2018 CONFERENCE STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM
The ROMBA Conference was originally created as a conference for LGBTQ students by LGBTQ students. To maintain that spirit each year Reaching Out's staff selects a team of 10 students to form a leadership team that drives' the conference's content. This team is responsible for setting the theme, coming up with breakout content, and more.
We owe a tremendous thank you to the 176 students from 35 schools who have served on the ROMBA Conference’s Student Leadership Committees since 1999. Meet the 10 students leading the 2018 Conference Below.
University of Toronto, Rotman
Originally hailing from Venezuela, Jesús is an MBA candidate at the Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto, where he is pursuing a double major in consulting and in leadership and change management. Prior to business school, he worked as a chemical engineer in Oil and Gas operations for six years. During that time, he led multidisciplinary teams in the oil fields of northern Alberta, North Dakota and Siberia, Russia. Being LGBT in Russia drastically changed his perception about the importance of community among LGBT people. Thus, he returned to Canada determined to give back and prevent others from experiencing the same shame of being their true selves. In Edmonton, he led an awareness campaign around the prevalence of conversion therapy centers in Canada as a member of the Edmonton’s Men Health Collective. Recently, Jesús was elected Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Rotman Graduate Business Council, where he will execute a year-long D&I agenda to instill positive disruptions that will empower the student body. For recreation, Jesús enjoys attending performing arts, practicing his landscape photography, and trying out different fitness pursuits.
Kate Lohmeyer is pursuing a joint MBA/MPP at UNC Kenan-Flagler and Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. As a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company, she streamlined planned outage work and drove improvements in production and cost in the energy industry this summer. She has also completed a global policy internship at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she conducted economic research on trade, business strategy, and the environment. In school, Kate specializes in global business strategy, operations, and trade policy and researches entrepreneurship in emerging economies. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Sanford Journal of Public Policy at Duke and is the founding president of Sanford Pride. In her free time, Kate enjoys trail running, traveling internationally, and rescuing stray kittens when she's home in Durham, NC.
University of North Carolina,
Duke University, Sanford
Krystle is a student at Kellogg School of Management. She graduated from Boston College with a BA in economics and mathematics. Prior to Kellogg, Krystle worked as a consultant for Deloitte Digital for four years, focusing on strategy and implementations for digital transformation projects. Aside from her day job, Krystle is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equity. Business school is an opportunity to build leadership skills and apply the learnings to both business and society in the future. In her free time, Krystle enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, traveling, and beer (sometimes all simultaneously).
Northwestern University, Kellogg
Chris Ralphs is a MBA candidate at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Chris is from Los Angeles and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies at American University in Washington D.C. Prior to starting business school, Chris was an
International Relations Specialist at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the part of the Department of Defense responsible for stopping the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction. In that role Chris led cross functional teams to help improve the safety and security of chemical,
biological and nuclear material in Africa. In his free time Chris enjoys rugby, surfing, skiing, and traveling.
Indiana University, Kelley
Stacy is a Southern California native with a diverse background in the entertainment and music industries. She is passionate about the intersection of media, technology, and communications. Prior to Marshall, Stacy worked in music licensing and copyright where she negotiated deals and managed contracts for Warner Music and Universal Music. She also has experience in event production and audio engineering working for companies such as Coachella, Warped Tour, and Midroll Media. Outside of school, Stacy has performed in a variety of professional music ensembles all over the country and she founded her own music supervision company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Composition for Media from Cal State Northridge with a minor in Audio Engineering. She is pursuing her MBA at Marshall with a focus on the intersection of media, technology, and strategy. She intends to leverage her background along with the skills developed at Marshall to pursue a career in consulting and strategy. In her free time, she loves going on hikes, staying active, attending concerts, playing guitar and bass, and volunteering for local community organizations.
