Full-time MBA

MBA Association (MBAA)


The MBAA seeks to add value to the Tippie community by engaging students in professional development, taking part in education and outreach, and enhancing the overall student experience. 

Goals/Strategic Plan


Professional Development: increasing engagement between the Tippie students, alumni, university, and community. Each year the MBAA attends lunch with Warren Buffett, plans company visits both inside and outside Iowa, leverages alumni connections for education and professional opportunities, and fosters peer to peer collaboration.

Education and Outreach: creating opportunities for MBA students to interact with others within the university and in the Iowa City community. The MBAA facilitates regular service opportunities with nonprofits as well as outreach activities and events with undergraduate students.

Student Life: enhancing the Tippie student experience, promoting team building, and serving as a conduit between students, faculty, and administration. The MBAA plans weekly activities to encourage social and professional relationships within Tippie, and liaises between the Tippie students and administrative staff.



Lisa Ferguson - President

Academy/track: Corporate Finance
Undergraduate institution: Colorado State University
Prior Career: TV anchor, documentary producer, and new media strategy consultant
Why this student organization and position?  I believe that the caliber of Tippie students is one of the program’s biggest strengths, and I am thrilled to serve as a voice to the student body. I have enjoyed developing both professional and social relationships with my classmates and am excited to help move the program forward.  
Interests/something interesting about you: I can sing the alphabet backward and the Preamble to the Constitution (forward), but you don’t want to hear me sing karaoke. And one time I ran a marathon.

Christina Erbe - Treasurer

Academy/track: Finance, Investment Management
Undergraduate institution:
Iowa State University
Prior Career: Journalism & Communications
Why this student organization and position? I love being involved in planning activities and have had prior experience managing budgets and fundraising for events so I thought this would be a position that could benefit from my previous experience. The MBAA organization also gave me the chance to work with a wide variety of student from both my class and the other class. 
Interests/something interesting about you: I really enjoy traveling, cooking, drinking wine and building stuff. I live off of coffee and Kind bars during the day and love to shop for furniture and home decor online (even though I don’t buy a lot).

Brian Becker - Vice President of Professional Development

Academy/track: Finance/Investment Management
Undergraduate institution:
Iowa State University, Marketing and International Business
Prior Career: Commodity Trader at DV Trading in Urbandale Iowa
Why this student org & position? I was excited at the opportunity to work with the administration, faculty, alumni, and current students in order to create a better learning and professional environment. I enjoy networking with alumni in order to create a stronger and growing network for MBA candidates to utilize in the years to come.
Interests/something interesting about you: Besides furthering my education I am obsessed with golf and have recorded two official hole-in-one’s.


Sofia Castillo - Vice President of Service

Academy/track: Supply Chain & Analytics
Undergraduate institution: BBA in Economics and Finance, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Prior Career: Accountant at IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa
Why this student org & position? MBAA gives students the opportunity to enhance their MBA education and I wanted to be part of shaping that opportunity for my fellow students. I believe service helps students see their community in many different lights and these experiences enrich our education in ways that a classroom cannot.

Maureen Tierney- Vice President of Member Relations

Academy/track: Marketing
Undergraduate institution: University of Iowa, Bachelor of Science, Statistics
Prior Career: Actuarial Technician at Transamerica Life Insurance Company
Why this student organization and position? VP of Member Relations caught my eye because it connects the Tippie students to one another and the community through various events and experiences. It’s exciting to help facilitate these long lasting relationships and memories. If that’s not enough incentive, the position also gives me the opportunity to get to know the Tippie students, staff, and faculty better! Interests/something interesting about you:  I love running, volleyball, cooking, and getting to know new people.

Fall events

Football season
MBAA hosts a Tippie tailgate open to all members, alumni, and their guests before each home football game. Food, beverages, and activities are provided for attendees. Special events, contests, and giveaways are also held, such as free game tickets, a chili cook-off, and coupon giveaways. Some events are company sponsored, allowing for excellent networking and enjoyment opportunities.

Thank Goodness It's Thursday (TGIT)
MBAA plans a weekly social event for all students and alumni to network with classmates, socialize with friends, and enjoy the upcoming weekend (held throughout the academic year).


Spring Ball
Each year, the MBAA hosts the Spring Ball for all members. This fun, formal event for students, faculty, and staff allows attendees to reminisce and celebrate the past year and future successes. Hosted at a local ballroom, the festivities include a delicious dinner, beverages, student presentations, and awards. It is a joyful way to thank and say goodbye to the second-year students and wish them luck in their careers, while celebrating the transition of the new second years and wishing them well with their internships.

Monthly Lunch and Learns
These monthly meetings provide students with the opportunity to hear about upcoming events, participate in town hall discussions about their Tippie experience, and engage in conversations with speakers from around the community.

Warren Buffet Trip
Each spring, students are selected to travel to Omaha to have lunch with Warren Buffet.  In this intimate group, students have the chance to ask questions and converse with a living legend.