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Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Hispanic Leadership Initiative
Clinical Associate Professor
Senior Administrative Associate
After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016, Ariel began her professional career as the Program Associate for the Texas Evening MBA Program. Ariel is now the Senior Administrative Associate for the Texas Evening MBA Program. Ariel is passionate about Higher Education and helping students with their MBA journey. Ariel is a Representative for the UT Staff Council and a Co-Chair for the UTSC D&I Committee. Outside of UT, Ariel enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and sharpening her pop culture knowledge for karaoke! Ariel is excited to serve on the McCombs D&I committee and making sure McCombs and UT is changing the world by being as inclusive and diverse as possible!
BBA, MBA Program Office
Academic Program Coordinator
Tinisha Bonaby has been working in higher education since 2008 and been a part of the McCombs School of Business since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Communications in 2012 from the University of Houston. Currently, she serves as the Interface Manager for the Management Department. In addition to this, she plays roller derby with Texas Rollergirls, and coaches roller derby and roller skating all over the world.
MSTC Program Manager
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.
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 that they can engage with and impact the school through their recruiting, engagement and investment efforts. Wendy has been at McCombs over 6 years and has served on the McCombs Diversity and Inclusion committee for two years.
Wendy 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 of Organizational Leadership and Ethics at St. Edward’s University.
Senior Recruiting and Admissions Officer
Jaden Felix is a Senior Recruiting and Admissions Officer for the Full-Time MBA program and uses the pronouns He/Him/His. In his current role, he focuses on demystifying MBA admissions, diversity recruitment, and coaching people through the McCombs School of Business application process. Prior to McCombs, Jaden worked for the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Texas at Austin. With 15 years of higher education experience, he supports initiatives focused on leadership development, inclusion and diversity, student success, wellness, and involvement.
He is originally from Fresno, CA, graduated with a Political Science degree from University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and received a Master of Science in Leadership and Change from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. He has volunteered with South by Southwest, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
MS Program Office
Molly Gully has worked at The University of Texas at Austin since 2006 in various academic advising and administrative roles. Currently, Molly is the Assistant Dean of the Master of Science Programs at the McCombs School of Business, where she provides operational oversight to admissions, student affairs, and the registrar. Before starting her career in higher education, Molly provided individual therapy and crisis services to historically underserved adolescents. While her path has taken her into administration, her passion remains in academic advising, career counseling and student success. She holds a Master of Counseling and Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University.
IROM, MS Program
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.
Dr. Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa is Professor of Information Systems and Bayless/Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Chair in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. At The University of Texas at Austin, she serves as the Director of the Center for Business, Technology and Law and as the Graduate Advisor at the Department of Risk, Information, and Operations Management McCombs School of Business. She is a recipient of Association of Information Systems (AIS) Fellow and LEO Awards (LEO stands for Life Time Achievement of Exceptional Global Contributions in the field of information systems). She has been awarded three honorary doctorates.
Supply Chain Management Center
Senior Associate Director
Education: The University of Texas at Austin - The Red McCombs School of Business BBA, Finance, 1967 – 1970
Family: 4 Children, 8 Grandchildren, Wife, Deb Johnson
Born: Tyler, Texas
University: University of Texas, Austin
Non-Profit: Founded The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati, VP Development The First Tee of Greater Austin (6 years)
Community: Past Board of Governors, Barton Creek Country Club, Past President. Barton Creek North POA, Current Chairman of Homeowners United for Rate Fairness
Currently Resides: Watersmark, Barton Creek, Austin, Texas (since 2007)
Business, Government and Society
Karen M. Landolt has been teaching, coaching, and leading in nonprofit, legal, and academic settings for 25 years. Professor Landolt teaches Business Law, Behavioral Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property Law, and Negotiations. Equally fascinated with pop culture and coaching others to lead with their strengths, she finds creative ways to integrate service, experiential learning, and pop culture into her teaching. Landolt previously practiced intellectual property law at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, a large venture capital/intellectual property firm, and was a founding partner of Tremont Law Group, LLP, a boutique business, and intellectual property firm. She was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 2001 and is a Certified Mediator. She served as Director of two UT Austin career services offices and is a founding partner of Engage Leadership Consulting, LLC, which focuses on team building for corporations, start-ups, and nonprofits. She completed her Juris Doctor at Northeastern University School of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Landolt is one of the founders and the past chair of both the Domestic Partnership Benefits Committee and the Pride & Equity Faculty Staff Association (PEFSA) at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she is one of seven co-authors of the report “Questions and Answers about Domestic Partnership Benefits” and has spoken on numerous statewide panels, presented at the Out & Equal Conference, and testified before the Texas Legislature Insurance Benefits Committee. Landolt previously served on President Power’s ad hoc Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Support Initiatives and currently serves the university as a member of the Council for LGBTQ+ Access, Equity, and Inclusion and an advisor to the Institutional Equity Data & Analysis Committee. Passionate about issues of access and inclusion, Professor Landolt teaches several courses that focus on cultural diversity and overcoming implicit bias.
