Business student organizations

Student organizations provide an opportunity to learn leadership skills and teamwork skills, which are valued by today's employers. All Mike Ilitch School of Business students are encouraged to join student organizations and pursue leadership roles — it's a great way to network and looks great on a resume.

Student organizations also offer opportunities to build friendships, network, meet people and have fun!

Representatives from the organizations listed below can reserve the Zalenko Student Organization Suite (MIKE 369). Click here for complete guidelines and a reservation form (you must complete the form with your WSU email address). Other rooms in the Ilitch School may be reserved by completing the Student Organization Event Request Form

  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
    ALPFA is the largest professional business organization devoted to Latino professionals and students. With more than 19,000 members nationwide, the association seeks to enhance opportunities for Latinos by building leadership and career skills through promoting professional growth, integrity, culture, relationship building, service, inclusiveness and teamwork.
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
    Alpha Kappa Psi's mission is to develop well-trained, ethical, skilled, resourceful and experienced business leaders. The mission of Alpha Kappa Psi is to empower its members with the confidence, integrity and resources to succeed in the professional community.

     

    2019-20 leadership:

    • President: Charles Rich
    • Vice President of Administration: Maariya Siddiqui
    • Vice President of Accounts Payable: Yasir Memon
    • Vice President of Receivable: Humberto Villarruel
    • Vice President of Membership: Dahami Weerasinghe
    • Vice President of External Affairs: Kathryn Lechner
    • Vice President of Internal Affairs: Tiffany Bui
    • Secretary: Mary Consiglio
    • Master of Rituals: Alyssa Witzleban

     

    Faculty advisor: Deborah Habel

  • Beta Alpha Psi

    Beta Alpha Psi is a national scholastic and professional accounting and finance organization.  The primary objective of the organization is to encourage scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting. This includes providing opportunities for self-development and networking among members and practicing accountants, as well as encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility. Many professional and social events are held on and off campus each semester allowing members to gain practical knowledge of the accounting business world.

    Leadership: 

    • President: Julia Beleshi
    • Director of Finance: Gabi Moote
    • Director of Events: Tyler Purcell
    • Director of Membership and Reporting: Emma Miko
    • Director of Marketing and Communications: Ryan Keating
    • Director of Recruiting and Membership/Candidate Relations: Noli Shaska

     

    Learn more: BAP website

    How to join: Application 

    Email: bap@wayne.edu

    Phone: 226-246-1367

    Faculty advisor: Deborah Jones

  • Business Student Senate
    The Business Student Senate's mission is to facilitate interaction between the local business community, business school organizations, and the students and faculty of the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. We help develop business students to be civic leaders and contributors in the advancement of the field of business.

    Vision: The Business Student Senate fosters civic-mindedness, leadership, service and ethical business standards and is committed to developing business students who contribute wisdom, compassion, and experience to a global society.

    2019-20 leadership:

    • Chief Executive Officer: Gabrielle Tremp
    • Chief Operating Officer: Keith Lesperance
    • Chief Technology Officer: Jad Hamdan
    • Chief Growth Officer: Maddie Mueller
    • Chief Communications Officer: Lesa Verbick
    • University Student Senate Representative: Joseph Naman

     

    Email: bsenate@wayne.edu

    Faculty advisor: Linda S. Zaddach

  • Data Smart Warriors
    Data Smart Warriors works to prepare data science students for technical interviews and fosters networking and connecting with employers in the fields of data science, computer science, engineering and mathematics. Members also volunteer and are actively involved at the annual Big Data & Analytics Summit.

     

    Contact: Rajpal Virk

    Faculty advisor: Toni Somers

  • Financial Management Association (FMA)
    FMA provides its members with a better understanding of the field of finance and develops relationships with professionals in the Detroit metropolitan area. The Wayne State chapter of the FMA currently works with the National Investor Relations Institute, the Society of Financial Analysts and the Detroit Economic Club. All majors are welcome to join, however enrollment in a finance degree program is encouraged.

     

    Mission: The mission of the Financial Management Association is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners; provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students; promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices; and to enhance the quality of education in finance.

