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Jul 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Brian Balduzzi

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from business 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 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (Oct 12-14), which this year will include an inaugural Professional Day for alumni and our 20th ROMBA Gala Celebration with Anderson Cooper!  

Not only will the leaders tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBTQ MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

LGBTQ MBA & business graduate students, alumni and applicants can register
for the 20th ROMBA Conference in Boston (October 12-14) here.

Name: Brian Balduzzi

School (Program/Concentration): Johnson School of Management at Cornell University (Concentrations in Financial Analysis & Financial Investing and Minor in Real Estate)

Summer Internship: MBA Summer Associate at J.P. Morgan U.S. Private Bank in New York

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Cornell offers a breadth of finance-related courses, and Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and Behavioral Finance made me curious about the work and space, while giving me the tools and understanding to converse about and add value to my summer internship.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I hope to take away two things from my summer internship: (1) the curiousity and engagement in the world and people around me, and how to reflect upon how different pieces fit together to form a meaningful whole; and (2) the ability to stretch myself out of my comfort zone and look for how to add value to organizations and systems around me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
Take advantage of as much as you can from your summer internship, whether it is meeting people from your team or other departments, asking to be put on projects that stretch you outside of your comfort zone, or researching ideas or problems affecting the company in your spare time! Be strategic, but also be available to learn as much as you can from the experience. 

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
I love seeing friends and colleagues from around the country who I have met at past ROMBA and recruiting events. It will be a great weekend to deepen relationships while meeting new people!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Try to research companies and plan your weekend before you arrive. You will likely need breaks and time to plan for interviewing (and fun!), so be strategic in how you allocate your time. Planning ahead can help you not feel overwhelmed by the number of opportunities, and avoid missing anything.

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