Blackstone LaunchPad competition winners 2022

UCR Business Graduate Student and Recent Graduate Win $1,000 in Blackstone Pitch Competition

Seth Freeman MFin ’22 along with Jason Roberts MBA ’24 won $1,000 for their pitch during the Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition on October 25. They edged out the rest of the competition in the Climate and Social Change category with their product, BMBOO, an eco-friendly water bottle made from bamboo. The bottle can be deconstructed...
CDC Career Fair 2022

Graduate Career Development Center Hosts First Graduate Business Job Fair

The Graduate Career Development Center hosted their first Graduate Business Job Fair on October 14, 2022. The event featured over a dozen companies and government representatives.
By Jordan Driscoll '23 |
Ahmad Alajaji (c) Ilse Ungeheuer

MBA Student Alajaji Celebrates Earning his Degree with Annual Run at Mission Inn

The Mission Inn, a prominent feature of Riverside attractions, hosted their annual Mission Inn Run on Oct. 22 and 23rd. The run has been a Southern Californian staple for 45 years, and is a an important fundraiser for the Mission Inn Foundation. One of the participants this year was MBA student Ahmad Alajaji, who will...
By Jordan Driscoll ’23 |
HSIF student group with Prof. Jean Helwege

How the MFin Program Delivers ROI for Students

Jerrold Penprase ’17 Master of Finance (MFIn) earned multiple degrees in psychology and sociology before he ever considered studying finance. Today, Penprase applies his expertise as a financial specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has company on that nonlinear path to an education and career: The academic director of UCR’s Master of Finance...
By Laurie McLaughlin |
Bryan Reyes ’23

Making Investments

Undergraduate finance student Bryan Reyes ’23 has started his senior year, and he’s actively immersed himself in academic opportunities that will prepare him for a career in wealth management. This includes his role as vice president of the Hylander Financial Group (HFG), a UCR student club open to all students of all disciplines and levels...
By Laurie McLaughlin |
Jordan Cullen, CDC dinner 2022

Networking without Nerves

Many career success stories have been made possible by learning to thoughtfully engage with fellow business professionals. One recurring piece of advice offered to entrepreneurs is “expand your network.” For the AGSM Career Development Center (CDC), networking does not have to be complex or fear-inducing. "As the marketing assistant for the Career Development Center, I...
By Elias Almarez-Herrera ’23 |
The new undergraduate Student Business Leadership Council

New Student Business Leadership Council Supports Clubs

With the growth in the number of student-led clubs and organizations, School of Business students and undergraduate programs staff worked together to create the School of Business Student Leadership Council (SBLC)--a centralized council to facilitate collaboration amongst various business clubs and provide funding to support activities and events. "We don't host events, we support events,"...
By Elias Almarez-Herrera ’23 |
Incoming Executive Fellow Armen Karamardian ’93

‘Community is Everything’ to Restaurant Leader

As a 2022-23 Executive Fellow, Armen Karamardian ’93 wants UCR School of Business students to understand that, in business, they will not always have the right answers right away – and that’s OK. As Chief Executive Officer of Zov's Restaurant Group based in Tustin, Calif., Karamardian speaks from experience – most recently from March of...
Women in Business Speaker Series_Bansree Parikh_President Bank of America Inland Empire

Understanding Starts with Inclusion

Renuka Kulkarni ’23 entered the business world with a passion for web development and marketing. During her time as a senior product manager for Amazon, she began to take careful notice of the trends in leadership around her. Now an MBA candidate, serves as the president of the AGSM Women in Business organization, determined to...
By Elias Almarez-Herrera ’23 |
LBSA club members address High School students

Opening Doors through Service

Aimed at engaging young scholars in the possibilities of higher education, the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) led several high school outreach initiatives in the Riverside area. Ernesto Sanchez ’22, the organization’s community service director, initiated this opportunity for LBSA members. “Community service means much more than a simple beach cleanup day. That’s not what...
By Elias Almarez-Herrera ’23 |