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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

Northwestern Kellogg Named Winner of this Year’s Friendfactor Challenge

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Pride@Kellogg is the winner of this year’s Friendfactor Challenge, a friendly competition between LGBT MBA Clubs to promote engagement and creating LGBT-friendly campus cultures through allyship. Columbia Business School’s ClusterQ and Ross School of Business’ Out for Business round out the top 3.

Pride@Kellogg is walking away with a year’s worth of bragging rights and the $5,000 prize! Watch for representatives of Kellogg being recognized on-stage for the club’s win at the ROMBA Conference in October.

13 clubs finished this year’s challenge. These schools collectively held 238 events in every region of the country throughout the academic year.

To view other takeaways and top placing schools in the categories of social events, educational events, and community events, please click here.

Thanks to all of these clubs for participating in this year’s competition:

Out@Anderson Out@Kelley
OutReach (Booth) Pride@Kellogg
Cluster Q (Columbia) eQual MBAs (McCombs)
Pride at Darden Out for Business at Ross
Out in Business (Foster) OutClass (Stern)
FuquaPride Out&Allied (Tepper)
Allies Club (Harvard)

If your school’s LGBT MBA student club wants to participate in Friendfactor in the upcoming year, have your club leader email Sho Garland today!

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Jul 2015

Announcing Two Fall Treks for LGBT MBAs & Business Graduate Students!

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Building on the success of our series of Summer Treks for Admitted LGBT MBA & graduate students, we will add two fall treks for 2015 with one in Boston (Nov 6) and one in Seattle (Nov 13).

These treks are designed to be a learning experience about companies and job opportunities for LGBTQA MBAs in specific cities that they may want to live in.  Our hope is that attendees will leave with a better understand of their options, a broader network in these cities and companies, and an expanded peer network. Last year multiple students attending treks ended up receiving job offers from companies they visited.

Attendance to the trek is done by application only with an absolute maximum of 20 attendees. All attendees must be current LGBT or active ally MBAs/business graduate students.

Companies that on the Boston trek include Biogen, Deloitte, Liberty Mutual, P&G.  Companies that may be featured on the Seattle trek include Amazon, Microsoft & Starbucks.  We will confirm Seattle companies over the coming month.

To Learn More & Apply Visit the Fall Trek Page


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