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Please click here to access the Fall 2014 Target Your Future Application.

Target Your Future (TYF) offers a small, group setting to BBA students for those “off the record” questions with industry professionals, professors and upperclassmen. The seven-week program covers career topics designed to increase your knowledge, experience and confidence. This new insight will broaden your perspective on potential industries and employers, and help build your professional network. TYF strengthens your career decision-making skills through personal exploration, mentorships and networking.

Building Connections, Fostering Success

Seminar Series

The weekly seminar series offers an opportunity for small roundtable discussions on a variety of career-related topics. Panel sessions include industry professionals, professors, mentors, and upperclassmen. Students are able to connect with employers recruiting undergraduate business students, and learn what it takes to be their ideal candidate.

Student Mentors

Students are divided into small groups and matched with mentors, who are typically former TYF participants. Student mentors offer valuable insight on career development to their mentees, and they organize networking and social activities for the group.

Professional Mentor Program

Students are matched with professionals in an industry area of their interest. Professional mentors share personal experience and knowledge through a phone and email conversations.

TYF Kick-Off

Get to know the Leadership Team and participants in a fun, relaxed environment! 

TYF Networking Social

TYF Mentors lead a fun evening of friendly trivia competition over dinner.

Etiquette Dinner & Networking Reception

TYF shares an evening with BBA Women’s Council, McCombs Diversity Council and industry professionals. Participants share a three-course meal where students and professionals learn the dos and don’ts for professional dining etiquette.

TYF Trek

Employers host on-site visits to expand each participant's understanding of various industries and company cultures. Students observe first-hand how majors transition into career opportunities.

Brandon Roye, Program Manager

Brandon Roye

Program Manager

Brandon Roye is a second year junior from Spring, Texas who is pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management. Brandon started as a TYF participant in the Fall of 2013 and is now the Program Manager for the Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 school year.

Brandon completed an accounting internship at Goodman Manufacturing in the Houston Galleria Area. Additionally, Brandon has experience waiting tables, catering, and training new employees in a community retirement home.

He plans to study abroad through the Supply Chain Management program in Hong Kong. Brandon is involved in the McCombs Leadership Program and plans to join an undergraduate law organization. He hopes to complete his BBA in three years, then pursue a graduate degree in law at the University of Texas.

Brandon’s interests include piano, automobile design, and traveling. He has traveled to thirteen countries and hopes to continue in his professional career.

Lauren Sanders

Lauren Sanders

Program Manager of Leadership Development

Lauren Sanders is a third year Marketing major with a minor in Finance. She was a TYF participant in the Spring of 2013, served as a peer mentor for the past two semesters, and couldn’t be more excited to begin her new role this year as Program Manager of Leadership Development.

In the summer of 2013, Lauren held an internship with Sterling Associates –a management-consulting firm in Houston, Texas. She participated in a rotational program to various non-profit organizations within the Houston area, focusing heavily on fundraising, strategy, and internal development. This experience solidified both her passion for business as well as her strong affinity towards philanthropic missions.

This past summer, Lauren studied International Marketing abroad in Paris, France through one of McCombs’s BBA Short-Term Study Abroad programs. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and she enjoyed expanding her marketing knowledge through a unique cultural lens.

Lauren was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In addition to Target Your Future, Lauren serves as a philanthropy chair for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, where she helped raise over $25,000 towards Breast Cancer Education and Awareness in the spring of 2014. Her passions include gluten-free baking, fitness, fashion, and European travel.


Ryan Kimmell

Clarissa Gondoprawiro

Professional Mentor Program (PMP) Coordinator

Ryan Kimmell is a second year Supply Chain Management major from San Antonio, Texas.  Ryan began with Target Your Future as a participant in Fall 2013 and looks forward to his first semester working with the leadership team, on which he will be serving as Professional Mentor Program (PMP) Coordinator.

Ryan has a diverse background, which includes multiple summers waiting tables as well as substantial experience selling fireworks at various roadside locations.  His most recent role was interning for Hanson’s Installations, Inc., a subcontractor, for which he worked in the estimation department.  He enjoys the customer service aspect of sales as well as the camaraderie of working with his peers to problem-solve.

 While at the University of Texas, Ryan has been involved with the McCombs Leadership Program, the University Securities Investment Team, and the Investment Banking Industries Group.  Additionally, he has taken part in one case competition and looks forward to many more before graduation.  Upon receiving his degree, he plans on working in logistics and procurement before attending graduate school.

Ryan’s interests include sports, anything involving the outdoors, and watching the Longhorns dominate the Big XII.

Teagan White

Teagan White

Connect Coordinator

Teagan White is a second semester sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas. She recently declared her major in Marketing and is also pursuing a minor in French. She was a mentee in TYF Spring of 2014. This fall, she is serving as the Connect Coordinator.

Teagan’s business background comes from a variety of experiences. She was on the Finance Board of the Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 Texas THON organization and succeeded in raising over $50,000 for Dell Children’s Medical Center. She also serves as the Treasurer of Texas Lonestars, a service organization at UT. Currently, she is working in the Special Events office at the UT School of Law. Teagan also has experience in food service and retail and is looking forward to where these activities will lead her.

Teagan hopes to put her French skills to use in Paris, France with the International Marketing Program through the BBA International Study Abroad Program. Her goal is to become fluent to be able to travel and do marketing in France. Teagan is involved in the McCombs Diversity Council and the University Marketing Association. Upon graduating, Teagan is considering continuing her education and receiving an MBA.

Teagan has many hobbies outside of class including Scottish dancing, skiing, UT football games, and clarinet. She is very excited for recruiting this year for an internship and is already looking forward to continuing her hobbies throughout her professional career.

 

Amanda Tallent

Amanda Tallent

Historian
 

Amanda Tallent is a sophomore Marketing major from Baytown, Texas. Amanda was previously a mentee in the Target Your Future Program in Spring 2014 and is returning to the Leadership Team as Historian for the Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 school year.

Amanda’s leadership experience can be demonstrated by her roles as a Peer Coach for BBA Career Services, a Youth Intern for two local churches, and a Summer Camp Counselor for New Arrival Students. Amanda’s passion for serving the community and volunteering with youth led her to participate in UT Best Buddies and over six mission trips since 2009.

Amanda plans to study abroad Summer 2015 in Paris through the BBA International Marketing Program. Amanda is also a member on the Merchandise Committee for Texas Royals and is actively involved in the Christians in Business Organization.

In her free time, Amanda loves to craft, travel, and explore new places with her dog, Ellie. 

 

 

Kevwe Mowarin

Kevwe Mowarin

Peer Mentor

 
Kevwe Mowarin is a third year Finance major. She is currently the Student Assistant for McCombs Alumni Relations. Kevwe started in TYF in Spring 2013 during her second semester in McCombs. This will be her third semester as a Peer Mentor. Kevwe is the Managing Director of Investments for the University Finance Association and a member of the Texas Darlins.

Kevwe has gained a lot of experience networking with alumni through her job with Alumni Relations. She has also served as team lead on multiple case competitions hosted by McCombs and partnering companies. She hopes that through competing in the case competitions and networking with other professionals she will develop skills that will prove invaluable as she continues with investment banking. 

Kevwe has many goals for her future career. This summer, she will be interning for a second time at Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking Division in New York City. Kevwe also hopes that the internship will further fuel the passion she already has for banking and investments.  

Kevwe was born in London and briefly lived in Nigeria, but she spent most of her life growing up in Allen, Texas. She is looking forward to studying abroad at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy this spring. Kevwe is passionate about African culture, travelling, and art.

