Activities & Organizations

As a Stanford GSB student, you are part of the greater Stanford University student body. That means you can participate in all extra-curricular programs, organizations, performances, and forums available that make your life as a Stanford student richer.

Student-initiated clubs at Stanford GSB provide students with channels to address issues most relevant to them and offer opportunities to further develop their leadership skills.

Clubs invite speakers from companies and organizations, engage the community in awareness and service activities, and build connections that complement classroom learning.

Student Spotlight
MBA 2016

A native of Togo, Nadou moved to DeKalb, Illinois as a young girl. She graduated magna cum laude in finance and management from Carroll University, and then worked in finance at Kimberly-Clark and Google for six years. Nadou is chief operating officer of the MBA Student Association and in August co-led a global seminar trip to South Korea for first-year MBA students. After graduation, Nadou would like to scale businesses that improve the lives of consumers in Africa.

Student speaking with Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber
Guest Speakers

A student-led program that brings respected global business and government leaders to Stanford GSB to share insights on effective leadership.

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Adam Smith Society

The Adam Smith Society seeks to stimulate and promote discussion and debate of free market economics and policies with Stanford Graduate School of Business community and the broader Stanford community through large speaker events, smaller dinners, and lunches with guests, as well as social events.

Aerospace Club

The Aerospace Business Club’s mission is to foster a aerospace and aviation community that develops future industry leaders and entrepreneurs by providing students opportunities to interact with established alumni founders/executives, company tours, and industry networking.

Africa Business Club

ABC’s purpose is to raise awareness of African business and cultures; promote discussion of economic, political and social issues in Africa; encourage the school to seek more students from Africa; provide a platform for students interested in careers in Africa to meet with employers; and encourage development of case studies.

Artificial Intelligence Club

The purpose of the Stanford GSB Artificial Intelligence Club is to serve Stanford GSB students, faculty members, and the broad Stanford community as the bridge between frontier development in AI and its applications and influence on the business and social worlds. To achieve that, AI Club is Stanford’s central hub for:

  • Dialogue on business and social applications of AI
  • Connecting club members with AI industry leaders
  • Receiving and accumulating the most holistic and up-to-date information about professional, business, and learning opportunities on AI at Stanford and beyond.

By doing this, the club helps the school and the entire university in preparing future business and social leaders to confront and work with this technology and being successful in their careers.

Arts, Media and Entertainment

AME strives to increase awareness in the arts, media and entertainment arenas through education and professional opportunities, network-building with alumni and industry representatives, and showcasing the creative talent and artistic diversity within the Stanford GSB community.

Asian Business Student Association

The ABSA aims to unite all Stanford GSB students who are from Asia, of Asian descent, and/or interested in Asia from a cultural or business perspective under a common organization. ABSA will promote social integration, confront Asian stereotypes and bridge the communication gap between Asians and the broader class, while helping students explore Asia-related career opportunities.

Australia and New Zealand Club

The purpose of the Australia and New Zealand Club is to represent the interests of Australian, New Zealand, and Oceania-based Stanford students or students interested in living, working in, or visiting the regions. Specifically, we aim to provide a platform for professional development and networking opportunities, and for students to learn more about the Oceania region.

Basketball Club

The Basketball Club aims to enrich the student community at Stanford GSB by creating a positive basketball community composed of a diverse group of students within Stanford GSB. In pursuit of these goals, the Basketball Club actively seeks to appeal to a broad range of Stanford GSB students. It promotes and coordinates basketball activities within Stanford GSB including intramurals, tournaments, and ongoing basketball activities.

Black Business Student Association

The BBSA serves as a support network for Black MBA, MSx, and PhD students. Membership is open to all Stanford GSB students interested in cultural and professional issues that affect African Americans.

Business & Environment Club

The Business & Environment Club at Stanford GSB aims to promote sustainability in our school’s philosophy, curriculum, and operations, as well as empower students and alumni to lead on environmental challenges in their careers. We foster collaboration, serve as a resource, and highlight ways to incorporate environmental responsibility across the Stanford community.

