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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Jessica Kaiser

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In addition to Reaching Out’s staff, each year the Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Graduate Conference’s content is developed and produced by MBA & graduate students from 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 ROMBA Conference in Dallas (Oct 6-8)!  Not only will they tell you what they are most excited about for this year’s conference, but they’ll also give inbound LGBT MBA students tips on the summer internship search & experience!

Name: Jessica Kaiser

School (Program/Concentration): MIT Sloan (Full Time MBA)

Summer Internship:  Summer Consultant, BCG

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Nobody prepared me for this internship better than my fellow classmates: I learned how to work with a diverse set of people with a diverse set of working styles.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I’d like more clarity on what I do and don’t enjoy from my work, and what energizes me.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
No matter what your experience during your internship is, it’s valuable — it’s all data you can use to make another decision later on. Challenge yourself to seek an experience that will give you really robust data about yourself – you’ll grow from it. Oh, and sleep at least 7 hours a night. That’s really good for you.

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Connecting and reconnecting with all the folks I’ve met through ROMBA.

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Stay curious. I definitely learned about organizations I wasn’t expecting to, from people I wasn’t expecting to meet and those experiences helped coalesce what I wanted from my summer experience.

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