ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Paul Norton
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!
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.