Catholic Student Association

The GSB Catholic Student Association is committed to fostering a spiritual element within Stanford GSB. We coordinate religious and social interaction amongst Catholics, extending from weekly mass and prayer sessions to BBQs, talks, and other social events. All Catholics, practicing and otherwise, as well as other Stanford GSB students of common values, are encouraged to sign up and participate. The GSB CSA aims to play a visible and productive role within the broader and highly active Stanford Catholic community.

Christians in Business

CIB provides a forum for people interested in Christianity to discuss and debate religious issues and build community through social events and activities.

Class Gift Committee

The Class Gift Committee is responsible for the campaign to raise funds for the MBA class gift, in partnership with the Stanford GSB Development Office.

Consumer and Retail Club

The Consumer and Retail Club is designed for students interested in learning about or pursuing a career in the consumer and retail industry, both from an operating and investing perspective. The club has broad industry and functional reach. Events throughout the year promote learning across the consumer industry and multiple retail sales channels (brick and mortar, direct-to-consumer, eCommerce, etc). In addition, events are organized to expose members to companies in a variety of segments and functional areas within the industry.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Club

Do you worry about getting hacked? Or — to use the technical term — have you ever been pwn’d? Join the Cybersecurity and Privacy Club. We’re a group of students fascinated by the security and privacy risks that are emerging in our connected world — state espionage, hacked pipelines, identity theft, drones gone wild, and all the other merry vulnerabilities brought upon by computers. If you care about securing your digital assets, whether as a company or as an individual, join our club to learn and collaborate with other students and industry experts.

Education Club

The Education Club brings together students from Stanford GSB and the Stanford Graduate School of Education to engage with leaders in the field, discuss current education issues (ranging from school reform to higher education), and connect through networking opportunities.

Energy Club

The Energy Club seeks to become the center for energy-related interactions at Stanford GSB by bringing together students, faculty members, and guests to explore issues impacting the oil and gas, wind energy, solar energy, fuel cell and power sectors, as well as energy security and the environment.

Entrepreneur Club

E-Club provides exposure to mentorship and networking opportunities with outside business owners and builds relationships between Stanford GSB and the entrepreneurial community in Silicon Valley.

Epicureans @ the GSB

E@T is a club for people who are passionate about cooking and food! E@T members regularly enjoy themed small group dinners, cooking lessons from classmates and professionals, “behind the scenes” tours at local restaurants, and gourmet food tastings.

Europe Club

The Europe Club is the link between the business community of Europe and Stanford GSB students. It also represents an important social platform for the diverse European student body and others interested in European culture.

Finance and Investment Club

The F&I Club provides its members with a forum to explore and learn about various aspects of the financial world. A primary club activity is the management of a $150,000 portfolio that is part of the business school’s endowment.

FinTech Club

The FinTech Club is designed for students interested in learning about or pursuing a career in the financial technology industry. The club seeks to bring together students, faculty, entrepreneurs, company builders, and investors around a shared interest in the business and societal impact of financial technology.

First-Generation Low-Income Club

The GSB First-Generation Low-Income Club aims to create a community among students who share the invisible first-generation low-income (FLI) identity, helping them find each other and facilitating more meaningful connections through shared experiences. The club also aims to develop allyship programming that has far-reaching impact in business and education access for socioeconomically disadvantaged students and young professionals, bringing together FLI and non-FLI business school students to engage in discussions around class privilege and socioeconomic inequality, in order to create stronger and more effective FLI advocates among the future highly influential business leaders at the school.

Food & Agribusiness Club

The Food & Agribusiness Club serves to advance the career and educational interests of the Stanford GSB community in topics related to food and agriculture. It also facilitates cross-disciplinary engagement on topics of agriculture with relevant Stanford clubs and academic departments.

