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The Center for Global Business Advisory Board 2015-2017

About Our Advisory Board

The Center’s Advisory Board consists of individuals from within the McCombs School of Business, from across UT, and experts from government and industry who have extensive experience in international business and other related fields.  Board members share the belief that international business provides tangible economic and community benefits, locally, state-wide, and nationally, and are dedicated to furthering international business education. 

Advisory Board members contribute to the Center in a number of ways, including committing their time, energy, expertise and their financial resources to helping the Center achieve its potential.  Our Board members help us determine our direction, develop our priorities, participate in the Center’s programs and other educational initiatives, and serve as our advocates in business, government, and educational circles. 

CGB Advisory Board members serve two year renewable terms.  As you will see as you review the Board Members' biographies, each brings important and distinctive talents to the Center.  The Center for Global Business is enormously thankful to these talented and generous individuals for the many ways they have shaped our purpose and our impact. 

Our Advisory Board members are listed in the following tabs above.  Please click on the photos to view each of their bios.

External Advisory Board Members A-J

Ray Brimble

Founder, Lynxs; Chairman of the Center for Global Business

Ray Brimble is an Austin, Texas-based businessman with a portfolio combining entrepreneurial and managerial accomplishments spanning a 40-year career. He has established more than 50 companies on four continents with activities ranging from the oilfield, to technology, to logistics and aviation related real estate. His current commercial activities and investments center around the Lynxs Group of Companies, founded in 1994. Lynxs’ holdings include AirLogistix USA, the perishables logistics and handling center at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston. In 2006 Karen and Ray Brimble formed the One Skye Foundation, which provides catalyst funding for a wide variety of the community’s most innovative social and civic efforts. Mr. Brimble’s current efforts focus on “social entrepreneurial” ventures which include support and investment in both non-profit and for-profit venturing which has proven social impact.

Advisory Board

Maria Arrellaga

Executive Director for Global Engagement, Office of the President, UT Austin

Maria Arrellaga is the Executive Director for Global Engagement, a new role created in The University of Texas at Austin’s President’s Office. Maria is focused on finding strategic interdisciplinary opportunities for collaboration between UT Austin with institutions and partners in other countries. Prior to her new appointment which began Aug. 1, 2016, Maria served as chief communications officer for the university, communications director of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, assistant dean for communications in UT School of Law and communications director for the Cockrell School of Engineering. Before joining UT in 2009, Maria owned her own marketing communications company for over 20 years.

Gordon Briscoe

CFO, General Wireless Operations d.b.a RadioShack

Gordon Briscoe is currently the CFO at RadioShack, in addition spending 5 months as Interim CEO in early 2016. Joining in October 2015 as part of the Executive Team leading a turnaround after New York based Hedge Fund – Standard General LP purchased a portion of the assets out of the RadioShack Inc. estate in April 2015. Prior to RadioShack, Gordon was Executive Director of Finance for the Consumer and Small Business division at Dell. He led all aspects of Finance supporting the Sales and Marketing business for the North America, China, Brazil, and India regions.

Blake Chandlee

VP of Global Partnerships, Facebook

Around 1997, having already worked for large corporations and started his own business, Blake Chandlee became interested in data. A client exposed Blake to what was, at the time, a cutting-edge idea: using data to understand and profit from purchase behavior. This exposure sparked a new passion in Blake and significantly changed his career trajectory. He then started working heavily with technology and leveraging his marketing experience to create value in the digital space. Blake strongly believes that most work will involve some type of computer programming or “coding” in the near future and encourages students to take advantage of coursework or opportunities that would expose them to programming. Even though he has now been with Facebook for seven years, Blake describes himself as an entrepreneur.

Juan Creixell

Central Texas Investment Team Lead, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan

Juan I. Creixell has been with J.P. Morgan for over 15 years and has over 20 years of investment experience. In his current role as a Investment Specialist and the Investment Team Mfbefs gps uif Dfousbm Ufybt Private Bank office, Juan is responsible for managing the investment  desk.

Juan and his team are responsible for delivering the highest quality advice and strategies to vmusb high-net- worth individuals and families across Central Texas. Juan designs and manages customized portfolios based on the core principles of understanding the client’s investment objectives, recommending comprehensive investment strategies, managing their risk and monitoring and rebalancing their portfolios. He implements both strategic  and tactical themes in pursuit of optimal performance characteristics. Juan involves other specialists on the J.P. Morgan team to provide comprehensive wealth management capabilities that help clients achieve their financial goals.

