Please see below for a message from Eric Martinez, a ROMBA Fellow at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business and a 2023 ROMBA Conference Organizer!
Hello ROMBA Fellows!
ROMBA Summer TreksAlthough applications for some of the treks are now closed, I highly encourage anyone interested in the remaining treks to apply now! Since treks offer you the opportunity to connect with companies in a small group environment, I was able to get a much better idea of different companies’ cultures and – later in interviews – I was able to speak to them as if I were already an employee of their company. Also, apart from having a leg up in interviews, it was very reassuring to hear LGBTQ+ employees talk about having positive experiences navigating their workplaces.The Fellowship RetreatAlthough I attended the Seattle trek last year with 15 other queer and incoming MBA students, it was the Fellowship Retreat where I really understood the power of ROMBA’s network. Some of you might be attending schools with large queer communities, but there are also some of you who might be attending schools with only one or just a few queer people in your class. Attending the Fellowship Retreat helped me to, early in the MBA process, meet other queer people interested in business across the country. To this day, we still exchange messages and lean on each other in the ’22 Fellowship Retreat WhatsApp group (which, by the way, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend downloading WhatsApp. I’ve observed students across many MBA programs use this as the preferred group messaging app.)
If at all possible, try not to miss this! The connections I made at the Fellowship Retreat only got stronger at the next event I’ll bring to your attention which is…
The ROMBA Conference
Last but definitely not least, the ROMBA Conference, which will be held Oct 5-7 in Chicago this year, brings together over 2000 LGBTQ+ MBA students and professionals. Last year I had the opportunity to moderate a panel on LGBTQ+ leadership in business and, this year, I’m working with Reaching Out as a student organizer to oversee a Fellows Track of programming at the conference. My goal is to make sure all ROMBA Fellows have a positive conference experience, and that you all have plenty of opportunities to connect with each other!More information about the conference will be coming your way soon, but I wanted to put this on your radar early. This conference is not only essential for continuing to develop relationships with other queer people in business, but you may also have an opportunity to interview with employers and potentially land an early offer there!
Congratulations again, and I look forward to meeting you all soon!