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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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09

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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Jul 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Ana Testolini

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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: Ana Testolini

School (Program/Concentration): Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management / Concentration in Marketing and Strategy

Summer Internship: Summer Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
My first year at Kellogg has taught me to look at problems differently. More than learning how to solve them, I learned how to ask the right questions that will lead to the right answers. I learned that from a combination of courses and also recruiting experiences, in addition to each and every interaction with my Kellogg classmates. I have learned an incredible amount by seeing how my peers solve homework problems. Ultimately, they’re the ones that teach me the most, and prepared me for my Summer with BCG.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
There are two things I want to take away from my summer internship: (1) understand the day-to-day life of a consultant and get hands-on experience on solving complex problems with a very smart team, and (2) develop relationships with my internship class that will last for years to come!

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
The MBA experience is incredible but it can also be overwhelming. FOMO is real! But don’t lose sight of what is important to you, and most importantly: prioritize, prioritize, and prioritize! Be intentional on how you spend your time, and you will take the most out of the experience.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
The leadership team and session directors have worked hard to put together an incredibly thoughtful line-up of sessions, and I am looking forward to seeing it all come together!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Even though it will feel like all you do at ROMBA is recruiting, try and have some fun! Talk to people from other schools, make deep and meaningful connections with peers, those are the most valuable things you will take away from ROMBA.

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