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Texas MBA Diversity Forum

November 14th, 2015

The Diversity Forum is open to all prospective students with a commitment to diversity in business. Whether you are looking to advance your current career or make a career change, discover how the Texas MBA program can unlock your potential and help you develop as a business leader.

  • Hear an in-depth overview of the Texas MBA program
  • Interact with our diverse community of students, alumni, and faculty
  • Understand the value proposition of the Texas MBA
  • Experience what makes Austin special: good food, fabulous music, and more!

Participants will have the opportunity to network with current students and alumni from all backgrounds, and meet McCombs faculty and staff. You will also attend info sessions about program curriculum, career planning, student community, experiential learning, and life in Austin, Texas.

Due to space constraints, participation is by application only. If invited to the attend the 2015 Texas MBA Diversity Forum, prospective student attendees applying for fall 2016 in any round will automatically be invited to interview. Additionally, attendees applying in application rounds 2 or 3 will be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Apply now to reserve your spot. We look forward to meeting you!

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Note: Program events on Friday, November 13th are optional. More information, including a detailed event agenda, will be posted soon.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

2015 Diversity Forum Agenda

Friday, November 13, 2015

Time Session Location
n/a Free Day in Austin
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3:00 p.m. Hotel Check-In (AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center)
1900 University Ave.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - Welcome Reception
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Diversity Forum Event Co-Chairs
Distinguished Faculty
 Gabriel's, AT&T Hotel
9:00 p.m. OPTIONAL - Night on West Sixth Street with Current MBA Students
Not a UT-Sponsored Event

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time Session Location
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Event Check-in Legacy Events Room, McCombs School of Business
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions
Diversity Forum Event Co-Chairs
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Exploring the Opportunities at Texas
Tina Mabley, Assistant Dean, Full-Time MBA
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Financial Aid and Q&A
Reanna Addison, Student Financial Aid Officer
  Legacy Events Room,
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Student Affairs, Curriculum, & Study Abroad
Jolene Ashcraft, Director of Student Affairs | Texas MBA Full-time Program
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
10:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Texas Venture Labs Scholarship Information
Courtney Leffall, Diversity Forum Co-Chair
  Legacy Events Room,
10:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Break
Light Snacks Available

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  MBA+, Global Connections, McCombs Adventure Program (MAPS)
Tommy Ward, Global Connections Coordinator 
Legacy Events Room,
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Student Life Panel
Current MBA Students
Legacy Events Room,
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Student Mentors CBA Events Room, McCombs
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Master Class
Texas MBA Faculty
Active Learning Classroom, McCombs
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Group Tours McCombs School
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Career Management
Ramona Arora, Associate Director of MBA Career Management
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Break
Light Snacks Available
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Alumni Panel
Texas MBA Alumni 
Legacy Events Room, McCombs
5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Forum Wrap-Up Legacy Events Room, McCombs
5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  OPTIONAL - Networking Reception
Current MBA Students, Alumni, Staff & Faculty 
AT&T Center 

2015 Diversity Forum Student Hosts

Ryan Flaharty, MBA '16

Originally from Massachusetts, Ryan went to undergrad at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he graduated with a degree in Plastics Engineering. He then moved to Charlotte, NC after graduation to work for the consumer products company Newell-Rubbermaid. There he had various roles from Materials Engineer to Program Manager. He is currently one of the Graduate Business Council’s Social Chairs, VP of Strategy for Marketing Fellows, Diversity Forum Chair for Consortium, and is a member of the McCombs Admissions Committee. This summer he interned at Chevron in there Technology Ventures group.

April Asico, MBA '16

April Asico is a second year MBA student at McCombs School of Business concentrating in marketing. She is a selected member and Co-Vice President of Recruiting for Marketing Fellows, Social Co-Chair of the Graduate Business Council (GBC), McCombs Admissions Committee (MAC) Diversity Forum Co-Chair, and President of eQual MBAs at McCombs. She is also an active member of Graduate Marketing Network (GMN) and Graduate Women in Business (GWiB). April formerly was a Human Capital Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Her areas of practice included: change strategy and solution planning, learning development and delivery, communication planning and management, and business process analysis, design and implementation. This past summer she interned at Walmart as an Associate Marketing Manager Intern where she developed short-term and long-term recommendations for in-store, online, and mobile application to increase ratings and reviews for Walmart products among millennials. Post McCombs, she will be returning to Deloitte to help grow the Austin office's retail industry presence.

Travel & Logistics

If you're selected to attend the Texas MBA Diversity Forum, below is some helpful information for planning your trip to Austin. Be on the look-out for more details coming soon.

Official Start & End of the Event

The official event starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The event officially closes at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015. All other events outside this time frame are optional.

Optional Thursday

If you register for a class visit on Thursday, November 12, please arrive 15 minutes early to register and meet your student host in the Big Bend Conference Room in the MBA Program Office at the McCombs School of Business.


Here is a Google Map with Texas MBA Diversity Forum event location information for your reference.

Hotel Accommodations

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center Hotel
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

The hotel is located directly on campus and it's about a five-minute walk from the McCombs School of Business, where the Diversity Forum events will be held. More information about the hotel can be found at

The MBA program is pleased to cover the cost of your stay on Friday night. You will check in on Friday, November 13 and check out on Saturday, November 14. Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:00 a.m. If you plan to check out on Saturday, you are welcome to bring your luggage to McCombs and we'll store it for you throughout the day. You will be paired with a roommate also attending the Diversity Forum. All incidentals are the responsibility of the guest. If you would like to stay at the AT&T Center on the nights of Thursday, November 12, or Saturday, November 14, a block of rooms has been reserved under the name "Texas MBA Diversity Forum.” You must indicate this on your event registration form.


The University of Texas campus is located approximately 12 miles (20-30 minutes) from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Taxis are readily available at the airport and will cost about $25 to get from the airport to the UT Austin campus. Taxis are also available at the AT&T Center for transportation back to the airport. Travel and transportation expenses are not covered.




There will be no off-campus events during this Diversity Forum, however, if you prefer to have your own mode of transportation during your stay in Austin, here is a list of rental car companies at the Austin airport. Please note that the cost of parking is not covered at the AT&T Center and is the responsibility of the guest.


If you drive to campus and are staying at the AT&T Center, we recommend parking in the AT&T Conference Center Garage, which is located directly underneath the hotel. Overnight guests of the hotel may obtain a parking card at the front desk for garage parking at $14 per night. Valet parking is $14 per visit or $21 overnight, plus tax.

If you're driving to campus but not staying at the AT&T Center, you can also park in the Brazos Garage, which is located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Brazos. Day parking (3-16 hours) at Brazos Garage costs $12. Overnight parking is $18. 


If you can no longer attend the Diversity Forum, please email and let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another applicant.

Dress Recommendation

Forum session dress is business casual attire. Evening and social events are Austin casual! Austin weather can be unpredictable in the fall, but around mid November it is light jacket weather.


Rene Martinez - Associate Director of MBA Admissions,
Amanda Villarreal - Texas MBA Admissions Programs & Events Coordinator,

General Inquiries -