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Apr 2016

Learning Together on Lake Michigan: 2016 Club Leadership Summit in Chicago

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We had a great time in Chicago with the incoming leaders from over 30 LGBT MBA student clubs from schools across the U.S., Canada, and Europe! What a jampacked day it was. On a beautiful, sunny day, we learned about the highlights and challenges across many of our clubs at this 10th annual event, which is made possible by a generous donation from Shorenstein Properties in memory of Richard Chicotel, one of their out LGBT leaders who died unexpectedly on January 10, 2012 .

Despite vast differences in size of membership, engagement with the administration, and number of events, all our clubs showcased their unique LGBT campus pride… in about 3 minutes each as we kicked off the morning.

Our student leadership gave us great lessons across the board. Meghana Raghavan (Booth School of Business, Class of 2017) moderated a fascinating panel on the unique experiences of international LGBT MBAs. Given the sizable population of international students in North American business schools, we’re glad that Meghana’s panel gave us insight into the intersection of being international, LGBT, and a business student in the U.S.

Over lunch, Kellogg School Professor Julie Hennessy taught our club leaders about how to market and brand their clubs to maximize appeal and to be as effective as possible on their campuses. We were proud to be joined by admissions officers from Kellogg and Booth in the afternoon, who offered professional guidance as our students dove into a mini-case discussion on how to incorporate more LGBTs into business school admissions.

Later on in the afternoon, some representatives of our 2016 ROMBA Conference planning committee introduced this year’s theme: Authentic Disruption, and got the energy up for the conference in Dallas! 162 days and counting…

Finally, before we all headed out for a delicious Italian dinner, our club leaders divided their energy between three stimulating afternoon breakout sessions on ally programming, how to bring greater equality for LGBTs into a business school’s recruiting process, and how to create a stronger space for bisexual and transgender people, as well as those who aren’t comfortable with being out yet.

All in all, this year’s Club Leadership Summit was filled with learning, laughter, and last connections for the upcoming year and beyond. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 ROMBA Conference in Dallas and throughout the year across the country!

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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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