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.
Iyare Oni, President
Iyare Oni is the President for the Minority MBA Association. Prior to enrolling in Smeal’s MBA Program, Iyare worked for four years as both a network engineer and systems engineer for AT&T and Charles Schwab respectively. He also continues his role as a Principal within the asset management firm James Capital Management. Iyare received his BS in Management Information Systems from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He is pursuing his MBA with a concentration in finance. E-mail: email@example.com
Jeffrey Hsu, VP Alumni & Corporate Relations
Jeffery Hsu is the VP of Alumni & Corporate Relations for the Minority MBA Association. Prior to enrolling in Smeal’s MBA Program, Jeffery worked for more than five years as service and project manager for Cintas Corporation. He has also participated in a business organization called Student In Free Enterprise as a professional member. Jeffery received his BS in Marketing from University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. He is pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Clarke, VP Communications
Eric L. Clarke Jr. is the VP of Communication for the Minority MBA Association. Prior to enrolling in Smeal’s MBA Program,Eric worked for seven years with Verizon Wireless as a business sales consultant. Eric also received his BS in Finance from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He is pursuing his MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain and Marketing. Eric is originally from Monrovia, Liberia and plans to one-day return to his homeland to help in the growth and development of the country. E-mail: email@example.com
Masoud Ghayoumi, VP Finance
Masoud Ghayoumi is the VP of Finance for the Minority MBA Association. Prior to enrolling in Smeal’s MBA Program, with more than three years experience in high-level project management and A Master of Financial Engineering, Masoud was a senior financial analyst in Novin Investment Bank. Masoud earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Tehran and is a certified Project Management Professional(PMP). He is pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Supply Chain. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Merzbach, VP Marketing & Student Affairs
As Vice President of Marketing and Student Affairs for the Minority MBA Association (MMBAA), Diane Merzbach is excited about the opportunity to plan and execute events that will help in the MMBAA member’s personal and professional development. Prior to Smeal, Diane completed her Bachelors of Science in Equine Training and Equine Business Management at the University of Findlay. From there, she moved back to her home state of New York and worked as a Farm Manager at two equine facilities as well as taught riding lessons on the side. She decided to pursue an MBA in in order to gain additional business skills that she felt that she lacked from her undergraduate experience to help advance her career. Diane knew as soon as she stepped foot on campus that Penn State was where she was going, and she has not regretted that decision! In addition to the Vice President of Marketing and Student Affairs for the MMBAA, Diane Merzbach is also the President of the National Association Woman’s MBA (WMBA). In her free time, Diane is typically hiking with her dog, Keisha, riding her horse, watching hockey (mainly the Buffalo Sabres), or testing out new recipes. E-mail: email@example.com