Each year Reaching Out's staff selects a team made up of 8-10 current LGBTQ MBA (and related degree) students to help craft the theme and content at the annual LGBTQ MBA & Graduate Conference (ROMBA Conference), the world's largest business conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer MBA students and alumni. These students, who are selected via a competitive application process in mid-October, spend 9 months setting the agenda for our community.
As we approach the 2018 ROMBA Conference in Minneapolis (Oct 4-6), we'd like to introduce you to this year's Student Leadership team. Each of them has worked hard to make this the best possible conference for our 1,600 student and alumni attendees. Each team member will tell you a bit about them, share what they are doing for their summer, and also offer advice to incoming LGBTQ graduate students at business schools around the world.
Krystle Jiang (Kellogg School of Management)
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).
What are you doing for your Summer?
I'm working as a Consultant at Bain & Co. in Chicago; working on a services growth strategy project for a tech company that makes network infrastructure
How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
Getting processed in the business school recruiting grinder had 2 very distinct benefits for the internship: a) it gave me a very thorough and accurate sense of what I was getting myself into, and b) it gave me a very worthwhile network that has been a huge support this summer.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I'm hoping to meet a broad network of people to learn from both now and in the future.
What's the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the incoming Class of 2020?
Find people that you can ask for help, and then do it! Having a fairly formed idea in your mind and then asking for examples is the most efficient way to do it, but that means you first need to do the leg work to figure out who to talk to and what you really need.
What are you most excited about for ROMBA 2018?
Meeting more awesome LGBT MBAs!
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Don't stress. ROMBA is like b-school - you can't do everything so just pick one or two very specific goals for what you want out of the weekend. For me it was having fun (which meant I needed to build in some nap time) and getting a sense for one specific company. (which I didn't even end up at). I did those things and loved it!