History

Historical Highlights

1998-The DePaul MBA association is founded. Ron Vodicka is elected as first board president.  Five other students make up the board.  Introductory meetings held in all core classes, membership grows to over 100 students in the first year.

2000- Membership grows to over 1,000 students and the first MBAA Storytellers event takes place.

2004- DePaul MBAA is given permission to recruit new members through student orientation.  Town Hall meetings allow student body to voice opinions with dean and associate deans.

2005- David Shafton is elected to a second term as MBA Association president and becomes the first to serve on the board for back to back terms.

2006- Third Thursdays are created as a monthly networking event for members.  A quarterly newsletter is created to share with DePaul/Kellstadt Administration and staff.  Linkedin Membership grows to over 2,500 members.

2008- First leadership retreat is held in Wisconsin to set the framework for association goals for the following year and aid in a successful board transition.  Board member Nancy Nguyen sets up a partnership with the Chicago White Sox for what will become an annual Storytellers series with guest speaker Brooks Boyer.

2009- Third Thursday is moved from Plymouth to Exchequer to facilitate the growing number of student attendees.  Notable events include a storytellers event with guest speaker James Tyree CEO of Mesirow Financial and the first annual ice skating event.

2010- The first free female self-defence class is held to enhance the philanthropy aspect of the mission. Association logo is redesigned to encompass growth and community.  The DePaul MBA Association website (www.depaulmba.org) is rebuilt using a new template and entirely new content and images.  And, electronic marketing communications (e.g. the monthly newsletter and other mailings) is moved to a third party, Constant Contact (www.constantcontact.com).