 Prior to joining the Private Bank in 2007, he worked for several investment banks in New York as a trader; trading a variety of instruments. Juan serves on the Board of the Diocese of Austin Foundation, the Board of the University of Texas Center for Global Business, the Seton Ascension Healthcare System Finance Committee and on the Alumni Board of St. Michael’s Academy.

Felora Derakhshani

Founder and CEO, Crimson Woman

Felora Derakhshani is an international motivational speaker, author and consultant for entrepreneurial development, cultivating leadership and maximizing human potential. She is the founder of Crimson Woman, a global platform for 360 transformative developments for women entrepreneurs and leaders. She is also partner at Tech Ranch, an incubator/accelerator operation. Felora is an electromechanical engineer. She left the private sector to dedicate her services to community building and social goods that included her work in women and girls’ empowerment, leadership, conflict resolution and peace building.

Adrian Farrell

Consul General of Ireland in Austin, Consulate General of Ireland, Austin

Adrian Farrell was born in Dublin and previously worked for the Irish Foreign Ministry. In September 2014, Farrell was appointed as Ireland's Consul General in Austin. The Consulate, which opened in March 2015, is Ireland's first in Texas and the US Southwest, which includes Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Louisiana. The Consulate's priorities include building stronger links between Ireland and the US southwest through engaging with the Irish community, advancing Irish economic initiatives and promoting partnerships at all levels between Ireland and the states of the southwest US. The Consulate works closely with IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland who are based in Ireland House Austin. He previously served at the Irish embassies in Berlin and Ankara, Turkey.

Michael Froehls

Independent Management Consultant & Lecturer

Michael Froehls is an independent management consultant, award-winning book author, and lecturer. He was a senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Co., and worked in strategic and financial executive roles at Citigroup, Allianz, and MetLife.  Michael is known for his innovative thinking as evidenced by his award-winning career and life management book "The Gift of Job Loss". For several years, he contributed to UT's "Texas Enterprise" online magazine; he even produced and hosted his own radio talk show at a local FM station. Today, he is involved in various entrepreneurial activities stretching from finding new business models in the arts space to helping companies improve their use of consultants. As a big believer in education, Michael focuses his charitable efforts on Austin Classical Guitar, where he serves as Board Member on the Finance Committee.

Francisco Garza

Division Manager, City of Austin

Francisco "Kiko" Garza currently works for the City of Austin as the Division Manager for Airport Properties, Advertising & Business Development. Previously, he was the Airport Properties Program Manager, and before that an Aviation Law Clerk. In 2012, he served as General Counsel for State Representative Richard Pena Raymond. He received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law and his MBA from Texas A&M International University.

Brenda Hall

Founder and CEO, Bridge360

Brenda Hall has had a wealth of experience in building bridges to global business. An industry recognized expert on both the business and technological aspects of international product delivery, she has managed many project teams specializing in building global software. Under her leadership, Bridge360 in one of the fastest growing companies as well as top woman-owned company in Austin, and is known as the "go to" experts for technology companies who deploy their products around the globe. The Bridge360 team has a client base across both the public and private sectors, and brings technical talent to projects from multiple regions around the world.

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Kyle Hranicky

Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking Group, Wells Fargo

Kyle Hranicky is the EVP for Wells Fargo’s Corporate Banking Group responsible for providing a wide range of financial services including capital commitments through industry-focused relationship teams. Clients include public and private companies as well as investment and noninvestment grade debt profiles. Prior to assuming his current role, Kyle served as the EVP and head of the Wells Fargo Energy Group. During his almost year tenure, Kyle led the establishment of Wells Fargo’s top-tier position in the Energy industry. Kyle also served as senior VP and regional manager of the Loan Syndication group, part of Wells Fargo Capital Markets. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 1995, Kyle worked for the Southland Corporation. Kyle is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and earned an M.B.A. with honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Lisa Huddleson

CEO and Founder, Citizen Philanthropy Advisors

Lisa Huddleson has earned accolades and peer recognition for her visionary work in the areas of global philanthropy and corporate responsibility. As CEO of Citizen Philanthropy Advisors, she leads teams that spearhead custom social good roadmaps and PR platforms that leverage their client’s unique resources to maximize impact. Lisa has counseled a wide array of Fortune 500 companies and brands including Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the Academy of Country Music. She has helped develop strategies and campaigns for international and local nonprofit organizations including International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, The Found Animals Foundation, and Amplify Austin. She has attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education for work in global leadership and public policy for the 21st century and the executive program at Yale University Jackson Institute for Diplomacy.