Friends of TALK

Friends of TALK functions as the steward organization for TALK, a hallmark tradition of the Stanford GSB experience in which students share their life stories with classmates in a vulnerable, intimate, and supportive setting. TALK exists to support Stanford GSB students in the process of self-reflection and meaning-making of their lives; to encourage an appreciation and empathy for the vast diversity of experiences represented within the Stanford GSB student body; and to strengthen community and facilitate relationship-building within and between the two MBA classes at Stanford GSB. To that end, we oversee the weekly gatherings of TALK and provide coaching to students as they prepare to share their stories.

Future of Cities Club

The Future of Cities Club is an intersection point for cross-industry and cross-sectoral dialogue around complex issues and potential solutions that arise from urbanization. By 2050, approximately 68% of the world’s population will live in cities — we will explore ways to make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable through urban innovation, industrial transformation, governmental policymaking, and civic participation.

Future of Mobility Club

The purpose of the GSB Future of Mobility Club is to help GSB students gain a deeper understanding of the rapidly changing mobility landscape that is being disrupted by self-driving and flying cars, new ownership models, and multi-modal transport models. These changes will have an unprecedented effect on hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. economy — and on society as a whole — and at the same time, create new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Gaming Club

The purpose of the Gaming Club is to provide an environment for people to explore the gaming industry. The club focuses on two goals — one on the business side and one on the social side. On the business side, the club provides a place to gain insights into the industry and help students develop new venture ideas. On the social side, the club provides opportunities to network with other people interested in the gaming industry both within and outside Stanford GSB, Stanford, and the Bay Area.

Global Management Immersion Experience Ambassadors

GMIX Ambassadors are a conduit for communicating student views, suggestions, and constructive feedback. They help students understand the program by providing advice, answering common questions, and referring students to relevant resources.

Golf Club

The Golf Club’s mission is to provide its members with opportunities to learn one of the most critical and under appreciated business skills: the game of golf. The club sponsors instructional clinics and organizes various opportunities for its members to compete with one another.

Government and Politics Club

The club’s mission is to provide a non-partisan forum to discuss government and political issues, bring government officials to campus as speakers, and offer opportunities to meet with government officials in California and elsewhere.

Greater China Business Club

GCBC is an exchange for Stanford GSB and non-Stanford GSB students who are interested in business in the Greater China region: Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong. The club provides opportunities to connect with each other, share knowledge, learn, discover, and create opportunities.

GSB Gives Back

GSB Gives Back has hosted an annual fundraising event for the last 30 years, comprised of the charity auction and the gala. The auction consists of items donated by the students, faculty, and prominent alumni (such as box seats for the SF Giants, or dinner with KKR founder George Roberts). It is a silent auction which takes place over two weeks and culminates in a celebratory gala. In 2019, we threw an amazing, sold-out event at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco with nearly 700 attendees that was inclusive and fun for all members of the Stanford GSB community. Together, the event represents our student body’s single largest fundraising effort, with proceeds going towards student-selected charities. We raise ~$100K annually, and have donated millions of dollars to charity since our inception.

GSB Show

The annual GSB show is a long-standing tradition at Stanford GSB. It is entirely student-written and student-run, consisting of videos, skits, and hilarious song and dance numbers, all designed to bring a bit of humor and wit to all.

Healthcare Club

The Health Care Club (HCC) at Stanford GSB strives to provide co-curricular opportunities for Stanford GSB students looking to build their future career in health care. Through a host of networking events, speaker series, and social events we help foster a vibrant community of health care-minded peers. In 2013-14, the HCC had 80 dues paying members, as well as 56 Stanford GSB alumni and 50 community members who come from a variety of health care and non-health-care focused backgrounds.

Hispanic Business Student Association

HBSA is a community of students of Latino heritage whose goal is to increase interaction with alumni, undergraduates, and students in other graduate programs at Stanford; foster professional and personal development; and encourage leadership, both within Stanford GSB and in the greater Latino community. Membership is open to all Stanford GSB students interested in cultural and professional issues that affect the Latino community.

