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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Will Gee

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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: Will Gee

School (Program/Concentration): USC Marshall (Full Time, Strategy/ Marketing)

Summer Internship:  PwC, Senior Associate, Operations, Los Angeles

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
It provided the foundations of a more holistic understanding of business.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m hoping to get a good idea for what management consulting is all about. I am also hoping to contribute to my team and help solve complex problems for our clients.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Both before you get the internship and once you start your internship, tap your LGBTQ friends and leverage the “gay mafia”. It is one of the most exclusive networks you have access to, and also one of the most supportive.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Catching up with all my new friends that I met at ROMBA last year.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Maximize your experience at ROMBA. Go to as many events as you can fit, and meet as many people as possible. It is a unique event, and undoubtedly will be one of the highlights of your time as an MBA candidate.

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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Lev Eldemir

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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: Lev Eldemir

School (Program/Concentration): Columbia Business School (Full Time, Strategy / Management)

Summer Internship:  Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices – Marketing Leadership Development Program Intern; U.S. Marketing, Biosurgery; Somerville, NJ

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Specifically, an elective course – Marketing Research & Analytics – provided me with a solid foundation in market research methods to hit the ground running.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
With no previous experience in Marketing, I hope to gain a firm understanding of the strategic/business planning aspect within a Marketing role. I also am very excited to see how marketers leverage data to formulate insights that inform their strategy. Separately, working within Healthcare, I am excited to understand the thought processes of surgeons in different specialties and how J&J engages them to develop new products.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Relax and be ok with not knowing things. Identify who will be strong resources for you and be proactive about asking questions – never spin your wheels. Also, remember that as an MBA student, you likely have a strong track record – believe in your ability to learn quickly, draw upon your previous work and school experiences, and make an impact with your projects.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Continuing to make new connections and reconnecting with friends I made last year.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Understand what your priorities are and stay focused – whether that’s networking with companies, building relationships with other MBA students, exploring different job opportunities, and/or engaging in interesting panel discussions. Fun is also encouraged, but keep it classy. Don’t let a hangover prevent you from engaging in the awesome content and with professionals & students! Lastly, don’t be too clicky with your school -meet new people! It will not only be beneficial to you in the future, but it will also strengthen the LGBTQ community as a whole. ROMBA is truly such a unique and empowering experience.

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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Jordy Freeman

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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):  Chicago Booth (Strategic Management, International Business, Marketing Management)

Summer Internship:  Summer Associate w/ McKinsey & Co in Mexico City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

Um, everything? I can’t wait to show off the awesomeness of Chicago, the incredible speakers we have lined up, the amazing sessions coming up, and of course meeting the 1500 or so of my LGBT business colleagues! Also: Swag. All of the swag.

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

ROMBA is amazing in how much you can extract out of it – professionally, academically, and socially. Watch the webinars, read the primers, and get a good picture of everything you can do while you’re here. Then, let go of your stress and embrace the experience!

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

I’m thrilled to be working in a new company, in a new industry, in a new country! I can’t imagine the experiences I will take away – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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

This year prepared me by helping me realize that the ´disadvantages´ I felt by coming from a nontraditional background were in reality a tremendous leg up. Instincts, relationship building, and decision-making can’t be taught – Excel can. Being immersed in a community of similarly ambitious yet wildly diverse colleagues has been an eye-opening experience. It´s not what I expected of business school – but it´s what I needed!

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

You wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think you had something to add. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. You’re here to make a difference!

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