University of Southern California, Marshall
Andrew is a MBA-candidate at NYU Stern, where he is the recipient of the Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison Faculty Scholarship and is a ROMBA Fellow. Andrew was born in the United Kingdom, but grew up mostly in New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012, with a triple major in Accounting, Business Administration, and Sociology. Upon graduation, Andrew started in Citi's Los Angeles offices, as an analyst in it's Private Banking division and eventually transferred up to San Francisco where he became an Investment Associate, working with his ultra-high net worth clients in managing their investment portfolios. At Citi, he was one of the first members of the Citi Pride Network in San Francisco, the firm's LGBT ERG. Eventually, Andrew became President and partnered with colleagues and external organizations to drive the group's mission. He is an avid supporter of the arts and previously performed as a member of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
New York University, Stern
Will Taylor is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. While at UNC, he was an active member on campus, holding leadership positions within student government and the campus YMCA, and serving as member of the Chancellor Student Innovation Team.
After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked as an investment banking analyst with a focus on consumer & retail clients before exiting to a client — joining the Corporate Strategy team at the Hudson’s Bay Company. Over the last three years, he worked on a number of key initiatives across the organization. This includes leading the post-merger integration efforts of the Gilt Groupe into the HBC portfolio of retail banners across every aspect of the business.
Outside of work, Will is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling to new cities and eating delicious food.
Dartmouth College, Tuck
Mark was born and raised in Los Angeles, California before moving to Greenville, Texas to enter high school. It was there that he excelled both on the football field and in the classroom, which afforded him the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 Football at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Mark reported to USAFA for Basic Cadet Training on 28 June 2007, and his life hasn’t been the same since that day. At the Air Force Academy, he was challenged beyond measure academically, physically, and mentally. He also took advantage of the opportunities to fly glider aircraft, travel internationally, and develop leadership skills. He graduated from USAFA with a BS in Behavioral Science in May of 2011 and has been serving in the Active Duty Air Force as an officer ever since. During his Air Force career Mark served as a diversity recruiter for the Academy, in which he recruited the world's most qualified diverse candidates to attend the Air Force Academy; a program manager of a high-tech cryptographic system program; and an Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) instructor, teaching and developing the leadership skills of AFROTC cadets at Louisiana State University.
Columbia Business School
Born and raised near Orlando, Florida, Kevin Deese graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2014. Prior to business school, Kevin worked as an Area Manager at Amazon and Strategy and Planning Manager at SIB Fixed Cost Reduction in Charleston, SC. In August 2017, Kevin began pursuing an MBA at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis. Kevin is passionate about making a positive impact in the world and in his community. He was recently awarded Carlson's Sands Fellowship for his proposal to work with JustUs Health (formerly known as the Minnesota AIDS Project) to combat unemployment and underemployment in the HIV+ community in the Twin Cities. In his spare time, Kevin continues to pursue opportunities to perform onstage whenever he gets the chance, having grown up performing in school and community theatre. His other pastimes include cheering on the Buffalo Bills and Navy sports teams, reading up on the latest national political news, and exercising in the gym.
University of Minnesota, Carlson
Adi Rajapuram is a Forte Fellow and C.V. Starr Fellow at UCLA Anderson. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bay Area, she moved to Texas to attend a unique program at Baylor University where she created her own curriculum. She specialized in biology, economics, Spanish, and political science, combining all four in her thesis on Determining the Cost-Effectiveness of Providing Free Prenatal Care to Hispanic Undocumented Immigrants.
Upon graduating, she decided she loved Texas so much she wanted to stay and accepted a role with Oracle in the technology space. There, she ran software contract operations for North America and Latin America, working in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Beyond work, she also found a true passion for nonprofits volunteering with the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio, helping them launch the Start by Believing campaign eliminating community stigmas around sexual assault and encouraging survivors to come forward.
Adi is a self-proclaimed Pinterest expert and you can find her testing new vegetarian recipes or YouTubeing creative braid tutorials.
University of California Los Angeles, Anderson