STUDENT BUSINESS GROUPS

VSB is home to a wide array of active student professionals (also known as “Business Societies) and honor societies, as well as service groups. Membership provides students with opportunities to gather information on a specific industry/profession, connect with employers, network with students who share similar professional interests, and/or serve your peers. Additionally, membership may lead to leadership opportunities within societies.

BUSINESS SOCIETY HIGHLIGHTS

Interested in learning more about VSB’s Student Business Societies? Watch leaders from each group share information about their group and ways for students to get involved.

 

Below is information on each of the organizations by category. Click here for a PDF listing of the groups, including current student leader and advisor contact information.

Visit VU Groups to view profiles of the business societies.

Accounting

The Accounting Society allows students to explore this field of study, as well as career opportunities that are available in the workplace. There are weekly meetings that include visits from accounting industry professionals, career counselors, and alumni. Society members attend special events and participate in office visits at accounting firms and corporations near Philadelphia and New York.

Advisor:
Laura Iacona
laura.iacona@villanova.edu

NABA is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto:  Lifting As We Climb.  

The goal of the organization on Villanova’s campus is to grant its members access to the myriad of resources that NABA provides to its student chapters, including student-to-student and professional-to-student networking, mentoring programs, regional student conferences, internship/full time opportunities, scholarship opportunities and lots more.

Advisor:
Stephen Liedtka, PhD
stephen.liedtka@villanova.edu


Analytics/Technology

The Business Analytics Society provides a medium for students interested in analytics to come together and further their goals. The BAS hosts events that bring real professionals from the industry to Villanova to share their experiences. These professionals provide valuable insight into what it takes to be successful in the field of analytics; they also bring recruiting opportunities to Villanova.

Advisor: 
Alicia Strandberg, PhD
alicia.strandberg@villanova.edu

Villanova’s Technology in Business Society (formerly the Management Information Systems (MIS) Society) exposes its members to technology's role in business and the corporate world. Membership provides the opportunity to meet and network with other technology-focused majors and similarly-focused alumnae/professionals from a variety of companies to learn about current developments in the IT field, as well as to explore employment/internship opportunities. In addition to these sessions, members receive exclusive workshops in software commonly utilized by companies, and sessions about current emerging technologies.

Advisor:
Keith Wright
keith.wright@villanova.edu

 


Economics

The goal of the Villanova University Economics Society is to expose majors in economics and business to the wide variety of professions and opportunities available to them by meeting with professionals in the field. The society is open to all majors (business and non-business) and all students who are interested in the many careers economists can pursue.

Advisor:
Fr. Craig McMahon, OSA
craig.mcmahon@villanova.edu


Finance

The Villanova Finance Group (VFG) is the parent organization for Villanova’s three main finance societies: The Villanova Wildcat Fund, Mergers & Acquisitions Society and SWIFT (Society for Women in Financial Training). VFG is a four-year club that is open to all students regardless of major and hosts events and speakers designed to introduce students to the wide array of career opportunities within the field of Finance.

Advisor:
Steve Padovano
stephen.padovano@villanova.edu

The Villanova Wildcat Fund is Villanova's only student-run organization that actively manages a portfolio of equity securities. The fund's mission is to provide opportunities for students interested in obtaining real-world investment experience. Analysts perform in-depth analysis of equity securities while utilizing the Villanova Applied Finance Lab.

Advisor:
Steve Padovano
Stephen.padovano@villanova.edu

The mission of the Mergers & Acquisitions Society is to provide students a profound insight into the world of deal-making and the merger and acquisition process.

Advisor:
Meg Luo, PhD
mi.luo@villanova.edu

The mission of SWIFT is to provide female students with an outlet to explore their passion for finance along with the confidence and expertise to succeed during their college experiences and future careers. Students across all colleges are welcome and encouraged to join!

Advisor: 
Shelly Howton, PhD
Shelly.howton@villanova.edu


Management

The Business and Leadership Society’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Advisor: 
Mary T. Kelly, PhD
Mary.kelly@villanova.edu

The mission of the Villanova Consulting Group (VCG) is to develop the next generation of business leaders and management consultants. VCG’s goal is to make students aware of what consultants do, the different types of consulting, and career paths that consulting can ultimately lead to. The club will hold weekly meetings to generate interest in consulting at Villanova. The club will also bring in guest speakers, develop a professional mentorship program, and spearhead a consulting case interview preparation program to give club members a competitive advantage in the job market. Once the VCG is established, its secondary purpose will be to provide value-added services to on-campus organizations as well as local businesses.

Advisor:
Stephen Kelly
stephen.kelly@villanova.edu

Working closely with the Villanova ICE Institute, the Villanova Entrepreneurship Society educates and creates opportunities for the Villanova community in entrepreneurship and new ventures.

Advisor: 
Martae Giometti
martae.giometti@villanova.edu


Marketing

The Professional Selling Society (PSS) strives to enhance and develop members' individual and team selling skills, presentation skills, and communication skills. This goal is achieved through training sessions, case competitions, and visits from leading executives and sales professionals. Furthermore, networking events will provide members with increased exposure to careers in sales, as well as give employers greater visibility on campus. PSS is open to students across all colleges and majors because the skills taught are relevant to any profession. Join PSS to strengthen your selling and presentation skills, learn to communicate more effectively, build stronger relationships, and discover more career opportunities!

