Did you know that March is Women’s History month? In honor of this special occasion we wanted to tell you about some of our outstanding Texas MBA women who constantly impress us. We have established a tradition of developing strong and active women leaders who open themselves to new opportunities in industries all over the world. Here are a few examples of these amazing women.
Sara Martinez Tucker graduated from the McCombs School of Business with her MBA in 1979. She had continued success at AT&T where she served as the regional vice president for 16 years and was the first Latina to reach the company’s executive level. After her time at AT&T, she served as the president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship fund, raising $280 million for scholarships and community outreach programs that focused on elevating expectations for Latino communities to pursue post-secondary school education. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education from 2006 to 2008. As Under Secretary she was the top education official and oversaw all policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid. In 2005, Sara received the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2009, Sara spoke to our incoming MBAs at Orientation. We are so proud to have Sara as part of our program’s legacy!
Our current students continue the program’s legacy of top-notch women. Second-year MBA Kalin McKenna is concentrating in Social Enterprise. She is graduating in May and will head to Seattle to start her post-MBA job with Microsoft. Kalin had an amazing internship with the company this summer and secured her full-time position as a Product Manager this past fall. Committed to leaving her legacy at McCombs, Kalin served on the McCombs Admissions Committee helping prospective students with the admissions process. Kalin has also been involved with many other student organizations, including serving as president of the Graduate Business Council. Kalin has truly taken advantage of all that McCombs has to offer, participating in Three-Day Start Up, McCombs Adventure Program, a Global Connection Study Tour to Russia and Case Challenges to prepare her for her future success. She has truly left her mark on the program and will continue to be an influential leader beyond McCombs.
Kate Stark is a first year MBA student focusing in Marketing and Social Enterprise. Prior to joining McCombs Kate lived in Los Angeles, where she worked in feature film development, finance and marketing, particularly in foreign sales of distribution rights. She also spent several months in Tanzania teaching small business skills to women in a village near Kilimanjaro. Last fall, Kate co-chaired the Texas MBA Women’s Forum, hosting nearly fifty women for two days to educate them about the benefits of the Texas MBA program. She is a member of Graduate Women in Business, SEMA (Sports, Entertainment and Media Association), Graduate Marketing Network, Net Impact and the McCombs Admissions Committee. Additionally, over her winter break Kate joined a group of graduate students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs on a trip to Creve, Haiti to lend their expertise on issues of strategy, marketing, finance, human resources and sustainability. After the trip, the team presented the results of their work and gaverecommendations to improve the lives of the Creve community.
Today we continue to develop strong women leaders with the help of our rich culture of outstanding female faculty and alumni to notable women professionals who speak on campus each year. McCombs offers women multiple opportunities to make an impact within the MBA program and beyond with our membership with the Forté Foundation, as well as various women’s events and organizations such as the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB).
The most recent MBA class is made up of 33% women! We hope to have you as part of a future class of influentialTexas MBA women.
Have a question about being a woman in the Texas MBA program? Send us an email and we will put you in touch with one of our many women leaders!