My name is Ali Vaziri and I am honored to be serving as the President of the Graduate Business Association. I am currently a full time MBA student in my second year of the program. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Cal State Fullerton, in 2009. Following undergrad, I founded a small film studio in Orange County, which I operated for 5 years. I then transitioned to a management role overseas in Shanghai, China, where I spend one and a half years, before deciding to return home to further my education.
During my first year at Chapman I was amazed at the closeness of the student community, and I quickly realized that was in part due to the efforts of the GBA. The GBA encouraged students to look beyond the academics and understand what will ultimately set us apart in the business world will be our connection to others. My goal this year, in addition to organizing great social events, is to focus our efforts on engaging and improving our community through local outreach programs. I sincerely look forward to meeting all the new members of the Chapman Grad family.
Cheers, Chapman MBA. I’m Stefani Miller and I serve as a Co-Vice President on the 2017-2018 GBA board. This is my 3rd year as a graduate student since starting the joint MBA/MS Food Science program in Fall 2015. I hold a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Concordia University, Irvine. My interest in the food & beverage industry sparked at a young age. I began as a junior taste tester at the Livermore National Food Lab, and transitioned to assistant Wine Chemist for several Bay Area wineries. I’ve since taken my talents to government regulations as a regulatory compliance specialist for dietary supplements.
The Chapman business family has many opportunities for professional growth. This school year, I plan on unifying the current cohorts with the alumni association to increase networking opportunities. Aside from academics, be on the lookout for social events! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @chapmangba. Look forward to meeting everyone!
“Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.”
My name is Soken Sai and I will be serving as Co-Vice President of the Graduate Business Association. Currently, I am a second year student in the dual MBA/MFA program. I graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies in 2009. After college, I held various creative and management roles in the entertainment industry, specifically in Post-Production. I was also able to co-found a production studio that specialized in music videos and commercial content.
During my time in this incredibly competitive industry, I’ve met so many creative and talented individuals that have been hindered by the business aspect and so I decided to pursue an MBA degree to strengthen my business background. I hope to give back by creating my own production studio one day so that I can help other aspiring professionals achieve their dreams while I achieve mine. I would like to hold the same philosophy as Vice President this year by helping my peers in any way during their time here at Chapman. I look forward to meeting everyone and bringing all of you a memorable experience.