MBA Voices

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Hear about the UT Dallas MBA from the voices of the people who know best.

The best way to understand how the MBA at UT Dallas can impact your life is to hear directly from the people who have experienced it themselves. MBA alumni and current students, as well as faculty and staff members, have a lot to say about what you can expect from joining the MBA program, working hard with your classmates and finally walking off the stage, diploma in hand, ready to advance in your career.

Student Ambassadors

MBA Ambassadors are here to answer any of your questions. They are current students who are passionate about their MBA experience at UT Dallas and have chosen to mentor and guide other students like you.

Ian Smith, Class of 2020

Ian grew up in Arlington, TX and received his BA in International Relations with a focus in economic development from Brown University in 2011. Currently, Ian serves as Regional Vice President with Westwood Holdings Group, a local asset manager in Dallas, TX.

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Rupal Mehta, Class of 2020

Rupal graduated from University of Houston in 2016 with a B.A. in Public Relations and was an active radio DJ and concert photographer for the university’s radio station during her time there. She was responsible for creating Uber Eats’ first-ever college brand ambassador program, which piloted in Houston and Austin.

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Elijah Emert

Elijah Emert, Class of 2021

Elijah graduated from UT Dallas in 2019 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and began his MBA journey a year later. He decided to pursue an MBA because after years of focus on STEM career options he wanted to both learn about opportunities in business and develop the skills to pursue those new opportunities.

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Joshua Hernandez, Class of 2021

Joshua was born and raised in El Paso, TX. His education focused on physical sciences and engineering, obtaining a BS in Chemistry from Yale University, an MS from Texas A&M University, and is currently attending an MBA program the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Michael Cheney, Class of 2021

Michael currently works on the Finance and Business Management Team for JP Morgan’s Commercial Bank. Before beginning his career at JP Morgan, Michael was an Army Captain, serving in the 7th US Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Jessica Thompson, Full-Time MBA Ambassador

Jessica Thompson, Class of 2020

Jessica graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2018 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies while serving in the United States Air Force. During her time in the Air Force, Jessica held several roles including airborne language analyst, unit security manager, intelligence analysis supervisor, and mission management supervisor.

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Tiffani Jantz, Class of 2020

Tiffani received her BA in Psychology and Child Development and her MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience with top honors from The University of Texas at Dallas. Fascinated by the human mind, she worked as a Traumatic Brain Injury Research Coordinator for 10 years at UT Dallas.

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Allison Potter, Class of 2020

Allison Potter earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2005.She explored a variety of industries in her professional career from commercial real estate to medical education to aptitude testing .

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Todd Baty, Class of 2020

A Richardson, Texas native and SMU-grad, Todd spent ten years in South Korea as an educator and entrepreneur before returning to his hometown to pursue a full-time MBA at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management. .

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Garrett Scott

Garrett Scott, Class of 2022

Garrett graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Administration in Finance degree. After graduation, Garrett worked three years for Raytheon as a Financial Analyst. He is now a Senior Financial Analyst for a private Fin-Tech company based in Plano, Texas named VPay

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Charles Huff

Charles Huff, Class of 2021

Charles graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After graduation, he worked in medical research at the UT Southwestern Medical Center for two years. Charles is currently pursuing his MBA to launch a new career in finance.

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Sangjin Lee, Class of 2020

Sangjin is originally from South Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University with mechanical engineering and technology management in 2010. After graduation, he worked for international companies in South Korea as a strategist and business analyst to implement strategies and launch new products within various industries such as credit card, construction, fashion, and retail business.

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Ben Gallegos

Ben Gallegos, Class of 2021

Ben graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. During his time there, he also led a multi-campus expansion effort for an iPhone repair startup. He has 5 years of work experience in oil and gas software consulting.

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Kunal Arora

Kunal Arora, Class of 2021

Engineer by profession, Kunal is a Military Veteran from India. Having been handpicked for numerous diplomatic missions and worked for Nation’s maiden classified underwater platforms, Kunal has always strived to attain mission accomplishments within time and budget constraints. After a satiating career of 10 years, Kunal felt the need to upgrade his skillset and to be relevant. So, here at UTD, he intends to enhance his global stature and to be relevant.

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Lyz Honore, Full-Time MBA Ambassador

Lyz Honore, Class of 2020

Lyz graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and from the University of New Haven with a Master’s degree in Cellular Molecular Biology. She has over 10 years of work experience that varies between cancer biology research to forensic science.

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Caroline Nwaekwe, Class of 2020

Caroline received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. She currently works for LifePath systems, the local authority for behavioral health in Collin County. Her role is the evaluator for the Texas System of Care program, a HHSC community-based initiative.

