Fall 2020
Welcome to TWU Business Insider, your source of news and updates from the College of Business at Texas Woman’s University.

The college stands on a resounding history of excellence with around 12,500 alumni. From our first class in September 1903 to a full comprehensive program that currently serves around 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, we are building on TWU’s legacy as a premiere school for the development of leaders, especially women leaders in the business industry. Formerly the School of Management, we became the College of Business in September 2017 under the leadership of our founding dean, James Lumpkin, PhD. We are continuing to make amazing innovations within our college and invite you to be a part of it.
What's New
TWU has launched new programs to meet the needs of working professionals. These include:

Join us at our monthly Virtual Graduate Info Session to learn more.
Celebrating our graduates
TWU’s spring graduation looked very different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic—a virtual commencement was held to honor all graduates across our three campuses.

On May 11, Associate Dean and Lead Management Professor DeWaynna Horn, PhD, surprised several Houston-area MBA graduates with some “pomp and circumstance” by popping up at their celebrations fully dressed in her academic regalia with balloons and words of congratulations on their front lawns, all while social distancing. What a way to celebrate student achievement!
Student Spotlight
MBA student aims to shatter stereotypes on women, girls
Texas Woman’s MBA student and IT professional Iswariya Baskar is helping the next generation of women enter the tech world.
Faculty Accomplishments
  • Pamela Baker's accounting majors participated in the VITA program, a volunteer group that helps low-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns.

  • Pat Driscoll, as chair of the Texas Health Resources Community Leadership Council for Dallas and Rockwall, led a program that culminated in awarding $1,116,665 for the “Well Together” Dallas/Rockwall Behavioral Health Initiative. The initiative was designed to mitigate depression in individuals through a continuum-of-care approach targeting underserved communities.

Alumni Spotlight
You're Hired: TWU alumna uses social media to help others find work
For many people, social media is a fun way to stay connected to family and friends, but for TWU College of Business alumna Heidi Torres (BBA ’20), it’s also a great way to get people hired.
Alumni Successes
Merrilee Kick (MBA ’09), founder of BuzzBallz, made the list of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies. She also created an onsite “elementary school” for her employees’ children for virtual learning.
Courtney Taylor (MBA ’11), vice president of community development for Veritex Community Bank, was named an honoree for the Houston Business Journal’s 2020 Women Who Mean Business Awards in the Woman to Watch category.
Leslie Pearson (MBA ’07), assistant director of external relations and outreach for the TWU College of Business, was appointed to the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters – Denton County. Her focus is corporate sponsorship and mentor recruitment.
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Support the College of Business
The programs offered by the TWU College of Business are in high demand, but we need the support of alumni, friends and partners to elevate them to the next level.

Please consider investing in the College of Business through our Annual Fund and Scholarship Fund. With your help, we can have a major impact on the region, offer incredible opportunities for students and become a true national leader on some of the most pressing and underrepresented topics in business today.
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