Graduate Student Organizations
Choose the groups that interest you from the list below to learn more about Fisher graduate student organizations.
Fisher Graduate Student Association Board
Fisher Graduate Student Association Board (FGSAB) is a student-run organization working to implement change at Fisher as the liaison between the student body and various administrative offices. Simply put, the FGSAB encompasses all of the graduate student organizations within Fisher College of Business. Its purpose is to organize the students of Fisher, while providing developmental, academic, and personal opportunities for all.
FGSAB key responsibilities
If you’re interested in joining FGSAB, listen for information next fall. Elections occur in October for 1st year students. If you have suggestions, email FGSAB@fisher.osu.edu.
How Can I Become Involved?
The FGSAB is comprised of the Presidents of each program’s student council and six Student Organization Representatives. These Representatives are nominated and elected from among the student leadership groups operating at the Fisher College of Business. Get involved with Student Organizations and become a campus leader to put yourself in the best position to get elected to the FGSAB.
MBA Council key responsibilities:
If you’re interested in joining the MBA Council, attend the information session in Fall Quarter and/or reach out to current MBA Council representatives. Elections will occur in October/November for qualified 1st year students.
Class of 2013
President: Jay Compton [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The MAcc Council is an organization that hosts community service, professional, and social events for Masters of Accounting students. Through the MAcc Council, students have the opportunity to volunteer their time to make a difference in the community, network with practicing professionals, and interact with fellow MAcc students at social events.
The MAcc Council participates in multiple volunteer events such as OSU"s Dump and Run and Trick or Treat Canned Food Drive for the Mid Ohio Food Bank. Currently, the MAcc Council is coordinating The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in which students prepare income tax returns for low-income taxpayers to ensure that these taxpayers receive their appropriate tax refunds. Learn more about the VITA program. In addition, the MAcc Council brings in several professional speakers throughout the year and hosts social events.
Here at Ohio State, we are looking for students interested in:
The events of the MAcc Association are planned in response to interests indicated by the MAcc class.
For more information, please visit https://groups.cob.ohio-state.edu/macc/.
The Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) Council strives to enhance the educational, professional, leadership and social experiences of students in the MHRM program. Members of the council serve as student advocates for MHRM students in and outside of the classroom, providing diverse and inclusive social experiences along with leadership- and career-based developmental opportunities.
Sample Programs and Events:
For more information on MHRM Council and how to get involved, please contact Neesha Hathi at email@example.com.
2012-2013 Class Officers
Working Professional MBA Council
The Working Professional MBA Council is a student led governing body whose primary purpose is to represent the interests of the Working Professional MBA students and to develop an environment of inclusiveness for Working Professional MBA students.
This goal is accomplished by fostering social interaction, providing personal and professional growth opportunities and representing the student body on key issues within the Fisher community. The main objective of the Council is to ensure that working professional students' MBA experience is enhanced beyond the academic curriculum while also serving as a proactive and safe outlet for students' feedback. These objectives help to shape the continuous improvement framework on both the college and interpersonal level."
The purpose of the MBLE Council is to serve as learning and career resource for students interested in the field of Logistics at Fisher College of Business. We organize guest lectures, facility tours, etc. which would aid students in developing appreciation for the real world scenario in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. We also invite practitioners from the logistics domain to learn from them and provide career networking opportunities for students.
Please contact Alex Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SMF Council is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the Specialized Masters in Finance Program. The organization holds events and activities that create opportunities for personal and professional development within the cohort, as well as enhance the program’s brand and reputation.
For more information, please contact Ehab Samy at email@example.com.
Black MBA Association
The Black MBA Association (BMBAA) provides the supportive academic and social atmosphere that is necessary for incoming and continuing African American students to succeed in the Fisher College of Business programs. The organization assists students in their personal and professional development through innovative programs and activities emphasizing a commitment to excellence and community involvement.
