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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Roxanna Solorzano

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n 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: Roxana Solorzano

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

Summer Internship:  Summer Associate at Bain & Company in Mexico City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I love Chicago and I´m looking forward to being surrounded by so many interesting people in such an amazing city. The sessions and keynotes will be absolutely inspiring.

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

The first time I went to ROMBA I was a bit intimidated but I soon learned that everyone was there to help, make connections and have fun. The atmosphere is great, everyone has so many things in common and at the same time such unique experiences that spending the weekend talking to people is, in itself, a great plan. Be yourself and have clear goals for the conference; don´t forget to include having fun among those goals.

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

My goal is to understand what being a consultant actually means. I´m very excited to work with so many talented people from around the world and to be back in my home country after several years.

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

The first year of business school was quite intense and full of new experiences. I had to adapt to a new country and get used to being a student again. I wanted to get involved in as many things as possible and build relationships with my classmates and faculty. I learned how to manage my time more effectively and to prioritize activities to make the most out of every day. Coming from a “non traditional” background I expected to feel a little overwhelmed but I was pleasantly surprised by how many transferable skills applied to my new career choice. Year 1 definitely taught me how to focus on the most important things and to be more effective in my internship.

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

“Our recruiting process works and you’re here for a good reason. Don´t be afraid to ask for help and think twice if you don´t have questions, you should.”

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Aug 2015

The Home Depot “Tools for Success” Student Scholarship to Attend ROMBA 2015!

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The Home Depot is sponsoring 5 second-year MBA students to attend the 2015 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference, Oct 8-10 in Chicago.

The selected students will receive an full conference registrations, $250 travel reimbursement plus access to the Saturday Charity Party. For more information about the ROMBA Conference please visit http://www.reachingoutmba.org

Program Rules and Procedures 

· Applicants for this student scholarship must be enrolled full-time in an accredited business school program in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and award. Please be advised that this scholarship is for currently enrolled college/university students who are in the second year of a full-time MBA or related graduate degree. Applicants must be able to attend the conference in Chicago and must be able to be physically present at the convention in its entirety from Oct 8-10.

· Deadline for submission/application: Wednesday, Sept 9th, 2015 midnight, 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time

· Who is eligible? Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who are in entering their second year of a fulltime MBA or related graduate degree in full-time program at an accredited business school in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application and award.

· To submit your interest, please send an email to info@reachingoutmba.org containing the following information:

1. Full name
2. City, State and Country you are currently located in
3. Contact information: email and phone
4. Name of business school that you are enrolled as a full-time student.
5. Anticipated graduation month/year.
6. State your status as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)
7. Confirm that if selected, you can attend the ROMBA Conference in full from Oct 8-10 (in your email, simply state a “YES” beside this statement)
8. Confirm that if selected and notified by Reaching Out, you can and will respond within 48 hours to indicate if you will accept this scholarship
9. Write and submit (or include in the body of the e-mail) a brief essay (max 300 words) in response to this question:

What have you done to demonstrate that you are BOLD, a DREAMER, an INNOVATOR and a PROBLEM SOLVER?  Note that The Home Depot website www.careers.homedepot.com/next speaks to these as qualities they are seeking in employment candidates.

· When the selected students are notified (on or before September 14, 2015) the student must respond within 48 hours to acknowledge their acceptance of the scholarship, and provide evidence that travel arrangements have been made to attend the convention.  Otherwise, the scholarship may be reassigned to another student who can attend.

· E-mail your submission to info@reachingoutmba.org no later than September 9, 2015 (11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time).  Selected students will be notified no later than September 8th.

 

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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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