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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Nate Micon

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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: Nate Micon

School (Program/Concentration): Yale SOM

Summer Internship: Summer Consultant, BCG, NYC

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
I think I grew in many unexpected ways. A lot of this growth came from observing my peers and listening to their stories. Yale’s team-based curriculum made me a much better leader and group member. Recruiting, ROMBA, and other events taught me to be more comfortable being my authentic self around new people and in new situations. Being constantly surrounded by a pool of truly exceptional people challenged me to stretch myself and provided numerous role models.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I want to work on my presentation skills: becoming more concise and articulate, and improving my presence.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Take advantage of everything the firm offers the summer MBAs. (That includes the advantage of being new and asking literally any question!) Get to know your team outside of the office. Attend every event you can. Ask for feedback constantly. And don’t forget that you have a unique opportunity to meet with senior-level people to chat about the company and different roles/units. Be sure to take advantage of that, too.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
The people! I made great friends at ROMBA 2016 and I was struck by the positive and authentic vibes of the conference. I can’t wait to be in that space again, and learn from everyone around me.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?

Have a plan, be purposeful, and have fun. The conference goes by quickly and it’s impossible to attend every session that looks interesting. Really think about what you want to get out of the conference before arriving. Most importantly though: have fun! The sessions are interesting and recruiting is important but don’t lose the forest for the trees. Take time to relax, meet people, and make friends. ROMBA gives you unparalleled access to LGBTQ MBA students and professionals in various settings. Don’t leave without getting to know this potential network in a setting when you’re not in a suit and tie.

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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Rhett Chase

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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: Rhett Chase

School (Program/Concentration): Rice University – Jones School of Business: Finance

Summer Internship:
 Senior Consultant at EY’s M&A Transaction Advisory practice in NYC. I travel weekly to the client site in Delaware and stay there Monday – Thursday.

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Beyond the fundamentals of business that we learned in class, my first year prepared me by giving me new ways to look at problems. It taught me that the first place to start may be to question why the question is being asked because context is everything. I learned to ask the right questions and use my curiosity as a tool to get beyond the surface level problem statement. I learned that my greatest resource is the team of smart and driven people around me who offered new perspectives and insights. My first year also taught me the importance of building a professional network and how these connections can help you develop, open doors, and be personally satisfying.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I hope to take away three things from my summer: (1) learn if consulting – particularly in the mergers, acquisitions and divestitures space – is something that excites me and gives me the constant challenge and dynamic aspect that was lacking in my previous roles; (2) learn if EY is the firm I can picture myself at long-term – get to know the culture, people and form relationships with my colleagues and intern class; (3) get one data point on the lifestyle of weekly travel and living in NYC to help me decide if it’s for me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019
Pick your head up – there is so much more going on around you beyond what task/workstream you are working on during the summer. Learn as much as you can from others and pick their brains on what other projects they have worked on and the challenges/successes they have experienced.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
To see everyone’s hard work come together! It is truly a team effort to get this done: from the brainstorming sessions (keeping session content relevant and thought provoking), all the way down to coordinating to get the right company representatives on the panels and logistics to run smoothly – we are excited to make the 20th ROMBA one for the books!

I’m also excited about reuniting with my ROMBA friends from around the world! Something that is unique about this conference is that it fosters organic connections and focuses on advancing the LGBTQ community in business by supporting each other.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Prioritize! Decide what your top two goals are for the conference and plan your time accordingly. There is so much to do that you can’t do it all – so decide up front which areas you want to focus your time and energy on so that you don’t walk away three days later disappointed that you missed an opportunity that was important to you. Remember to make some time to have fun (i.e., don’t schedule two straight days of all interviews). If you are recruiting, get your resume in the database ASAP and check the boxes on your registration for all the companies you are interested in.

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31

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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