 

Morgan Lucey

Morgan Lucey

Peer Mentor


Morgan is a fourth year Supply Chain Management major, with a minor in Management Information Systems. Morgan participated in Target Your Future in the spring semester of her sophomore year, and she returned as a mentor in Fall 2014. Last spring, Morgan studied at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and had the incredible opportunity to travel through Europe and make friends from all over the world.

Last summer, Morgan interned at the Boeing Company in Manufacturing Operations in Seattle, Washington. She is excited to pursue full-time opportunities and find a job that matches the technical skills she learned interning, and the communication skills she has gained through leadership experience.

Aside from TYF, Morgan is involved in the McCombs Leadership Program, Supply Chain Management Student Organization, and Gamma Beta Phi. She was raised in Milwaukee, WI, so these organizations have all helped Morgan become more involved and meet other students on campus. When these organizations leave her with free time, Morgan likes to Irish Dance, ski, and plan her upcoming trip to Australia.
Pooja Raman

Pooja Raman

Peer Mentor  

 

Pooja Raman is a third year from Round Rock, TX and is majoring in Finance, minoring in Management Information Systems, and receiving a Sports Communication certificate. Pooja became involved with Target Your Future starting in spring 2013 and has held roles of TYF Connect Coordinator, TYF PMP Coordinator/Public Relations, and currently, mentor.

Pooja is very experienced in the professional world, having five different jobs within the past seven years. Most recently, Pooja interned with Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Human Resources Technology & Systems intern in their Boston, Massachusetts home office. She was very lucky to combine her love for technology and people during her internship. She currently works at the Renaissance Austin Hotel as a Front Desk Ambassador and has received many accolades including Ambassador of the Quarter during the first quarter of 2014. Her love for making people happy gets fulfilled everyday, as she goes above and beyond for the guests.

Pooja is also heavily involved on campus, as she is a Social Dance teaching assistant, a McCombs Leadership Program mentor, and a campus representative on Victoria’s Secret PINK University of Texas street team. She loves getting to make a difference in her campus, as she is a firm believer in what starts at the University, changes the world.

Pooja’s passions include dancing, football (go Giants!), pop culture, and chocolate. She hopes to find a profession that will incorporate all four of her passions…hopefully, it’s somewhere out there. 

Amrita Chopra

Amrita Chopra

Peer Mentor
 

Amrita Chopra is a senior pursuing her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Economics with a minor in Management Information Systems. She is originally from India and moved to the U.S. in 2009. Amrita studied at community colleges for two years before she was admitted to UT in the Fall of 2012. Amrita was a participant of the Target Your Future Program in Fall of 2013.

Currently, Amrita is interning at a local CPA firm in Austin, Texas. She has been with the firm for the past six months. Last summer she worked for a CPA and a wholesale cookie business back in Colorado. She is interested in the operations of small businesses and the stories behind their successes. She aspires to be an entrepreneur in the future. At present, her five-year plan is to graduate and work for a public accounting firm as a consultant in the Risk Department.

Amrita enjoys snow and loves to snowboard. She also enjoys many different art forms, some of which are dance, music and sketching.

Jon Trujillo

Jon Trujillo

Peer Mentor

 

Jon Philip Trujillo is a third year Marketing Major from Natalia, Texas. As the Marketing Intern for the Texas Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) program, he promotes different campaigns and events to our online community. Jon serves as a Teaching Assistant for the University’s Social Dance courses and a mentor for the McCombs Leadership Program, the FIG program, and Target Your Future.

Jon has gained a variety of experience in healthcare, higher education, and retail through working at the Baptist Medical Center, serving as an Orientation Advisor and a Student Associate at the Office of the Registrar, and working with Wal-Mart. At Wal-Mart, Jon focused on mastering the daily operations of a local store, becoming proficient in human resources, and engaging in facility projects in cross functional areas.

Jon’s goals include working for a Marketing firm in New York City during the summer of 2015 and bringing new ideas to Texas BBA. He stays open to new opportunities and is looking forward to studying abroad in Madrid, Spain in the Spring semester.



