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Jul 2016

ROMBA Student Leader Profile: Sam Young

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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: Sam Young

School (Program/Concentration): NYU Stern School of Business

Summer Internship:  Visa- Corporate Finance, San Francisco, California

How did your first year in business school prepared you for your summer internship?
Coming from a quantitative background, I believe the first year in business school prepared me for some of the more qualitative aspects of the internship (e.g. how to join a new organization and effectively navigate its culture). As shocking as this may sound, even in more quantitative functions, soft skills can still be a very important aspect of the role.

What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
Payments is a fascinating industry, which is expected to grow exponentially. Therefore, I hope to A) learn as much as possible about the industry and B) have an impact on the organization.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the Class of 2018?
An internship is a great way to test a new company, function, or city, so have an open mind!

What are you most excited about for 2016 ROMBA Conference?
Hopefully planning the best conference to date!

Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Have your school’s career office review your resume as soon as possible and with so many events going on at the conference, map your schedule in advance.

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Apr 2016

Ally Week at NYU Stern

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At Reaching Out, we’re proud to be affiliated with some really incredible LGBTQ clubs at MBA programs around the country. Last week, OutClass at NYU’s Stern School of Business held its annual Ally Week, and we wanted to share it with all of Reaching Out’s readers.

Allyship: an active and consistent practice of unlearning and re-evaluating beliefs and actions, in which a person seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized individual or group of people

Originally focused on LGBTQ programming, Ally Week at NYU Stern has grown in recent years to include the many affinity clubs and identities within the student body.  Each year, Stern finds ways of including new perspectives and cross-identities, and this year was no different. The week kicked off on Monday with a workshop led by Google about inclusion and the role of allyship in team environments. On Tuesday, small lunch discussions at local Greenwich Village restaurants were moderated by affinity club leaders, followed in the evening by a panel about Asian stereotypes. On Wednesday, the club screened the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, with a Q&A featuring director Peggy Rajski as well as Jason-Daniel Fair from The Trevor Project. Thursday, the group held an “Ask Anything” forum, followed by Stern’s weekly beer blast hosted by Stern Women in Business. On Friday and Saturday, OutClass and the other Stern affinity groups organized community service projects around the city. All through the week, allyship took over Stern’s lobby with an ally pledge and public ally board. The word ally continues to have a strong meaning within LGBTQ advocacy, but OutClass has found kindred spirits in the many contributors and sponsors of a now annual event: Stern Diversity Committee, Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students, Military Veteran’s Club, Stern Women in Business, Asian Business Society, Stern Community Service, Stern Parents, Google, and Accenture.

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Oct 2015

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Sam Young

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs.  Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Over 25 MBA programs will be party of the Fellowship for the 2015-2016 application cycle.  To learn how you can express interest in the Fellowship, click here

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the first class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 25 fellows come from 18 top business schools and over the next few weeks we’ll introduce each of them to you.


Sam was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in 2010. Following graduation, Sam moved to New York City to work for KPMG in their financial services audit practice where he specialized in investment banking and asset management clients.   After about a year and a half, he left KPMG to join The Carlyle Group in their Global Market Strategies division where he supported a broad range of efforts, including: valuation, investment & tax structuring, performance analysis, investor relations, budgeting, operations, management reporting and strategic planning for Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, a family of two mezzanine capital private equity funds.  Outside of work, he is a bit of a foodie and passionate about traveling and health & wellness. 

What made you consider business school?

There were many things I wanted to accomplish both personally and professionally that I felt attending business school would allow me the opportunity to achieve. In addition, I felt attending business school would allow me the opportunity to reflect on my time since graduating from the University of Florida in 2010. 

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited about the experiences I will encounter and the people I will meet! 

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?

Some leaders in business, the LGBT community, and society that inspire me most are Sheryl Sandberg, Laverne Cox, and Bono. All are successful in their own right, but are also advocating for various causes in the community, such as gender equality, transgender acceptance, and social change.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?

As cheesy as this may sound, there is a quote by Dr. Seuss by which I try to live my life, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

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