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.



Sam Atari - President

Academy/track: Finance
Undergraduate: University of Iowa, Political Science; University of San Diego, J.D.
Prior Employers: Project Finance Team, Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants; Research Intern, MidAmerica Securities Management, NFG
Why this student organization and position?  I was attracted to the MBAA, and this position in particular, because it offers the best opportunity to serve my awesome classmates, as well as the broader Tippie MBA Program. I am honored to represent the student body, team up with the other officers, and work with the faculty/administration to enhance the Tippie MBA experience for everyone involved.  
Interests: Museums, traveling, reading, podcasts, hip-hop/rap, political theory, fashion, TV dramas (Mad Men and The Wire all day!), watching sports (Go Hawks!), and spending time with family and friends.

Sharif Khan - Treasurer

Academy/track: Marketing
University of Pittsburgh, Biological Sciences
Prior Employer: Educational Leadership Consultant at The Delta Chi Fraternity, Inc.
Why this student organization and position? Student organization management was the focus of my profession after college, as well as a constant presence during my undergraduate years. I believe that my prior experience will be of benefit to the MBAA leadership team and that the position will help to develop my financial management skills. Most importantly, I believe that involvement is the key to a unique and positive experience in the Tippie community! 
Interests: Reading up on history and environmental science, participating in the political process, bird watching, watching Penn State lose in sports.

Courtney Hobart - Vice President of Professional Development

Academy/track: Business Analytics/Finance
University of Iowa, Psychology
Prior Employer: Reserach Coordinator at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Why this student org & position? I sincerely appreciate all the opportunities available to us and wanted to give back by taking on a leadership position. I saw this role as an opportunity to empower my fellow classmates and work closely with them, as well as the faculty and alumni, to develop our students both professionally and personally throughout our time here at Tippie.
Interests: I love traveling, volunteering, and spending time with my family. My husband and I cannot wait to buy a house and work on home projects together...and get a dog!


Christina Clements - Vice President of Service

Academy/track: Marketing
Undergraduate: Bellarmine University, English Lanaguage and Literature
Prior Employers: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Why this student org & position? I've been involved in many volunteer organizations in Cedar Rapids prior to moving to Iowa City. Volunteering and service projects are opportunities to get to know community resources, and make an impact where we live.
Interests: Reading, writing, volunteering, getting to know new people.

Meganne Franks- Vice President of Member Relations

Academy/track: Marketing
Undergraduate institution: University of Iowa, Communication Studies, Human Relations
Prior Employers: Hotel Management for both Hilton and Intercontinental Brands
Why this student organization and position? VP of Member Relations is exciting because it allows me to facilitate events that build a sense of community among my classmates. I'm able to build lasting relationships with my peers and create memories outside of the classroom!
Interests:  I love being active, traveling, puzzles, coloring, board games, trying new culinary recipes and online shopping.

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.