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.

Board Members

Luhan Tang, President 

Wei-Hsuan Chiang, President 

Akira Miwa, VP of Marketing 

Eric Liu, VP of Professional Development 

Kazuki Noda, VP of Event Management 

Muhtar Fauzy, VP of Finance 

Nat Tangpipith, VP of External Relations 

Signature Events

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

Board Members

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 

Jesse Moore, VP of Diversity & Inclusion

Signature Events

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.

Board Members

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 

Signature Events

Lynda Series

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.

Speaker Series

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.

Training Courses

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.

Career Treks

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.

Networking events

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.

Board Members

Nazat Dowla, President

Juan Alvarado, VP of Internal Relations

Gery Brownholtz, VP of Finance

Inci Kipcak, VP of External Relations

Signature Events

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.

Entrepreneurship Club

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.

Board Members

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

Signature Events

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.

Key Dates

October 1, 2018 – VCIC Info Session

November 12 & 14, 2018 – Venture Capital Bootcamps

November 16, 2018 – VCIC Competition @ Smith

Additional Links

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

BOOTSTRAPPED: A Dingman Center Podcast

Dingman Fridays

Mtech Ventures

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)

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.

Board Members

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 

Signature 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.

Board Members

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 

Signature Events

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.

Other Events

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.

Upcoming Conferences

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.

Board members

Kazuki Noda, President

Akira Miwa, Executive VP

Hideaki Shimizu, VP of Finance

Signature Events

Fireside Chats

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.

Board Members

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

Signature Events

Diwali Night

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. 

Board Members

Jason Hutt, President

Brandon Zarco, Executive VP

Signature Events

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.

Board Members

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

Signature Events

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.

Here is a link with photos from our past events.





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.

Board members

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

Signature Events

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

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:

  1. A truly successful business is accountable for positive influence in three fronts – financial, social and natural.
  2. Properly valuing nature and people while doing business creates a competitive advantage.
  3. Inspire others through education and interaction.
  4. Challenge traditional business practices and unsustainable consumption models.

Board members

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