- Asian MBA Association
- Black MBA Association
- Data Analytics and Technology Club
- Emerging Market Association
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Graduate Marketing Association
- Healthcare Business Association
- Human Capital Association
- International MBA Association (IMBAA)
- Jewish MBA Association
- Latin MBA Student Association
- MBA Consulting Club
- Net Impact
- Professional Communications Club
- Smith Association of Women MBAs
- Smith MBA Finance Association
- Smith Pride Alliance
- Supply Chain & Operations Club
Asian MBA Association (AMBAA)
Our mission is to create and provide a community dedicated to helping Asian MBA students in adapting themselves into America as well as to facilitate exchange/exposure of eastern cultures with the wider community including, but not limited to, other business school students.
Wei-Hsuan Chiang, President
Eric Liu, VP of Professional Development
Kazuki Noda, VP of Event Management
Nat Tangpipith, VP of External Relations
DC Asian MBA Networking, Fall
This event will create a network and connection among AMBAAs in the MD/DC/VA region, co-hosting with Georgetown, GWU and Johns Hopkins full-time MBA programs. We are hoping to increase attendance and extend our presence in the DMV area.
Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner, Fall
This event promotes one of the most important holidays in East Asia, the Mid-Autumn Festival. Held at the beginning of the school year, students enjoy traditional Asian cuisine, learn about the Mid-Autumn Festival history through cultural games and activities.
International Week, Spring
A grand and spectacular exhibition of authentic international food, performances, and cultural showcases to increase cross-cultural awareness within the Smith community. AMBAA will plan a week-long of events, co-hosted by the IMBAA and LAMBASA, to educate students on different cultures.
Career Trek to local Company
This event is to connect alumni who are working in the D.C. area and to provide additional opportunities to network and find a career for students, co-hosted with the DATC club. AMBAA will identify a number of potential alumni who will either be able to enable the career trek or participate in a panel event.
Black MBA Association
The National Black MBA Association® leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for Black professionals.We are committed to making an impactful and sustainable difference in the communities in which we work and serve through:
- Innovative Programs that stimulate intellectual and economic growth
- Partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth
- Increased awareness and access to graduate management programs and career opportunities in management fields
Ariel Bouie, President
Kalonji Sutherland-Madhere , Executive VP
Montrelle Green, VP of External Affairs
Chris Kootin-Sanwu, VP of Finance
Kimberley Camps, VP of Marketing
Afro-Latino Culture Night
A celebration of the Afro-Latino Diaspora that is used to highlight the contributions of those from the African and Latino Diaspora. A night with food, fun and exposure to the different cultures that make up Smith!
Black Enterprise Fireside Chat
This event is to highlight those of African American decent who have found success in the business world. This event is used to inspire Smith students and allow them to gain insight from industry leaders.
William H. Bradford Diversity Banquet
Sponsored by the Black MBA Association and the Latin American MBA Student Association, the event aims to celebrate the life of William H. Bradford, the first African American Dean of the Smith Business School. This event also celebrates diversity through an awards ceremony for students.
Data Analytics and Technology Club
Our mission is to develop the analytical and visualization skills of Smith students through the sharing of knowledge.
Eric Liu, President
Justin Ellis, VP of Finance
Evan Shields, VP of External Relations
Hideaki Shimizu, VP of Marketing
Rashmi Jayanth, VP of Marketing
Fatia Kasumu, VP of Marketing
Lynda Series will be led by board members on a recurring basis as a “book club”-esque function where members would get together and share what they learned on a specific topic ranging from advanced excel to Tableau to powerpoint. This will supplement the training courses we will be having.
Through our alumni network, we will bring in speakers that can bring insights into how data analytics impact their every day life. There is a wide range of speakers that we have hosted in the past, ranging from product management to supply chain revenue management.
Experts will be brought in to share knowledge about various systems, such as Tableau, SQL, R, Python, and Advanced Excel. To follow up on these courses, we will have Lynda series to keep students engaged.
Consulting and DA Super Day
This day will include a keynote and a reception to meet the alumni coming to get to know you. Stay fresh on their industry knowledge! Last year, there were soft case mock interviews led by alumni in the field. Students got to practice case interviewing skills and get feedback on the spot! A handful of companies came to present a case they've encountered and give you an opportunity to think through how to solve it.
Treks will be centered around top companies in the DMV area, providing further engagement between students and possible functions not just at the company we would trek to, but similar functions at other companies.
These events will feature alumni, key industry contacts, MBAs from other schools, and Part-time/EMBA/OMBA students at Smith. Events can be centered around outdoor activities or team building activities that actually build relationships.