Jonathan Balderas

Jonathan Balderas

Peer Mentor
 

Jonathan Balderas is a third year Management Information Systems major. He works for UTeach Outreach as a Coach/Tutor, which involves teaching elementary students a STEM based curriculum, and mentoring them on the importance of a higher education.   

Jonathan joined Target Your Future in the fall of 2013, after internally transferring from Undergraduate Studies. As a first time peer mentor, Jonathan is excited to start the program, and knows his mentees will help make Fall 2014 a great semester. 

During the summer, Jonathan worked in Houston, TX with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as an Internal Firm Service Intern -an internship he learned about from his semester with TYF.  His projects, as an intern, included research on possible non-profit partners for the firm, and improving the energy website for better user experience. Jonathan is happy to announce that he will be returning to PricewaterhouseCoopers in summer 2015 to work in the Technology Advising practice.  He can’t wait to go back and see if consulting is the right fit for him.

Jonathan was born in Houston, TX and raised in Edinburg, TX. He loves to be outside and explore nature along with cooking, and exercising.

 

 

Annie Bernica

Annie Bernica

Ambassador

Ashley Zaroff

Ashley Zaroff

Ambassador

Christina Wiener

Christina Wiener

Ambassador

Christy Kim

Christy Kim

Ambassador

Jackie Vo

Jackie Vo

Ambassador

Tanner Brennan

Tanner Brennan

Ambassador

Corporate Partners

Special Thanks to our TYF Corporate Partners

 Fall 2014 Accenture
Altria Group Distribution Company
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Epsilon
Goldman Sachs
Macy's
Phillips 66
PwC
Shell Oil Company
Texas Instruments
Wells Fargo

 Spring 2014

 

Altria Group Distribution Company
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Epsilon
GE
Goldman Sachs
Phillips 66
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Wal-Mart
Wells Fargo
 Fall 2013 Altria Group Distribution Company
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Epsilon
Google
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Macy's
Phillips 66
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Stage Stores
Wal-Mart
Wells Fargo
 Spring 2013 Altria Group Distribution Company
Cardinal Health
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Epsilon
General Electric
Macy's
Phillips 66
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Spectra Energy
Wal-Mart
Wells Fargo
 Fall 2012 Altria Group Distribution Company
AT&T Inc.
Chase
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
General Electric
Macy's
Phillips 66
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Spectra Energy
Wal-Mart
Wells Fargo
 Spring 2012 AT&T Inc.
Cardinal Health
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Dell
General Electric
General Motors Foundation
Macy's
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Spectra Energy
Target
Wal-Mart
Wells Fargo
 Fall 2011 AT&T Inc.
Chevron Corporation
ConocoPhillips Company
Dell
General Motors Foundation
Macy's
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Spectra Energy
Target
Wal-Mart
Wells Fargo
 Spring 2011 Accenture
AT&T Inc.
ConocoPhillips Company
General Motors Foundation
Goldman Sachs
Macy's
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Shell Oil Company
Spectra Energy
Target
Wal-Mart
Wachovia
Wells Fargo
 

TYF Alum

Learn more about the TYF experience by clicking on the photos to the left.

Andrea Tapia

“As a second year, internal transfer student, Target Your Future was one of the first programs to welcome me to McCombs. Transferring from another college into McCombs, I felt overwhelmed acclimating to the new environment. Through TYF, I got the chance to meet peers, upperclassmen, McCombs staff, and most importantly professionals in a small setting. I would definitely recommend the program because it provided me with numerous resources including career exploration and mentorship. Furthermore, I created lasting friendships and memories because of TYF!”

Anuj Khandelwal

“Target Your Future blends everything McCombs has to offer - teamwork, mentorship and dedication - into an action-packed learning adventure. My favorite part was definitely the Corporate Sponsored Trek. Visiting companies is a great way to meet potential employers and learn about career opportunities.”

