As a Wisconsin MBA student, you join a close-knit community. The first and most important community you join will be your classmates—within your specialization and across your cohort. In your first semester, you will get to know students throughout the program, taking the core curriculum in a cohort with students from a variety of areas. At the same time, through your career specialization, you will interact with classmates, industry leaders and faculty who share your passion for Risk Management and Insurance through specialized coursework and a wide range of center-based activities.
There is much more to being a Wisconsin MBA student than just attending classes. Almost two-dozen student organizations offer opportunities for learning, leadership, and networking. Some relate to specific industries, while others are based on common interests, and still others are simply a way for students to enjoy their time together.
The Graduate Business Association (GBA) represents all Wisconsin MBA students. It coordinates a popular golf outing and annual Spring Ball and hosts talks by noted business leaders and sponsors student-led community service projects. GBA offers a variety of leadership opportunities. This year, RMI student, Hector Herrada was elected to the GBA Board as the International Chair.
GBA also organizes teams of Wisconsin MBA students who compete in everything from local marathons to the infamous “Polar Plunge” on behalf of Special Olympics. GBA holds a special place in the heart of students by hosting TAPS, (also known as Thursday After Professional Services) a long-time Thursday night tradition, in which Wisconsin MBA students relax and unwind together at a variety of downtown clubs.
Community building begins before your first class.
As an MBA in RMI, you also have numerous opportunities to interact with alumni and other professionals through a variety of outlets. One is our alumni association, which hosts an annual gathering in Madison along with regional gatherings around the country. Another is through attendance at industry meetings, such as the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and the Risk Management and Insurance Society (RIMS) annual meetings. Importantly, industry leaders, such as alumna Julia Aasberg, lead underwriter for Lloyd’s of London syndicate Chaucer, and Tom Merfeld, Chief Investment Officer for CUNA Mutual Group, make regular, nearly weekly, visits to campus to discuss current RMI issues with our focused group of RMI MBA students, offering us the chance to become acquainted with the industry and make strong connections.
Another popular student organization is the Joint Venture Club, which provides graduate students, and their spouses, partners, significant others, and/or children a social network of support. Because family and partners are an integral part of a student's experience in Madison, the club works to foster community and help ease the transition to Madison. The club's board currently sends out a weekly email outlining the variety of activities that are open to significant others and families.
Learn more about all of our student organizations.