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Networking Organizations and Associations

The Richmond MBA helps connect you with the business community by developing and cultivating external relationships for your benefit. We appreciate having an early understanding of your interests and career goals, as this helps us discover ways to connect you with the people or programs that can aid in accomplishing your objectives.

Apart from the networking opportunities provided through the MBA Dinner Series, the MBA Mentorship Program, and the MBA Professional Development and Career Management programs, we help you build networks through personal introductions and engagement with area associations and organizations. 

Some notable groups in which students participate include:

American Marketing Association - The Richmond Chapter (AMA)

AMA is an industry-specific organization and their gatherings are always focused on an aspect of marketing or branding strategies and trends. All businesses need marketing and branding, so students are exposed to a diverse group of people and companies at AMA events. They are an easy organization for MBA students and alumni to join as the Richmond Chapter meets on campus in the Jepson Alumni Center. They come together for monthly luncheons showcasing an industry expert presenter.

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Richmond)

ACG is a global organization with the local Richmond chapter consisting of a balanced group of corporate professionals and service providers. ACG members and their guests enjoy a Breakfast Series every few months featuring regional and global leaders discussing their organizations – history, mission, accomplishments, and current challenges. ACG attracts members that are interested in mergers and acquisitions, business strategy, and deal making. The group is also very education-friendly and does a lot of work with Richmond colleges and universities. For example, the ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory, and private equity.

ChamberRVA

ChamberRVA is a group we recommend to all students as it has a highly respected reputation and is focused generally on business in Richmond and not niche industries. Their HYPE – Helping Young Professionals Engage – organization is very active and a great place for young business professionals to connect and learn. ChamberWomen focuses on developing careers and community among Richmond's professional women.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Aspiring entrepreneurs, especially women, might explore NAWBO through events such as the Women of Excellence Awards and their monthly educational meetings. NAWBO is focused on female-driven leadership and encouragement of women-owned businesses in and around the Richmond area.

Richmond Technology Council (rvatech)

If new and emerging technology excites you, rvatech has plenty of events throughout the year. They host a yearly tech summit, technology showcases at local breweries, a breakfast speaker series, women-focused events, an annual gala, and myriad other networking opportunities.

Venture Forum RVA

The Richmond Venture Forum has quarterly luncheons focused on speakers discussing entrepreneurial topics. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you would benefit from attending Venture Forum meetings. The group also has a casual social event called Venture Out that meets periodically at different fun places around Richmond. Two of their signature events are UpRiver & rvAwesome Founders Award Celebration and Down River - The Virginia Venture Summit.

As most of these organizations value student engagement, students and alumni are encouraged to reach out to Debbie Fisher for support or recommendations on how to get involved. 

You are encouraged to let us know about any networking groups or associations whose events you may want to attend. Networking and external professional development is extremely important and a complement to your classroom and work experiences. Along with being involved with business networking organizations, volunteering for non-profit organizations like Junior Achievement, serving on boards, and participating with groups like the Rotary Club of Richmond are extremely valuable in building networks and in helping our community.