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.
Carlos Rojas, President
Carlos Rojas is 2016-2017 president of the Minority MBA Association. Born and raised in South Florida to Colombian parents, he attended Florida International University and got his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before Smeal, he worked in the retail and warehousing industries, most recently as a Warehouse Manager for Kate Spade & Company. Currently, Carlos is a first year MBA candidate concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Finance. He is also a member of the Supply Chain Association and the Finance Association. He is also a Graduate Assistant with the Diversity Enhancement Programs office.
Justin Richards, VP of Finance
Justin Richards is the VP of Finance for the Minority MBA. He is originally from California and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Operations and Finance from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining Smeal’s MBA program, Justin worked for over fifteen years in the real estate industry. As a broker, he started his own corporation, Richards Partners Inc., after building valuable experience in the operations, investment, and default-servicing segments of the residential real estate market.
Justin currently works as a Graduate Assistant for the Diversity Enhancement Programs office, and is a member of the Supply Chain Association, and Minority MBA Association.
Obinna Nnabuihe, VP of Marketing & Student Affairs
Obinna Nnabuihe is the VP of Marketing and Student Affairs for the Minority MBA Association. Obinna was born and raised in Nigeria where he received his first degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
Obinna graduated as an engineer but started his career as a programmer and graphic designer due to his love for challenges. He later worked in Airtel - the 3rd largest telecom company in the world by subscriber number - as a business analyst in marketing where. Here he was involved in multiple projects that involved customer usage and retention; campaign strategy; customer segmentation; predictive churn; data analytics; business intelligence; product development and customer acquisition. He’s also the founder of a tech start-up and the co-founder of another start-up known as Babelos - a translation & localization firm.
Obinna will be joining the Global Marketing Team at Dell in Austin, this Summer.
Karina Santos, VP of Communications
Karina Santos is the VP of Communications for the Minority MBA, in addition to being the VP of Philanthropy in the student MBA Association. Prior to coming to Smeal, Karina worked in the non-profit sector for eight years. In her last role, she helped low-income students have access to higher education by awarding them scholarships and creating programs to promote educational equity in under-resourced communities.
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Karina graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA with degrees in International Intercultural Studies and Sociology. She has also held marketing related internships in the entertainment industry including United Talent Agency, MarketCast, and NBCUniversal. In her spare time, Karina enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.
Jordan Crespo, VP of Alumni & Corporate Relations
Jordan Crespo is the Vice President of Alumni & Corporate Relations for the Minority MBA Association, responsible for managing corporate and alumni events geared towards minorities in the work place. Jordan was born in Virginia and has lived all over the United States. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management with an emphasis in Global Supply Chain Management from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.
After graduation he joined Honeywell International in Los Angeles, CA with the Aerospace division as a Production Scheduler. He next moved into the role of Integrated Supply Chain supervisor, managing the operations of multiple work cells producing aerospace components. He was finally a Product Manager for heat exchangers before returning to school at the Smeal College of Business to pursue an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Marketing.
Jordan will be a Commodity Manager intern at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OR this summer. He has a wife and two beautiful daughters.