The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services (ODISS) always maintains an active role in organizing and sponsoring programs and activities aimed at enhancing the experiences of the student members in the various organizations under ODISS. The student opportunities listed here are simply a few of the highlights!
HBSA is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos and building leadership and career skills. Membership is open to anyone who shares our values, vision, and mission. HBSA is under the umbrella of ALPFA, which is the largest Latino association for business professionals and students with chapters nationwide and over 19,000 members. Each year HBSA participates in The ALPFA national conference that brings together over 2,500 professional and student members. Student workshops are led by industry leaders. Daily events offer priceless networking opportunities with student leaders and professionals throughout the country. The career fair has over 50 companies recruiting students for internships and full time positions.
In 2014, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services sponsored NABA to attend the annual NABA Central Region Conference in Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services, a group of students from the Asian Business Student Association (ABSA) at the Fisher College of Business attended the Asia Business Conference in Boston on March 9, 2014. The Asia Business Conference is an annual gathering jointly organized by student organizations of the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Now in its 21st year, it is the largest Asia-focused business conference in North America. The conference aims to foster meaningful discussion on policies and trends that dominate the business and legal institutions of modern Asia. To this end, the conference organizes a series of keynote speaker sessions, plenary sessions, topical panels, and social events featuring distinguished leaders from industry, government, and academia who have intimate experience with Asia.
The National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation's workforce. Our focus is on the development of early to mid-career stage professionals. We serve three related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals, and employers.
Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to develop partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. In partnership with over 350 of the country's top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector. Yet all of NBMBAA's partners have one thing in common: they are all committed to the organization's goals and values. The organization gains its strength from a strong belief in community and a commitment to its development through economic and educational development initiatives that support the global African American community.
Sponsored by ODISS, a group of students from the Undergraduate Business Women’s Association at the Fisher College of Business attended the 2014 Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Convention in Boston between October 18th. Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business’ Intercollegiate Business Convention (IBC) provides a unique opportunity for dynamic female leaders from around the world to explore careers opportunities, expand their network of peers and mentors, and learn from the experiences of top female business leaders. IBC attracts over 1,000 registrants from over 100 campuses.
October 2-4th, the members of the Out in Business organization attended the Reaching Out Conference in San Francisco, CA. Among the 1,400 persons attending the conference, our students had the opportunity to attend various speaker series, workshops, and sessions discussing various subject matters such as finance and entrepreneurship. This year's conference theme was on "Progress Through Partnership." They had the opportunity to network with persons around the world and to enhance their business skills.
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a non-profit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization," NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation's diverse workforce.
On October 12th, 15 members of the Fisher Veterans Association attended the Veteran MBA Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The career fair, one of the most exclusive in the country, invites only 300 veteran students from the top 40 programs and hosts over 30 companies. Among this year’s notable attendees were Google, P&G, GE, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Coca Cola, Intel, Microsoft, Amgen, Nike, and many others. P&G CEO Bob MacDonald delivered the key note address. Fisher’s 15 attendees represented the third largest contingent of student veterans. Three Fisher Veteran Alumni were present, serving as corporate representatives for Intel, Liberty Mutual, and Ernst & Young.
The office of Diversity and Inclusion sponsored a group of Chinese Business Professional Association members to attend the annual National Asian American MBA Conference hosted in New York, NY September 19-21st, 2013. The Annual NAAMBA Leadership Conference & Exposition is the largest gathering of Pan-Asian professionals and leaders in the U.S.A. It provides a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with present and emerging Asian American leaders, MBAs, top executives, industry experts, recruiters and prominent community figures as well as engage in powerful professional development and leadership seminars, expert panel discussions and networking sessions.
In 2012, the Fisher Business Students with Disabilities Association was formed. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services was able to send the founder of FBSWDA to the 2012 Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities.