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 12: Janelle Manuel, MBA ’17, MS 17

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.

Episode 11: Andrew Cyders, MBA’11

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 10: Kevin Winslow, MBA’15

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 9: Newsha Mirzaei, MBA’16

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 8: Elijah Metcalf, MBA’11

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.

Episode 7: Laura Albright, MBA’16

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.

Episode 6: Rebecca Brooks, MBA’10

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

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 4: Stephanie Rigg, MBA’16

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 3: John Oyedele, MBA’16

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.

Episode 2: Anuja More, MBA’15

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 1: Ben Wilson, MBA’11

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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