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Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Hispanic Leadership Initiative
Dr. Ethan Burris is a Professor of Management and the Chevron Centennial Fellow at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Cornell University and has served as a Visiting Scholar at Google and Microsoft. He teaches and consults on topics relating to leadership, people analytics, talent insights, managing power and politics, building engagement in groups and teams, social enterprise, and negotiations. The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Dr. Burris received the Amplify Award for Diversity and Inclusion for the MBA Program, the Joe Beasley Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching in 2019, Jim Nolen Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2018, the McCombs School Award for Research Excellence in 2017 and 2015, the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education in 2015, the Hank & Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Undergraduate Classes in 2012, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, the ING Professor of Excellence award in 2011, and the 2009 Trammell/CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors.
Dr. Burris’ current research focuses on understanding “employee voice” – getting employees to candidly speak up about problems and opportunities for improvement. In particular, he has investigated how leaders shape employees’ decisions whether to speak up or stay silent, and how these voice behaviors influence the performance of the employees who offer their input and the leaders and organizations who receive it. His research has appeared in several top management and psychology journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal,Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Houston Chronicle.
He has collected data from and served as a consultant for a variety of professional firms, ranging from several Fortune 100 technology companies, Fortune 100 financial services and insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies in the casual dining and grocery industries, hospitals, a defense contracting company, a commercial real estate firm, governmental agencies, and many retail organizations.
Michael Clement is the KPMG Centennial Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Chairman of the Department of Accounting. Professor Clement’s primary research stream focuses on the activities and performance of sell-side security analysts. His research has been published in theJournal of Accounting and Economics, the Accounting Review the Journal of Accounting Research, and theJournal of Finance; and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, the Financial Times, the Economist, the USA Today and other press outlets. He earned a Ph.D. in accounting from Stanford University, an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and a BBA in accounting from Baruch College.
Beth Egbert serves as HR Director for the McCombs School of Business and represents the School as Title IX Liaison and member of the campus HR Consortium. Prior to joining McCombs in 2013, she worked in UT Austin’s Human Resources office in a variety of roles focusing on compensation, classification, staffing, and leadership development. Her experience also includes supporting the Texas Health and Human Services Enterprise, and AT&T’s Midwest affiliate Ameritech.
Wendy Elder is the Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations for the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, where she leads a team that drives strategic engagement for industry partners so they can engage with and impact the school through their recruiting, engagement and investment efforts. The CFR team serves as a gateway for companies to access the time, talent and treasure of Texas McCombs and serves as the driving force to get our students and faculty the tools, resources and engagement experiences they need to create impactful change in the world.
Wendy Elder also has 15 years of experience in marketing and creative development. Previously, Wendy worked for Balfour where she served as the Marketing and Product Manager for the College division. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and completed a Master’s of Organizational Leadership and Ethics at St. Edward’s University.
Senior Recruiting and Admissions Officer
Director of Student Affairs
As Director of Student Affairs, Rebecca manages program student services and operations for the Texas MBA Working Professional programs (Austin Evening, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston). Rebecca also serves as a Title IX liaison for McCombs School of Business.
Rebecca earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School, and a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film from School of Communication. Rebecca has over 13 years of experience on campus professionally across student affairs and admissions for the McCombs School of Business and the Butler School of Music, as well as experience across campus resources. She is born and raised Texan, and a proud Texas Longhorn.
Business, Government and Society
Dr. Loescher is a Senior Lecturer in the Management Department of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches management, organizational behavior, human resources, and healthcare system classes. In addition to being a Senior Certified Professional in human resources, she has her doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in human resources management. Prior to her career in academia, she earned an MPH from the University of Michigan and worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research. Her academic publications focus on ethical education, organizational ethics, diversity management, process improvement in health care delivery systems, and health care reform. Dr. Loescher is the associate director for the Business Foundations Program and the director of curriculum and community engagement for the McCombs Healthcare Innovation Initiative. Dr. Loescher is also a co-author of the book, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed published by Kendall Hunt in 2007 with a second edition in 2010.
Professor Mills is the Beverly H. and William P. O’Hara Chair in Business. She earned her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Florida and her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Her research interests in tax compliance, accounting for income taxes, and international taxation arose through her professional experience as a senior manager at Price Waterhouse. She enjoyed a consulting relationship with the IRS’ Large Business and International division for 20 years, and was a Stanley Surrey Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She was a 2018 AAA Presidential Scholar, received the 2005 AAA/ Deloitte Wildman Medal, the ATA 2007 Manuscript Award, and the 2015 JATA Best Paper Award. She has won several teaching awards. She served as 2009-2010 president of the ATA and chaired the inaugural 2005 KPMG/ATA Tax Doctoral Consortium and the 2016 AAA/J. Michael Cook/Deloitte Doctoral Consortium. She served as an Editor at Contemporary Accounting Research from 2011-2014 and serves as an Editor of The Accounting Review from 2017-2020.
Rodrigo grew up in Brazil and moved to the United States in high school. Rodrigo earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Missouri State University and then used his MBA experience at Texas McCombs to transition from an internal audit career in the telecommunications industry to a marketing role in the technology industry with Dell. During his time as an MBA student, Rodrigo was very involved as a volunteer in our McCombs Ambassador Committee. This passion for MBA admissions eventually led him back to Texas McCombs and to his current Managing Director role. In this role he oversees marketing, recruitment and admissions for our suite of MBA programs at Texas McCombs. This is his dream job!
