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Texas MBA Love Stories

This Valentine’s Day, we checked in with some of our MBA alumni who found love at McCombs and have tied the knot in the last year. Find out how they met and what they’re up to now.

Michelle Sutton ’16 and Javier Armenteros ’16

Wedding Date: October 21, 2017

Wedding Location: Chapel Hill, NC

How We Met: By chance, we were seated next to each other at the MBA Orientation Banquet on our very first day of the program, but we did not get to know each other well until our second semester when we traveled to Park City, Utah on the Graduate Business Adventure Team (GBAT) Ski Trip and then to South Africa as part of the McCombs Global Connections Study Tour program.

Currently: We live in Dallas, TX, where Michelle is an Associate Brand Manager at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Javi is an Associate Finance Manager at PepsiCo Frito Lay. We are both proud Longhorns and are involved in MBA recruiting for our respective companies.

“We loved having such a strong contingent of McCombies at our wedding!”

Christie Sutton ’15 and Patrick McConnell ’15

Wedding Date: October 14, 2017

Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA (originally planned for Healdsburg in Sonoma County, but due to the Northern California fires, we made a last minute move to San Francisco with the help of many of our McCombs friends)

How We Met: We met in Austin during one of the McCombs Adventure Program (MAP) Day Trips, which take place before school officially begins. We sat next to each other on the bus to the wine tasting tour in Fredericksburg, TX and were friends from the start.

Currently: We currently live in San Francisco, CA and both work at Apple. Christie works in market development for the Corporate Retail division, and Pat works as a program manager on the new product launch team.

Christie and Pat with MBA classmates at their wedding

Faraha Kukkady ’16 and Anirudh Kasbekar ’16

Wedding Date: October 14, 2017

Wedding Location: The Wild Onion Ranch in Manchaca, TX (just south of Austin)

How We Met: We met through mutual friends at Yellowstone National Park before we had even applied to business school. Against the backdrop of the gushing geysers and breathtaking landscapes, we discussed the GMAT and hit it off! We maintained a coast to coast relationship thereafter, and McCombs gave us the opportunity to be together by extending an offer of admission to both of us – the rest is history!

Currently: We live in Austin, TX and both work in Product Management at Dell Technologies.

Faraha and Rudy with classmates and Assistant Dean, Tina Mabley, who officiated the ceremony

Ruth Stedman ’16 and Javier Marriott ’16

Wedding Date: February 3, 2018

Wedding Location: New Orleans, LA

How We Met: We met at a pool party during Orientation at Javier’s building. Soon after that we started dating and bonding over our fondness for breakfast tacos and dogs.

Currently: We split time between Ecuador and Austin, TX. Ruth is the Co-Founder and CEO of a new Austin startup Grocery Pup, a company that’s on a mission to bring transparency to dog food and improve the overall quality of what we feed our pups. Javier is the COO of the MARRIOTT GROUP ECUADOR, a holding company that’s involved in retail, wholesale, distribution, real estate development, and project management. Javier is also a Co-Founder of Grocery Pup and serves as Chief Growth Officer and Director for the company.

The Texas McCombs MBA contingent celebrating with Ruth and Javier in New Orleans

Javier and Ruth with their dog Lola for @thegrocerypup

Mallika Swaminathan ’16 and Kunal Khanna ’17

Wedding Date: June 4, 2017

Wedding Location: Austin, TX

Going to Business School Together: We were together before business school, but we loved our time at McCombs and would do it all over again if we could!

Currently: Mallika is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, based out of Austin, TX, while Kunal is an Associate at Lazard in Houston, TX.

McCombs friends celebrating Mallika & Kunal’s Big Day

Cecilia Laseter ’15 and Charles Leonard ’15

Wedding Date: October 14, 2017

Wedding Location: Charlottesville, VA

How We Met: We met in our hometown of Charlottesville because a mutual friend realized that we both had plans to move to Austin to attend McCombs. We were introduced just a few weeks before we both moved, so when we arrived in Austin, we knew at least one person to hang out with. Our dogs got along too, so it just worked. We got engaged in the mountains north of Banff, married in Cville, and honeymooned in Switzerland, France, and Italy.

Currently: We live in Austin, TX, where Ceci is a Senior Program Manager at Whole Foods, and Charlie is a Director of Cybersecurity Risk & Strategy at PwC.

Charlie & Ceci throwing up the Horns during their travels

Meet McCombs on Social Media

The easiest way to keep up with Texas MBA news, admissions updates, and student life is to follow the The Texas MBA Program on social media. Our students and staff are posting pics, stats, and info daily to make sure our future MBAs stay updated on all the reasons #WhyMcCombs!

 

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ExxonMobil & Net Impact Host 1st Energy Bowl at McCombs

It’s well-known that Texas produces more crude oil and natural gas than any other state in the US. However, did you know that the Lone Star State leads the country in wind powered generation capacity? The energy industry serves a crucial role in the macro economy and its complexity, technological advancements, and never-ending thirst for capital attracts many students to McCombs every year.

