The Smith Pride Alliance (SPA) is an affinity group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) MBA and Specialty Masters Students and their Allies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
We facilitate social, academic, and professional opportunities for members of our community and allies, while creating an inclusive environment on campus.
If you are a graduate student at Smith and would like to be a member of SPA, sign up at the link in the top bar above.
Smith Pride Celebration
This is a full day of celebration and outright supportive and visible events for those students at Smith who identify as LGBTQ+ individuals. We will be giving away freebies, learning more about our members, and throwing an evening social event of a lifetime!
Hear My Story
SPA’s signature and best attended event of the year! We will host a diverse group of 5 to 7 panelists over lunch. The event consists of panelists who share stories of identity and diversity in the workplace or otherwise; then, we will break down into smaller groups where attendees can share personal stories with their tables and we can discuss broader issues of diversity.
SPA Mentorship and Networking
This event is new, but will most likely turn into a signature event for SPA! We are looking to increase the community base for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies within the greater Smith community. This is an ideal event for MBA students interested in mentoring their peers and undergraduate students within the business world!
Matt Harrop, President
Matt is a second year MBA/Master in Real Estate Development dual degree candidate. After working in supply chain for 5.5 years at two global multi billion-dollar manufacturers, he has decided to take a risk and pursue his passion for real estate and community development. His passion lies at the intersection of public and private organizations when it comes to creating diverse communities. Matt‘s other interests include international travel, Penn State football, and whiskey Old Fashions.
For more information, visit Matt’s Linkedin.
Tiffany Corpuz, Executive Vice President
Tiffany Corpuz is a second year MBA/MS in Supply Chain Management student. Tiffany received her Bachelor’s Degree at Syracuse University in Supply Chain Management and Finance. Tiffany is an avid Syracuse basketball fan and a sucker for cute dogs. Tiffany is excited for this coming year working with SPA and looks forward to contributing in a meaningful and positive way.
For more information, visit Tiffany’s Linkedin.
Gustavo Garcia, Vice President of Finance
Gustavo is a second year MBA.
For more information, visit Gustavo’s Linkedin.
Garrett Coffman, Vice President of Ally Relations
Garrett is a second year MBA/MPP candidate specializing in consulting, management & leadership, and public sector financial management. He is interested in discovering how public-private partnerships can resolve the infrastructural issues that face us today. With a background in legal administration, consumer banking, and global logistics, Garrett plans to integrate optimization and strategic thinking into projects that can maximize a firm’s triple bottom line by benefitting the communities they inhabit. One day he will join Oprah, Beyoncé, and Michelle Obama on TIME’s 100 most influential people list.
For more information, visit Garrett’s Linkedin.
Nick Edwards, Vice President of Community Outreach
Nick is a second year MBA candidate in the part-time program on the D.C. campus. Currently working as DECA’s Assistant Director of Corporate & External Affairs, Nick is responsible for developing and expanding partnerships with corporations, foundations, associations and individuals that share DECA’s passion for educating the next generation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Outside of work and school, Nick enjoys being around the water, watching college basketball games and Netflix binges.
For more information, visit Nick’s Linkedin.
Joelle Wisnieski, Vice President of Marketing
Joelle is a second year dual degree student studying Business Administration and Social Work. Joelle’s work experience is in music education, staff management, professional development, and human capital. She is interested in how business and social work can be utilized to reverse social injustice and create an equitable education system in America. Joelle is excited about her role as VP of Marketing and the impact it can make for Smith Graduate students both during their program and hopefully as alumni in the workforce.
For more information, visit Joelle’s Linkedin.
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Reaching Out MBA Inc. focuses on educating, inspiring and connecting the student and alumni LGBTQ MBA & Graduate communitities in an ongoing effort to create the next generation of out business leaders. Through its programming, anchored by its annual conference, Reaching Out: Educates our community about the opportunities and challenges of being an LGBTQ MBA and alumni business leader, how to capitalize on those opportunities, and how to overcome those challenges, Inspires and enables the LGBTQ MBA & graduate community to be leaders in their careers and in society, and Builds connections among LGBTQ MBA & graduate community.
The Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate Conference (also known at the ROMBA Conference) is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) graduate business school students – the largest gathering of LGBTQ business students in the world.
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