The BMBAA encourages our students to find a balance between academic, social and professional interests. We have general body meetings intended to keep our membership abreast of organizational activities as well as events sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of the NBMBAA. We have quarterly social activities focusing on building camaraderie, which encourages our members to interact not only inside but outside of the classroom as well. Finally, we have a monthly community involvement initiative that provides a great opportunity for our organization to volunteer in the community and assist us in our effort to make the difference that will last a lifetime!
In Their Words
There is nothing that pushes me to strive on more than the testimonies of those that have gone before me. The first few weeks at Fisher were very challenging .The readings, assignments, team meetings, and a host of other important things seemed to come all at once. The 2nd year MBA student members of the Black MBA Association provided insights on how to be both effective and efficient. Knowing that they overcame many of my same challenges gives me the strength to keep doing my best.
- Precious Ugwumba, Current MBA student
For more information, please contact Anthony Cayce at ( firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to seeing you! GO BUCKEYES!!
Chinese Business Professional Association
The Chinese Business Professional Association (CBPA) works as a bridge between China and the U.S., and the key purpose of CBPA is two fold:
1. Help people (faculty, staff, and classmates) in Fisher College of Business as well as people out of campus to understand a real China, introduce Chinese culture, and promote business opportunities between China and other countries
2. Help Chinese students transfer smoothly to the life at Fisher College of Business, work as a culture community to organize relevant events, and collaborate with other Chinese associations at OSU and Columbus.
In sum, CBPA would like to act as a business community between China and other countries, and a social community for all people who are interested in China.
Guest speaker related Chinese business, Chinese culture, etc.
Chinese traditional festivals events, such as Spring Festival event, etc.
Chinese photography exhibition
For further information, visit https://groups.cob.ohio-state.edu/cbpa/.
The Fisher 5K Association is tasked with the strategic management of the Fisher 5K on an ongoing annual basis. The Fisher 5K Association shall support the goals of Fisher, corporate sponsors, and the charitable organization supported by the event. The Fisher 5K had over 730 runners and donated over $17,000 to charitable organizations in 2010. The Fisher 5K Association seeks to continue growth of this event through a dedicated management team overseeing logistical support, marketing, corporate affairs, and fund raising.
For more information, please visit http://www.fisher5k.org/.
Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals
The Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals aims to develop and prepare students for careers in marketing by providing members with the support, knowledge, and guidance necessary to become leaders in the field of marketing. AMP strives to 1. Support members seeking marketing-related careers, 2. Educate members on relevant marketing topics and trends, 3. Expose members to respected marketing leaders and firms to provide networking opportunities, 4. Raise awareness both internally and externally to the Fisher community for Fisher’s marketing discipline
The Association of Marketing Professionals holds numerous events throughout the year. We have several guest speakers come in from various companies to talk about marketing functions in their industry. Past speakers have come from Kimberly-Clark, Scotts, DunnhumbyUSA, Abbott, Nestle, Burger King, and Warrior Lacrosse. Our two flagship events are a marketing hop to Chicago in December to visit various companies in the area and participate in alumni events, as well as a marketing summit in March to explore a relevant marketing topic with high profile marketing speakers. Every year we have new and exciting events to address the needs of the current members.
In Their Words
“The Association of Marketing Professionals is a great organization to deepen marketing relationships within the Fisher community. AMP hosts top-notch speakers from a wide array of organizations across Ohio that provide exposure to various areas of marketing as well as significant networking opportunities. In addition to professional contacts, it is a great way to create relationships with your fellow students. Throughout my first year, I used AMP to connect with second-year students who could aid in my internship search and provide recommendations for class scheduling. These relationships have been invaluable!”
- Maria Malguarnera, MBA student (class of 2011)
For More Information
Please contact Jenna C. Algie (email@example.com)
Executive Committee Members
Fisher Board Fellows
Founded in the summer of 2004, Fisher Board Fellows (FBF) is a student-run organization at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. FBF brings together the Columbus community and select Fisher College MBA candidates through placement of candidates on the boards of area non-profits as non-voting Fellows for nine to eighteen month terms.
