Diversity MBA Association (DMBAA)

This page provides a summary of the Diversity MBA Association and provides a short biography of each officer.

The DMBAA is an autonomous association that works to enhance the career development, community belonging and leadership practices for all Smeal Professional Graduate Program students; domestic and international, online and residential. DMBAA ensures that all Smeal graduate students are equipped with the tools to become successful leaders in a diverse working environment by focusing on the intersectionality of a wide array of topics that include but are not limited to: race, ableism, ageism, and socioeconomic status. In addition, DMBAA works to advance the standards and practice of inclusive behaviors and language by students, faculty and staff. We also proudly support the Penn State Smeal Women's MBA Association (WMBAA) as they tackle issues of gender equity, gender identity and a host of other issues. LinkedIn: Penn State Smeal Diversity MBA Association: About | LinkedIn Email: DMBAA@psu.edu

Officers

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Tunde Agboke (He/Him), President

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Tunde Agboke is the President for the Class of 2022’s Diversity MBA Association. In this role, he is primarily responsible for leading and setting the vision for the DMBAA Board and general body, while also serving as a liaison the administration. He is also the creator of the new Smeal Graduate Diversity Council and the Conversations on Inclusion series on Smeal’s IGTV account.

Tunde was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Houston, TX. He graduated with a master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership in 2011. Prior to joining the Smeal MBA program, Tunde was the Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Houston, TX. In this role, he generated 5,000 new stakeholders through partner integration, while also augmenting $3M budget by engaging private sector partners in revenue generating programs. This January, Tunde joined HP Inc on their Global Education team.

As a lifelong learner, Tunde knew he wanted to join a top challenging MBA program where he will be learning every day. He chose the Smeal College of Business MBA program because of its flexibility in creating custom concentration curriculum. His custom concentration, Global Citizenship & Public Policy, has a combination of classes from Smeal and the colleges of education, public policy and international business.

Tunde also serves as the Professional Development Chair for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and on the Black Caucus Leadership at Smeal. Tunde loves to help and give back to the community and worked in the community and youth  advocacy space for the past decade across the United States. He also enjoys listening to audiobooks, traveling, and cooking.

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Matthew Robles, VP of Finance

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Matthew R. Robles is the Vice President of Finance for the Diversity MBA Association. In his role, he operates as the lead financial and accounting point person for the organization and as a liaison between MBA staff, students, and interested third parties. He was born and raised in South Florida to Puerto Rican parents hailing from Chicago. He was awarded a bachelor degree cum laude from the University of Central Florida in Music Education. In 2013, he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Namibia. There he assisted the Namibian government in teaching English as the national language and founded a solar light library through support from an international NGO. 

 He is a Signal Officer in the U.S. Army. On active duty, he served as an executive officer in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, a platoon leader in Camp Humphreys, South Korea, and as a military intern in the Civilian Human Resources Agency. In 2020, he transferred from active duty to the individual ready reserve to start the MBA program at Smeal College of Business. Matthew is currently specializing in Supply Chain Management and Finance and has secured an internship at Ericsson in Plano, Texas. 

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Jessica Glenn, VP of Student Inclusion and Operations

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Jessica Paige Glenn is the Diversity MBA Association of VP of Operations. In this role, she organizes events to promote awareness around diversity in the workforce and within the Penn State community. 

Jessica was born and raised in San Jose, California before moving to Southern California to receive a double Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Economics. For the past five years she has lived and worked in San Francisco as the Sustainability Manager for the leader in the brand experience industry, Freeman. She is concentrating in finance and management consulting and would like to use her MBA to apply a sustainable strategy to influence corporate behavior that both benefits the corporations, expands industry partnerships, and achieves a triple bottom line.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to the beach, discovering new breweries, listening to true crime podcasts, golfing, and playing with her dog, Ruth.

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Tracy Panella, Executive MBA Liaison

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Tracy has over 25 years of pharmaceutical and medical device supply chain quality experience with multiple firms including Watson, Wyeth, Pfizer and J&J. Throughout her career Tracy has supported and led quality transformations, turn arounds, acquisition integrations and business divestitures with expertise in manufacturing quality operations, systems and compliance. Tracy started her career on the manufacturing shop floor running packaging and filling lines at a generic injectable narcotic firm and worked her up through roles of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Operations and Quality for multiple dosage forms and medical devices. Most notably, she led several quality remediation and system deployments in support of the J&J Consent Decree in the OTC business bringing back iconic brands such as Tylenol and Motrin.​

​Tracy is the Sr. Director Source Quality EM, Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson with global responsibility for the quality performance of the external manufacturing network for human medical devices. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Biology from Kutztown University and a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Delaware Law School (formerly Widener University School of Law).​

​Tracy resides in Abington, PA with her husband Tim and their three sons: Thomas and Sam, a senior and sophomore at Temple University, and Ben a Junior in high school. In her spare time (when not diligently working through school work for her EMBA), she likes to cook, read, practice yoga, and watch her youngest son play the family sport as an ice hockey goalie. Tracy looks forward to getting back to her golf lessons soon.​

​Tracy hopes to continue to champion the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the Penn State Smeal EMBA liaison to the DMBAA.