Clubs

Silver Fund

The Marriott School Silver Fund was established in 1984 through a donation from the Harold Silver family.  Each year, a team of 10 to 12 MBA students are selected to manage the endowment fund, currently valued at about $2 million.  The Silver Fund provides students an opportunity to manage a real-dollar stock portfolio and conduct the associated security analysis and portfolio performance measurement.  In addition to the stock portfolio, for the last several years students have also managed a $5 million bond portfolio a Zion Bank funds where they learn about and apply fixed income concepts including credit and duration analysis.

Silver Fund is a limited-enrollment 6.0 credit class (3.0 credits per semester) that runs throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.  At the end of their first year, MBA finance students apply to work for the fund the following year.  Historically, participation in the Silver Fund has been helpful in obtaining positions in investment management and investment banking firms, but is also a useful experience for students interested in corporate finance.  The criteria for selection are 1) GPA in first year finance/accounting/econ classes, 2) prior work experience, secured summer internship, and/or an interest in pursuing a financial markets career, 3) a team-oriented personality.  Selection for Silver Fund is made by a committee of MBA finance professors in consultation with the Professor Thorley who teaches the class.  Taking MBA 622 Investments in first year of the program is strongly preferred but not required for admission to Silver Fund.

BYU MBA Technological Society (MBATS)

The BYU MBA Technological Society  is designed for graduate business students with an interest in the high tech industry. Focusing on the 'business of technology', the club promotes guest speakers, networking opportunities, company trips, and particularly provides hands-on business development to help prepare students for successful employment or entrepreneurship in this dynamic, fast-paced industry. Students meet monthly to discuss ways to find great jobs in Silicon Valley, Silicon Slopes (Utah), or around the world. MBATS organizes the annual trip to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES.

Cougar Capital

Cougar Capital is a venture capital and private equity fund deploying real dollars into real companies.

Cougar Capital is a class that first-year MBA students at the Marriott School can apply for and potentially participate in during their second year in the MBA Program. A first-year MBA student can take a VC/PE fundamentals course, preparing him or her for the experience. Accepted second-year students actively pursue investment opportunities, perform due diligence, and deploy capital.

Cougar Capital is established as a donation-based, evergreen-structured fund that works closely with established VC/PE firms on deals. The fund, therefore, sources almost all of its deal flow from these industry partnerships and seeks to add value to their partners’ investment process through significant due-diligence efforts, as well as by providing additional post-deal analysis of companies in which they have invested.

Led by faculty advisor Gary Williams, a well-rounded academic advisory board, and additional advisors consisting of respected industry professionals, Cougar Capital provides academic learning through applied experience.

Marriott MBA Today

Marriott MBA Today is a student-run news program that focuses on news of BYU MBA students and events.  MBA students are interviewed about their internships, clubs, case competition, recruiting trips, and business startups and also interview speakers who come to campus.

Occasionally, the students report on broader business stories that affect Marriott School students.  For example, stories about business such as Boeing, Adobe, and Goldman who have a growing footprint in Utah or stories about Goal Zero or Qualtrics which were started by BYU students and faculty, respectively.  For these broader stories, the MBA students often team up with a journalism student.

The shows can be seen on the blog at: http://marriottmbatoday.com or on the Marriott MBA Today YouTube channel.

 

BYU MBA OBSA

BYU MBA Organizational Behavior Student Association (OBSA) is open to any BYU MBA student interested in HR or leadership. The club hosts professional seminars each week during Fall semester. Organizational behavior thought leaders and alumni speak to current students at the seminars about their latest findings and best practices in the OB/HR field.

OBSA also organizes the river rafting trip following orientation week. All first and second-year students attend along with some recruiters, staff, and faculty.

 

MBAMA

The BYU MBA Marketing Association (MBAMA) is a club that is open to any BYU MBA student interested in improving his or her combined analytical skill and marketing creativity. MBAMA holds monthly mixers and meetings to help create a network to help students with job placement, relationships with alumni and those in the industry, student recruitment, and improving the BYU MBA overall brand.

