- Category: FMA
The Bradley University student chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) was chartered in the Fall semester of 2010, led by the efforts of Nicholas B. Burritt (Class of 2012). In its first three years, the Bradley FMA has grown and matured into a prominent student organization within Bradley’s Foster College of Business Administration. With each passing semester, the Bradley FMA has done something new and exciting. From bringing powerful local speakers on campus to touring the facilities of Fortune 50 businesses, the Bradley FMA has begun to spark a new interest within Bradley Finance students to get involved.
In 2011, the Bradley FMA came up with the idea of its student-run fundraising business Campus Fundraising, and we’ve been growing that idea since.
The purpose of the Bradley Financial Management Association is to:
- Assist in the professional, educational, and social development of college students interested in finance, banking, and investments;
- Provide an association for college students actively interested in these fields; and
- Encourage interaction between business executives, faculty, and students of business and finance.
The Bradley FMA has a number of great ideas in mind, but our biggest goal is to better prepare our members to enter the workforce. There are a number of areas that we think aren't covered enough through classes, and some areas you can't even experience in a classroom. By exposing students' weaknesses and at the same time improving upon them, we think the Bradley FMA can produce high quality business students year after year.
WHO CAN JOIN
While the international parent organization of the Bradley FMA, the Financial Management Association International, is mainly for financial professionals, we found that our goals and purpose aligned along a broader audience. Therefore, we accept members from any major, as long as they have an interest in the fields of Finance or Business. The Bradley FMA does not impose any school or major related restrictions. Though the organization is aimed towards undergraduate students, membership is available for graduate students. In that sense, I suppose you could say that the Bradley FMA is an equal opportunity organization; we do not discriminate - we just want interested students! If you have paid membership dues then you may attend any Bradley FMA event, unless otherwise noted.
Note: This isn't just brochure-talk. We even take accountants. Half of our executive board is comprised of accountants.
Being a member of the Bradley FMA gives you many rewards in return.
- You gain access to all of our events
- You get experience that you won't get from any classroom or any other student organization on campus
- You'll have the ability to take on a leadership role within Campus Fundraising, our own student-run business
- You gain membership to the Bradley Investment Organization
- Free food at every meeting
In addition to all of that, you'll receive all of the benefits of being a member of the Financial Management Association International, including a member's only section on their website, a careers in finance book, and a membership to AAII.
WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT
We aren't your average student organization, but that's because we try not to be! We set out to be different, bold, and extraordinary. Not every finance club is open to all majors. Not every student organization would start down a path of trying to find ways to improve its own organization and then quickly find itself on a path to find ways to improve all student organizations. Not every finance club would tell you to join other student clubs! We recognize how important it is to be involved, and we encourage it. Not every student organization assembles its own Advisory Board, filled with local business professionals - most of which also happen to be Bradley Alumni.
Finally, not many clubs would go down the grueling path of entrepreneurship. It's a rocky road, with many ups and downs (and we aren't even finished yet!).