Kathleen (Kathy) Li is an assistant professor in the marketing department of the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin. She is quantitative modeler whose research interests are both methodological and substantive. The methodological stream of her research includes developing and improving econometric methods for policy evaluation, and the asymptotic theory necessary for inference. The substantive stream of her research lies in emergent consumer behavior on the Internet and its interaction with offline environment, and how this affects patterns of demand for different products. Both research streams are reflected in her dissertation titled “Three Essays on Estimating Average Treatment Effects in Quasi-Experimental Panel Data,” which won the 2018 John A. Howard Dissertation Award. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association and the Journal of Econometrics. She received her MS and PhD in marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics from Rice University.
BBA Program Office
Assistant Academic Advisor
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 undergraduate and MBA-level classes in management, organizational change, human resources, and healthcare systems. She also teaches in the Masters of Science in Health Care Transformation program at Dell Medical School. On the administrative side, Dr. Loescher is the associate director for the Business Foundations Program and the faculty director for the McCombs Healthcare Innovation Initiative.
Dr. Loescher’s professional and education background includes recognition as a Senior Certified Professional in human resources, as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to her career in academia, she earned a Master of Public Health 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. She 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 Stephen Magee is currently the Bayless Endowed Professor of Finance and Economics at the McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin where he has taught for over 40 years. He has a PhD from MIT; has served on the White House staff for both a Democratic and a Republican President; has published over 80 academic articles and presented 130 academic papers worldwide, including one in Havana Cuba in 2003 attended by Fidel Castro. He then met with Castro privately for over an hour.
As an undergraduate Prof Magee attended the March on Washington on Aug 28, 1963 when Dr Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have Dream Speech.”
Prof Magee’s co-authored seminal 1989 book, Black Hole Tariffs was endorsed on the cover by two Nobel laureates and the chairman of the Nobel prize committee for economics. He has served as Chairman of his Finance Department at UT and previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley. His current hobbies are biking, and soccer and his current research is on spiritual economics and nations as families.
David holds a MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from The London School of Economics (LSE), a Law degree from St. Mary's University, and a Government degree from UT Austin. He is a business owner and attorney, having served in numerous leadership roles for multiple companies. David is founder and co-owner of Cavanaugh Quintanilla, PLLC, an Austin area law firm specializing in wills and estate planning as well as business and real estate law. He was formerly VP of Legal and Finance for Vivicare Health Partners, a pediatric home health organization that helps to care for medically fragile kids. Prior to his work at Vivicare, David served as partner and CFO for Serranos Tex-Mex restaurants. He began his career working in non-profit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). David has served on the Boards of Directors of Hospice Austin, The Council on At Risk Youth (CARY), and Marathon Kids.
PK Toh is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Ph.D in Strategy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He studies technology strategy, focusing on issues surrounding value creation and appropriation in platforms and ecosystems, standard setting as coordination mechanisms, competition and innovation, R&D organization, resource allocation and other technology-related strategies. He is a Senior Editor at Organization Science,and is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Strategy Science and Strategic Organization. His research has been published in leading academic journals, and has won the BPS Distinguished Paper Award, finalist in TIM Best Dissertation Award, and SMS Best Student Paper award. He has also won the Amplify Award for Diversity and Inclusion in the EMBA program, Faculty Honor Roll for the Houston MBA program, and multiple Best Reviewer awards. He has served in the capacities of organizer and panelist in various conferences, junior faculty consortia, PhD dissertation and doctoral consortia, and research committees. Within the department at UT Austin, he serves as the Strategy Area Coordinator. Prior to his academic career, he was a currency options trader at JPMorgan. Besides academic qualification, he has two advanced piano performance diplomas – Licentiate and Fellowship of the Trinity College of London.
Senior Events Program Coordinator