    Leadership

    •  President: Ethan Lloyd
    •  Executive Vice President: James O'Connor
    •  Vice President of Communications: Shane Dombrowski
    •  Vice President of Operations: Kiana Greenlaw
    •  Vice President of Finance/Human Resources: Donald O'Keefe
    •  Vice President of Marketing: Katy Dedene

     

    Contact: fma@wayne.edu

    Instagram: @fma_wsu

    Learn more: FMA website

    Faculty advisor: Sam Levine

  • Global Brigades Business
    Global Brigades Business is the largest student-led movement for economic development. It's a skill based experience that allows likeminded individuals to gain hands-on meaningful experience. Students have the ability to create financial opportunities in remote areas, such as: Nicaragua, Panama, Ghana, and Honduras by working alongside promising entrepreneurs and experienced year-round staff to create financial opportunities. Students conduct workshops and organize financial presentations to members of the community bank. Students then formulate a business plan to increase financial literacy around a culture of savings and prudent borrowing. GBB is a valuable experience that every business major should have under their belt.
     
    Leadership
    • President: Suchitra Nair
     
  • Global Supply Chain Management Student Association

    GSCMA is a student-led organization for global supply chain management undergraduates, MBA students and other interested Wayne State students. Our organization is dedicated to the study and practice of logistics, transportation, distribution, supply chain management and other related fields. Our purpose is to promote the academic and practical study of logistics, provide a communication and mentoring network, and to increase student involvement within the logistics industry. Activities include monthly meetings, fall and winter member resume books, company tours, guest speakers, career workshops and participation with professional logistics organizations.
     

    Leadership:

    • President - Noah Godlewski 
    • Vice President - Delaina Yatoma & Alexis Miller
    • Treasurer - Sohaib Khan
    • Membership Officer - Salwa Omar & Mario Malta
    • Events Officer - Wahid Qureshi & Hammad Ahmed
    • Marketing Officer - Hafsa Qureshi
    • Secretary - Megan Hodges 


    How to join: Apply for membership in GSCMA

    Connect with us:  GSCMA LinkedIn Group

    Facebook: WSU GSCMA 

    Instagram: @WSU_gscma

    Email: GSCMA.WSU@gmail.com

    Faculty advisor: John Taylor

  • Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA)

    The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) strives to offer graduate/professional business students with new opportunities that will bring their educational experience to life. Through networking, collaborating, and engaging in leadership activities within the Detroit community, GBSA members will develop skills that translate into future success in their respective fields.

    2019-20 Leadership:

    • President: Adam Woznicki
    • VP of Finance: Amanda Price
    • VP of Finance (fundraising): Josh Smith
    • VP of Membership: Thomas Halewicz
    • VP of Events: Kait Woodward
    • Secretary: Sabrina Kharsa 

     

    Email: GBSA@wayne.edu

    Instagram: @WayneStateGBSA 

    Faculty advisor: Carlos Pierre

  • Information Technology Organization

    The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is a worldwide organization devoted to education and research. The Information Technology Organization is the Wayne State chapter of AIS. It brings leading practitioners to campus, sponsors information sessions on new technologies, links students to local professionals and organizations in information systems and much more. Membership benefits include:

    • Gaining a competitive advantage to succeed within the field
    • Gaining worldwide recognition through competition and award programs
    • Networking with students from around the world
    • Expanding career opportunities

     

    Learn more: ITO website

    Faculty liaisons: Richard Lerman, Alexander DePetro, Toni Somers

    Faculty advisor: John Heinrichs

  • International Business Association
    The International Business Association was formed to promote an understanding of international business practices through programs and information dissemination to students. The organization aims to establish interaction between business students and the international business community.

     

    Faculty advisor: Attila Yaprak

  • Mike Ilitch Marketing Association

    The Mike Ilitch Marketing Association is a professional organization that seeks to bridge the gap between students and professionals by hosting employer events, speaking engagements and workshops to ensure marketing professionals are better prepared for the workplace.  

    2019-20 leadership:

    • CEO: Maya Jurayi
    • COO: Jimmy Dyer
    • CFO: Alex Parthum
    • CMO: Kianna Mateen
    • PRO: Akida Yilamu
    • CIO: Simon Mourani
    • CSO: Kendrah Harden

     

    Faculty advisor: Cathy Cuckovich

  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

    NABA is a national membership organization with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by minority students in accounting, finance or other related fields. NABA helps strengthen the skills base for its student members, provide support to those seeking higher levels of accomplishment, identify business opportunities for students, and encourage more minorities to make business their chosen field.