Clayton Johnson

Founder, Tribe Consulting Group

Clayton Johnson is an internationally experienced senior executive having spent the last 20+ years building and or improving company “platforms and operations” worldwide. Clayton started his career with Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group as a management consultant where he focused on process and technology for a variety of industries including real estate, hospitality, media and entertainment, gaming, private equity, and biotech. He also served as the global solution lead and creator of a methodology for launching startup businesses while at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young through 2002 as part of their Strategy and Transformation Service line. Clayton founded Tribe Consulting Group in 2006 that specializes in management consulting for the real estate and private equity industries.

Arcie Jordan

Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Arcie Jordan is a seasoned, bilingual corporate lawyer, who handles complex international transactional, transportation, trade and immigration matters for U.S. companies expanding abroad, and foreign entities seeking to invest or expand into the U.S. Clients expanding internationally regard her as a trusted advisor who helps them navigate foreign investment restrictions, corporate structuring and formation, corporate governance, permitting and compliance, labor and employment, trade and immigration issues affecting their cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, operations and activities. For several U.S. clients, Arcie has developed Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance policies and conducted FCPA due diligence and training. She has lived and worked throughout Mexico and several South America countries.

External Advisory Board Members K-Z

Randall Kempner

Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Randall Kempner is the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create positive economic, environmental, and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE’s 200+ members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries. He oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs, and developing standardized financial, social, and environmental metrics for impact investment.

Anand Kruttiventi

Management Consultant and Leadership Coach

Anand Kruttiventi lives in Austin, TX and works as a management consultant and leadership coach. His current areas of consulting and advising include developing leaders and leadership in organizations, executive coaching, and organization design and change management. Prior to consulting, Anand worked for nearly 35 years in global corporations in 6 different countries and managed people and teams in more than 50 countries. For 23 years from 1985 to 2008, he worked with Procter and Gamble Company in India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Japan and the US. After leaving P&G, Anand worked as the Vice President of Leadership Development and Transformation for Metro AG, Dusseldorf, Germany – the world’s 4th largest and most international of retailers for 3 years from 2009 to 2011, leading the establishment of systemic leadership development and change management capability in Metro group.

Sandeep Kumar

General Partner, Kizki Japan Accelerator Fund and Managing Partner, Global Ascent Partners, TechRanch

Sandeep Kumar is a partner in Kizki Japan Accelerator Fund, GAP and TechRanch. He has 30+ years’ experience building Technology Businesses, M&A, and Global Partnerships. He advises, consults, and invests in early stage startups all the way up to large public enterprises in Education, Healthcare/Biotech, Semiconductors, MEM’s, Robotics, Wireless, Energy, Water, and Content Creation/Distribution in US, India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Chile, Korea, Singapore, Israel, and Russia. Sandeep has been Founder/CEO of multiple startups (Adimos, Ambrado, Mogmo, Anthron, Microstaq, Sensco, DiscoverSTEAM); Advisor/Partner at Venture Capital firms (JVP, Crimson); and GM of Texas Instrument’s Broadband Business Division and their Global Microcontroller R&D Division.

Shawn Levsen

Sales Manager, UPS

Shawn Levsen is the UPS sales manager for the company’s larger accounts in Houston, and has worked for 14 years in UPS international business development. His previous positions have also been internationally-oriented. Before UPS, he was the International Sales Operations Manager for National Instruments, a technology company with a presence in 38 countries; an International Trade Specialist/Export Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce working with eastern Europe and then with export compliance program development; and an Army Intelligence officer. He holds a MA from American University in Washington, DC. and BA from the University of Iowa. He teaches international business at ACC, is a licensed customs broker and on the steering committee of the National District Export Council. He also organizes “The Mechanics of Exporting” events for companies wanting to learn more about international supply chain processes.

Advisory Board

Raj R. Mahale

Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Raj R. Mahale is a Partner in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Corporate, Capital Formation and Securities Law and Financial Services, Private Funds and Capital Markets practices. A corporate attorney with in-depth knowledge on emerging market matters, particularly in South Asia and the Middle East, Raj has extensive experience structuring merger and acquisition (M&A), private equity and venture capital transactions. His clients include an array of Fortune 1000 companies, technology companies, tier 1 business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology enabled service (ITES) companies, and much more. Prior to joining Tannenbaum Helpern, Raj was Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s India Practice Group and was a Partner in its Corporate practice. A graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, Mahale is fluent in Marathi and Hindi and was ranked as one of the top corporate M&A attorneys in the U.S. and India in Chambers Global, 2013.