Emerging Market Association (EMA)
We are comprised of both domestic and international students with interest in, or experience with, the Emerging Markets. In addition to our primary focus on geographic emerging markets, the EMA also works to instill students with the crucial mindset and global perspective that is increasingly necessary in an ever-connected world.
Nazat Dowla, President
Juan Alvarado, VP of Internal Relations
Gery Brownholtz, VP of Finance
Inci Kipcak, VP of External Relations
Emerging Markets Forum Case Competition
EMA will host a case competition with emerging markets clubs from other MBA programs in the area. The judges will be from both industry and academia. Participating MBA teams will be provided the case in advance and asked to provide a recommendation based on financial, strategic and political factors.
Emerging Markets Career Trek
EMA club members and other interested MBA students will take part in a career trek to learn more about careers with international organizations to do with trade, finance and economic development. Target organizations include the following: Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, International Finance Corporation.
Emerging Market Forum Reception
EMA hosts a reception after the Emerging Markets Forum to give attendees the opportunity to meet one another in an informal environment and build relationships. There will be 150-200 attendees and speakers at the Forum, from industry, government, academia and NGOs.
Doing Business Abroad
This event is intended to introduce the MBA community to career opportunities in different regions of the world. We will host a panel of 3-to-4 alumni who work internationally - from across the marketing, consulting and finance industries.
International Alumni Speaker
We will invite international alumni of the Smith school to call in and speak about their experiences in a lunch and learn setting.
EMA Smith Student Speaker Event
International students from the Smith MBA program will discuss doing business in their home countries, their previous experiences, and how they got here.
We are the go-to resource for MBA students who want to get more acquainted with the entrepreneurial ecosystem and offerings at Smith and the DC-area at large. We will encourage an environment where students are not afraid to be ambitious or take matters into their own hands when trying to accomplish something or drive change.
Amit Puri, President
Juan Alvarado, Executive VP
Helen Zhang, VP of Finance
Mandar Kashikar, VP of External Relations
Nicholas Wiley, VP of External Relations
Varun Saxena, VP of Marketing & Communications
Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)
Students team up to compete as venture capital firms researching, meeting with, and evaluating real world startups in need of investment capital. The winner of our competition here at Smith goes on to compete at regionals against top-ranked MBA programs for the chance to compete in the finals against schools from across the world.
October 1, 2018 – VCIC Info Session
November 12 & 14, 2018 – Venture Capital Bootcamps
November 16, 2018 – VCIC Competition @ Smith
Graduate Marketing Association (GMA)
Our mission is to provide Smith MBA students with the tools and resources to sharpen their marketing skills in order to succeed in their marketing careers.
Rumi Pena Rosales, President
Mandar Kashikar, Executive VP & CIO
Vivek Mehrotra, VP of Finance
Kimberley Camps, VP of Marketing & Communications
Tia Naveendran, VP of External Relations & Networking
Jason Hutt, VP of Internal Relations & Career Development
Patrick Wilson, VP of Cosponsored Events
Super Bowl Advertising Analysis
The goal of this fun event will be to highlight the effect that advertisements have on brand recall. We will provide guidelines to current students to analyze the Super Bowl commercials and then ask some trivia questions. They will determine if the resources invested on the brands during this high traffic airtime justify the impact they have on their target market. The team with the most correct answers wins a small prize.
Marketing Alumni Panel
Highlighting the success of Smith MBA Alumni, this event allows for current students to interact with Smith alumni who currently work in the marketing industry. This is a great event to network and gain insight on the marketing industry as a whole.
Building Green Brands
GMA and Net Impact are pairing to change the perception that sustainability and being “green” come at the expense of profitability. This event will be an interactive “brand workshop” with a company, and we will examine how it can incorporate sustainable practices into its business and leverage them as part of its brand.
Healthcare Business Association (HBA)
Our mission is to create a collaborative and supportive environment for students interested in the business of healthcare. Whether the members are interested in healthcare services, marketing, and/or products HBA will support fellow students in developing their portfolio for job applications and prepare for interviews with pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.
Labdhi Seth, President
Helen Zhang, VP of Finance
Pratik Gandhi, VP of Operations
Derek Valet, VP of External Outreach
Mandar Kashikar, VP of Marketing & Communications
Varun Saxena, VP of Internal Communications
Healthcare Club Meet & Greet - September 17, 2018
The meet and greet will be a lunch event with a panel of 2nd year students who have interned in a pharmaceutical company (inclusive of all tracks). This event aims address important issues related to the success during the MBA program and job search. This event will also be the first formal introduction to the club and an opportunity to introduce the 2nd year students to the 1st years and build a sense of community and foster learning and growth. Food and drinks will be provided.