MBAMA also sponsors the annual trip to Moab, Utah, at the beginning of the school year where students can mingle with alumni, recruiters, staff, and faculty.

Graduate Finance Association

The Graduate Finance Association (GFA) prepares graduate students to interview for and accept positions in the field of finance. This is done by providing opportunities to network inside and outside the MBA program, developing member skill sets by sponsoring workshops on various financial topics and facilitating dialogue between current students, former students, and recruiters to aid in finding and obtaining internships and full-time job opportunities. For more information about the GFA, call 801-422-3500.

Graduate Supply Chain Management Association

The Graduate Supply Chain Management Association (GSCMA) is the student club for MBA students in the Global Supply Chain Management track.  It is open to all students interested in supply chain management.  Global supply chain management encompasses many topics, from strategic sourcing to operations management to logistics and transportation.  The GSCMA aims to provide value to its members in three main areas: introduction to and education about the various branches of the supply chain management industry, networking opportunities and job placement assistance, and camaraderie and social interaction.  The club sponsors on-campus seminars and visits to local firms.  The club also facilitates interaction with the department’s Advisory Board which is made up of successful supply chain professionals.  The GSCMA sponsors regular social gatherings to make the time spent in the MBA program more enjoyable and to help its members form lasting friendships and professional networks. 

A highlight of the school year for most GSCMA members is the pre-fall semester rafting trip to the Payette River in Idaho.  The trip provides a chance for incoming students, returning students, faculty, advisory board members, and company representatives to mingle and kick off the school year with fun activities in a beautiful place. 

MBA Strategy and Consulting Club

The MBA Strategy and Consulting Club (MBASCC) is for all BYU MBA students with an interest in management consulting and corporate strategy. MBASCC is designed to expose students to the consulting opportunities available through speakers, field trips, group discussions, networking, and competitions. This club provides essential training and support for those seeking a career in the consulting industry but is also great for those who merely want to learn more about the industry. One of the primary advantages to the club is the opportunity to prepare for case interviews–a core part of the recruiting process.

 

International Graduate Student Association

The International Graduate Student Association is a club managed by the Marriott School’s Global Management Center. The main purpose of this association is to help all international Marriott School graduate students in the in their transition to BYU. It is beneficial for international students to be part of this association and participate the activities that the association organizes each month.

BYU MBA Women in Management

The BYU MBA Women in Management (WIM) group provides professional development, networking opportunities, and support for women in the BYU MBA Program. WIM prepares women to make meaningful contributions in their future careers.

WIM sponsors excellent seminars and fun activities that provide the opportunity to build great relationships with MBA classmates and alumni.

China Business Club

The BYU China Business Club (CBC) was established in 2009 as the first regionally focused club in the Marriott School. The mission of the CBC is to develop China-related career opportunities for Marriott School students by providing a platform for networking with relevant alumni and industry contacts. Secondary goals include promoting the BYU brand in China and educating the Marriott School community about doing business in the Asian nation. The CBC regularly holds forums and networking events exclusively for members.

BYU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Club

BYU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Club (CEO-BYU) helps students learn how to start a venture, find capital, and locate a leadership team. CEO-BYU is a nationally recognized club that competes every year with other CEO chapters around the nation. CEO-BYU has access to dozens of internships and job opportunities available strictly to CEO-BYU members.

CEO-BYU also heads up many organizations and activities on campus including Social Venture Group, Engineering Group, and Student Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah Student 25, Business Development Academy, and many more.

BYU Sports Business Association

Mission and purpose of the Sports Business Association is to provide an environment for MBA students to:

1. Study business problems in the context of sports

2. Provide resources to expand network of industry professionals

3. Provide resources for internship and full-time positions

This will help students learn and apply business frameworks in a new setting. SBA will also work to provide students with enriching opportunities in the world of sports.