Fellows, mentored by a board member and with the full support of the non-profit executive director and board chair, participate as though board members, attending all board and assigned committee meetings. In addition, Fellows complete a strategic, board-level project that harnesses the Fellow's business expertise and adds long-term value to the partner organization.
FBF develops relationships that are beneficial to all parties. Fellows gain valuable experience working with non-profits and senior business leaders. Boards receive new perspectives from experienced professionals and educated analysis on topics integral to the success of the organization.
Annual events include monthly meetings during which 1st and 2nd year Fellows discuss their boards and projects and learn about trends that impact the non-profit community, an in-depth training session for newly-selected Fellows during winter quarter, and a breakfast meeting in the spring that brings our community partners to campus for a morning of networking and recognition.
For more information, please contact Kevin Neebes at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you!
Fisher Christian Fellowship
Fisher Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian fellowship that explores faith in business through mutual encouragement, discussion, and the use of skills and energy in service to others. It is affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, an interdenominational, evangelical Christian student-led ministry dedicated to establishing witnessing communities on college and university campuses. Over 1200 staff members minister with over 34,000 students and faculty on 573 campuses in the United States, with the purpose of developing their love for God, God’s Word, and for people of every ethnicity and culture around the world.
Here at Ohio State, we are looking for students interested in:
The organization holds weekly meetings at lunch to discuss and apply Christian principles to our academic and professional lives. It also hosts quarterly speaking engagements featuring high-level executives in the business community who are committed to demonstrating Christianity in their profession.
For more information, please visit https://groups.cob.ohio-state.edu/fcf/.
Fisher Consulting and Strategy Club
The mission of the Fisher Consulting & Strategy Club (FCSC) is to engage and serve students interested in the field of consulting and strategy, both internal and external, by encouraging personal and professional development, and by providing support and assistance to its members in their academic progress.
The FCSC works in close collaboration with Fisher Professional Services and the Office of Career of Management, in order to ensure that the latest trends in consulting and recruiting are being followed and communicated to its members. The club is also dedicated to promoting and coordinating development events according to the needs of its members.
Most importantly, the club will channelize its energy & time towards preparing students for case interviews, which is a primary testing criterion for most consulting and strategy jobs. Finally, our organization intends to serve as a platform to develop future professionals in consulting and strategy.
In their words
“FCSC is truly a partnership and convergence of knowledge between emerging consultants, career management, and Fisher Professional Services…but driven by student Fisher Consulting & Strategy Club leadership”
For more information
Fisher Entrepreneurship Association
The Fisher Entrepreneurship Association (FEA) provides current MBA students with both the educational building blocks and the networking connections necessary to be successful as entrepreneurs, investors in entrepreneurs and professionals tasked with executing innovative strategies within existing organizations. Whether you are wanting to start your own venture, or invest in startups - FEA can connect you with the tools and resources needed to succeed.
San Francisco Venture Capital Trip
National Business Plan Competitions
Spring Entrepreneurship Networking Invitational
Fall FEA Member Social Outing
Monthly Entrepreneur/VC Speaker Series
Quarterly Entrepreneurship/VC Education Events
In Their Words
“FEA is designed to help MBA students learn and network in the areas of entrepreneurship and new venture funding. However, entrepreneurship is not just about starting your own company or entering the venture capital ranks. Entrepreneurship is also focused on applying innovative, self-motivated strategies within large organizations that push the business forward. Just take a look at the number of job descriptions that list ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ as a desired trait. FEA has certainly helped me learn about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, what it means to be an entrepreneur in a large organization and how to build a network both here in Ohio and nationwide.”
- David Shaw, former FEA President
Fisher Follies is a spectacular spring production featuring a dizzying array of humorous skits, videos & musical numbers created to poke good fun at ourselves after a year of taking ourselves way too seriously. Aside from the chance to roast your classmates and professors in front of 500 of your closest frenemies soliciting gut wrenching laughs along the way, there’s nothing really to gain here. Follies will not make you richer, better looking, easier on the planet, further networked or positioned for a great career. Its only purpose is…well…hilarity. Oh and if we have a buck or two left over, we give it to the charity because it’s more pleasant on the conscience than buying the cast another case of veuve at the after party. That is debated, of course.