Career Night – October 30, 2018
This is our marquee event. We will invite alumni, recruiters and company representatives to speak to and interact with students. We hope to generate interest for the companies that are represented, to raise awareness for the breadth of jobs available in their respective companies and industries, and to expose MBA candidates to potential internship and full-time opportunities. This will be a great networking opportunity for those who are considering careers in pharmaceuticals and healthcare regardless of the function. This will also be a great opportunity to meet students from the part-time, executive, online programs. Food and drinks will be provided.
Company Trek (Date TBD)
The trek will be planned in collaboration with the Office of Career Services, Alumni relations and the current students to provide the students opportunities to visit recruiting firms and learn what it is like to work there. This event will occur primarily during the spring semester term C with firms in the Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area.
Club Meetings (10/09/2018 and 11/26/2018)
We will meet once a month to discuss strategies and initiatives for internship and job search, interview tips and provide peer support. Examples of activities during these meetings include webinars with alumni or recruiters, resume and cover letter support, and interview preparation. Desserts and coffee will be provided.
Prospanica: September 12-14 in Milwaukee, WI
National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA): September 25-29 in Detroit, MI
Human Capital Association (HCA)
Our mission is to prepare our members for careers in the field of human capital and organizational strategy through events with current human resource experts. The human capital profession affects the processes, methodologies, and resources through which organizations align their people and business strategy. The club examines the various dimensions of human capital in designing and achieving business objectives. Smith has a wealth of resources to develop students for a career in HR and the HCA supports students to make these connections.
Kazuki Noda, President
Akira Miwa, Executive VP
Hideaki Shimizu, VP of Finance
Cosponsored events with Office of Career Services, we will bring in HR professionals to talk about topics including ethics, diversity, compliance, employee engagement, organization/culture/change management. This is a two-part series. The purpose of these events is for participants to understand the reality of HR management.
Career Trek to NYC
The trek will allow students to experience what it would be like to work in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. Students will meet and tour NYC corporations and understand day-to-day operations at the company. Students will get to meet staff and leadership and expand their network and form connections. Students will have the opportunity to ask about internship and full-time opportunities and learn about the application and interview process from Spotify leadership.
International MBA Association (IMBAA)
Our mission is to leverage the diversity of the Smith Community and seeks to improve students’ (domestic or international) cultural awareness through social and professional activities.
Inci Kipcak, President
Olatunde Elujoba, Executive VP
Amishi Shah, VP of Finance
Vignesh Ilango, VP of Logistics
Shrutee Sangani, VP of Marketing
Sahng Vin Lee, VP of External Relations
Joelle Wisnieski, VP of International Relations
Diwali, the festival of lights, is undoubtedly the biggest festival celebrated in India. It is also the biggest event sponsored by the International MBA Association. The event that lasts for a couple of hours includes several activities such as dance performances by students, a colorful fashion show, Bollywood-style dancing, singing and finally, everyone lets loose when the DJ plays some peppy Indian tracks. Apart from all these activities, an elaborate Indian buffet is a major attraction during the event. It is a night that showcases not only Indian culture and diversity but also the camaraderie that characterizes the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Play Your Strengths - Talk on Diversity by Kecia Hansard
IMBAA and ODI have partnered to support international students regarding diversity and how they can leverage their strengths as they build relationships with alumni and recruiters.
American Football Info/Workshop
IMBAA is launching an early fall activity with both personal and professional objectives to ease the confusion for international students feel when American students start wearing jerseys to class and using sports jargon. The purpose of the event is to introduce international students to the NFL and US football, so that students can enjoy some of the most exciting weekends the US has to offer. IMBAA wants to introduce students to the rules and schedule of the fall football season for improved fluidity at networking and professional events.
International Alumni Networking – Virtual
IMBAA will conduct a virtual webinar with international alumni located across the US to get a sense of their journey and insights into specific industries which are region specific (like tech on the west coast, finance on the east, etc.). This session will be dedicated to improving the understanding of working in different areas of the US. This will be vital as attendees will get a good sense of how backgrounds and MBAs are valued across different industries enabling them to improve connections with companies and recruiters.
Jewish MBA Association (JMBA)
Our mission is to provide opportunities for Jewish engagement and create dynamic social and educational events that ignite interfaith and intercultural exchange for all MBA students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Jason Hutt, President
Brandon Zarco, Executive VP
Sukkot Shindig – September 26, 2018
Sukkot is a fall holiday in which Jews create a structure in their yard and eat outside. The Sukkot Shindig will introduce classmates to the traditions of Sukkot. This is a great event for classmates and families to join together, bond, and learn about Jewish culture.