Mortada Mohamed

President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Austin

Mortada Mohamed is the President of the World Affairs Council of Austin, and former Regional Trade Director for Europe, Africa, Middle East, for the State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division, where he promoted Texas exports and foreign direct investment in this region. This included the IT, energy, agriculture, and food sectors. He is an adjunct professor of international business at several Central Texas universities and colleges. He has served as a speaker for the US Department of State International Speaker’s Program throughout North Africa and the Arabian Gulf region. He has presented in conferences both domestically and internationally, most recently at the Bahrain, Higher Education Council Symposium. He also serves as a volunteer consultant on behalf of ACDI/VOCA, funded by USAID, to assist in economic development programs for developing countries.

Shari Overstreet

Managing Director, The McLean Group, LLC

Shari Overstreet has thirty years of financial, accounting, business valuation and mergers and acquisitions experience.  She holds a CPA license and is a FINRA licensed investment banker, as well as a variety of business valuation, and merger and acquisitions-related designations.  During her career, Ms. Overstreet has worked for a large accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, as an auditor and tax professional.  She has also has served in positions such as controller, Director of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer for companies both publicly-traded and privately-held. In 2008 she opened the Austin, Texas office of The McLean Group, LLC, a national investment banking firm.  She is a principal in and lead’s the firm’s Austin business valuation practice, and serves as an investment banker, focused on the healthcare and technology sectors.

Bob Pearson

President, W2O Group

One of the pioneers of social media marketing, Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary. He is President of W2O Group, an independent network of digital communications and marketing companies known for their creation of algorithms and ability to evolve current models and create unique advantage for their clients worldwide. An author, frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, he is also an instructor for the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College. He has written two books based on key learning’s from the firm’s work with innovative companies and individuals which are titled “Pre-Commerce” and “Storytizing: What’s next after advertising?”

Cynthia Pedigo

Consultant, Global Program Development

Cynthia Pedigo has unique experience in both higher education and business and brings an international lens to her work in both. She is passionate about adding value in the areas of strategy, partnerships, start-up projects, education, and international culture. Previously, Cynthia was a senior global program manager and internal consultant at Intel Corporation. Prior to this consulting role, Cynthia created and managed an entire expatriate ecosystem for a $2.5B manufacturing effort in a Tier II city in NE China. Her work was featured in industry publications, and she earned several awards for her innovative accomplishments. She was a key founder and manager of Intel Teach®, an ed-tech global philanthropic program, and has a strong background in community and employee engagement. Cynthia is a Leadership Austin Alumni and supports young women’s STEM efforts and volunteers with local organizations.

Advisory Board

Michael D. Soileau

Vice President, Planning and Strategy, Comcast Cable

Michael Soileau has more than 20 years of cable and telecommunications experience and is recognized industry-wide for his success in change management, strategic planning, human and employee capital, government relations, public relations, and multi-platform operations. In his current role at Comcast as Vice President of Planning and Strategy for Communications, Data, and WiFi, Michael is responsible for the design and rollout of new consumer-facing innovations and the implementation of industry-shaping technologies across Comcast markets. With broad experience in emerging technology, integration, forecasting, as well as strategic response and planning, Michael is helping to shape how millions of people will experience Comcast in their homes every day. Previously, Michael served as the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience at Innovative Communications, a multi-service provider (MSP) of phone, data, video and wireless for the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Treyger

Manager, Department of Business Assistance at the Office of the Governor, State of Texas

Michael Treyger serves as the Manager of Department of Business Assistance at the Office of the Governor of Texas. The Department executes Governor’s initiatives to encourage and facilitate business, economic and community development in the State of Texas. Before his current position, he served in several leadership roles in the Governor’s Office’s International Division. As the department head, Treyger leads teams of specialists, advisers and advocates located in Austin, Texas, field offices throughout the State, and Mexico City, Mexico. He speaks fluent Russian and conversational Ukrainian.

Jennifer Vickers

Partner, Community Investors

Jennifer Vickers has been working with community enterprises in Austin for the past 20 years. Under the umbrella of Community Investment Corp., a fund she started with her husband, Lee Walker, Jennifer has worked on projects that range from environmental initiatives, to microcredit and entrepreneurial support, to livable urban space design. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Mission Capital, and sits on the Boards of the Project for Public Spaces and Ampersand, and on the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Food Center. She graduated with a BA from Brown University and has her MBA from UT Austin.

