Full-time MBA

Graduate Financial Management Association (GFMA)


To provide opportunities for all Tippie MBA students to enrich their graduate studies and professional development as it relates to financial management


The GFMA strives to be known as the student organization that serves as the connection between academia and the finance profession. We seek to accomplish this by exposing Tippie MBA Students to finance professionals and career paths by organizing networking and educational events on and away from campus.

Goals/Strategic Plan

The Tippie School of Management GFMA seeks to achieve its mission by providing members with opportunities for professional development and community engagement, while acting as an advocate for students.

The organization hosts two trips a year; these trips are an opportunity to visit companies and network with alumni.


Karen Rubel - President

Academy/track: Finance / Corporate Finance
Undergraduate institution: Loras College, Accounting
Prior career: Accountant for John Deere; Auditor for McGladrey
Why this student org and position? I came to Tippie because of the great Finance program. I want to help contribute to the program during my time here to keep it on top.
Interests: I love cooking, scrapbooking and traveling. I have been to games at all 30 MLB stadiums.

Adam Walter - Vice President

Academy/track: Finance / Investment Management
Undergraduate institution:
University of Iowa, Finance
Prior career: Consultant/Project Manager
Why this student org and position? My goal is to build upon the strong reputation of the Finance academy and provide opportunities for career development through networking and educational events.
Interests: Investing, entrepreneurship, travel, and sports. I’ve also been sky diving!

Jarom Dilworth - Vice President of Treasury

Academy/track: Finance / Corporate Finance
Undergraduate institution: Brigham Young University, Finance
Prior career: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Why this student org and position? I have  always been interested in Finance, and what better way to demonstrate this than to put it into practice.
Interests: I enjoy reading and taking my kids to the park to play on the swings.

Recent News

  • Tippie Ranked #6 in Finance by Financial Times (2013)


Annual Fall & Spring Trips

In recent years, GFMA has visited companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. The destination for spring 2014 is Kansas City. Some of the most recent companies we have visited include: United Airlines, ADM Investor Services, US Bank, Best Buy, Wells Fargo, Monsanto, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Rawlings, and Capital Innovators.


Guest Speakers

The finance academy has brought in speakers this past semester from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Sprint, Concordant Partners, and U of Iowa Foundation, among others. Students have many opportunities to network with these individuals, as well as other finance professionals.


I3 Forum

This past fall the theme of the I3 forum, which brings all academies together for a day of learning, was Networking. Speakers included:
Hilding Branzell, Finance Manager, Proctor & Gamble
Jana Michael, Director of Development, University of Iowa
Porter Gale, author of “Your Network is Your Net Worth” and former Vice President of Marketing for Virgin America


Other Activities

This spring we will bring back the stock competition! We will incorporate this with our involvement with KIVA, an online lending platform.

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