It was a banner year for The Richmond MBA! We hosted original programming and welcomed so many new faces, that we wanted to share a rundown of everything we accomplished this year.

First, we established an easy way to connect with our MBA alumni and current students through The Richmond MBA Facebook page. If you are not a member, click here to join us. It is a quick and convenient way for us to network, share career advice, and keep up with everything going on in our community. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

We also made sure to keep our students connected with one of our biggest mentorship programs to date, with 30 mentor matches this year. The MBA Mentorship Program pairs students with mentors from their field of interest in order to help them achieve their full potential.  These connections give our students personalized professional development and opportunities to grow relationships in the Richmond community. They built on those relationships at our Dinner Series this year with three themes: mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurial leadership, and authenticity. If you would like to be a mentor or a mentee next year, find out more here.

We finished up the fall with our new MBA Holiday Celebration at the Jepson Alumni Center. Nearly 200 Richmond MBA alumni, faculty, students, and staff celebrated another year of The Richmond MBA by recognizing our alumni and volunteers who made it all possible. This new tradition helped jumpstart our busy spring semester, loaded with events for our current students and alumni.

We started off 2018 with an event featuring Cy Wakeman, drama researcher, international speaker, and consultant. She shared her leadership philosophy with our students and alumni in early January. Then, in mid-March, we hosted Future-Proofing Your Career in partnership with the Virginia Council of CEOs. The women-only event welcomed more than a hundred women in the RVA business community for open conversations about their careers. The event featured round-table discussions to encourage authentic connections, as well as some wise words from Lyn McDermid, CIO of the Federal Reserve System and director of Federal Reserve Information Technology. You can find out more about Future-Proofing Your Career here.

We also need to recognize some of our students for their recent win in the ACG Cup! This is the third time The Richmond MBA team has won the competition. Amber Answine, GB’18, Chris Dennis, GB’19, and Blake Turner, GB’19, took home the winning trophy for the case study competition that gives MBA students real-world experience in mergers and acquisitions. The students won the competition beating out VCU, UVA, and W&M. Congratulations!

Just after our 10th annual MBA Alumni Society Golf Tournament (which you can read more about here), we conferred 21 degrees. We are so grateful for a busy year, and are already looking forward to meeting our new students in Opening Residency in August!