Ezequiel Calderon Jr.

“Target Your Future was one of the most beneficial programs I was involved in that developed me professionally my freshman year. As a first-generation college student, I did not know much about life at the university level, especially life after college . The way that the program is structured is brilliant: it's a time to learn about what being a business professional really means and how we, as students, can shape it to best fit us.

Through TYF I created my personal views on networking, recruiting, and career paths. Thanks to the multiple panels and interactive workshops, I began to understand how to navigate my time at McCombs successfully to secure a bright future. The trek was most memorable for me because I got to see a “day-in-the-life” of several professionals ultimately clearing many questions and concerns I had. In addition, I met various recruiters and other company representatives that communicated a myriad of opportunities with their companies. I am very grateful for TYF as it played an instrumental role in helping me develop my connections and eventually led to two internships. I recommend all students become involved with the program – you definitely will not regret it!"

Jackie Flores

“I will always attribute my success in McCombs to TYF and everything I learned from the program while serving as a student mentor. The etiquette dinner and corporate sponsored trek were by far the most beneficial components of the program for me.

These events offered the opportunity to meet professionals in smaller, more personal environments without the pressure and challenges that students encounter at the career expo and other similar events. I highly recommend this program to underclassmen because it provides an advantage in getting recruited. Many of our students also get recruited by our corporate sponsors, so it's a great way to get a head start on the internship search!”

Khurram Kabiruddin

“Target Your Future is a fantastic avenue for personal development. The program’s motto of ‘Building Connections. Fostering Success’ exemplifies what the program is all about. As a first-year student, I joined TYF as a participant. Through that experience, I gained a lot of confidence about my career goals and recruiting came much more naturally to me. I returned to the program as a mentor and then led the program as the first Program Manager.

Throughout the years that I have been involved with TYF, I have developed my leadership skills, grown my network, and had a lot of fun in the process. I am a huge proponent of TYF’s Professional Mentor Program (PMP). Networking is not a buzz word; it is an actual skill. The PMP allowed me hone my networking skills while I connected one-on-one with a professional from industry. Learning about my professional mentors experiences was invaluable knowledge. As I begin my professional career, I feel confident that I’ll be able to take the skills I have gained and continue to apply them when meeting colleagues and clients.”

Nick Navarro

“What really made Target Your Future beneficial for me was the unique combination of student mentors and professionals. The combination of these two resources made it possible for me to get a student perspective while learning what prospective employers were looking for in potential candidates. Making career decisions can definitely be daunting, but it was so helpful to be able to ask a peer or a professional for advice through the channels setup by TYF.”

Rebecca Harrison

“TYF is one of the most influential programs I have participated in. Through it, I've learned the importance of networking, maintaining professional relationships, and building my personal brand. TYF offers various outside events, my favorite being the Etiquette Dinner, where you learn the nitty-gritty details of table manners.

I enjoyed being able to interact with professionals in a relaxed environment where we all learned skills that were both beneficial and entertaining. Through the connections I made in Target Your Future, I was able to secure an internship with a firm I love. I truly cannot emphasize how priceless this experience is. You'll meet amazing individuals, build important relationships, and get the inside scoop from recruiters. Having served as both a participant and a student mentor, I can confidently say that this is a program where the people truly care about you–and that is something I would encourage anyone and everyone to take advantage of!”

Ryan Gray

“Being a mentor in TYF was a great experience. Though I was there to pass on knowledge, I learned a great deal as well. My favorite experience in the program was the company field trip to Houston. Networking on this trip helped me land my full time offer with Macy's. Plus, it was such a pleasure getting to know all the people in the program.”

Shelby DeMuth

"TYF allowed me to understand and explore different business career opportunities each week. I increased my confidence with employers and my fellow peers through informational interviews and group interaction. Most importantly, TYF equipped me with the skills I needed to land an internship and full time job in my chosen business field. "