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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Taylor Wiegele

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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: Taylor Wiegele

School (Program/Concentration): Harvard Business School

Summer Internship: Sr. Buyer Intern, Merchandising at Target in Minneapolis, MN

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Fairly well in terms of thinking about the broader implications of merchandising strategy as it pertains to a Brick & Mortar retailer establishing itself as an online competitor.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m excited to have thought strategically about an assortment in an omnichannel environment and analyzed new product pitches from new and established manufacturers.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Get outside of your comfort zone. Think about what you want to do and think more broadly about how you can achieve it. This is (maybe) the last chance you have to try a career on for size. Seize it!

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
The panels on Brand and Gender. We have some amazing topics and panelists and I can’t wait for the fruitful discussion. (I’m also excited to square dance)

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Pick a few things you absolutely have to do and take the rest of the time to go with the flow. Maybe you meet some amazing people and attend sessions/socials with them, they introduce you to a career you hadn’t even thought of and you end up working there for the summer–it happened to me!

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Ned Mitchell

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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: Ned Mitchell

School (Program/Concentration): UCLA Anderson

Summer Internship:  Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Video, Seattle

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Before I started my MBA, I had no idea that I wanted to work in tech or entertainment, let alone at the intersection of the two! My first year introduced me to a function that was a much better fit for who I am and helped me connect with peers, professors, and alums who are passionate about the industry I was passionate about. School also made me aware of (note that I didn’t say “an expert in”!) a number of tools and techniques that I recalled and dove into after starting my internship. Things you learn in school, whether that’s understanding incentive structures in an organization or cluster analysis in marketing, really add value to any team.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
A sense of resourcefulness that came from asking for meetings with people all across Amazon who I thought might have a unique insight for my project. A sense of ownership that came from making decisions myself as long as I could explain them with data. And a need for speed – failing fast feels so much better than failing slowly!

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Learn and absorb! It’s one of the rarest opportunities you’ll have in your life to grow quickly.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
This will be the best conference ever – how could I not be excited?

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Take any and every meeting and coffee chat you can. Opportunities will develop in the weeks and months after ROMBA as a result of your simply doing that. Also, you can (and should!) still follow a path that is wholly your own at any size company, not just the smaller ones. Get the inside scoop from people working at these companies about the scale and impact they feel their work touches on, how dynamically they think, and how much support they get from their managers to do things that are outside of the box.

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Jessica Kaiser

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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: Jessica Kaiser

School (Program/Concentration): MIT Sloan (Full Time MBA)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant, BCG

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Nobody prepared me for this internship better than my fellow classmates: I learned how to work with a diverse set of people with a diverse set of working styles.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’d like more clarity on what I do and don’t enjoy from my work, and what energizes me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
No matter what your experience during your internship is, it’s valuable — it’s all data you can use to make another decision later on. Challenge yourself to seek an experience that will give you really robust data about yourself – you’ll grow from it. Oh, and sleep at least 7 hours a night. That’s really good for you.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Connecting and reconnecting with all the folks I’ve met through ROMBA.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Stay curious. I definitely learned about organizations I wasn’t expecting to, from people I wasn’t expecting to meet and those experiences helped coalesce what I wanted from my summer experience.

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