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.
Will Taylor (Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)
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.
What are you doing for your Summer?
Consultant @ Bain & Co. in Atlanta; working on a growth strategy project for a paper and packaging company that makes foodservice packaging
How did your first year in business school prepare you for your summer internship?
The rapid pace of my first year kept me extremely active and on my toes with changing schedules of classes, recruiting, and clubs. As I went into the summer, I knew I needed to keep up the energy and double down on working hard. On the job, getting up to speed on my project and adding value felt similar to some of the cases we studied in class.
What experience(s) do you hope to take away from your Internship this summer?
Getting a true understanding of the job will be my number one goal. I hope to come away with a better grasp of consulting and how it fits in with my long term goals.
What's the most valuable piece of advice going into summer internships you can offer the incoming Class of 2020?
Work hard but enjoy the summer experience. It's definitely interesting to be an intern again so make sure you take it all in!
What are you most excited about for ROMBA 2018?
Meeting all the new first years and pre-MBAs!
Any advice you have for people going into the ROMBA Conference for the first time?
The conference is AWESOME! So many people, events, and speakers. My biggest piece of advice is use the app to schedule your time to make it to everything but also make sure you build in time for yourself. Have fun. It's a blast!