Fall semester features Follies' annual silent and deadly auction of items ranging from luxurious to scandalous with heavy stops at valuable and funny. Fall semester is also our writing season where everyone is asked to write skits and musical numbers full of wit and folly. The giggliest gems are selected for spring rehearsals culminating in the annual show.
For more information, please contact Nick Schafer at email@example.com.
Fisher Golf Association
The Fisher Golf Association provides opportunities for students in the Graduate Business program to increase their golf skills and acumen in preparation for the business world. We offer golf lessons, leagues, and tournaments to educate and equip students with golf skills they can take with them into the business world.
Annual events include an “introduction to golf” clinic sponsored by Golftec, a “fundamentals of golf” clinic sponsored by Golftec, weekly invitations to practice, bi-weekly golf outings, and a Fisher Golf Association Tournament in the spring. In addition to organized events, the Fisher Golf Association helps introduce Graduate Business students to classmates, professors and local executives who want to network on the golf course.
For more information, please contact Matthew Drengler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fisher Graduate Finance Association
The Fisher Graduate Finance Association strives to create a community for all finance majors, as well as, for all other graduate students that have an interest in finance. We accomplish this by providing a network of individuals who have experience and connections in different areas of corporate finance and the investment industry. We facilitate communication of personal experience through social, competitive and networking events. We provide additional educational tools to our members that are currently not available through the curriculum. The MBA Finance Association through its organized events is committed to providing professional services and personal rewards to all of our members.
Here at Ohio State, we are looking for students interested in:
Fall events are scheduled to include a finance association info session with first and second years, a members-only golf tournament, and the Fisher Finance Boot Camp.
In Their Words
I chose to join the MBA Finance Association because of the great learning and professional development opportunities available through the organization. The Finance Association has great speakers, frequently talk about current relevant topics such as corporate governance, trading strategies, and valuation methods. In addition, you get exposure to many great companies such as Nationwide, Procter & Gamble, Cardinal Health, etc. After Fisher, I want to contribute quickly through not only my MBA education but also my current knowledge of finance.
- Current MBA student
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Fisher Graduate Women in Business
The Fisher Graduate Women in Business (FGWIB) organization acts as a forum to discuss and address issues relevant to women in business and build awareness of women in leadership positions. FGWIB does this through professional and social events that provide our members with direct access to female leaders with the Columbus community and beyond. This organization strives to promote the role of women in business by providing our members with the practical knowledge they need to succeed within the business community. Membership is not restricted to women; anyone who is interested in addressing the topics that interest the contemporary women in business is welcome.
National Association of Women MBA Career Fair
For further information, please contact Stacey Forman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fisher Indian Students Association [FISA]
Fisher Indian Students Association provides a platform for continuous dialogue and interaction among members with a goal of improving student life and enabling career opportunities for its members. FISA will act as an interconnecting system for students to network and create an environment that will help in enriching students’ Fisher experience. It is an effort to make the first year students’ transition to Columbus and to Fisher as smooth as possible. Although we are called the Fisher Indian MBA Association, membership is open to all and diversity is encouraged.
Student Interaction Sessions
In Their Words
- Member, FISA (*Name withheld on request)
Want to know more about FISA?
President: Manpreet Singh (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Nafeesa Fathima (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information , go to https://groups.cob.ohio-state.edu/imbaa/
Fisher Latino Graduate Association
The Fisher Latino Graduate Association serves to increase the profile and opportunities for Latino students at the Fisher College of Business. Our goal is to encourage personal and professional development, provide support and assist its members in their academic development at the Fisher College of Business. In particular, the organization will focus on identifying and networking with Latino alumni leaders, build fellowship among its members and address issues that face the Latino community.
