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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: 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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Aug 2017

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Fred Gehrig

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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: Fred Gehrig

School (Program/Concentration): Owen Graduate School of Management (Vanderbilt University) – Strategy and Marketing

Summer Internship: Business Development and Supply Chain Analyst at Cotopaxi in Salt Lake City, UT

How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
My first year at Owen changed my perspective on how to approach problems and projects. More often than not, there will be a large amount of ambiguity when beginning a new project. Owen taught me tools to create an initial framework for solving the problem, and then techniques to identify the important and relevant factors that drive success. I learned how to quickly analyze a large amount of data, parse out pieces of information that were specifically relevant to the company and/or market, and then test that against my initial hypothesis to derive a conclusion.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’m excited to gain a better perspective on how to coalesce multiple moving parts into the development of a new supply chain. I want to figure out how to design a plan to do so, and then execute that plan.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2019?
Never be afraid to ask for advice from co-workers, alumni, 2nd years, etc. When you are a student, people in your network will be more open to help than at any other point in your career. Take advantage of this and book every coffee chat, informational interview, prep help session that you can with whomever you can.

What are you most excited about for 2017 ROMBA Conference?
I am most excited about meeting other LGBTQ individuals from schools across the country. I found that doing so at last year’s conference broadened my perspective on a lot of issues.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Make sure that you have an up-to-date resume posted to the website as soon as possible. Employers are aggressively attempting to lock down candidates early for interviews, dinners, lunches, etc.

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