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The Texas MBA+ Leadership Program

 "Each semester the MBA+ program provides Texas MBAs with hands-on opportunities to enhance and develop their leadership skills. The core components of the program focus on professional communication, project leadership and management, and industry tools and methods. Students who I have seen take advantage of MBA+ gain an edge on the leadership experience and savvy that employers look for.”
Dr. Eric Hirst, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

As Texas MBAs develop into influential business leaders, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates 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, heightens communication skills and keep our students ahead of the curve. As recruiters search for applicable experience, ‘fit’, and initiative from among candidates around the globe, MBA+ helps propel Texas MBAs to the top of their lists.

MBA+ is unique among top MBA programs in its scale and depth of services. The program gives students access to a hand-selected group of professional communication and executive coaches that help students craft and deliver messages with more meaningful impact. MBA+ serves as an agent for micro-consulting projects connecting students to companies and organizations they find most interesting. MBA+ facilitates seminars from industry experts that teach critically needed skills which augment knowledge gained in the classroom. The Texas MBA+ Leadership Program is highly relevant, immediate, tangible and built to push the evolution of each MBA's personal leadership style.


Fall Semester

  • The Executive Challenge™ Online Business Simulation (during Orientation)
  • Peer Assessments and Feedback
  • Appointments with Executive and Communication Coaches
  • Communications Workshops
  • Personal Leadership Workshops & Conference
  • Executive Speakers
  • The Pitch Party – a networking event with an entrepreneurial twist
  • Sales Training: What Every MBA Should Know
  • International Night
  • Micro-Consulting Projects

Spring Semester

  • Financial Valuations as Conducted on Wall Street Seminar
  • Financial Modeling Seminar using Excel
  • Six-Sigma Executive Overview
  • A Year in the Life of a CPG MBA Day Camp
  • Peer Assessments and Feedback
  • Appointments with Executive and Communication Coaches
  • Communications Workshops
  • Personal Leadership Workshops
  • Executive Speakers
  • Micro-Consulting Projects
  • McCombs Global Connections Study Tours

MBA+ Projects

Throughout the calendar year, MBAs identify companies with which they want to work. MBA+ helps connect students to these organizations, regardless of the industry or location, by facilitating a micro-consulting project. The client provides a current business question to be addressed. MBA+ provides each team with a budget and guides the team through the project management process. At the end of a 4 – 10 week project period, the team reports their findings and recommendations to their client, often traveling to the client's location to do so.

For more information about projects, contact Deidra Stephens, MBA+ Director at 512-232-3780 or

What they say

"The MBA+ project with BCG was the highlight of my semester. The chance to engage with a premier consulting firm in solving a realistic business case was an incredible professional experience and the MBA+ program supported us throughout by providing our team with the resources we needed to succeed. McCombs is dedicated to developing future leaders with the knowledge and understanding to thrive in complex business environments. MBA+ epitomizes the McCombs commitment to experiential learning."
Benton Shrewsbury, MBA ‘10, Project Lead for Boston Consulting Group

Some of the clients who accepted the invitation to work with teams of Texas MBAs through MBA+ projects during 2009-2010 include:

  • Alta Ventures Mexico
  • AMD
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • American Express
  • Austin Energy
  • Austin UltraHealth
  • Booz & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Chevron
  • CLEAResult Consulting
  • Comcast/Versus
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Electronic Arts
  • Forestar Group
  • Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
  • Global Climate Strategies
  • GreenOrder
  • H2O Operations
  • Heliovolt
  • Houston Rockets
  • JumpStart, Inc.
  • Luxury Marketing Council
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mod Green Pod
  • Mosaic Holdings
  • Naterra
  • Parasol Renewable Energy Corporation
  • Pencil Project
  • Reznick Group
  • Sandals Resorts
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Southeast Texas Regional Health Information Technology Center
  • Tessera Solar

What they say

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of the project and the program approach in general. The students benefited from their opportunity to tackle a real-world and topical business issue, did an excellent job, and represented McCombs with distinction. The client received a fresh and unique perspective on how to address their business issue. And our firm had the opportunity to work with recruiting candidates while strengthening its relationship with McCombs. I recommend the program to other companies and look forward to working with McCombs next year on this important program.”
Jonathan Trichel, Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Communication Coaches & Workshops

Effective leadership is directly linked to versatile communication skills. Communication coaches prepare Texas MBAs to make stronger, more lasting impressions - whether at corporate receptions, career fairs, or alumni gatherings; when presenting their services to a Fortune 1000 company; or when pitching an idea to future investors. Through one-on-one coaching and expert-led workshops, Texas MBAs enhance their collaborative productivity and communicate more dynamically.

What they 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!"

"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 communication areas I need to improve so I will be making full use of the program."

International Night

International Night 2011
Click the image above to see a video from International Night 2011. Video courtesy of Moth to Flame.

Industry Seminars & 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 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
  • A year in the life of a consumer packaged goods MBA
  • Financial modeling with an emphasis on using Excel
  • Sales training: what every MBA should know
  • 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