2016 Texas MBA Women's Forum Student Co-Chairs
Silva Gentchev, MBA '17
Silva Gentchev is a 2nd year MBA student at McCombs concentrating in Innovation Leadership. She is a co-founder of the McCombs Social Impact Internship Fund (SIIF) which helps MBA students advance their careers in social impact, corporate social responsibility and sustainability through a student-led fund. She also holds leadership positions in the Graduate Women in Business, Graduate Business Council and Net Impact, and is a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Jess Jozwiak, MBA '17
Jessica is a member of the class of 2017 concentrating in Finance. She is VP of the Graduate Finance Association and on the McCombs Ambassador Committee. During the summer of 2016, Jessica interned at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta as a Investment Banking Associate, and will return full-time after graduation. Before McCombs, she worked at Moody's on the oil & gas team and also at a timber REIT called Plum Creek. Jessica graduated in 2009 from Vanderbilt University.
Julia Brannan, MBA '18
Julia is in her first year at McCombs and is concentrating in Operations Management. Julia recently joined Operations Fellows and is also a member of Graduate Women in Business and the Graduate Business Technology Group. Prior to McCombs, she worked at Deloitte Consulting for five years, most recently as a Senior Consultant, and was passionate about helping her clients to improve their operations and better optimize their resources and technology. Prior to Deloitte, she graduated from the University of Richmond and majored in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and International Business. Julia is originally from the Pacific Northwest but also lived in London, England for seven years prior to college, so she’s loving the change in weather here in Austin!
Natalia Sanders, MBA '18
Natalia is a first year at McCombs and intends to focus on Strategy and Marketing. She is a member of the McCombs Admissions Committee, Graduate Women in Business, Sports Entertainment & Media Association, and the Consortium. Natalia is excited to have recently started her MBA+ project where she is working with a sports apparel start-up to develop their marketing strategy. Prior to McCombs, she was in Washington, D.C. working as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte in their Strategy & Operations practice. Before Deloitte, Natalia attended the University of Richmond where she majored in Leadership Studies and Music, with a Spanish minor, and where she served as a varsity cheerleader and orchestral violinist. Natalia is excited to be a new part of the McCombs community and can’t wait to bring her pup, Boots, to Austin after the holidays to join the Hook ‘Em family!
Travel & Logistics
If you are selected to attend the Texas MBA Women’s Forum, below you'll find some helpful information for planning your trip to Austin. Be on the look-out for more details coming soon.
Official Start & End of the Event
The official event starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016. The event officially closes at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
Evening in Downtown Austin (Friday, November 18th)
Experience a Friday night out in Austin with current MBA students (Location: TBD. Not a UT-sponsored event)
Here is a Google Map with Texas MBA Women’s Forum event location information for your reference.
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center Hotel
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705
The hotel is located directly on campus and is about a five-minute walk from the McCombs School of Business, where the Women's Forum events will be held. More information about the hotel can be found here.
The Texas MBA Program is pleased to cover the cost of your stay on Friday night. You will check in on Friday, November 18 and check out on Saturday, November 19. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 12:00 p.m. You will be paired with a roommate also attending the Women’s Forum. All incidentals are the responsibility of the guest. Should you choose to check out on Saturday, please feel free to bring your luggage to the business school where we'll gladly store it for you throughout the day.
If you would like to stay at the AT&T Center on the nights of Thursday, November 17 or Saturday, November 19, a block of rooms has been reserved under the name “Texas MBA Women’s Forum.” If you are interested in booking a room for Thursday or Saturday evening, you should email WomenMBAAdmissions@mccombs.utexas.edu indicating that you would like a reservation for Thursday and/or Saturday and confirm that you understand you will be financially responsible for that night's stay.
The University of Texas campus is located approximately 12 miles (20-30 minutes) from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Taxis are readily available at the airport and will cost about $25 to get from the airport to the UT Austin campus. Taxis are also available at the AT&T Center for transportation back to the airport. Travel and transportation expenses are not covered.
Catch a cab on campus: AT&T Hotel, 1900 University Ave.
There will be no off-campus events during this Women’s Forum, however, if you prefer to have your own mode of transportation during your stay in Austin, here is a list of rental car companies at the Austin airport. Please note that the cost of parking is not covered at the AT&T Center and is the responsibility of the guest.
If you drive to campus and are staying at the AT&T Center, we recommend parking in the AT&T Conference Center Garage, which is located directly underneath the hotel. Overnight guests of the hotel may obtain a parking card at the front desk for garage parking at $18 per night. Valet parking is $15 per visit or $23 overnight, plus tax.
If you're driving to campus but not staying at the AT&T Center, you can also park in the Brazos Garage, which is located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Brazos. Day parking (8-24 hours) at Brazos Garage costs $18.
If you can no longer attend the Women’s Forum, please email WomenMBAAdmissions@mccombs.utexas.edu and let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another applicant.
Forum session dress is business casual attire. Evening and social events are Austin casual! Austin weather can be unpredictable in the fall, but around mid-November is light jacket weather.
Stacey Kammerdiener - Senior MBA Admissions Officer, Stacey.Kammerdiener@mccombs.utexas.edu
Patrice Buffkin - Texas MBA Events Coordinator, Patrice.Buffkin@mccombs.utexas.edu
General Inquiries: WomenMBAAdmissions@mccombs.utexas.edu