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.Â
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
Christina Erbe - Treasurer
Academy/track: Finance, Investment Management
Brian Becker - Vice President of Professional Development
Academy/track: Finance/Investment Management
Sofia Castillo - Vice President of Service
Academy/track: Supply Chain & Analytics
Maureen Tierney- Vice President of Member Relations
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).
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.