Fisher Latino Graduate Association is also dedicated to promoting and coordinating social and cultural awareness and activities, depending on the needs of its members. Further, to assist Fisher in increasing the recruitment of Latinos and promoting the well-being of the Latino community along with the collaboration of other organizations through a unified action. Finally, the organization will be used as a platform to develop future leaders in the Latino community.
Who might be interested?
Students who want to learn more about the Latino culture, network, socialize with other members, or get involved in different activities are invited to join FLGA. It is not necessary to be Latino to be a member. We have members from different nationalities that are interested in learning more about Latin culture.
FLGA events include year-round professional networking opportunities, cultural awareness, Emerging Markets summit, and social events. In addition, through the Office of Minority Student Services, active FLGA members are sponsored to attend the National Society for Hispanic MBAs.
For the specific calendar of events for the 2010-2011 academic year please visit our website https://groups.cob.ohio-state.edu/flga/activities/
In Their Words
"Coming to Fisher was one of the best decisions I made. Not only am I learning all the intricacies of business at Fisher, but as well as having the support needed to succeed. For example, being part of the FLGA not only gave me the chance to participate in events such as the NSHMBA, but also gave me a chance to directly interact with my fellows abroad."
- Gustavo Wille, MBA Student- Class 2010
“Deciding to pursue an MBA through the joint Law and MBA program has been the best career / education decision I have made. I joint FLGA mainly because of the people and the opportunity to interact with students that share similar cultural values as me. Additionally, with the help of the Office of Minority Student Services, the FLGA successfully sponsored students to attend the National Society of Hispanic MBAs in Atlanta, GA this past October. Overall, my experience with FLGA and its members has been exceptional.”
- Angel Fernandez, MBA Student – Class 2011
For further information, please contact Cecilia Shiroma at email@example.com
Fisher Partners' Club
About Us, Who We Are, and What We Do
The Fisher Partners' Club is an organization made up of the spouses and significant others of graduate students in the Fisher College of Business.
Our goal is to provide support throughout the business school experience by sponsoring a variety of family and social activities, providing advice about living in Columbus, and offering opportunities for partners and students to meet and establish new friendships.
Why You Should Join
As a member of Partners' Club, you will receive updates that highlight our upcoming activities as well as news and information pertaining to Columbus and important activities and dates pertaining to Fisher. The Partners' Club steps in by providing a peer support network. Our activities are designed to promote a casual environment for partners to spend time with others who share their current experiences and challenges.
How You Join
Joining the Partners' Club is easy and free! Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and a current partner will respond with further information.
Fisher Professional Services
Fisher Professional Services (FPS) is an MBA-operated consultancy within Fisher College of Business serving Fortune-listed companies, regional businesses, and The Ohio State University. Our consultants are overseen by and have access to industry experts, renowned faculty, and top-notch academic resources.
Fisher Racquet Sports Association
The Fisher Racquet Sports Association was created to serve Fisher graduate students who share the same interests in table tennis, cricket, badminton, and other racquet sports, to provide a recreational platform outside the business classroom, and to give students a sense of recognition and belonging.
Our mission is to serve Fisher graduate students!
Events include weekly recreational activities such as badminton, squash, tennis, table tennis, and cricket. Other events include a Fisher Racquet Sports Tournament and “Play and Networking” events in which alumni and local business professionals are invited to play racquet sports with current Fisher graduate students.
Fisher Real Estate Society
The Fisher Real Estate Society was created to promote careers in the real estate industry and to foster real estate academic programming at the Fisher College of Business. Membership is open to all students interested in real estate at The Ohio State University.
We are seeking students interested in:
Planned fall events include a Real Estate Boot Camp, a Columbus-area real estate development site visit, alumni networking events, and a real estate executive luncheon series.
In Their Words
The Fisher Real Estate Society has provided me with several networking and learning opportunities. Not only have I increased my knowledge of the industry and potential career options, but FRES has also provided me with the resources to achieve my goals. In particular, the mentoring program has helped me broaden my network, which is crucial in the real estate industry. My plan is to focus my studies on both finance and real estate to further my knowledge and increase my value to future employers.
