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.
Mark Mosby (Columbia Business School)
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.
What are you doing for your Summer?
I'm at Barclays NYC in Investment Banking - Leveraged Finance (Asset Based Lending & Natural Resources/Power/Utilities).
How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
My first year at CBS prepared me for my summer internship by giving me a solid foundation in finance & accounting.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
I hope to learn as much as I possibly can about leveraged finance, build relationships with people across the firm, and most importantly -- work hard and have fun.
What's the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the incoming Class of 2020?
Attitude is absolutely everything -- I am a firm believer that a consistent positive, can-do attitude is the key to success in any internship.
What are you most excited about for ROMBA 2018?
Spending quality time with my ROMBA Family, executing sessions, connecting with other LGBT MBAs, and hearing RuPaul Charles speak, of course!
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
Get ready for an absolutely phenomenal experience and we can't wait to see you around!