Merage Speech & Presentation Association, formerly the Merage Toastmasters, exists to develop communication, presentation, and networking skills in Merage students. We do this through a series of events all through the year for the all-round development of Merage students. The club is open to all students associated with UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.
The Merage Speech and Presentation Association at The Paul Merage School of Business is committed to:
The professional all-round development of students in soft-skills like Speaking and Presenting.
Increasing awareness of UCI Merage in the professional community through events.
Developing hard-skills like PowerPoint, Photoshop etc.
To help students develop skills to build a rich professional network.
To help students crack interviews in whatever function they choose.
To maintain strong relationships with Merage alumni and current students in other programs such as FEMBA and EMBA
TEDX UC Irvine: The Adventure of Discovery
Functional Interview Preps
Merage Minute Series
Microsoft Office Workshops
Elevator Pitch Series
Kat Hunt – President – Email | LinkedIn
Kat grew up in Orange County and is very happy to be returning to her home county to complete her graduate studies. As VP of External Affairs, Kat is very excited to connect her neighboring OC network with the Speech and Presentation Association to maximize Merage student’s exposure and learning opportunities. She plans a future career in forensic economics.
Apurv Gupta – Executive VP – Email | LinkedIn
Apurv is a Full-Time MBA candidate, Class of 2019, with an Bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering. Before Merage, he worked at one of the 29 global R&D centers of Samsung for five years. He highly values the work experience gained from working in a multi-cultural environment while deployed in international teams. Apurv aims to combine his MBA experience with his technology background to transition to the role of a cross-functional leader in the tech sector. Outside work Apurv loves hanging out with friends, skiing, and soccer. Beyond India and US, he has visited Switzerland, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Paris, and London.
Niharika Gupta – VP Strategy and Operations – Email | LinkedIn
Niharika is from India where she earned her Bachelors of Technology degree in Computer Engineering. She started her career in eCommerce product development, where she had the opportunity to work with companies such as Walmart, Home Depot and Medtronic. Passionate about marketing and digital transformation, she later joined the Digital Marketing team at a startup, where she worked for three years as an Executive Head of Digital Marketing. She also worked for non-profit project for Education industry in India, where she handled brand development. Niharika decided to attend The Paul Merage School of Business at UCI due to the amazing community and structured marketing program, focusing on experiential learning, with the goal of expanding her knowledge of marketing strategy across industries.
Hannah Mylabathula – Co-VP Digital Marketing – Email | LinkedIn
Hannah is a Full-Time MBA candidate and Faculty Fellow focusing on Marketing. She completed her undergraduate degree from UC Davis with a B.S. in Managerial Economics. While in college, she managed a “Humans of California” arts and humanities page via social media and looks forward to sharing those skills while being on the SPA board as VP of Digital Marketing. Aside from Merage activities, as a Bay Area native, Hannah is on the hunt to figure out if SoCal is the better half of California. You can catch her behind her DSLR or iPhone, creating a cool Instagram for SPA.
Khushbu Agarwal – Co-VP Digital Marketing – Email | LinkedIn
Khushbu is a 2019 Full Time MBA student at Paul Merage School of Business. She is very passionate about technology and did her bachelors in Computer Engineering. For past 5 years she worked as a software engineer, serving major telecom players such as AT&T, NTT Docomo and Qualcomm, and effectively launched various chipsets and feature phones. She desires to continue her exploration in technology and work as Product Manager for the Tech companies. Currently, as SPA-VP Digital Marketing she is highly committed to work with all SPA club members and continue improving upon the SPA online presence. Outside work she loves travelling, adventure sports and reading.
Mohak Sahni – VP External Relations – Email | LinkedIn
Mohak is a Full-Time MBA candidate, class of 2020. He first discovered his love for technology at the young age of 5, by ripping apart and reassembling transistor radios and RC cars - He later graduated to televisions and refrigerators. The dawn of the smartphone revolution inspired him to pursue his engineering degree in Telecommunication. He used his knowledge of technology and leveraged his problem solving and analytical skills to provide operational and business solutions to large mobile service providers across the world. Mohak likes adventure sports, he has conquered grade 5 rapids in Rishikesh, hiked on an active volcano in Bali and gone deep sea diving Koh Samui.
Gayatri Sambandamurth Karthy – VP Internal Relations – Email | LinkedIn
Gayatri worked as a cyber risk analyst in a multinational company prior to pursuing her MBA and she is currently enjoying the pleasant weather in South California, which is a welcome respite from the humid Indian summers that she is accustomed to. She appreciates good conversations, takes pleasure in meeting new people and \is determined to spread positive vibes wherever she goes.
Suriti – VP Operations – Email | LinkedIn
Suriti is a first year Full-time MBA candidate, focusing on Product Management. In a previous role, she worked at Adobe for four years as a Software Engineer. She also served as a board member in Toastmasters club in Adobe. Apart from work, she is also a salsa dancer and can teach you a step or two. She loves hiking and her favorite hiking trail is Vernal Falls in Yosemite.
Bhawana, VP Operations – Email | LinkedIn
Bhawana is a 2020 full time MBA candidate, with a bachelors degree in Engineering. She has worked for companies such as Tesco and Honeywell with both technology and operations. She aims to use these experiences along with her MBA for working in retail/consumer goods companies in Supply Chain or Operations role. She likes to read, travel and has trekked to Roopkund, India at 15,750 feet!
Denis, VP Finance – Email | LinkedIn
Denis was born in Moldova, where he earned his Bachelors in Accounting and Auditing. His natural curiosity and adventurous personality inspired him to move to Vancouver, Canada as well as Los Angeles. Denis possesses a unique blend of international experience, deep knowledge of U.S. GAAP and IFRS, as well as leadership and critical thinking skills. Denis most recently worked as a Controller for a sturt-up public company, which combined his passion for finance and entrepreneurship. He came back to business school to hone on his strategic business development skills, with a focus on Finance and Strategy.