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.

Sejal Desai, MBA’99

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.

Luis Ortiz, MBA’10

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.

Jason Ellison, BS’03, MBA’06

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.

Dilon Hanks, MBA’11

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.

Chris Spartz, MBA’11

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.

Clarisa Duran Lindenmeyer, MBA’09

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.

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