Improvisational Theater Troupe

Informally known as “the Archuckle Fellows” the Improvisational Theater Troupe is a Stanford-GSB-specific organization open to the entire Stanford community. Our mission is to provide equal access to the art of improvisational acting, and through improvisational acting to help students and staff gain comfort in public speaking, experiential role playing, and fostering a community of support for constructive personal risk-taking and development. Activities include weekly improv practice sessions, which are open to all students on campus and available to all experience levels, including no experience. During the practice sessions, a series of improv games are played with the leaders of the session highlighting successful improv behavior and reinforcing general improv ideas, creating a very strong learning culture. Practices typically occur once a week. Activities also include quarterly shows, which are free shows for entertaining students and faculty members.

India Club

The India Club aims to build and strengthen Stanford GSB’s ties with the Indian business and investor community, thereby increasing awareness about opportunities for information exchange and employment for Stanford GSB graduates in India. This is achieved through speaker series, small group dinners, and through interactions with Indian companies and investors.

Jewish Business Student Association

The mission of the JBSA is to provide a welcoming Jewish community for all Stanford GSB students and their significant others.

Latin American Student Association

The goal of LASA is to strengthen bonds among the Latin community at Stanford GSB and all those interested in it, while increasing awareness of Latin issues. To achieve this LASA organizes social gatherings, speaker series, and career development activities.

Leadership Perspectives Committee

The student leaders of the committee are responsible for identifying and recruiting speakers, serving as class liaisons, and facilitating discussions for “Leadership Perspectives,” a four-unit elective that explores the principles and practices by which leaders institutionalize particular values within the organizations they lead.

Management Consulting Club

The Management Consulting Club brings students together who are interested in the profession of consulting.

MBA Admissions Ambassadors Program

MBA students participating in MAAP play a significant role in the MBA Admissions Office’s recruitment and outreach efforts. Volunteers put a personal touch on the prospective and admitted student experiences at the GSB by serving on panels at information sessions, leading tours of the Knight Management Center, hosting Meet a Student on Break events, serving as marketing thought partners, and executing two Admit Weekends.

MBA Student Association

The MBA SA is the elected MBA student government that acts as a liaison with the school administration and faculty. The SA is composed of a board of directors (the Senate) and several standing committees.

Middle East and North Africa Club

MENA promotes the business, political, and cultural aspects of the Middle East and North Africa region through informational events, special guest speakers, and social activities.

Midwest Club

The GSB Midwest Club aims to promote cultural awareness, career opportunities, and fellowship relating to all things Midwest at Stanford GSB.

MSx Student Association

The student association represents and advocates for MSx students’ views and concerns; promotes, coordinates, and operates MSx student activities and services; and enhances channels of communication among students, faculty, administration, alumni, and university communities.

Parents Who Lead Club

The Parents Who Lead club believes everyone should be able to be a leader at work while also being a leader at home. We also believe that every business leader — parent or not — should understand how access to (or lack of) maternity/paternity leave, childcare, flex work, etc. impacts employees’ well-being, productivity, and purpose. Our club connects students, faculty members, and the Stanford community to understand the barriers and opportunities towards achieving an optimal balance between work and raising a family from the perspective of both parents and employers. We accept all members of Stanford GSB community.

People People Club

The Stanford GSB People People believe that every great leader is a people leader first. So whether you aspire to be a chief people officer, build an HR tech startup, or simply differentiate yourself as a leader who helps your people thrive, we’d love to have you in our community! When you join People People, you’ll gain access to programming focused on human capital, people leadership, and the future of work. We’ll connect you with other students passionate about those topics, provide you with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge trends changing the world of work, and, if relevant, help you navigate a career in the people space. We’re also helping bring together the growing community of alumni working in the people space, and we look forward to introducing them to our members.

PhD Student Association

The PhD Student Association is the elected student body government that acts as a liaison with the school administration and faculty. The association is composed of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Social Chair. The PhD Student Association works to enrich the quality of social and academic life for doctoral students in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.