Depending on the interests and goals of each class of MBA students, a number of student organizations form each year to further professional development opportunities, serve the university, or build social networks. Organizations centered on consulting, entrepreneurship, finance and student government have been popular with Working Professional MBA students in recent years. You are encouraged to take on a leadership position in an existing organization or start your own group. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and make connections with industry leaders. Some student organizations that have been active in previous years are listed below.
Graduate Business Council (GBC)
The Graduate Business Council is the student government for all students enrolled in the Texas MBA at Houston program. The mission of the Graduate Business Council is to provide a forum for students to directly impact administrative policy matters while overseeing the development and maintenance of a strong sense of community and pride within the McCombs School of Business.
The Consulting Club is a forum for students who have an interest in potentially pursuing a career in consulting to connect with each other, and also connect with consulting firms with local offices in Houston. The club periodically sets up events with consulting firms both during and outside class weekends as ways for students to network with firms who traditionally recruit from working professional programs. These events give student insights into the life of a consultant, the type of work being done, information and differences between firms, etc., which gives students a clearer picture to help determine if consulting is the right career for them. These events have included traditional information sessions, case study workshops, real life project exploration, networking meet and greets, etc. The Consulting Club is a wholly student-run organization, and the students are responsible for the level of activity associated with the club each year.
Graduate Women in Business (GWiB)
Graduate Women in Business (GWiB) strives to improve the visibility of women in the Texas MBA program at Houston, offer personal and professional development resources to its members, provide opportunities to network with companies and industry leaders, and act as an information resource for prospective McCombs students. GWiB organizes social events designed to foster relationships between first and second-year McCombs women, works closely with Texas MBA Admissions to reach out to future women MBAs, and offers complimentary membership to National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA).
The Texas MBA at Houston Investment Club was incorporated in 2011 as a Texas LP named the Bevo Capital Group. It provides members with a real world opportunity to apply the concepts of Finance and Stock Analysis learned in the MBA curriculum. Members run a fund built through membership dues and evaluate stocks monthly for purchase. Houston investment professionals are invited periodically to give lectures on investing and a yearly competition on returns is held with the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Investment Club.
The Entrepreneur Society of Houston
The Entrepreneur Society of Houston provides opportunities for students to gain the necessary tools to develop ideas into a sustainable startup. At Speaker Series events members can network with successful business founders from diverse backgrounds, such as biofuel trading, entertainment and consulting. Members can also get hands-on learning experience and information on how to target investors by attending mock pitch sessions, participating in business plan competitions, and assisting local startups. These club events provide valuable knowledge in succeeding in today's entrepreneurial world as well as a large supportive network of like-minded people.
McCombs Ambassador Committee (MAC)
The McCombs Ambassador Committee within the Houston MBA Program plays a vital role in providing the admissions staff with a student perspective on the MBA admissions process. MAC members participate in many aspects of MBA admissions including planning and attending recruiting events and serving as a point of contact for prospective applicants. As current students who were recently in your shoes, MAC members are a source of insight into the program for you as a prospective student, and a source of constant feedback for our admissions office to ensure we are addressing your needs as potential applicants and future Texas MBAs. To contact a current MAC member please email TexasMBAHouston@mccombs.utexas.edu