Here at UT, we benefit from vast resources to aid in our professional development towards becoming leaders in the energy industry. As Texas MBAs, of course we like to team up and make a friendly competition out of it whenever possible. Last week, Net Impact and ExxonMobil gave us the perfect opportunity to do so by hosting its inaugural Energy Bowl at McCombs.

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Texas MBAs at the Energy Bowl!

Leading industry experts MC’d the competition, which was not your average trivia night (not going to lie, I 100% expected a question on the gusher at Spindletop, TX…I was wrong).  Exxon and Net Impact tested students on categories including energy in pop culture, history, new and emerging sources, and projected trends in energy use. We’ve selected a few challenging questions to share below (Answers at the bottom of this post):

  • How many smartphone batteries would you need to equal the energy contained in one gallon of gasoline?
  • Which musician once worked as a roughneck on an offshore oil rig?
  • In what city was the first dam specifically developed for generating hydroelectric power?
  • How many 5 MW wind turbines would it take to provide the equivalent of NYC’s electricity consumption?

We had a great time trying to solve these problems and asking the panelists questions about the future of the industry between rounds. Perhaps more important than racking up points at trivia is your team name, shout-out to “1.21 Gigawatts” for the clever Back to the Future reference.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in conventional or renewable energy, there’s no better place to make the next step than McCombs!

(Answers: 4,000, Trace Adkins, Austin, 4,000 + back-up power)

How We “Slack” in The Texas Executive MBA Program

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Slack is a new online collaboration tool (and is super addictive!) [.gif source]

If you read the title of this post and thought it would be about Executive MBAs slacking off, you’re about to be slightly disappointed. Slack is a new, hyper-addictive online messaging tool that the Texas Executive MBA Class of 2016 started using last August, before our first seminar, to communicate with one another. One of our classmates, Josh Treviño, uses Slack at his office and suggested we set up a team account. Slowly but surely, students began trickling in, tentatively posting questions about pre-readings or class schedules.

The early days of our Slack environment were like being in a library: a place to request or look for information, quietly and without bothering anyone.

Fast-forward to nearly a year later, and our Slack team is more like a bustling conference at a convention center, with hallways and rooms to duck in and out of, people laughing in one corner and others sharing useful tips and tricks in another. Not only has Slack helped us find the program information we need, but many credit the tool with our class’s ability to form strong bonds with one another. Inspired by Bill Morein’s How We Slack at FiftyThree, which discusses business uses for Slack, we wanted to share how Slack has helped busy students like us, as Slack’s tagline promises, “be less busy.”

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General Channel

We have one channel, #general, that anyone can join – and pretty much everyone has. This is where the chit-chat takes place, and can run the gamut from people asking questions about which elective to take, to updates received by individual students about the program, to people testing out their Slackbot-programming skills.

Class Channels

Channels named after our classes each semester help keep things organized. Think #financial-management, #managerial-economics or #strategic-management. If you’ve got a class-related question, need to track down a file, or are just looking for some motivation to work on a paper or study for a big test, this is the place to do business. These channels are archived by the moderators a few weeks after classes wrap up so they don’t use up valuable storage space.

Funny Quotes Channel

Being in one of the Top 20 MBA programs in the country means you’re always surrounded by smart, quick-witted people, whether they are your classmates or professors. A few weeks into our first semester, there were so many funny verbal exchanges happening in and out of class that often times were also some of the best learning moments. #funnyquotes is where the greatest ones get memorialized. A gem from the #funnyquotes feed recently: “Shake hands, kiss babies, and never confuse the two.” That’s Dr. John Daly, professor of our Advocacy elective.

Jobs Channel

Whether you’re looking for a new job or know someone who is, our #jobs channel has helped several people swing to the next vine. It also serves as a place to ping classmates for connections within companies (usually someone has an “in!”), solicit resume advice, compare notes on the executive coaches in the UT Career Services program offers, and offer referrals of candidates who may not be in our program.

Hobby Channels

We’re a diverse group and that extends to our hobbies. Among our hobby channels, we’ve got #field-and-stream for the outdoors-men/women in the program who like to hunt and fish, #wine-club for the group that shares a mutual love of wine after class on the weekends, #chinese for those who want to learn more about the Chinese culture prior to our class trip to China next May, and #hangout which serves as a catch-all for people who want to coordinate grabbing lunch or a drink with a classmate in the area.

Private Groups

There is the option in Slack to send private messages, as well as create private group messages. In my study group’s case, we have a private group titled “Goose” (named after our team name, “Two O’s in Goose”) set up to share notes about group work, gatherings, and inside jokes (most of which, unsurprisingly, involve references to Top Gun).

Questions about Slack or its uses for student communication? Feel free to leave them in the comments below, or tweet at me at @racheltruair.

Life as an EMBA: Explore the Texas Executive MBA Program

The Texas Executive MBA program offers experienced business leaders the opportunity to unlock their full potential, expand their network, and earn one of the most prestigious MBA degrees in the world. All while continuing to work full-time.

A current Texas Executive MBA, Rachel Truair, has shared some key takeaways from her first year in the program:

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This summer or fall, learn more about the program by attending a Texas MBA event.

Read more on our Texas MBA Student blog or reach out to us at TexasEMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions you may have. We hope to meet you soon!

 

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