Interfaith Lunch & Learn – November 7, 2018
An opportunity for our community to learn about various faiths from the classmates who practice them--Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu. We will learn about each faith’s history, core tenets and contemporary community, followed by a Q&A.
Hanukkah Sendoff Social – December 6, 2018
JMBAA's annual Holiday Send-off social will be held at the very end of Term B. While celebrating and learning about the holiday of Hanukkah, students get a chance to unwind after a week of Finals and say their goodbyes before we disperse for winter break.
Intercultural Museum Trip – February 22, 2019
The JMBAA will partner with the Black MBA Association on a museum trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This day-long trip will introduce and educate the MBA class on some of the history, struggles and accomplishments of both African Americans and Jews.
Passover Dinner – April 24, 2019
Passover is one of the most interesting and meaningful traditions in the Jewish calendar. Students, faculty and the entire Smith MBA community (full-time, part-time and EMBA) will have the opportunity to learn about the Seder and the Passover Holiday while enjoying a delicious, traditional holiday dinner.
Latin MBA Student Association (LAMBASA)
Our mission is to provide Latin MBA students with the tools they need to thrive in the business world environment, as fearless leaders who embrace their culture and heritage and promote the importance of diversity and inclusion in society.
Natalia Olmos, President
Alethia Maciel, Executive VP
Bladimir Portillo, VP of Finance
Rumi Peña Rosales, VP of Marketing
Akira Miwa, VP of Co-sponsored Events
Fabrizio Aguirre, VP of MBA Collaboration
Powerties Speaking Series Tentative - September 21, 2018
A powerful Presentation by Dan Beaudry about Job Search in the US for international students. This presentation will be part of International Success Day.
Job Search Panel With Alumni Tentative - September 21, 2018
Provide international students with a specialized session on job search strategies, recommendations, possible networking contacts and support from international Alumni.
Baila Con LAMBASA Tentative - October 10, 2018
Energetic event in which students have a unique cultural experience with Latin dance music; they learn basic steps, have a good time, enjoy great music, and dance their feet off.
Public Speaking Workshop Tentative - February 12, 2019
Specialized workshop for non-native English speakers intended to give them resources and tips on how to improve their public speaking skills.
Bradford Banquet Tentative - March 07, 2018
Honor the legacy of William Bradford while celebrating diversity at Smith. The event brings together faculty, students, alumni, and employers in a formal event that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and businesses.
Fiesta Latina Tentative - April 05, 2019
The most iconic LAMBASA event is always a great opportunity to get the community together for a night of fun, Latin American music, dance, and surprises before the semester ends.
MBA Consulting Club (MCC)
Our mission is to generate awareness of the principles of consulting, provide resources in career development, and offer skill advancement in consulting. The club has 3 main goals: coach and facilitate professional development of members, support and make aware consulting opportunities, and assist in making meaningful connections in the consulting community.
Zimberlyn Bolton, President
Melanie Pirchner, Executive VP
Akshatha Bhat, VP of International Relations
Evan Shields, VP of Marketing
Shrutee Sangani, VP of Professional Development
Natnapin Tangpipith, VP of Alumni Relations
Eric Litmer, VP of Finance
Consulting Forum - October 2018
This is MCC’s signature event and in its 17th year. This event brings in employers from some of the top consulting firms in the DMV area as well as members of the EMBA, PT, and Executive MBA programs. This event happens just before the consulting recruiting season fully kicks off and offers networking and informational sessions for all attendees.
Consulting Lunch and Learn Series - Ongoing
This event series will give students an opportunity to hear, firsthand, what types of projects consultants are working on as well as the different industry they have worked in. In this intimate setting, students will be given the opportunity to engage with alumni who have succeeded beyond Smith.
Net Impact believes in the collective potential of emerging leaders: offering the skills, experiences and connections needed to become a more effective change agent. Our guiding principles include:
- A truly successful business is accountable for positive influence in three fronts – financial, social and natural.
- Properly valuing nature and people while doing business creates a competitive advantage.
- Inspire others through education and interaction.
- Challenge traditional business practices and unsustainable consumption models.
Deepika Yadav, President
Joelle Wisnieski, Executive VP
Mario Martinez, VP of Finance
Melissa Borts, VP of Operations
Lacy Kline, VP of Community Service
Melanie Pirchner, VP of External Relations
Alethia Maciel, VP of Marketing & Communications