself and remember that they hired you for a reason.

 

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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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Jul 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Kati Karottki

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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: Kati Karottki

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2016, Chicago Booth (Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management)

Summer Internship:  AB InBev, Marketing – Bud Light Brand, NYC, NY

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

The keynotes are always fabulous – this year I think they will be as good as ever. I’m biased but if you’re up for a morning session on how to build a venture, Prof. Waverly Deutsch is an absolute rock-star in the space. I also think we’ll do some exciting content for the Women’s session on Thursday leading into the broader conference.

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

Do your research on companies that are sponsoring, speakers and guests that are participating, and companies that are recruiting in order to bring some focus and maximize your efforts. You’ll have an opportunity to meet so many great people whom you’ll cross paths with again – be it sooner or later!

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

I want to do a day in the life of the distributor and ride along in the beer trucks to pick-up and delivery product to key accounts in and around the city. Tremendous go-pro opportunity!

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer?

I think the combination and load of extracurricular activities and coursework taught me quickly how to prioritize, manage my time, and figure out what I wanted to get out of the experience. I also helped launch a new venture (MaestroFood.co) that required lots of 1) primary research in terms of customer discovery and understanding what the consumers’ needs are, 2) business development meetings to sell in the idea, and finally 3) working and reworking of pitch decks and PPT slides… constantly… to facilitate and communicate what we knew for different audiences.

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

Get in there and experience everything: sit in on agency/partner meetings and conference calls, have lunch with folks from different functions or business units to understand all aspects of the business, and remember, you be you – its the best way to know if that company is a good fit for both sides.

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

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