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Texas MBA Diversity Forum

November 14th - 15th, 2014

The Diversity Forum is open to all prospective students with a commitment to diversity in business. It allows you to experience the Texas MBA program as we showcase all we have to offer through info sessions about curriculum, career planning, student community, experiential learning, and Austin’s charm. Discover how the Texas MBA program can unlock your potential and help you develop as a business leader, whether you are looking to advance your current career or make a career change.

  • Hear an in-depth overview of the Texas MBA program
  • Interact with our diverse community of students, alumni, and faculty
  • Understand the value proposition of the Texas MBA
  • Experience what makes Austin special: good food, fabulous music, and more!

Due to space constraints, participation at the Diversity Forum is by application only. We strongly encourage African American, Hispanic American, Native American, and LGBTQA prospective students to apply for this event, but the event is open to include all prospective students with an interest in improving the diversity in business schools and in management.

Apply Here and "Kickstart" Your Application!

By registering for the Texas MBA Diversity Forum, you will "kickstart" your application process for the Texas MBA! After creating a UT EID (your online account at The University of Texas at Austin) most of your applicable information from this forum registration will automatically copy over to your application making the process that much easier! Registration forms need to be completed and submitted by November 4th, 2014. After you submit your registration form, you will hear back about your attendance confirmation within one (1) week of your submission via email so you can make travel arrangements. Final invitation decisions and confirmations will occur by November 7th, 2014, via email.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Diversity Forum Agenda

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - OPTIONAL

Time  Session Location 
7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Check-In for Class Visits Starts at 7:45 a.m. Big Bend,
MBA Program Office
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. MBA International Night
International MBA Student Association & Texas MBA+ Leadership Program Event
Frank Erwin Center - 1701 Red River
9:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - "Think n' Drink" Cocktail Hour with Current MBA Students
Not a UT-Sponsored Event

Friday, November 14, 2014

Time Session Location
N/A Free Day in Austin
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3:00 p.m. Hotel Check-In AT&T Conference Center 
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Registration & Check-In Tejas,
AT&T Center
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Welcome Reception Tejas,
AT&T Center
6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Eric Hirst, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Diversity Forum Event Co-Chairs
AT&T Center
9:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - Night on West Sixth Street with Current MBA Students
Not a UT-Sponsored Event

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time Session Location
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast & Registration Legacy Events Room, McCombs
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions
Diversity Forum Event Co-Chairs
Student Organization Leaders
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Eric Hirst, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Exploring the Opportunities at Texas
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Student Services, Curriculum & Financial Aid
Jolene Ashcraft, Senior Associate Director of Student Services
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Break
Light Snacks Available
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  MBA+, Global Connections, McCombs Adventure Program & Study Abroad
Tommy Ward, Global Connections Coordinator
Debbie Carney, International Exchange Coordinator
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Student Panel
Current MBA Students & Student Organization Members
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Student Mentors The Atrium, McCombs
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Group Tours McCombs School
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Faculty Panel Active Learning Classroom, McCombs
2:45 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  Career Services
Stacey Rudnick, Director of MBA Career Management
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
3:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Break
Light Snacks Available
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Admissions
Rene Martinez, Associate Director of MBA Admissions
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Alumni & Sponsor Panel
Texas MBA Alumni & Sponsors
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Session Wrap-Up  Legacy Events Room, McCombs
5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  OPTIONAL - Networking Reception
Current MBA Students, Alumni, Staff & Faculty 
Gabriel's Cafe,
AT&T Center 

2014 Diversity Forum Student Host

Texas MBA Student Courtney LeffallCourtney Leffall, MBA 2015

Courtney is a certified Financial Planner and also holds six other professional licenses and designations within the financial services industry. Courtney recently accepted a full-time job offer from Austin-based investment manager, Dimensional Fund Advisors. Additionally, Courtney is the founder and CEO The Grillmobile, an Austin based company that manufactures BBQ grills that mount to the bed of your pickup truck. Courtney won the Texas Venture Labs Scholarship Competition based on his Grillmobile business idea and is the first ever TVL Scholar.

Rashna Gummattira, MBA 2015

Prior to attending McCombs, Rashna worked for the commercial aviation industry in revenue management, joint venture research and analysis, and alliances evaluation.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a specialization in Actuarial Science from The University of Texas at Austin and is originally from Katy, TX.  Rashna’s concentration at McCombs is Business Analytics.  She is the Events Chair for Sigma Fellows and is a member of McCombs Admissions Committee, Graduate Women in Business, and Indian Graduate Business Association.

Ryan Flaharty, MBA 2016

Originally from Massachusetts, Ryan went to undergrad at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he graduated with a degree in Plastics Engineering. He then moved to Charlotte, NC after graduation to work for the consumer products company Newell-Rubbermaid. There he had various roles from Materials Engineer to Program Manager. In coming back to business school he is hoping to pursue a marketing career in either the energy or consumer packaged goods industry. 

Travel &Logistics

If you're selected to attend the Texas MBA Diversity Forum, below is 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 14, 2014. The event officially closes at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014. All other events outside this time frame are optional.

Optional Thursday

If you registered for a class visit on Thursday, November 13, please arrive 15 minutes early to register and meet your student host in the Big Bend Conference Room in the MBA Program Office at the McCombs School of Business.


Here is a Google Map with Texas MBA Diversity Forum event location information for your reference.

Hotel Accommodations

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center Hotel
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

The hotel is located directly on campus and it's about a five-minute walk from the McCombs School of Business, where the Diversity Forum events will be held. More information about the hotel can be found at

The MBA program is pleased to cover the cost of your stay on Friday night. You will check in on Friday, November 14 and check out on Saturday, November 15. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:00 a.m. You will be paired with a roommate also attending the Diversity Forum. All incidentals are the responsibility of the guest. If you would like to stay at the AT&T Center on the nights of Thursday, November 13, or Saturday, November 15, a block of rooms has been reserved under the name "Diversity Forum.” You must indicate this on your event registration form.


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.




There will be no off-campus events during this Diversity 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 $14 per night. Valet parking is $14 per visit or $21 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 (3-16 hours) at Brazos Garage costs $12. Overnight parking is $18. 

Map and Directions from Brazos Garage to McCombs 


If you can no longer attend the Diversity Forum, please email and let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another applicant.

Dress Recommendation

Forum session dress is business casual attire. Evening and social events are Austin casual! Austin weather can be unpredictable in the fall, but around early November is light jacket weather.