Full-time MBA

MBA Association (MBAA)


The MBAA seeks to add value to the Tippie experience by engaging students in professional development, activating students in the community, and advocating on behalf of students.  

Goals/Strategic Plan

  • Professional Development 
    Enhancing engagement within the Tippie community, alumni, University, and community through:

    Facilitating the planning and execution of development related activities
    Leveraging alumni experiences for educational opportunities
    Fostering peer to peer collaboration
  • Community Engagement
    Creating opportunities to develop and enhance student skill sets through:
    Encouraging social and professional gatherings between students, staff, faculty, and the community
    Facilitating involvement with service opportunities

  • Advocacy
    Serving as a conduit between students, faculty, and administration through:
    Facilitating open communication between students and MBAA


Shanti Elangovan - President

Academy/track: Marketing
Undergraduate institution: Boston University, International Relations
Graduate institution: Boston University, Masters in Public Health
Graduate institution:
Teachers College of Columbia University, Masters of Arts, Inclusive Elementary Education
Prior Career: Elementary school teacher and administrator
Why this student organization and position?  As an educator, I am passionate about continuous school improvement.  I ran for MBAA president because this organization has the potential to ensure that student voice is continually integrated into moving this program forward. 
Interests/something interesting about you: I love glass blowing.  Iowa City unfortunately does not have a studio but I hope to get back into it once I graduate from the program.

Michael Fleagle - Treasurer

Undergraduate institution:
Drake University, Economics
Prior Career: Investment Operations at Principal Global Investors
Why this student organization and position? The ability to work with a host of different organizations and individuals to organize and fund events and learning opportunities that enhance the student experience. 
Interests/something interesting about you: Avid Iowa football and basketball fan, enjoy pickup basketball, golfing, and trying many of the local flavors of Iowa City. 

Bobby Godbersen - Vice President of Professional Development

Undergraduate institution:
University of Iowa, Management & Entrepreneurship
Prior Career: Marketing & Communications/Event Manager - Kum & Go
Why this student org & position? I was attracted to the MBAA because of its involvement with all of the MBA student organizations. I enjoy working with alumni and other professional networks to expand the reach of the Tippie MBA program.
Interests: Supporting the Hawkeyes, being active and eating gummy worms


Beth Redfearn- Vice President of Service

Academy/track: Marketing
Previous Institutions: BA Journalism, University of Wiscosin-Madison and MS Exercise & Sport Studies, Smith College
Prior Career: TV Commercial Production; Collegiate Athletics
Why this student organization and position? I became involved with the MBAA to help shape the activities and events for Tippie students during my time here. Through my past experience with service I’ve learned it provides a unique opportunity to engage with broader issues and enrich our classroom learning, network with community leaders, and give back.  

Allison Smith- Vice President of Member Relations

Academy/track: Strategic Management & Innovation
Undergraduate institution: University of Iowa, Engineering
Prior Career: Accenture Health & Public Service Systems Integration Consultant
Why this student organization and position? As an Iowa City native and lifelong Hawkeye, I felt I was uniquely positioned to connect students to each other, the College of Business, the University of Iowa, and the community as a whole.  Iowa City has a lot to offer in terms of cultural events, recreational activities, and professional development, and my goal as VP of Member Relations is to make sure every student gets as much out of their two years at Tippie as possible.
Interests/something interesting about you:  I am an avid indoor and sand volleyball player and youth coach, and organized the Tippie MBA intramural team.

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.