Tag: women in business

Discover McCombs: Women’s Weekend 2018

On November 9 & 10, Texas McCombs hosted 56 future women MBAs on campus and around Austin for our Discover McCombs: Women’s Weekend– an unbeatable firsthand experience for anyone considering a Texas McCombs MBA. Attendees networked, explored Rowling Hall, heard an overview of program curriculum & career resources, and learned about the UT Austin community. We always look forward to this weekend of programming committed to the empowerment of women in higher education and business, and this year we were joined by current students, MBA faculty & staff, and recent alumnae to share their #WhyMcCombs.

Exploring Austin: Kendra Scott

The Welcome Reception on Friday evening was held at the Kendra Scott Home Office in central Austin, a beautiful new space indicative of Austin’s vibrant community of unique, innovative entrepreneurs.

Giving Back: Flo Code

Attendees were also given the opportunity to work with Flo Code, a non-profit that provides menstrual products to those in need, focuses on ending the stigma of women’s needs through service, and encourages women to reclaim space in the business world. They collect donations of feminine hygiene products and distribute the products to underserved women and girls. If you’d like to help support Flo Code, please consider donating items from their Amazon wishlist.

Along with our 56 attendees, Texas McCombs was able to put together 315 Flo Packs! 

Our women's weekend attendees with their Flo Packs.

I felt grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the weekend! Women’s Weekend was my first introduction to Texas McCombs two years ago and I tried to keep that in mind when planning the event this year. We wanted to make sure it felt inclusive, energetic and personalized. The great panels, service component, reception at Kendra Scott and #IamRemarkable activity really captured the McCombs spirit.

– Manasa Murthy, Women’s Weekend co-chair & Texas McCombs MBA

Teaming Up: Google #IamRemarkable

Texas McCombs also partnered with Google this year for an #IAmRemarkable workshop at Rowling Hall. #IAmRemarkable is a Google initiative that aims to empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. Catenya McHenry, Texas McCombs Director of Media and PR, was on the #IAmRemarkable panel alongside alumna and owner of Unit D Pizzeria, Shalou Dhamija Barth.


Visit Texas McCombs MBA  to find out more about our programs, events, and community, or join the #WhyMcCombs conversation on Twitter. Hook ’em!

The 2016 FortĂ© MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

From Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior MBA Admissions Officer 

Over 400 businesswomen descended upon Austin, Texas this past weekend for the 2016 FortĂ© MBA Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC)! The event is orchestrated annually by the FortĂ© Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on connecting & empowering women in business, and providing access to business opportunities and education. This year, The University of Texas at Austin had the pleasure of hosting these women in our own backyard at the AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center on campus.

The WLC reached a new attendance record this June, with 438 MBA students coming from almost 50 universities across the country!

The conference is geared toward incoming first year MBA students and rising second year MBA students, and gives women an opportunity to network with a plethora of top companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, Cognizant, Hines, Amazon, AT&T, Dow, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Wells Fargo.  Our MBA ladies took part in conference prep in the months leading up to the WLC so that they could make the most of the opportunities presented. These prep calls coached first year students on resume writing, networking with the company recruiters, and provided advice on how to follow up with leads generated at the conference.

The McCombs School of Business and the Texas MBA Program had the highest number of students in attendance (Hook ‘Em!) with 45 incoming and current MBA students from all our programs. The Class of 2018 newbies had the opportunity to meet one another before orientation in August and our incoming FortĂ© Fellows also had the chance to meet each other at a reception on Thursday evening hosted by Dimensional Fund Advisors.  Additionally, thirteen Texas MBA alumni volunteered for panels & networking with current MBA women.

Texas MBA ’02 alumna and CMO of RetailMeNot, Marissa Tarleton, spoke on the challenges and opportunities of being a woman marketing executive. CEO of Austin-based startup Shipping Easy and Texas MBA ’94 alumna Katie May was featured on a panel about entrepreneurship. McCombs staff were also featured presenters at sessions such as “Leveraging Social Media for Your Career,” and the Texas MBA Graduate Women in Business organization (GWIB) hosted a fun happy hour on Saturday afternoon.

Join Us for Our Next Women’s Event in Austin!

Networking with and learning from so many successful and driven women is nothing short of inspirational. If you are making your plans for fall, our 2016 Women’s Forum registration is now open. Future women MBAs are strongly encouraged to attend this exclusive event to network with current students and alumni, meet McCombs faculty and staff, and attend info sessions about curriculum, career planning, experiential learning, and life in Austin, Texas.  Apply Now!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Hook ‘Em!

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