Internal Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board

Susan Broniarczyk

Associate Dean for Research, McCombs School of Business

Susan Broniarczyk is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Marketing Administration. She is the holder of the Susie and John L. Adams Endowed Chair in Business. Her research examines consumer behavior and decision-making with a focus on brand and product management, product recommendations and advice, and gift-giving. The American Marketing Association awarded her dissertation on branding the 1992 John A. Howard award and her research on product assortment the 2003 O’Dell Award for its long-term significance to marketing theory and practice in the Journal of Marketing Research. Her research has also been featured in the media including Time Magazine, Business Week, and U.S. News and World Report. She received a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Florida.

Douglas Biow

Director, Center for European Studies at UT Austin

Douglas Biow is the Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Director of the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute. He is the author of a number of articles and five books: Mirabile Dictu: Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Italy; Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy, the recipient of a Robert W. Hamilton Book Award; The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, named a Choice Outstanding Title; In Your Face: Professional Improprieties and the Art of Being Conspicuous; and, most recently, On the Importance of Being an Individual: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards. Douglas has been the recipient of several scholarly awards, including NEH, Delmas, and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Michael Dodd

Attorney, Dodd & Batla, P.C.

Michael Dodd is an attorney in Austin, Texas. His law firm is Dodd & Batla, P.C. In addition, Michael is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin. In that capacity, he teaches the International Business Fellows Seminar. The IBFS is a multi-disciplinary course that brings together graduate students and faculty from the Business School, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and other graduate programs at UT Austin to study events and forces re-shaping the world and to consider the implications of such changes. Michael has served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Global Business for several years.

Advisory Board

Richard Flores

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts

Richard Flores is currently Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations. He works in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical and cultural anthropology. He is also the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol (University of Texas Press, 2002) and in addition to his scholarly work, Richard has extensive experience in the area of curriculum development and international studies, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. He also oversees UTeach-Liberal Arts, the college's secondary teacher preparation program in social studies, English, and foreign languages.

Stephen Limberg

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, McCombs

Stephen Limberg is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the McCombs School of Business. He served as the Department Chair from 1997 through 2003 and as the Faculty Director of the Master in Professional Accounting Program from 2006 through 2016. Steve joined the Department in 1982 and teaches financial reporting. He has had significant involvement in the development of innovative courses delivered at UT-Austin as well as internationally in, for example, China (Chinese University of Hong Kong), France (INSEAD and ESCP-EAP International School of Management), and Brazil (Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo). He teaches Accounting in MBA programs. He received the 2008 OneStar Foundation Governor’s Volunteer Award for the development and delivery of the Accounting Practicum course entitled: The Federal Taxation of Low Income Filers: Socio-Economic Force.

Susan Masson

Director of Career Management, MBA Program at McCombs

Susan Masson is the Director of Career Management for the full-time MBA program at McCombs. She began working with the Texas MBA Program in 2006 as an Academic Advisor and Exchange Coordinator and moved on to run short term study tours in 2008 as part of the MBA+ team. Susan began working in career advising in 2011 with a focus on the recruiting needs of international students and now leads the full-time career management team. Prior to McCombs, Susan honed her advising skills in a variety of roles including Assistant Director of International Studies at Villanova University and Director of International Programs at Presbyterian College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Rhodes College and, after earning a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina, spent a semester in Mexico as a Rotary Scholar.

Agnes Sekowski

Assistant Director, CREES at UT Austin

Agnes Sekowski is an alumna of the McCombs School (BBA in BHP, International Business in 2005) and former student employee of CIBER (Prague Program Liaison until 2012). She is currently the Assistant Director/Graduate Program Coordinator for the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at UT, where she helps oversee Title VI National Resource Center, FLAS Fellowships, and other grant activities as well as the MA program, student scholarships, and development initiatives.

Chandler Stolp

Associate Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He holds a PhD in social and decision sciences and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. An applied statistician and economist with interests in research methods, economic development, and U.S.-Latin American relations, Dr. Stolp's research focuses on social policy evaluation, western hemispheric economic integration, and the application of innovative statistical methods in "messy" data environments. Professor Stolp served as Director of the Brazil Center at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) from 2005 to 2009 and, before that, of the Inter-American Policy Studies Program, a joint venture of the LBJ School and LLILAS.

Heather Thompson

Director, Study Abroad at UT Austin

Heather Thompson is the Director of Study Abroad at The University of Texas at Austin. She is responsible for the coordination and development of reciprocal exchanges; affiliations and a wide array of customized programs that span the 14 academic colleges and schools. She leads a team of 18 study abroad professionals responsible for student advising and academic collaboration. Heather has been involved with education abroad since 1994. She is actively engaged in NAFSA, the Association of International Educational Educators and presents regularly at national conferences on topics related to access, diversity, and financial aid.