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Academic Chapter of the Month-Oklahoma State University: A Chapter with Heart

Posted By Nadia Alhashimi, Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Oklahoma State University’s chapter is new to the NAWMBA family. They are going on their second year, but after only a year of establishment their personality is clear. They are a chapter with heart. I always say that my favorite thing about NAWMBA is that it feels like family. Nobody has embodied that more than NAWMBA’s Oklahoma State University chapter. Here’s a little bit about what drives the chapter at OSU in the words of their president, Dylan Dean.

The first thing that we did as new leaders was to go to NAWMBA’s conference and career fair. At the time our President was Holly, and even though I’ve taken over this year I’m still close to her. We went to conference and became inspired by what other chapters were doing. When we came back we brought what we learned. We built on programs that already existed within Spears School of Business. For example, Spears has a Friday class that we call, ‘Professional Development.’ Through that class we are connected directly to faculty, staff, and representatives from the community. Students are introduced to speakers and then go to networking events with the members of our community who present on different topics. Some entrepreneurs discuss how they got their start or why/how they switched careers. From that program, we decided what was most interesting to us and economic opportunities in our community. We pulled ideas as to what we want to be our focus for the month. It’s an easy way to get the ideas going! This past spring, we watched the documentary, “The Women’s List” highlighting 30 women who have made their mark in their respective industry. This gave us so many ideas! Currently we meet monthly but we also have volunteer events that make it more frequent. For example, this past spring we volunteered at the Children’s Museum, engaging with Elementary aged students. We enjoyed interacting with them, but also were proud to let them see that there are women in the community (outside of their teachers) who are leading as examples of community activists and goodwill models. This community volunteer aspect is extremely important for our chapter. We volunteer on and off campus and interactive volunteering is an important aspect of our service. We see the value in food or toy drives, but for us it’s not as beneficial for members as having interactive experiences together. In the next year, I hope to develop these community partnerships so that we can find more opportunities for volunteer work in the community. The leadership and organizational skills helps us build community connections but also helps to develop our skills in marketing, communications, leadership, and stewardship that we may not have in our internships or entry level jobs. Our chapter is incredibly grateful to also have such great support from our MBA program. Whatever we choose to attend, OSU provides transportation, funding, and/or training. They really give us support to make our goals a reality. For example, last year only our chapter leaders attended the 2016 NAWMBA Conference and Career Fair, but we are looking forward to getting a large group to Chicago this year!

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