written by Catherine Butschi, Freshman
At the McCombs Executive Mentorship Dinner, I learned what it means to be a part of the Red McCombs School of Business. Michelle Obama could not have said it better; “When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”
Over the course of two hours, relationships were formed over the common ground of being a part of the McCombs legacy. Alumni of McCombs took this evening to reach back and open the door for us. Executives shared their insight into the working world. These mentors gave us an opportunity to network and to ask how McCombs initiated their career path. They gave advice and shared admirable stories.
Holding the door open creates a legacy. It creates a community. Senior Jeff Stevens, chair of the BBA legacy committee, said, “Building a McCombs community is just as important as what we do in the classrooms and organizations.”
By listening and interacting with these fellow McCombs legacies, I saw what opportunities await BBA undergraduates. I feel honored to be part of McCombs and urge others to be apart of this legacy. These Executives have inspired me to assist in maintaining the McCombs legacy and I look forward to attending events like this dinner now and after graduating. Furthermore, every undergraduate can begin participating now during the BBA Legacy Campaign at the end of March.
Thank you to all of the peers, mentors, and everyone who assisted in executing such a wonderful evening. The legacy created before us keeps rolling, so my fellow peers, I challenge you to be a part of the legacy and to reach back and hold the door open for others. We bleed burnt orange. Hook ‘em.
We would like to thank the following alumni for their participation and for connecting with our BBA/MPA students.
1. Keat Wilkins – CEO, Sense Corp 2. Jeff Eller – Chairman, Public Strategies 3. Steve Rohleder – Group Chief Executive, Accenture (Health & Public Service Operating Group); former Accenture COO 4. Sandy Gottesman – LiveOak Gottesman 5. Darrell Windham – Head of the Corporate Law Practice, Greenberg Traurig; former Head of the Corporate Law Practice at Fulbright & Jaworski 6. Jim McBride – Founder and Managing Member, Blue Sage Capital 7. Gary Valdez – CEO, Focus Strategies 8. Joe Holt – CEO, JPMorgan Chase, Central TX 9. Kevin Hegarty – CFO, UT; former CFO of Dell Financial Services 10. Ken Cho – Co-Founder, Spredfast 11. Rick Thielke – Portfolio Manager and Head of Analytics, SandRidge Capital 12. Jack Baum (to confirm) – Partner 2m Co, CEO of Food, Friends & Company