Texas Executive Education
Director of Custom Programs
Nancy Nagle is Director of Custom Programs within Texas Executive Education at the McCombs School of Business. She is responsible for designing custom programs, building and maintaining strong relationships with corporate clients, working with professors and other thought leaders, and ensuring that Texas Executive Education custom programs are delivered with the highest quality and relevance.
During her tenure, Ms. Nagle has designed and delivered programs for clients in a variety of industries, including Petrobras, Beijing Electric Power Company, BMC Software, ExxonMobil, Rackspace, Sinopec, St. Jude Medical, and Gulf States Toyota. She works with faculty from across the University, and beyond, to provide unique programming to meet clients’ needs.
Prior to joining The University of Texas in 2007, Ms. Nagle held a variety of sales and marketing assignments at Ford Motor Company. She served as Director of Retailer Education and Training where she oversaw non-technical education and training for dealership employees at Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Mazda dealerships in the United States, Asia, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Additionally, she served as manager of Ford's Customer Satisfaction initiatives, Lincoln Brand Manager, and as part of a team to develop Ford's advanced distribution strategies. Active in the community, Ms. Nagle has served on numerous non-profit boards including LeaderShape, Girl Scouts, Automotive Women’s Alliance, the Junior League, and the Detroit Music Hall, and performed pro bono work as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Nancy Nagle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University, a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and has completed the Duke University Executive Marketing program.
Lovelys Powell joined the staff of the University of Texas at Austin since 1991, immediately after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He also has a Master of Arts in Sociology from Texas State University. During his 28-year career in higher education, Lovelys worked as a recruiter for the UT Office of Admissions, an academic advisor for the Undergraduate Advising Center, a Program Coordinator for the Gateway Program in the Office of the Dean of Students, and an academic advisor in the College of Education. Lovelys joined the McCombs School of Business in 2004 as a Senior Academic Advisor to manage a student caseload and to coordinate the First Year Interest Group (FIG) Program for the BBA Program Office. In his current role, he serves as Director of Academic Advising.
Lovelys has served as the President of the UT Academic Counselors Association, in addition to holding seven other leadership positions within the organization. Lovelys has engaged in volunteer activities including serving as volunteer coordinator for multiple non-profits - Communities in Schools, OutYouth Austin, and the aGLIFF Film Festival. Lovelys spends his free time watching movies, experiencing Austin cuisine, and traveling.
MPA Career Services
Tina Reed has over 11 years of working experience in Academic and Student Affairs. She joined the University of Texas-Austin as the Director of the Texas McCombs MPA Career Services in June 2019. She is charged with managing employer relations, student career development, and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining the MPA Program Team, Tina worked at Tennessee State University (TSU) in the College of Business and in the Career Development Center. During her time at the University, she developed and implemented innovative and robust student professional development programs, strengthen employer relations, created a quality enhancement plan (QEP) that increased student learning outcomes and student success, and she was a joint writer on the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative Grant that resulted in TSU receiving over $2 million.
Prior to Tennessee State University, Tina worked in the media and marketing industries. Tina is dedicated to life-long learning and the community. She serves on the McCombs Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ University Relations and Recruiting Task Force, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Tina is an alumna of Texas Southern University in Houston Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Maytal Saar-Tsechansky is a Data Scientist, a Professor at the McCombs School of Business, and a co-founder of Sweetch -- a mobile health startup firm. Her research focuses on developing machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to improve decision-making and to benefit people, organizations, and society. Most of her work aims to augment ML & AI by bringing to bear the problems that machine learning and AI inform in practice and the context in which learning itself occurs, with the goal of effectively dealing with the constraints and taking advantage of the opportunities presented in these environments. Her research integrates business, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and she has addressed challenges in different domains, including health care, smart electricity grid, fraud detection, finance, and emerging forms of work, such as online labor markets.
Maytal received her Ph.D. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Her research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Management Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Machine Learning Research, and Machine Learning Journal, among other venues. Maytal’s research has been supported by both government and industry, including the National Science Foundation, SAP, and the Israeli Science Ministry. In recent years she has served on the editorial boards of the Machine Learning Journal, the Information Systems Research (ISR) journal, the INFORMS Journal on Computing, Decision Sciences, and she is a frequent Program Committee member in the premier machine learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, and Information Systems conferences. At McCombs, Maytal has developed and taught popular applied machine learning and data mining courses tailored to business students.
Events Program Coordinator
Office of the Dean
Sr. Admin. Associate
Lisa currently words in the Dean’s Office providing support to our three Associate Deans: Dr. Raji Srinivasan, Dr. Susan Broniarczyk, and Dr. Prabhudev Konana. She is currently working on her master’s degree (MSIS) at Texas State University and will graduate in Fall of 2020. She ultimately hopes to obtain a position in the field of Instructional Technologies or Instructional Design. She has been at the university for five years and her previous career was in veterinary medicine where she worked for 12 years as a veterinary technician; however, she has found her calling in higher education.
Mindy Zhang Xiaolan
Dr. Mindy Z. Xiaolan is an assistant professor of finance at McCombs School of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014. She conducts research at the intersection between macroeconomics and finance. Specifically, she works on macro finance, dynamic corporate theory, labor and finance.