Executive Education Voices

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Get to know Executive Education from the voices of the people who know best.

What better way to see how Executive Education at UT Dallas can help you achieve your goals than to hear directly from the people who have experienced it themselves. Executive Education alumni and current students, as well as faculty and staff members, have a lot to say about what you can expect from becoming a part of an Executive Education program, working hard with your classmates and finally walking off the stage, diploma in hand, ready to advance in your career.

Student Experiences

Current Executive Education students and alumni share their academic experience, outcomes, and insights. Read their stories and discover how Executive Education programs have made an impact on their professional and personal lives.

The Academic Experience of a Lifetime

Experiences as an EMBA student

The classes expose students to many topics that you may not think about every day. I have been able to apply theories and practices from every class I have taken in this program to my job. I am very pleased with the program and the confidence it has given me.

How the Executive MBA Helped My Career

Investing in my future

At work I’ve acquired a new professional certification and been allowed to completely re-write my job description into one that fits who I am and rewards me for all the effort I’ve put in, both at work and at school. Next step – here I come!.

Tyler Hanson

The Transition From Surviving To Thriving

The “reshaping” process

The first semester brings the heat that softens your current form to allow for reshaping. As you progress, previous course content is skillfully woven into the curriculum, providing you with a sense of comfort while at the same time, slowly building confidence.

Vijaya Ramireddy

My Experience Going Through the EMBA Program

What has your ROI been?

I am able to make better strategic decisions, both professionally and personally. I can clearly and critically assess problems and have found the courage to make the tough calls. I now prioritize my work and can motivate the team towards a common goal.

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Student Testimonials

Executive Education students, alumni, employers and partners talk about their invaluable academic experiences at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, providing advice, perspective, and vision.

Denis Zub

Denis Zub (EMBA 2022)

Just one year ago, when COVID-19 have not even appeared in top-1000 Google searches and flying anywhere on Earth was a five-minute decision, I was sitting in my chair thinking of the next career steps. The only thing I knew then was that I needed inspiration, rethinking, rebooting if you will. Boiling in your day-to-day problems, solving your pre-determined pattern of tasks, and being eventually stuck in your narrow life-box with a boring forward-looking prospect was not the life I wanted to live.
Curtis Clark

Curtis Clark

My experience during the Supply Chain EMBA program was very rewarding, both professionally and personally. I experienced a terrific camaraderie with my fellow classmates who shared a desire to learn. Dr. Rajamani has a passion for what he teaches and for helping students realize the difference they can make in the workplace. With students from many different industries and cultural backgrounds, I was able to broaden my perspective on the global nature of supply chains. I made this investment in myself.
Khaled Hallak

Khaled Hallak, EMBA 2021

Bank of America, Officer, Syndicated Loan Closer

I joined the EMBA program at UT Dallas with aspirations to hone my business acumen and skillsets gathered from academia and real-world experience through both entrepreneurship and large corporate ventures. The EMBA program did not polish my current understanding; they shattered my foundation and rebuilt my business knowledge with the most cutting-edge academics through a prestigious curriculum and world-renowned professors. Throughout the rigors of this program, I quickly learned the importance and power of my cohort. With an ocean of information flowing towards you, it is impossible for one person to absorb and process on their own. I formed a tight bond with some of the brightest executive minds across an array of industries. In this program, we did more than just dissect and examine case studies from historic events; we were able to consult with real corporations in efforts to aid with ongoing and current issues. Our impact was evidenced when select corporations successfully implemented our recommendations. This program is far from easy, it will push you to new heights and you will need to reintroduce yourself to your family and friends upon graduation. On the bright side, the leaders of this program, Pamela Brady (Program Director) and Connie Imhof (Program Manager), are such genuine and caring people, you will feel like a part of a new family throughout the duration of this program. If you are looking to expand your knowledge and grow your network, the EMBA at UTD comes highly recommended.
Kilynn Sommer

Kilynn Sommer, EMBA ’15

Strategic Demand Generation and Marketing Communications Leader, Mitel

The UT Dallas Executive MBA program has helped me grow substantially in my role in leading a multicultural task force. I have been able to foster the respect, trust and engagement among disciplines that don’t typically intersect with one another. The disciplines now see the value in ‘the cause’ in their respective roles and also for the patients.
Ben Richard

Ben Richard, EMBA ’20

Director EPMO and Operational Excellence

By learning about NPV, IRR, and cost of capital, in Financial Management with Dr. Reichert, I have greatly improved my ability to pitch ideas and speak with the CEO, CFO and SVP of Strategy (a former CFO). This has helped me secure a promotion to the “Director – EPMO and Operational Excellence” which is responsible for leading all enterprise projects and process improvement for my entire company (a Fortune 400 company).
Mo Katibeh

Mo Katibeh, EMBA ’11

Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T

UT Dallas helped round out specific skills sets that I needed to move to the next level of my career. With a broad operations and project management background, the financial, organizational architecture and executive leadership projects at UTD were immensely helpful. They immediately helped me when I was promoted to manage the Northeast Mobility Construction and Engineering organization.
Varun Gadhok

Varun Gadhok, EMBA

Senior Director – Information Systems, Tenet Healthcare

After an exhaustive national search for EMBA programs, I chose UT Dallas due to their outstanding reputation, cultural fit and academic rigor. I am pleased to report that the coursework lived up to my lofty expectations of an executive program and has yielded a positive return on my investment. The collaborative group studies and presentations boosted my confidence, refined my delivery and left me with a lifetime of fond memories in and out of the classroom.
Andrew Svatek