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Vibhuti Malsaria

Vibhuti Malsaria, Class of 2021

Vibhuti is a young professional who recently graduated with Masters of Science in Finance from Temple University.

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Timothy Shiveley, Class of 2021

Timothy is a Texas native and attended UT Dallas as an undergrad. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the Erik Johnsson School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2018. Since graduating he has worked at the United States Automobile Association (USAA) as a software developer in the data analytics space. In his role he has facilitated the creation of automated processes to deliver insights to all levels of management.

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Tosin Fayinminu, Full-Time MBA Ambassador

Tosin Fayinminu, Class of 2020

Tosin is originally from Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2012. In 2016, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a Corporate Communications minor from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. After her BA degree, Tosin went to work with Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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Gottfreid Lutumba, Class of 2020

Gottfreid was born in Angola and has lived in 3 different continents throughout his life. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Norman with bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 2019, where he engaged in a multitude of University activities, both social and academic, from working as a Homecoming chair for two consecutive years to doing over a year of research in new drug discovery and prodrug cancer treatments.

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Student Testimonials

MBA students talk about their invaluable academic experiences at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, providing advice, perspective, and vision.

Abhinav Sharma, Class of 2015

Senior Program Manager, Amazon

The MBA program has helped me grow professionally, academically and personally. Looking back, I am a completely changed person in every aspect, and the Jindal School has played a key role in setting me up for success as I enter a new phase of my life. I am grateful for everything that I have learned.

Janelle Manuel, Class of 2017

Inbound Analytics & SEM Manager, Mohawk Industries

The instructors are great about bringing real-time events into the classroom and encouraging us to apply our experiences to their material as well. You tend to read more intently and dig deeper for interesting information because you want to make sure that you are an active, knowledgeable participant in the class conversations.

Justin Figueredo, Class of 2016

Army Reserves Captain; UNT Assistant Professor of Military Science; Financial Analyst, City of Grapevine

The Professional MBA program at UT Dallas was invaluable for my transition from active duty military service to the civilian workforce. Because of the relationships formed within my evening cohort and the insight and knowledge passionately shared by the esteemed faculty, this is an experience that I will never forget.

Jared Lange, Class of 2017

Administrator, Business Sustainability and Development, Parkland Hospital

When I researched MBA programs, the following were important: convenient location, accredited faculty, competitive tuition, hand-selected small cohort and strong alumni connections. UT Dallas met all of these needs. Additionally, the professors have been exceptional, and there have been numerous opportunities to connect with alumni.

Wenet Wu, Class of 2016

Sr. Category Specialist, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

As a young professional in the supply chain industry, I needed a graduate program that would challenge me to think outside the norms of traditional supply chain techniques. The MS SCM program at the UT Dallas provided me excellent networking opportunities through student organizations such as INFORMS, SCLC, APICS and ISM.

Cale Hiroms, Class of 2017

Air Force SSgt.; Program Manager, Raytheon

One of the reasons I chose UT Dallas was because of the low tuition costs—using my veteran’s benefits reduced my out-of-pocket costs to almost nothing. The Professional MBA cohort structure has allowed me to connect more meaningfully with my classmates, more so than most other traditional MBA formats.

Jakeb Spears, Class of 2017

Physician Compensation Analyst, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting

The UT Dallas Full-Time MBA Program helped me make professional connections in my chosen industry, pushed me to challenge myself academically and professionally, and taught me both the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary to land my post-graduate job as an analyst in healthcare consulting.

Nadeem Panjwani, Class of 2017

Software Product Manager, Motorola Mobility

The program helped me bridge the gap by acquiring high-value industry skills, building connections, and preparing for real-world challenges. In retrospective, I feel the three things that contributed most were – my cohort batch, my professors, and the wonderful MBA office staff. I cherish every moment I spent being part of the Full-Time Cohort MBA program and will always be grateful for everything it gave me!

James King, Class of 2016

Compensation, Benefits, & HRIS Manager, A. H. Belo

Switching careers is never easy, but getting my MBA at the Naveen Jindal School at UT Dallas made it far more manageable. As a result, I was able to secure an exciting and challenging career with excellent growth potential—an absolute must for a family man like myself.

Laura Albright, Class of 2016

Management Consulting Lead Analyst, RealFoundations

The program not only gave me the tools I needed to achieve my goal of a rewarding career in a new industry – the in-class experience, a close-knit community of alumni in business and a rigorous curriculum, to name just a few – but I found a group of like-minded professionals who I am proud to call my friends. If I can do it, anyone can do it!

