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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Rob Parsley

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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):  Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Strategy, Marketing, and Health Care)

Summer Internship:  Senior Associate Intern at PwC Strategy& in Chicago

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I think our team has come up with a really unique theme for ROMBA this year, and I’m really excited to watch it all play out! I made some great friendships and professional relationships at ROMBA 2014, so I’m also excited to continue that this year with all of you!

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

Take the time to have a well thought-out plan for what you want to get out of the experience before you arrive. There is going to be a lot to see and do, and it can be easy to get lost in the mix if you don’t know what you want to get out of it. That being said, don’t be afraid to explore some areas that might be unfamiliar to you. You might just find that we surprise you with something unexpected!

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

Consulting is an entierly new industry for me, so my primary goal is to get an idea of whether or not it will be a good career fit for me after school either as a long term career option or even for a few years. I think that it’s possible to get an idea if the general lifestyle and work tempo are compatible with my personality over the course of an internship

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

My first year of business school was a rollercoaster of recruiting events, some entirely new academic experiences, and new friendships with some really great, interesting people. Because there has been so much to take in, so much of my first year experience became about thinking critically about what I value and where my real strengths lie. I felt like I had gone through much of that process before ever arriving on campus, but what I found was that it wasn’t until I was truly in the middle of everything that I really had the opportunity to test some of my assumptions. Thankfully, I began my internship with a very level head and some distinct goals for the summer. There is no way I would have gone into it with the same clarity had I not been able to experience everything I did in my first year.

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

Do your best to learn what the goals of your firm and your superiors are, and make sure you are aligned to them. Don’t be afraid to mess up, but own your mistakes when you make them.

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Aug 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Michael Collins

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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: Michael Collins

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

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant at Accenture in New York City

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

Chicago! I’m also looking forward to the keynotes and meeting everyone that I can.

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

Identify firms that you are interested in before going to make the opportunities at the conference less overwhelming. Also, don’t forget to have fun. Last year, I was so focused on recruiting and school, that fun took a backseat. Make the experience worth it by finding a healthy balance.

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

I hope to gain a specific insight into the breadth and depth of the firm’s offering. I also think that company culture is an important aspect of determining my fit into an organization, so I am also hoping to gain closer insight into that.

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

1Y taught me the importance of level setting, prioritizing and pacing myself. It taught me that it is ok not to know everything–and in fact, to not know A LOT of things. The humility that it fostered has and will likely continue to serve me well in the internship.

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

Don’t overthink things. Do your best, be yourself and remember that they hired you for a reason.

 

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Jul 2015

ROMBA Student Organizer Profile: Phil Hue

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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: Phil Hue

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2016, Chicago Booth (Analytic Management, Statistics, General Management)

Summer Internship:  Summer Intern, Customer Analytics at Groupon in Seattle

What you’re most excited about for ROMBA 2015?

I’m most excited to meet all 1,500+ of you! Just by attending, you become part of the movement toward increased equality and diversity in the upper tiers of business. All of our content is developed to connect, educate and inspire you. Say hi if you see me, and tell me what you think!

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

Take a chance on unexpected content. Beyond developing a great perspective for interviews and evaluating potential careers, you can gain a lot of insight from the many sessions, from the hottest innovations and the most meaningful changes in a number of industries to real opportunities for professional development.

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

I hope to make a real impact and help people! Story of my life. I am working with a very new product, helping the team understand, test and improve its performance. I think they have huge potential and want to help them realize it.

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

The best lesson of my 1st year was the difference between what I like about work, and what I don’t. I really like working on projects that change the status quo and help people. I was able to get involved with several non-profits and diversity initiatives where I can have a real impact, thanks to the MBA program. Hence, I feel very prepared to to have meaningful business impact over the short 10 weeks of my internship.

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

Act like a you’re full-time employee. It’ll put you in the right mindset to contribute to the company’s long-term success and make it easier to integrate with the team.

 

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