MBA | MBA Plus

The Texas MBA+ Leadership Program

Getting your MBA isn't just about getting smarter; it's about becoming a leader of consequence, someone prepared and motivated to shape our world. As you develop into an influential business leader at McCombs, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually tailored graduate experience that includes seminars from industry experts, micro-consulting projects with outside companies, and access to a hand-selected group of professional communication and executive coaches. MBA+ is a highly relevant, immediate, tangible, and built to evolve a personal leadership style. As recruiters search around the globe for candidates with applicable experience, fit, and initiative, MBA+ helps ensure Texas MBAs are at the top of their lists.

Download a Texas MBA+ Program brochure (PDF)

MBA+ Micro-Consulting Projects

MBA+ connects students to companies with which they want to work through short-term micro-consulting projects in the fall or spring. The client company provides a current business question to be addressed, and MBA+ provides a team of four to six students to tackle the issue. MBA+ provides each team with a budget and guides them through the project management process. At the end of an eight to ten-week project period, the team reports their findings and recommendations to their client.

For more information about projects, contact Deidra Stephens, MBA+ Director at 512-232-3780 or deidra.stephens@mccombs.utexas.edu.

What Students and Client Companies Say

“Overall this was a great experience and one of the highlights of my MBA experience.  I was able to use many of the concepts I learned in my core classes in a real-world scenario that I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.  I would definitely recommend that all MBAs take part in a MBA+ project!”
Morgan Simental, MBA ’12, Project Lead for Adobe

“The team's insight and recommendations will help us make tweaks so we can take our social media presence to the next level. After working with a team of Texas MBA+ students, it is easy to see why McCombs has such a stellar reputation among business schools!”
Kerri Holden, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Some of the clients who accepted the invitation to work with teams of Texas MBAs through MBA+ projects include:

3M City of Austin Office of Sustainability Frito Lay SunGard 
Adidas CleanGrow Hewlett Packard SXSW 
Adobe Cognizant Home Depot TarrenPoint 
Alamo Drafthouse ConocoPhillips Hotspur Sports Inc.  TEGESOFT 
Allstate Cornerstone Hyatt  Texas Instruments 
Alvarez &Marsal Business Consulting Dell IDEO  The Clorox Company 
AT&T Deloitte Infor  Under Armour 
Austin Technology Incubator Dow Chemical Lockheed Martin  UniMed 
BCG Electronic Arts McAfee  USAA 
Bloomfire EMC Phillips 66  WaterSmart Software 
Capital One Energy Alloys  PriceWaterhouseCoopers  Weidlinger Associates 
Care.com Exelon Corporation  South Texas Soccer Alliance  Wells Fargo 
Cisco EY  Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company)   
City of Austin Aviation Department FABERNOVEL  Stratfor   

 

Communication and Executive Coaches

Communication Coaches

Effective leadership is directly linked to versatile communication skills. Communication coaches prepare students to make stronger, more lasting impressions—whether at corporate receptions, career fairs, or alumni gatherings; when presenting a new product or service to a Fortune 1000 company; or when pitching an idea to future investors. Through one-on-one coaching, students learn to collaborate productively and communicate dynamically.

Specialty and Executive Coaches

MBA+ provides access to a slate of specialty and executive coaches to work one-on-one with students on career transitioning, leadership, organizational development, talent development, interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, managing change, organizational culture, conflict resolution, work/life balance, and similar topics. These coaches are from a variety of geographic regions and represent different industry backgrounds and demographic characteristics.  Executive coaching is a process of guidance and development through self-discovery that will benefit students immediately and in the years to come.

What Students Say

"I now have two second-round interviews pending and one third-round interview. Working with the two communication coaches by far has been one of the best learning experiences I've had during my MBA!"

“The executive coaches are fantastic! I really enjoyed meeting one-on-one with a coach, and she helped add to the material Career Services gives us.”

"My coach helped me implement some specific steps to alleviate my speech anxiety. It was great working with her!"

"I really appreciate the Coach-on-Call program. It has allowed me to focus on key areas I need to improve so I will be making full use of the program."

International Night

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Industry Seminars and Events

To expand upon knowledge and understanding that is delivered through the classroom, the MBA+ program brings tools and methods to Texas MBAs through industry-oriented and leadership seminars and speakers. In addition, the Texas MBA program offers the unique opportunity to play an active role in a community of people from around the world. To encourage these relationships, the MBA+ program offers various community events.

Typical seminars and events include: 

  • Corporate valuations as they are conducted on Wall Street 
  • How companies look for, promote, and build leadership skills 
  • Financial modeling with an emphasis on using Excel 
  • Sales training: what every MBA should know
  • Marketing yourself and your ideas
  • Networking & Social Media
  • International Night – celebrating the student cultures of the Texas MBA program
  • Pitch Party – a networking event with an entrepreneurial twist
    ...and other events suggested by Texas MBAs

Page last updated: 10/3/2014