Jordan Pedigo, Class of 2016

Assistant Vice President – Division Controller, BOK Financial Corporation

The MBA program provided a number of opportunities to work in team-based settings. These experiences improved my skills in communication, leadership, team-building and presentation. I have gained a new perspective into the challenges that businesses face, and I am ready to use the skills and knowledge gained to help add value in the workplace.
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Alumni Spotlights

Read the success stories from MBA Alumni, current professionals sharing insights about their experience and life after getting their MBA at UT Dallas.

Smiling MBA Alumnus Ellison Jason 2018

Jason Ellison, BS’03, MBA’06

Entrepreneur – Founder, Ellison Consulting

While Ellison began his professional career at KPMG in audit, he now is on his second (or third) career, as owner of Ellison Business Consulting in Allen. His company specializes in small business consulting, specifically helping owners grow their businesses in “a healthy yet aggressive manner.” Read more about Jason.

Smiling MBA alumnus Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz, MBA’10

Brand Manager, Ericsson North America

As a young professional, Luis developed a business initiative for Ericsson that not only met and surpassed company objectives but also helped a nonprofit organization. He links his ability to create innovative solutions to his time at the Jindal School learning about marketing and advertising. The course work challenged him to redefine traditional marketing ideas and pioneer a new generation of market strategy. Read more about Luis.

Smiling MBA alumna Sajal Desai

Sejal Desai, MBA’99

Program Director, Entrepreneurs for North Texas

Learning to define my own success. This is what I say to others: spend the majority of your day doing something you are passionate about. Define success for yourself and be happy with your own definition. Read more about Sejal.

MBA Alumna Clarisa Duran Lindenmeyer

Clarisa Duran Lindenmeyer, MBA’09

Founder/President, Proximity to Power

Lindenmeyer says that in her current role as a C-level strategist in sales, marketing, and growth, her MBA helps round out her ability to advise executives across many channels. “It gives a 360-degree understanding of how all things work: marketing, sales, IT, finance, HR and more. Read more about Clarisa.

Smiling Spartz Chris MBA Alumnus 2018

Chris Spartz, MBA’11

Senior Associate – Risk Consulting, Contract Compliance, Raytheon

At KPMG, Spartz serves in multiple roles including reviewing contracts between his clients and their third-party service providers to identify risks within the agreement and help his clients to ensure compliance with contracts, standards, policies, and regulatory requirements. Read more about Chris.

Dilon Hanks, MBA’11

Aircraft Captain – Training and Safety Manager, Paypal Aviation Department

Hanks started his education with an undergraduate degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has had a long career path to land his current job. Throughout his career, Hanks saw setbacks as opportunities that led him to his current position, based in the San Francisco area, and never forgot his passion for the aviation industry. Read more about Dilon.

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MBA Student Experiences

Current MBA students and alumni share their academic experience, outcomes, and insights. Read their stories and discover how the MBA program has made an impact on their professional and personal lives.

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Mohit Agarwal on campus

I Always Wanted to Save the Planet

The UT Dallas MBA program helped me gain what I was seeking (i.e.) to develop a more holistic understanding of business management, which gave me the necessary business know-how and leadership acumen to ably pursue my goal.

Pushing Myself to Learn More Than I Ever Thought Possible

The UT Dallas full-time MBA program has been one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences of Kayla’s life. In this article, Kayla shares her fun and engaging journey at the Full-Time MBA program at UT Dallas.

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MBA Resource Articles

Find advice and resources you need as an MBA student at UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, and begin your experience on the right track.

student graduating with dual degrees at Jindal business school

Dual Degrees, Are They Worth It?

If you consider that the MBA is 53 credit hours and the dual degree is a minimum of 63 credit hours, you essentially earn an additional MS degree for just 10 credit hours!

You’ve Been Admitted, Now What?

Congratulations on gaining admission to a top-tier MBA program. This is where your transformation begins. Read about the top recommendations by our MBA Program Director.

Lisa Shatz, Assistant Dean for MBA programs

Encouraging Message for Students During Difficult Times

We know things have been hard lately. Classes are now virtual; you can't go to events on campus with your friends or meet up with colleagues for lunch.

An MBA With a Family? 6 Tips to Make It Possible

You want to get your MBA but family obligations seem to be in conflict? Some advice on getting your MBA and being a great mom or dad. Here is some food for thought.

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Difference Between Executive MBA and Professional MBA

UT Dallas offers five paths to earning an MBA. Each MBA requires 53 credit hours to complete and all are accredited by AACSB – the gold standard for business schools.

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MBA G.O.A.T. Podcast

The Yet Another MBA G.O.A.T. Podcast features conversations with the greatest of all-time MBA alumni from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. This podcast celebrates the outcomes of graduate management education and identifies remarkable examples of how the MBA program at the Jindal School has transformed the lives of its alumni. Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and graduate dean at the Jindal School, is the show’s host.

