Christopher Staten


As an empowering leader who is known by my peers, mentors, and mentees to be a caring individual, I show much concern for the well-being of those who I encounter. With a passion to bring brilliant minds together to achieve of a common goal and aspiration to continue the progressive work of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, I submit my application for the President appointment.  In August 2016, I started my MBA journey at The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in Marketing and Strategy. Since my matriculation to the University of Pittsburgh, I have served in several leadership positions on campus and in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  Currently, I am the team lead for a consulting project that provides competitive intelligence consultationto PPG Industries, the Assistant Director of the National Black MBA Leaders of Tomorrow Mentor Program, and serve on the University Review Board for the university.  In addition, I serve on the executive board of the Katz Marketing Club which provides educational services and programs for the students interested in the best practices of Marketing.  Also, serving as a Diversity Student Ambassador for Katz, I assist in the recruitment of underrepresented ethnic minorities interested in Katz and retention of those admitted.  Although I am a full-time MBA Candidate, I exercise my passion for public speaking and youth advocacy by speaking to high school and youth programs across the nation.  Prior to Katz, I served in higher education at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Indiana as the Leadership Development Director, where I was an integral part of the application, implementation, and operation of various programs and initiatives for the personal and professional growth of more than 650 student-athletes. During my tenure at IU, I founded an initiative to encourage the success of over 40 African American male student-athletes, managed marketing & social media strategies, and fostered a partnership with IU Career Development Center for the career advisement of graduating student-athletes. During my tenure at IU, I started the Excellence Academy Career Development Institute by recruiting, training and managing student interns which aimed to better prepare student-athletes for post-graduate success.


As president, I want to create a sense of togetherness amongst graduate and professional students. To gain support and buy-in of graduate students, I will have a “GPSG Campus Tour” in the first month of the Fall 2017 semester. During this campus tour, in collaboration with staff at respective graduate schools and the Graduate School Representatives, members of the executive board will make presentations at each graduate school to engage more with graduate and professional students.  Many graduate and professional students do not extensively interact with the executive board and this campus tour will mitigate that issue.  I will continue the diligent work the current president has executed and build on that foundation.  I look forward to initiating and maintaining fluid communication from the administration to the members of GPSG.