Advisor: 
Matthew Sarkees, PhD
matthew.sarkees@villanova.edu

The Villanova Marketing Group strives to provide our members with the best understanding of marketing as a whole and specifically where they will fit in within the industry. This goal is achieved through marketing-related events, which may include hearing from marketing professionals or even visiting the sites of successful businesses. Our goal is also achieved through our consulting teams, which provide marketing support to real-world clients. This allows us to touch our community and provide real-world experience to our members. Join VMG to learn about the different aspects of marketing, interact with professionals, network, discover job & internship opportunities, and so much more!

Advisor: 
TBD 


Real Estate

The purpose of the Real Estate Society is to offer students the opportunity to learn from real estate professionals, professors, and alumni through various sponsored events. The society focuses on commercial real estate, investment, development, management, and finance, along with providing access to jobs and internships.

Advisor: 
Charlie Davidson
charles.davidson@villanova.edu


Special Interest

Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. We are committed to offering our members strategic professional development programs and unparalleled access to key decision-makers and senior executives across a wide cross-section of industries.

Advisor: Lucy Chen, PhD

The student chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) here at Villanova is committed to the mission of ALPFA. "To empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy." We do this by providing unique opportunities for our students to connect with top companies. Aside from advancing our mission, we also look to create a community here in VSB where Latinos are empowered to contribute to one another's growth, development, and successes both personally while they are here on campus, and professionally as they look to step into the workforce. As we build one another up, we continue to grow our #ALPFAmilia here at Villanova.

 

Advisor:
Claire Bruno
claire.bruno@villanova.edu

The Business in Entertainment Society serves as a resource for Villanova students of diverse academic backgrounds who are interested in exploring a career in the entertainment industry.

Advisor:
David Fiorenza
david.fiorenza@villanova.edu

Business in Healthcare Society focuses on the intersection between healthcare and business. Our goal is to expose Villanovans to untapped opportunities within the Healthcare industry, inform students on trends and healthcare knowledge and inspire future leaders on maintaining ethical corporate responsibility.

Advisor: Kathleen Iacocca, PhD

The Business Law Society will serve as a way to unite students who are interested in law, or the role of law in a business setting. This group is not limited to students pursuing the minor in business law, but rather is open to any undergraduate student at Villanova University. We help students from all majors with things like preparing for the business regulations section of the CPA exam to acquiring the knowledge to act legally and ethically in future business employment.

Advisor: 
Samuel DiLullo
samuel.dilullo@villanova.edu

The Business of Fashion Society will provide students with a creative and educational outlet to obtain the resources necessary to start their career in the fashion world. This club will strive to empower students to take control of their future career in fashion and build the foundation necessary for a successful profession.

Advisor:
Brenda Stover
Brenda.stover@villanova.edu

The purpose of Business Without Borders is to show VSB students that business opportunities exist within non-profit companies.  Through presentations, events, and discussions, students are exposed to opportunities and can use their business skills to serve the community.

Advisor: 
Debra Arvanites, PhD
debra.arvanites@villanova.edu

The International Business Society aims to bring U.S. and international students together, to host companies and speakers to share aspects of business, and to provide students with valuable information regarding jobs, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

Advisor:
Kim Cahill
kimberly.cahill@villanova.edu

The Multicultural Business Association’s mission is to unite VSB students from all backgrounds and work with them to cultivate their professional and personal skills. The association organizes events that focus on networking, job placement opportunities, community involvement, and the development of professional etiquette.

Advisor: 
Claire Bruno
claire.bruno@villanova.edu

The Villanova Instructional Student Golf Society aims to enable students without prior golf knowledge, as well as proficient golfers, the opportunity to refine golf knowledge and skills in order to better prepare for conducting business on a golf course after college. We want to help teach students the etiquette and rules of the game while also enabling weekly lessons at a local driving range.

Advisor: 
JJ Brown
jeffrey.brown@villanova.edu

Villanova Women in Business was founded in 2005. Open to all students, the society is aims to create opportunities for growth and learning regarding issues that women may face in the business world.

Advisor:
Mary Kelly, PhD
mary.kelly@villanova.edu


Honor Societies

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

Advisor: 
Patricia Dorris-Crenny
Patricia.dorris-crenny@villanova.edu

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Advisor: 
Beth Vallen, PhD
beth.vallen@villanova.edu

Omicron Delta Epsilon is an international economics honor society. The Villanova chapter was formed in 1967. The society is open to all juniors and seniors having an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better, as well as a grade point average of 3.5 or better in economics courses. A minimum of four economics courses is required for membership.

Advisor: 
Suzanne Clain, PhD
suzanne.clain@villanova.edu 


Service Groups

VSB Ambassadors are knowledgeable and dedicated business student volunteers who convey their Villanova pride and represent VSB to prospective students and families, answering questions and addressing concerns, at various events throughout the year.

Advisor: 
Kathy Mongiello
kathy.mongiello@villanova.edu

Peer Advisors are an integral part of the VSB advising team, which is composed of the Clay Center advisor, peer advisor, and faculty advisor. Peer advisors are junior and senior business students, selected through a rigorous application and interview process, who support VSB students throughout their freshman and sophomore years. Peer advisors complete a comprehensive training program that equips them with the knowledge, resources, and tools to support their advisees as they settle into college life and navigate their freshman year and beyond.

Advisor:
Shea Mazar
shea.mazar@villanova.edu

VSB Peer Tutors is a volunteer organization of VSB juniors and seniors dedicated to supporting the academic success of their VSB classmates. Tutors provide weekly office hours and individual tutoring throughout the semester for all VSB core business classes. Participation in VSB Peer Tutors is by invitation in acknowledgment of a student's excellent academic record; tutors complete a comprehensive training program and maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA.

Advisors: 
Emily McMordie
emily.mcmordie@villanova.edu
Ellen Socket
ellen.socket@villanova.edu

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