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EY Accounting Ambassadors Program

Fall 2015 EY Ambassadors Program Kick Off Event - Thursday, September 10

Want to attend? Email the Program Coordinator for more information!

The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School and its Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Ernst & Young Foundation to create the EY Accounting Ambassadors Program.

You can get involved with the EY Accounting Ambassadors Program by becoming an MPA mentor or a mentee:

  • Undergraduate participants (mentees) with an interest in accounting are assigned an MPA mentor. MPA mentors will be present during our program meetings and meet with mentees throughout the academic school year.
  • MPA mentors will be able to share their academic and personal experiences and provide tips on how to succeed in accounting courses with the overall goal to contribute to the success of undergraduate students interested in accounting. An EY professional will also be assigned to each MPA participant to serve as a mentor through the program.


The EY Accounting Ambassadors Program at McCombs is a group dedicated to encouraging more underrepresented business students to study accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.

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What We Do

Professional Development

Each semester we host 3-5 speakers who share their knowledge and experience with program participants. Our speakers include professionals in industry/public accounting, faculty and first-rate UT staff with experience in networking and professional development. Here are some of the topics our program sessions have covered:

  • How to make yourself stand out in interviews
  • Networking Etiquette
  • Developing a global mindset
  • Leadership styles and working in teams
  • How to be an impactful mentor
  • Defining success

A list of our speakers can be found on the Schedule of Events tab.

Academic Support

Twice each semester, students have the opportunity to convene with accounting tutors to review ACC 311 (Introductory Financial, fall semester) and ACC 312 (Introductory Managerial, spring semester) concepts prior to exams.

At each program session, one of our faculty members joins the group to share their experience, offer academic advice, and encourage students to get to know the professors and attend office hours.

Financial Awards

To encourage success in accounting classes, high-achieving Ambassadors have the opportunity to apply for financial academic awards funded by a portion of the EY gift.

Awards are also available to help subsidize conference travel and study abroad expenses for eligible Ambassadors.

Students involved in accounting-specific organizations such as NABA and ALPFA have the option of allowing the program to pay for their annual dues.

A portion of the EY gift is also used to provide scholarships to incoming traditional MPA students.

Get Involved


Program Mentees (Undergraduate Students)

To be eligible to apply, a student must be:

  • In good standing (not on academic probation),
  • Currently enrolled in ACC 311/312 or a Freshman with an expressed interest in accounting,
  • Available for EY Ambassadors Program meetings.

Fill out a mentee application and send to

Program Mentors
EY Ambassadors who become mentors must:

  • Be a full-time MPA student in good standing;
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at time of application and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their term of service;
  • Be available for Ambassador Program Mentoring time commitments.

Fill out a mentor application and send to

MPA students attend mentor training session on September 2, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Legacy Events Room CBA 3.202.

Schedule of Events

Upcoming Events

5:30-7 p.m.
EY Ambassadors Program Meeting
Getting Back in the Groove
McCombs School
Legacy Events Room
CBA 3.202
5:30-7 p.m.
EY Ambassadors Program Meeting
Becoming an Entrepreneur
Speaker: Mikaila Ulmer, BeeSweet CEO
McCombs School
Legacy Events Room
CBA 3.202
5:30-7 p.m.
Academic Tutoring Session
311 Midterm Review
Mentees only
McCombs School
Legacy Events Room
CBA 3.202
03/30/2016 or
Sunday 04/10/2016
Academic Tutoring Session
311 Midterm Review
Mentees only
This session date is TBD.
McCombs School
Legacy Events Room
CBA 3.202
5:30-7 p.m.
EY Ambassadors Program Meeting
Speaker: Thear Suzuki, EY
McCombs School
Legacy Events Room
CBA 3.202
5:30-7 p.m.
EY Ambassadors Program Meeting
Speaker: Carlos Whitaker, Credit Suisse
McCombs School
Legacy Events Room
CBA 3.202
Late April
Early May
Site Visit
Hosted by EY Client
End of Semester Celebration
Senior Recognition

Union Underground

Past Events

Past events have included the following programs/presentations:

  • Sanger Learning Center: Study Smarter, Not Harder - Sheena Patel, Outreach Assistant
  • Leadership and Ethics Institute: Mentor Training - Smita Ruzicka, Associate Director
  • Networking Skills - Jim Franklin, MPA Program Director
  • Global Mindset - Ryan Kist,EY Americas Inclusiveness Recruiting Consultant
  • Time Management - Sanger Learning Center
  • Making yourself Stand Out - Travis Hunter Jr., KPMG
  • Managing Your Online Presence - April Stockwell, MPA Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Malcomb Coley, EY Office Managing Partner
  • Leadership and Ethics Institute Mentor Training - Jared Hopper, Coordinator of Leadership Development
  • Niloufar Molavi, PWC
  • Earl Stone, Deloitte
  • Valeria Williams, EY
  • Shawn Taylor, Zaxby's LLC
  • Lindsey Schuholz, EY

MPA Mentors

Coming Soon!

Contact Us

Krysta Chacon
EY Ambassadors Program Coordinator
Email Krysta

Lillian Mills
Faculty Contact
Email Lil

Kristina Zvinakis
Faculty Contact
Email Kristina

Charles Enriquez
Assistant Director, BBA Recruitment & Scholarships
Email Charles

Page last updated: 9/15/2015