- Joe White, Current MBA student
Fisher Sports (Business) Association
The FSBA seeks to provide the following services to Fisher students:
For more information on the FSBA or to become involved in project-based work, activity planning, etc. please contact Michael Pierce (email@example.com)
Fisher Veterans Association
The Fisher Veterans Association is dedicated to furthering the opportunities of Fisher College of Business students who have served in the Armed Forces. The Association is a growing network dedicated to recruiting exceptional military candidates to Fisher and preparing them for leading roles in the business community while giving back to those currently engaged in combat operations.
Events and Activities
The Veterans Association sponsors a number of speakers and events throughout the year designed to help its members with their transition to both college life and civilian careers. In addition to organizing trips to veteran-centric career events, the Veterans Association facilitates contact with veteran alumni for both networking and mentorship. It serves as a conduit of information about veteran affairs and issues to veterans, fellow students, and faculty. The Veterans Association is also an informal social group for its members, yet it actively seeks to include the wider Fisher College student body in activities such as its annual barbeque, speaking events, and a trip to the shooting range.
FisherServes is a graduate student-led organization at Fisher that is committed to promoting awareness of civic and social responsibility and connecting The Fisher College of Business with the Columbus community by leading service-based initiatives. All students that are currently enrolled at Fisher are considered members of the FisherServes organization.
President – Brian Needham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovation Fisher prepares business students for the human-oriented economy, helping to create real, top level value creation for their future employers. The mission of Innovation Fisher is to augment Fisher’s classroom curriculum with real-world exposure to innovation practice. Debates on salient issues, guest speakers, workshops that teach innovation practice skills, networking events with innovation professionals, a major symposium on innovation each spring and placement in innovation fellowships are ways Innovation Fisher provides value to Fisher graduate students.
For more information, please visit our website.
International Business Club
The International Business Club is designed to be a fun and informative group helps develop world citizens. The IBC serves to provide MBA students with opportunities to meet, interact, and learn through events focused on international business and/or international locations and cultural themes. The organization also serves to facilitate the integration of international and exchange students into the Fisher community, and the interaction of foreign and domestic students in a social environment. Finally, the IBC functions as the voice for students who wish to promote integration of international topics and courses into the curriculum of the Fisher College of Business in addition to providing forums for students to stay updated on current events.
Net Impact brings together leaders with a passion for creating solutions to a wide range of environmental and social issues, in an effort to create a more environmentally and socially sustainable world through business. Through networking across academic and professional disciplines, OSU Net Impact strives to educate, promote curriculum change, foster discussion, and actively engage in social change projects targeting our local community and beyond.
Here at Ohio State, we are looking for students interested in:
Major events through the year include:
Additionally, there are numerous guest speakers and site visits scheduled each quarter. Members also have the ability to participate in member-only events such as the Net Impact National Conference and the Green Case Competition.
Operations and Logistics Management Association
The Operations & Logistics Management Association (OLMA) is a forum for MBA students interested in Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics and related fields. OLMA aims to provide resources to students to enable them to gain a broader understanding of the importance, opportunities, career paths, trends, and current hot issues in this field. Additionally, OLMA helps put members in touch with industry through our affiliations with professional organizations and the Center for Operational Excellence, and fosters the professional growth of its members through seminars, conferences and case competitions.
Speaker Series - We plan to invite a number of speakers from industry and faculty to provide their perspective regarding current issues and to guide students interested in the field to succeed.
Out in Business
OUTinBusiness' mission is to inform, involve, and inspire business students by connecting them with the resources and tools necessary to successfully advance social justice, equal rights, diversity, and inclusive initiatives at Fisher and in the community. We're not just an organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students; ALL students who have an interest in making Fisher, and the business community, a welcoming and supportive place are encouraged to participate.
For more information, please visit https://groups.cob.ohio-state.edu/out-in-business/.