Minority MBA Association
The purpose of the Minority MBA Association (MMBAA) is to add value to the Penn State community through continual diversity awareness and recruiting events. The MMBAA strives to create a sense of community by providing a strong support base for professional development and enhancing the academic experience of MBA students.
What Can You Look Forward To?
Welcome Event: We will host an informal welcome event for all Smeal MBAs to help kick the year off on the right foot.
“How to Work a Career Fair” Workshop: This annual event is always a big hit. Held at the beginning of recruiting season, it is an invaluable opportunity to learn how to be most successful at the numerous career fairs hosted throughout the academic year. Hear from a Smeal alumnus how to be most effective in this seemingly intimidating environment.
Hispanic Heritage Month: We will host a few different events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage. Get ready to learn more about the Hispanic culture and traditions!
Black History Month: February events will highlight the significance of Black History. Fellow classmates will be invited to reflect on the importance of celebrating the journey and achievements of the African American race over the past several decades.
Tailgates and Bowling Nights: There is much fun to be had this year! Social events are a great way to build relationships with other students, as well as to network with alums.
Ingrid Garces, President
Ingrid Garces was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Education. Before attending the Smeal MBA program, Ingrid was the head manager of the marketing, social media and PR department for Barefoot Dreams, Inc. as well as the Broker/Owner of SkyCrown Inc.. Currently she is a 1st year MBA student at Penn State concentrating in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
This summer, Ingrid will be working at Dell in the Global Support and Deployments, Social Media & Communities sector. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in marketing.
Giancarlo is a first-year MBA student at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business concentrating in both Marketing and Strategic Leadership. Prior to his MBA, Giancarlo defined a strong marketing/communications career, with 9+ years of experience, in corporate communications, fully-integrated marketing firms, boutique PR firms, marketing research firms, non-profit organizations, freelance journalist as well as a self-starting entrepreneur when the job market down-turn occurred.
Most recently, Giancarlo worked at Burson-Marsteller, an industry-leading global communication strategy firm, where he planned, led and executed multi-million dollar strategic communication campaigns for Intel to position them as as global, innovative corporate citizen within 7 business verticals: Datacenters; High Performance Computing; Education; Mobility; Financial Services; Federal Solutions; and the Open Data Center Alliance.
Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Miami, Giancarlo has had an up close-and-personal view of Miami’s rich and vibrant Hispanic culture. Giancarlo attended Florida International University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a double minor in Psychology and Photography. He currently resides in State College, Pennsylvania with his fiancé and his dog, Bruno.
Gregory Keel, VP Communications
Gregory Keel is the Vice President of Communications for the Minority MBA Association. Prior to enrolling in Smeal’s MBA Program, Gregory lived in the Washington, DC area and worked as a Staff Accountant at the US Department of Treasury. Gregory also worked as a Senior Consultant for Dominion Business Solutions and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. He earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Morehouse College. He is pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership.
Shanel Tate, VP Finance
Shanel Tate is the Vice President of Finance for the MBA Association. Shanel is originally from New York, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Hospitality Management from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Smeal’s MBA program, Shanel worked for three years as a Paralegal in Government Contracts and in Mergers and Acquisitions for Crowell & Moring, LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Shanel currently works as a Graduate Assistant for the Diversity Enhancement Programs office, and is a member of the Marketing Association, the Women’s MBA Association, and the Minority MBA Association, and is concentrating in Marketing, Finance and Strategic Leadership.
Aissatou Nabe, VP Marketing & Student Affairs