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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Sam Young

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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: Sam Young

School (Program/Concentration): NYU Stern School of Business

Summer Internship:  Visa- Corporate Finance, San Francisco, California

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Coming from a quantitative background, I believe the first year in business school prepared me for some of the more qualitative aspects of the internship (e.g. how to join a new organization and effectively navigate its culture). As shocking as this may sound, even in more quantitative functions, soft skills can still be a very important aspect of the role.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
Payments is a fascinating industry, which is expected to grow exponentially. Therefore, I hope to A) learn as much as possible about the industry and B) have an impact on the organization.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
An internship is a great way to test a new company, function, or city, so have an open mind!

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Hopefully planning the best conference to date!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Have your school’s career office review your resume as soon as possible and with so many events going on at the conference, map your schedule in advance.

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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: Jonathan Aronoff

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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: Jonathan Aronoff

School (Program/Concentration): Class of 2017, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Summer Internship:  Synchrony Financial – Marketing Business Leadership Program Intern

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
A whole new toolset for addressing, analyzing, and communicating business challenges. Working on a wide variety of teams with my classmates prepared me to quickly adjust to a cross-functional role in a geographically and organizationally distributed corporate environment.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m taking full advantage of access to senior leadership and centers of excellence at Synchrony to better understand the roles and leadership opportunities possible in marketing. I’m hoping to map a career path that allows me to continue learning more and applying finance and analytics.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
This is a ten-week interview. The company is showing you their best and they expect the same from you. Take the time to network, make good impressions, and seek out new challenges. If a company sells itself on diversity, don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper to get a full picture of what that looks like on the inside.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Reconnecting with friends, organizing some great panels on Consulting and Negotiations, and taking all my classmates out for fun in my hometown.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
There’s nothing like it. You will barely know anybody going in, but look around and you’re completely at home with this crowd. Put yourself out there and have fun. Just don’t try to keep pace with everyone else at the bars; you still need to maintain some veneer of professionalism to get that internship. Arrive at all your meetings and interviews with time to spare.

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