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New MBA Association executive board plans to build momentum, community

The MBA Association (MBAA) welcomes its new executive board members elected on February 3 to serve during the 2011-12 year. The MBAA is one of the largest student organizations at the Broad College, providing students with opportunities to build personal and professional relationships, as well as to network, socialize, and enhance their MBA experience.

Shannon Blakely, elected president of the board, says she is looking forward to keeping the program’s momentum going and working with administrators to put the program in the best possible position academically.

“The MBA program is based around community,” says Blakely. “We really want to keep that spirit that’s really strong.”

As president, Blakely, who is a first year MBA with a concentration in marketing, will be responsible for communicating the concerns and wishes of fellow classmates to the rest of the executive board and for meeting with the college’s dean and administrators to ensure students are getting the most out of academic programs.

Spartan MBAs can look forward to another year of special events hosted by the MBA Association, including tailgates during football season and networking events with corporate recruiters, as well as opportunities to raise money for charitable causes.

“The MBA Association opens so many doors at every level,” says Blakely, who encourages her fellow Spartan MBAs to get involved. “You’ll get to know your classmates, raise money for a good cause while doing something fun, build your network, and meet recruiters. It gives you a chance to get yourself wherever you want to go.”

Jordan Voice, a first year MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management, who was elected vice president of community events, stresses the benefits of getting involved in the association.

“It is a great opportunity to be involved and help out the community—both locally and at Broad,” says Voice. “It gives the opportunity to take on a leadership position and allows you to shape the experience of you and your classmates while at Broad.”

Farris Bukhari, a first year MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management, was elected vice president for corporate relations. In that role, Bukhari will recruit corporate sponsors for MBAA events.

“The MBAA has a number of events that are coming up very soon including the Spring International Potluck, Sparty Gras, and the Charity Auction,” says Bukhari. “While the previous board has left us with some big shoes to fill, I believe the student body has succeeded in electing a great group of people for the new board. I look forward to working with them in making these events as successful as they’ve been in the past.”

2011-12 MBA Association Executive Board

Shannon Blakely, President

Nandhini Rangan, Secretary of Student Affairs

Veronica Belloso, Treasurer

Nathan LeMieux, Auditor

Geoffrey Adelman, VP of Membership

Farris Bukhari, VP of Corporate Relations

Jordan Voice, VP of Community Events

Michael Carmona, VP of Fundraising


Eli Broad College of Business

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