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Episode 2: Anuja More, MBA’15

This episode features Anuja More, MBA’15, senior product manager for Juniper Networks’ Cloud Analytics and Operations division. Anuja joins host Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and dean of graduate programs at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, to discuss her time in the Jindal School’s Full-Time MBA program and how those experiences and connections prepared her to make an impact in her career as a product-management professional.

Episode 7: Laura Albright, MBA’16

Laura Albright, MBA’16, is a management consulting lead analyst at RealFoundations, a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. The mother of two and a former party-truck franchisee with 25 years of experience decided to reinvent herself mid-career. She discusses how a Jindal School MBA helped her do that.

Kevin Winslow

Episode 10: Kevin Winslow, MBA’15

Kevin Winslow, MBA’15, joins Dr. Monica Powell to discuss how obtaining an MBA degree from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas gave him a new skill set that allowed him to reimagine his career. The degree allowed Winslow to go from a career in clinical research to one as director of operations at Los Angeles-based Radiology Partners.

Episode 6: Rebecca Brooks, MBA’10

Rebecca Brooks, MBA’10, is a senior data analytics manager at McKesson. She joins host Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and dean of graduate programs at the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Episode 5: Jonathan Willson, MBA’12

Jonathan Willson, MBA’12, is a partner at ProvenCFO, a business he co-founded with his brother David, MS’11. Willson joins host Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and dean of graduate programs at the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Episode 9: Newsha Mirzaei, MBA’16

Newsha Mirzaie, MBA’16, a senior strategy and operations management consultant at Deloitte, joins Dr. Monica Powell for a chat about why she chose UT Dallas over other local universities to pursue her MBA degree. They also discuss how her education at the Naveen Jindal School of Management was a great return on her investment — not only in terms of recouping tuition costs but also for learning business, and life, lessons.

Episode 1: Ben Wilson, MBA’11

The inaugural episode of Yet Another MBA G.O.A.T. (the acronym stands for Greatest of All Time) podcast features Ben Wilson, MBA’11, vice president at Bulkley Capital, a boutique financial advisory and investment-banking firm. Ben joins host Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and dean of graduate programs at the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, for a discussion about how his degree helped him make his unique career transition. He went from an operations manager and education director at a philharmonic orchestra to a financial leader who helps company owners and management teams develop acquisition strategies and access capital resources.

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Episode 4: Stephanie Rigg, MBA’16

Stephanie Rigg, MBA’16, is a procurement specialist at Texas Instruments. The mother of three joins host Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and dean of graduate programs at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, to discuss how her immersion in the Full-Time MBA program helped equip her for a safe transition from domestic engineer back into the workforce after a 15-year absence.

Episode 8: Elijah Metcalf, MBA’11

Elijah Metcalf, MBA’11, joins host Dr. Monica Powell for a discussion about nontraditional paths to an MBA and a business career. Metcalf, a vice president of internal audit at NexBank, discusses why a theater background such as his did not put pursuit of an MBA out of the realm of possibility. He explains that he parlayed his communications skills and creativity into a role as a contributing member of his fulltime MBA cohort and then used those skills again in his rise up the corporate ladder.

Andrew Cyders

Episode 11: Andrew Cyders, MBA’11

Andrew Cyders, MBA’11, joins host Dr. Monica Powell for the 11th installment of the Yet Another MBA G.O.A.T. podcast. Cyders is director of special projects and chief of staff at The Everett Clinic in Everett, Wash. He and Powell discuss how the rigor of the MBA prepared him well for success in healthcare consulting and positioned him for the job he holds today.

Episode 3: John Oyedele, MBA’16

This episode features John Oyedele, MBA’16, senior manager, digital product management in Capital One’s Consumer Mobile division. Oyedele joins host Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean and dean of graduate programs at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Among topics discussed are how he was able to earn his evening MBA — all while maintaining a full-time career and a family life with a wife and four kids — and how doing so gave him the confidence to make the transition from an electrical engineer to a well-rounded management professional.

Janelle Manuel

Episode 12: Janelle Manuel, MBA ’17, MS 17

In this episode, host Dr. Monica Powell welcomes Janelle Manuel, MBA’17, MS’17, to the podcast. Manuel, who recently transitioned into a new position, was a senior manager of digital experience at Mohawk Industries at the time the episode was recorded. They discuss how Manuel getting both an MBA and a master’s degree in business analytics at the Naveen Jindal School of Management positioned her for success in the marketing field, which is becoming increasingly oriented on big data.

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