Riordan Programs Alumni Associaton
What We Care About
The Riordan Programs Alumni Association supports the Riordan Programs and its graduates as they pursue educational, professional, and charitable endeavors while making a positive impact on the community. Through alumni engagement, mentorship and community outreach, we develop the next generation of leaders.
Who We Are
The Riordan Programs was founded in 1987 with the goal of providing a pathway for underrepresented minorities to excel in business and leadership. The Scholars Program, College to Career Program, and MBA Fellows Program, develop tomorrow's leaders by providing a transformational experience through the use of mentors, educational workshops and community service. The Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA) was launched for graduates to continue this tradition for a lifetime.
Founded in 2000, RPAA provides Riordan Programs graduates continued professional and personal development. Our organization aims to provide lifelong support for our alumni to propel change through business, education, and community. RPAA hosts workshops, runs events, and provides resources to connect our alumni, fostering genuine mentorship and connections. We create lasting value for our graduates through recruiting, fundraising, event partnership, and other collaborative efforts to promote the development of our alumni into tomorrow’s leaders.
CONNECT WITH YOUR RIORDAN FAMILY
Leverage the collective power of the Riordan network to help each other with professional development & career advancement, connect with old friends and make new ones, and stay informed about upcoming RPAA events.
Saturday Business Academy
As RPAA's official philanthropy, “Saturday Business Academy” (SBA) is a 501(c)3 mentorship program designed to prepare underserved Los Angeles high school students with the skills & confidence to pursue higher education and become future leaders.
SBA is fully-funded by proceeds from our annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC) and Diversity & Inclusion Career Expo (DICE).
Diversity MBA Admissions Conference
For the last 18 years, the annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference in Los Angeles has been connecting talented, diverse and underrepresented minority candidates who wish to pursue an MBA, with Admission Officers from the country's top business schools.
TOP 25 MBA PROGRAMS
IN THE COUNTRY
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND LATINOS MAKE UP 68% OF TOTAL ATTENDEES FROM 2015 TO 2019
Diversity & Inclusion Career Expo
As one of RPAA's flagship initiatives since 2009, the Diversity & Inclusion Career Expo (formerly known as the Los Angeles Diversity Mixer) caters to professionals throughout the Los Angeles area interested in expanding their network and meeting recruiters from Fortune 500 companies. The event is recognized for connecting recruiters with talented professionals seeking to grow their careers in a wide range of industries & functions, including but not limited to: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Consulting, Technology.
2020-2021 Board Members
As volunteer leaders at the Riordan Programs Alumni Association, the Board of Directors is comprised of passionate and dedicated individuals that strive for excellence in both their professional and personal endeavors. Our board members are leaders in their respective industries and have generously volunteered their time to serve on the board and carry on the RPAA legacy.