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Aug 2016

Advance Registration Events at #ROMBA2016

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As of today registration and applications for all advance sign-up events at the 2016 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference (Oct 6-8 in Dallas) are open.  Below you will find three competitions (giving out $16,000 in awards this year) as well as three other events with highly limited attendance.  Competitions are filled on a first come, first served basis and the other events’ applications are reviewed in the order they are submitted, so if you are interested we highly recommend you submit an application ASAP!
Competitions (Pre-Registration Required)
When: Saturday, October 8th 11:15am-12:30pm
How good is your idea or business plan? Pitch your business to a panel of judges (thanks to StartOut) who are some of the industry’s top VCs with extensive experience in the space and hear feedback that will help you no matter where you fall. Win and walk away with some cash to help get your venture running! Both LGBT MBA & graduate students and LGBT MBA professionals are eligible to compete.
Award: $5,000
When: Saturday, October 8th 10:00-11:15am
The inaugural M&A Case Competition provides MBA student teams with the opportunity to experience the role of investment bankers in a mergers & acquisitions scenario. Teams will demonstrate their financial and strategic analysis skills before a prestigious panel of judges hailing from top banks. Join us for the final showdown of teams as they showcase their analyses of the case.
Award: $2,500
When: Saturday, October 8th 8:00am-1:00pm (depending on elimination round)
In the 14th annual ROMBA Case Competition, students will analyze a business situation and present recommendations to a panel of seasoned consultants from various consulting firms. This case will allow participants to test and display their business acumen and strategic thinking. Finals are open to the public to view. Congrats to the finalists!
Awards: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000
Other Events Requiring Application/Pre-Registration 

When: Saturday, October 8th 2:30-5:30pm
The Dallas Trek will visit two major companies based in Dallas: AT&T and Southwest Airlines. Both headquarters are conveniently located near the site of ROMBA 2016, so this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in tech or travel or in exploring options in Dallas.
When: Saturday, October 8th 2:30-5:30pm
Join teams of 6-8 MBAs to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing LGBT and nonprofit organizations. Facilitated by management consultants and other professionals from McKinsey & Company, this session will be run like a consulting mini-case, creating strategies to solve major social problems.
When: Saturday, October 8th 2:30-5:30pm
Join team and experts in an interactive workshop where we will review the latest in human-centered design and practice applying it to LGBT-centered business issues.

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Aug 2016

ROMBA Conference Sponsor Highlight: The Advisory Board Company

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Over the next six weeks leading up to #ROMBA2016 in Dallas (Oct 6-8), we’ll highlight various companies and industries recruiting at the 2016 Reaching Out Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference.  Today’s highlight is a new partner at Reaching Out, management consulting The Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board is unique in its specific focus on health care and higher education change management.  Check it out:

FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, Advisory Board has been helping health care get better.

We aren’t just a global research, technology, and consulting firm. We are a performance improvement partner for 180,000 leaders in 4,500+ organizations across health care and higher education.

Through our membership model, we collaborate with executives and their teams to find and implement the best solutions to their toughest challenges. But it’s not enough just to know the right answer—we need to solve real-world problems.

That’s why we create performance technology products that tell members where their biggest improvement opportunities are, and how to get results.

That’s why our expert researchers analyze thousands of case studies every year to find and share proven best practices.

That’s why our talent development team offers hands-on training to cultivate leaders and drive workforce engagement.

And, that’s why our seasoned consultants provide hands-on support and guidance in health care organizations around the world.

We are looking for diverse talent to join our Consulting team. We encourage you to register for the upcoming ROMBA conference in Dallas and stop by our booth to learn more.

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Aug 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Mitch Doering

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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: Mitch Doering

School (Program/Concentration): University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

Summer Internship:  General Mills – Marketing, Associate Marketing Manager Intern, Minneapolis, MN

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
The rigor in working on client projects through experiential learning as a member of Carlson’s Consulting Enterprise honed my client management skills, furthered my skills in team leadership, and taught me to storyline and deliver compelling messaging in my deliverables. This gave me the opportunity to fine tune the skills I had acquired via my core curriculum before even beginning my internship, which prepared me well.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I intend to take away a deeper understanding of managing internal senior-level clients within the natural & organic consumer packaged goods manufacturing industry. Taking advantage of this learning at an industry level will allow me the opportunity to build a skill set of strategic persuasion that uses data to influence brands and people in real ways, which was something I sought to do by coming back to business school. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised to have had the opportunity to experience was owning the development and implementation an e-commerce merchandising strategy for one of General Mill’s highest growth brands, Larabar. What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Learn to be okay with ambiguity. These firms are asking you to solve some of the issues that their best and brightest haven’t been able to solve. Take comfort in knowing that you will not always know the right answer and be open to the perspectives of others throughout this 12 week learning process. Ask questions, I cannot emphasize that enough! People are very busy no matter where you go and despite feeling like an annoyance, you need to know that with limited industry experience you have to rely on the expertise of others to get at the data, information, and answers you need to successfully develop the recommendations that your team will support and act on.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
I’m really excited to reconnect with the people that I’ve met throughout this past year in pursuit of my MBA. From the people I met at last year’s ROMBA conference, to my class of fellows, to the mentors and people that have given me their unbiased advice throughout the process.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Go out of your way to meet new people, I have met people that I would now consider close friends through ROMBA. Whether you are there to meet new people or to also find a job, just know that there is time for both – it’s all about prioritization. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to get in front of employers that are interested in you, because who knows where your priorities will be three months to a year from now. Having those contacts, mentors, and newfound friends to answer your questions and create connections during your first year is what will make you successful now and in the future. Don’t underestimate the power of your LGBT network!

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