Fall 2021
Welcome from the Dean
Greetings! I am delighted to be here at Texas Woman’s University and honored to be the dean of the College of Business! I love the university’s motto of educating a woman and empowering the world. The College of Business prepares a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students with a historical emphasis on women through a high-quality business education focused on health care administration and women as business leaders. A close-knit group of faculty experts make teaching relevant, providing a contemporary business education.

I am passionate about educating the whole person, preparing a diverse group of students with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness to lead and serve both in their workplace and society. The values of the college and university resonate with my personal aspiration to lead an organization with a commitment to student learning.

I have enjoyed getting to know the college, the greater Denton, Dallas and Houston areas, alumni and all of you who make up the TWU community. I continue to appreciate the warm welcome I receive daily.

The fall semester is well underway, and for students and faculty, it is crunch time with exams to take and grade. Fall is also football season, and being an ardent fan of the NFL and college football, my weekends are devoted to cheering for my favorite teams. I hope you are all taking time to enjoy your favorite sport or other activity this fall, even in the midst of a very busy work or school schedule.

It is my pleasure to share the goings-on in the college through this newsletter. I am especially pleased to share the accolades and accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni with you.

Go Pioneers!

-Rama Yelkur, DBA
HR society recognizes TWU student chapter with national honor
The Texas Woman’s College of Business student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) received the 2020-2021 Superior Merit Award from the national organization for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.
Navigating business in the post-pandemic recovery using FinTechs
Financial Technology (FinTech) companies—start-ups using online software to provide financial services—are creating a significant disruption in the traditional banking industry today. College of Business Professor Mahesh (Michael) Raisinghani, PhD, discusses how businesses can use FinTechs to achieve success.
What COVID has taught us about working from home
In 2020, employees everywhere experienced a collision of work and family responsibilities when the pandemic forced them to work from home. Visiting Assistant Professor Shelia Hyde, PhD, presents findings about the experience and offers tips for helping employees thrive, whether in continued remote working conditions or returning to the office.
Center for Women Entrepreneurs launches new round of StartHER grants
Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) will be accepting submissions for its StartHER Grant Program, which encourages women-owned businesses in Texas to undertake new and innovative projects, starting on Friday, Sept. 24. Twenty-five grants, each worth $5,000, will be awarded in the latest round.
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

  • Tyrone Smith, EdD, (adjunct) was named to the 2021 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list by Human Resource Executive magazine. He also was appointed as global director for head of people analytics & insights at Udemy.
Alumni Spotlights
Rishi Raj, EdD, BBA ’14, MBA ’16
Rishi Raj, EdD, BBA ’14, MBA ’16 came to Texas Woman’s University as an international student from India. Though his original plan was to work in the corporate world, he found an unexpected love for higher education.
Swapnil Mahendrakar, MHA/MBA ’10
Swapnil Mahendrakar, MHA/MBA ’10 has already led an impressive life, immigrating to the U.S., serving as a combat medic in the U.S. Army and becoming a successful pediatric dentist with her own practice.
Alumni Successes
Michael Mayo, MS '88 was named president and CEO of Baptist Health. He previously served as the president of flagship hospital Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
Tina Morch-Pierre, BBA '13, MBA '14 joined First Transit as a senior director of innovation, supporting strategic innovation initiatives of mobility as a service and emerging transit technologies.
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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.

Join us by investing in the college through our College of Business Support Fund and College of Business 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.

For more information, contact Director of Development Austin Chappell at achappell4@twu.edu or 940-898-3851 or visit our giving page.
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