    2020 Leadership:

    • President - Ruben Lile
    • Vice President - Sydney Lockhart
    • Secretary -  De'Von Weatherspoon
    • Treasurer - Alexa Edwards
    • Director of Operations - Stephanie Alyateem
    • Director of Marketing - Casey Nwamba

     

    Phone: 313-577-4530

    Email: NABA@wayne.edu

    Faculty advisors: Kiantee Rupert-Jones and Lynita Taylor

  • Net Impact

    Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1993 with over 350 chapters. Its members are dedicated to using business as a force to create a positive impact on society. Members' interests include sustainability, corporate social responsibility, international development, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. Wayne State University's Net Impact mission is to connect undergraduate and graduate students to make a difference on campus, in the community and around the world. We provide local community events and events sponsored by Net Impact for members to connect, learn and collaborate.

    Leadership:

    • President: Megan Baran
    • Vice President: Harold Wilcox
    • Vice President of Communications: Katie Wallace

     

    Email: ci2987@wayne.edu

    Instagram: @netimpactwsu

    Faculty advisor: Andrea Tangari

  • Real Estate Investment Association

    Anyone looking to learn more about real estate investing should consider joining the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA). REIA educates and exposes its members to the risks and rewards of real estate investing, commercial and residential strategies, and the steps it takes to get started in the industry. Most importantly, REIA offers members amazing opportunities to network with industry leaders. REIA events consist of guest speakers, case study analysis and other great content on real estate investment topics.

    Leadership: 

    • President: Dominic Hendi
    • Executive Vice President: Wolfgang Lohrer

     

    Email: reia@wayne.edu

    Instagram: @wsureia

    Faculty advisor: Matthew Roling

  • Society for Human Resource Management

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a global HR professional organization with student chapters focused on helping students gain real-world experience through connections with business professionals. Wayne State's SHRM chapter is the premiere student organization for those interested in human resources including personnel management, labor relations and talent development. WSU SHRM continues to provide opportunities for students to network and gain knowledge in human resources, as well as outreach to working professionals.

     

    Email: shrm@wayne.edu

    Facebook: @WayneStateshrm

    LinkedIn: Wayne State SHRM Student Chapter 

    Faculty advisor: Marick Masters

  • Sport and Entertainment Business Association
    The Sport and Entertainment Business Association will focus on providing insight to the sports and entertainment industry with a focus on management to our members. Members will learn about different aspects that make up these specific industries and the opportunities available within each. Having unique access to four major league sports organizations, our organization will connect students with individuals from these organizations to educate and spread knowledge of this competitive industry. Our organization will focus on education through guest speakers within the industry and collaborative efforts with local organizations.

     

    2020-21 Leadership:

    • President: Zach Warren
    • Vice President : Andrew Spak
    • Chief Operating Officer: Brian Gawronski
    • Chief Marketing Officer: Annora Johnson

     

    Email: seba@wayne.edu

    Phone: 313-753-3570

    Learn more: Website, LinkedIn and Instagram

    Faculty advisor: Scott Tainsky

  • Warrior Entrepreneurs and Innovators (WEI)

    The Warrior Entrepreneurs and Innovators (WEI) student organization is focused on creating a solid foundation for entrepreneurs and innovators to network, engage and learn entrepreneurial solutions. Our organization will help students develop, build and grow relationships that will further expand their venture or start-up. We are open to all majors who have an interest in pursuing entrepreneurship. All business and EI students are encouraged to join. WEI is a great opportunity for students to get involved on and off campus with networking, meetings, guest speakers, workshops and other special events. Our mission is to promote the foundation of what it takes to become an entrepreneur and provide the resources needed to begin a business.

    Instagram: @wsu_wei

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    Faculty advisor: Jeff Stoltman

  • Wayne Black Business Student Association

    The Wayne Black Business Student Association strives to introduce graduate, undergraduate and high school students to entrepreneurship, leadership, equity, diversity, inclusion and access decisions in the industry, as well as recruit prospective students of color to the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Through networking and leadership activities, members will engage the community and incite positive and effective change.
     

    Email: wbbsa@wayne.edu

    Faculty advisor: Kiantee Jones