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Diversity MBAA

The purpose of the Diversity MBA Association (DMBAA) is to add value to the Penn State community through continual diversity awareness and recruiting events. The DMBAA strives to create a sense of community by providing a strong support base for professional development and enhancing the academic experience of MBA students.


Portrait of Michael Rao.Michael Rao, President

Michael Rao is from New Hyde Park, New York. He holds a bachelor’s in Finance and Investments from Baruch University. Prior to joining the Smeal MBA program, Michael worked in the retail industry as an account manager for Graphic Image and The Northwest Company. He specialized in vendor compliance and logistics. Michael is currently a Smeal 2019 MBA candidate concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Finance. He will be joining Nike this summer as an operations intern. 

Portrait of Diana Harter.Diana Harter, VP of Finance

Diana is from Temecula, CA. She studied at Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Humanities and English. Later, while working at Brigham Young University, she earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of North Texas. During her education, Diana traveled to the U.K. and Ukraine where she led teams on professional projects. She believes that the diversity of thought and skills was crucial for the success of each team project, therefore she advocated for every team member to contribute.

At Smeal, Diana is concentrating in Marketing and Strategic Leadership while working in the Institute for the Study of Business Markets and  the Diversity Enhancement Programs Office. She is also VP for the MBA Marketing Association and president of the WMBA.  During her spare time, she likes to travel to surrounding sites, hike, visit art museums, attend music concerts, and spend time with her friends. Diana is involved with DMBA to help her classmates feel empowered and not shy away from discussing important professional issues. She hopes to create more professional development opportunities through the DMBA events this year.

Portrait of Nayib Perez.Nayib Perez, VP Marketing & Student Affairs

Nayib Perez is from Miami, Florida. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from Florida International University. Prior to joining the Smeal MBA, Nayib volunteered in the Americorp and worked with underprivileged youth as a mentor and tutor. He then taught social studies to middle and high school students in the Miami-Dade County public-school system. Nayib is currently a Smeal 2019 MBA Candidate concentrating in Finance and will be joining PepsiCo this summer as a strategic finance intern.