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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Yetunde Abass

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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: Yetunde Abass

School (Program/Concentration): Boston University Questrom School of Business (dual degree candidate MBA/ MS in Digital Innovation)

Summer Internship: MBA Intern, Contact Engagement Program at Pegasystems in Cambridge, MA

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Although I wasn’t particularly fond of it at the time, most of my classes at BU required me to do a lot of presenting. It really strengthened my ability to orally communicate complex ideas. I’m grateful I got that experience because in my internship I regularly have to present — formally and informally — on the research that I am doing. I am much more confident than I think I would have been otherwise.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
(1) I am working for a company that is working to change the way it presents and positions itself against its competitors. It has been interesting to observe this first hand; I think this is a valuable exercise to keep in mind regardless of any future career choice I make. (2) The level of responsibility I have been given in this internship is new and unfamiliar to me. I’m hoping to use this experience to become more persuasive and lead projects more confidently.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019?
Get to know people working outside of your functional group—especially if what they’re doing interests or excites you.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
Meeting up with some of the cool folks I met last year! Also after all of the phone calls, brainstorming sessions, and organizing committee retreat, I’m excited to see these sessions finally come alive.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Don’t feel bad if you don’t end up attending every session or event you originally intended. Meeting and networking with LGBT students and professionals from around the country (and world!) is an equally valuable use of your time.

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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Paul Norton

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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: Paul Norton

School (Program/Concentration): Berkeley-Haas MBA/MPH

Summer Internship: Commercial Strategy, Proteus Digital Health

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
The curriculum of the MBA/MPH program, experiences of my classmates and professors, and opportunities to see some of the most forward thinking minds in my industry speak at events at conferences in the Bay Area, gave me a well rounded perspective on where I think the healthcare industry is going to go in the future. At the same time, a lot of the coursework from the first year of the MBA gave me the tools and confidence to think critically about decisions companies make, even at the highest levels.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I came to Proteus because I wanted to better understand how new digital health companies think about integrating into the incredibly complex operations of medical practices and health systems. I also wanted to understand what it was like to be in a role that was focused on growth and that involved managing client relationships directly.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Make the manager and team you will work with a top priority. Find people that will trust you, give you responsibility, and broaden your perspective. All of the best things that have come from my summer so far have been a result of the team that I am working with.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
Having nine years in the Boston area before heading west for graduate school, I can’t wait to be in Boston in October! If you’re coming in from out of town, make sure you get out of the hotel at some point and see the beautiful trees.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Think beyond the job fair and remember that you have opportunities to make contacts the entire weekend. Some of my best connections came from conversations after panels or even a few drinks in at the Saturday Night gala. Also, use the conference as an opportunity to see what truly great top-down support for diversity looks like, so you can take those lessons back to companies that may not be as far along in that evolution.

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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Shawn Goodin

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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: Shawn Goodin

School (Program/Concentration): MIT Sloan School of Management – Finance Concentration

Summer Internship: Associate, William Blair Investment Bank (San Francisco – Technology IB)

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
The structured IB recruiting process helped guide me through the process.  In many cases, you just had to show up and be prepared.  The CDO works with school teams that facilitate the process and provide direct points of contact.  At most MBA schools, a lot of coordination and mentorship is provided by members of the finance club.  If you have a question, somebody has an answer.  I found that many of my classmates had prior banking experience and could provide some color on some of the conversations in my coffee chats or help me to better understand the industry in general.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I am attempting to replicate what I think my work and life experience will be like if I receive an offer and return.  This includes my personal life, such as where I live, eat, and socialize.  I am hoping that the office will within reason provide me with the same experience I will have should I return.  Furthermore, I want to learn more about the tech sector in general and begin to develop connections through networking with other MBAs, alums, and others working in the tech space.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Don’t psyche yourself out.  You should prioritizing enjoying your experience – this is the rest of your life.  If you’re completed jaded by your summer experience, you’re going to have one hell-of-a-ride doing that job full-time.  Intensity is great – don’t let it overwhelm you.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
I imagine that the second year experience is very different from the first year.  I am looking forwarding to reconnecting with folks I’ve met over the last year and hopefully meeting new people.  I’m also excited to see how everything comes together – to see us literally go from Post-It Notes on a wall to an audience in the room.  The guest speaker line-up is hands down first-rate – it will be exciting to be in the audience.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
You really need to have a game plan.  Are you going to network, hang out with other students from your school, party in the evenings, or just stick to yourself and hope opportunity lands in your lap?  Figure out your plan and commit to it.  ROMBA is like finding gold – so many resources are amassed in one location for you to take advantage of.  It’s a great event; regardless of your priorities, have fun!

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