SBA Advisory Board Kicks Off Its Second Year

Members of the SBA Advisory Board at the October meeting (standing, from left to right): Carolyn Amster, Simon Glinsky, President James Kelly, Michael Tomars, Sharon Selleck, Rikard Steiber, Geir Ramleth; (seated) student Sean Meyers.

October 11, 2011

The School of Business Administration (SBA) Advisory Board kicked off its second year last week with a meeting to discuss its plans for the 2011-12 school year, and to begin strategizing goals for the future. The board also welcomed a new member, Rikard Steiber, Global Marketing Director for Mobile & Social Advertising at Google, to its roster.

Formed in July 2010, the SBA Advisory Board’s objectives are to support Menlo College in its accreditation processes, augment the business curriculum to include guest speakers and innovative events, and enhance external involvement in the college. The 11-member board—which includes senior-level executives representing Silicon Valley’s diverse industries—was energized by board chair Thor Geir Ramleth’s ’87 passion for Menlo’s SBA.

“I am even more excited today to be involved with Menlo than I was a year ago when we founded the SBA Advisory Board,” said Ramleth. “The progress Menlo has made over the past few years in returning to its business school roots is nothing short of impressive. This advisory board can help ensure that alumni and the business community are aware of this exciting transformation.”

An important part of the board’s 2011-12 plan includes expanding SBA Day, which will be held on Thursday, November 17. SBA Day is a previous Menlo tradition that was resurrected in the spring, during the last school year. The event provides an opportunity for students to hear from a keynote speaker on a timely business topic, connect with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and business leaders, and showcase their own business plans as part of a “Mini-Business Plan” competition.

This year, the advisory board also plans to launch “Brown Bag Business,” a series of luncheons featuring guest speakers on a variety of business topics. This series is designed to bring the business community within reach of Menlo students, sparking students’ innovative thinking while increasing their personal connections in the Silicon Valley.

Looking forward to the future, the SBA Advisory Board hopes to continue building and reinforcing Menlo’s ties to the business community and revitalize its alumni connections.

To learn more about the board and its members, visit the SBA Advisory Board Web page.