The priority initiatives of the McCombs School support our core purpose of educating leaders that create value for society. The Dean's Strategic Plan serves as a road map for the Corporate and Foundation Relations team when they engage corporate partners. The plan outlines Dean Gilligan’s key initiatives, which include:
Diversity in Business
In an effort to develop leaders who are well-prepared to enter today’s global business society, the McCombs School strives to create an inclusive and diverse student community. Through school sponsored diversity initiatives, prospective and future McCombs School students build leadership skills and knowledge of the global business world while reaping long-lasting benefits from an environment of growth, understanding and enrichment that cultural and ethnic diversity creates.
Energy Management and Innovation Center
The Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC) was established by the McCombs School as a college-wide center of excellence to contribute to a better understanding of the economic, commercial, and policy issues involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of energy.
Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs
Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) at The University of Texas at Austin is a university-wide initiative to support technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation, while providing a unique and directly applicable educational experience for participating students. The purpose is to provide the intellectual horsepower to promote new venture creation at The University of Texas at Austin through mentoring, market and business plan validation, networking, and direct links to resources and funding.
The Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, which is known as the “Super Bowl of investment competitions,” brings together teams from around the globe to compete for the opportunity to launch their new business plan idea.
Key Student Initiatives
McCombs offers flagship leadership and professional development programs like:
LeaderShape ® – LeaderShape Institute is a six-day interactive leadership conference that provides undergraduate students with the tools to uphold ethical values, enrich relationships, and become outstanding leaders.
Leadership Program – The Leadership Program provides undergraduate students with unique programs and activities from their freshman to senior year to complement their academic requirements while enhancing their leadership development, awareness and actions on an individual, local and global level.
Business Honors Program – The Business Honors Program (BHP) is an innovative degree program designed to provide intellectual challenge and professional development for students with exceptional academic abilities and leadership skills. The BHP curriculum and corresponding programming is designed to develop students at every stage of their college careers through our BHP Platform.
Scholarships – Scholarship support enables the McCombs School to attract and retain a high caliber of students, many of whom would not be able to complete their education without financial support.
MBA+ Leadership Program – As an individually tailored professional development and leadership experience, MBA+ provides an evolving series of services, micro-consulting projects, and workshops that connect our MBAs to companies of interest, while heightening communication skills and keeping our students ahead of the curve.
Information Management (IM) Program – The IM Program focuses on developing business leaders who understand how to leverage IT to create value for customers and are educated on the strategic, financial and economic implications of IT projects. Supporting this program offers companies the ability to connect with students, faculty and other industry leaders.