Andrew Svatek, EMBA 2022

Director of Operations, Svatek Consulting

When researching EMBA programs to pursue it was clear early on that UTD’s EMBA was the perfect fit for me. The elite faculty, diversity of the program, and relevant and evolving curriculum were huge drivers in my decision and made it a no-brainer. I always anticipated an academic journey that would challenge me personally and professionally, but what I did not anticipate was the unbelievable camaraderie and support of my cohort that was established on the first day of orientation. I have learned as much from my classmates as I have from my professors, and I know I will leave UTD with lifelong friends and a world-class executive education. I am so grateful for the opportunity to earn an EMBA at UTD JSOM

Vinesh Reddy

Vice President, Business Process Offshore, Bank of America

The executive coaching experience was transformational. I was analyzed by my coach and was provided great recommendations to improve myself from where I was before the coaching to where I am now. I found the experience to be valuable to me personally and professionally.
Dan Glasky

Dan Glasky

I was fortunate enough to discover and then enroll in the Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas. The program was extremely beneficial to me as it tied together the various stages of the product lifecycle with optimal supply chain solutions in order to create value through the chain; a must for anyone working in the CPG industry. Combined with the MBA curriculum, I found the program “connected the dots” specifically in the areas of finance and accounting. I enjoyed being on campus once a month, participating in lectures and working/learning in a highly collaborative environment!
Ellie Shollenberger

Ellie Shollenberger

The UT Dallas Product Lifecycle & Supply Chain Management is a unique and one of a kind Executive MBA program; no other school offers this concentration. Unlike the traditional EMBA with a finance focus, this program taught me the importance of making the best business decision beyond the numbers. The knowledge and experience I gained in the program has given me more opportunities to be involved with important projects and to manage corporate programs in the company; and I am enjoying this challenge. Most importantly, I learned a lot from my highly experienced classmates with different backgrounds, and the friendships we built during our international study trip is a lifetime gift and priceless!
Thomas Rodgers

Thomas Rodgers (EMBA 2022)

The Executive MBA program has been a fantastic experience, and the cohort has become more than just a group of students taking a class together- we have become friends that can lean on each other and help our fellow cohort members no matter what. Aside from the incredibly talented faculty and staff, the networking opportunities have been invaluable. I know the connections that I’m making with this cohort will last and benefit my career well into the future. The curriculum has been curated to be relevant and useful for today’s business environment. The academic experience has been challenging and is one of the myriad reasons why I would recommend this program to anyone considering an MBA.
Ashwin Prakash

Ashwin Prakash, GLEMBA ’20

Head of Data Science and Analytics, HCA Healthcare

The application of learnings from Operations Management and Strategic Management courses helped make an immediate impact in my job, merging the lines between school and work while providing an instant return on investment for my employer.
Andy Miller

Andy Miller, GLEMBA ’16

IT Operations Manager, Splunk

The GLEMBA program’s focus on global business challenges was vital in helping me to understand how my company can grow and succeed in a globally competitive landscape. The courses, interaction with peers and the exceptional faculty have empowered me to analyze and solve problems differently – essentially the program has enabled me to become a better leader.
Darrick Fitzgerald

Darrick Fitzgerald, GLEMBA ’18

Managing Consultant – Supply Chain Management Reverse Logistics Team, Verizon Wireless

GLEMBA was not just a learning experience, it was a life experience. GLEMBA was not a career pursuit, it was a life pursuit. Even today, tenets from the program impact how I think, how I approach a problem in my career and how I craft my emails. Was I promoted after I finished my degree? Yes.
Alexander Moeller

Alexander Moeller, EMBA ’17

Quality Director, Diodes Inc

UTD provided an excellent education during the 21 month-long EMBA program. The academic rigor was challenging, yet content was presented in a way that engaged and motivated everyone. The curriculum had the perfect balance of hard and soft skills to thoroughly prepare for executive roles. The program has completely changed the way I contribute and execute management decisions at work.
David Gill

David Gill

After much engineering and product development experience in the semiconductor/electronic product space, I found this program to be exceptional for enriching my knowledge of the full product lifecycle. The curriculum was well balanced, engaging and formatted so individual benefits from their own studies as well as others’ perspectives through group interaction. The program is not limited to the boundaries of sourcing and purchasing but rather includes the study and tools for management of the complete product lifecycle. I have a much-improved understanding of operational considerations and a complete tool set to utilize because of the PLSCM program. It has greatly increased my contribution and success in executing my responsibilities.
Issa Traore

Issa Traore

The MS ITM program has been an enriching experience and has always churned out new surprises. With a huge alumni base and a great career management center, we were exposed to large set of employers and network-boosting opportunities.
Tamer Elshamy

Tamer Elshamy, GLEMBA ’19

Sales Director, Fawry Banking and Payment Technology Services

An exceptional experience mixed with both cutting edge knowledge and great personal skills improvement.
Holly Martin

Holly Martin, GLEMBA ’19

Customer Experience Manager, J.B. Hunt

Because of this program, I was able to present within my organization to five different groups, which led to a promotion, an invitation to assist with three special projects as a new manager, and an appointment as a co-chair to lead professional development for an internal employee resource group.
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Executive Education Alumni Spotlights

Read the success stories from JSOM alumni who earned their degree from the Jindal School of Management. These alumni are current professionals who share their insights about their experience and life after graduating from UT Dallas.

Sara Hagan

Sarah Hagan, EMBA’11

CFO, Omnitracs

Hagan, a Dallas resident, joined Omnitracs, LLC, in April 2016, after a successful 11 years at Sabre Corp., where she held senior leadership positions in accounting and finance.

Darla Ripley

Darla Chapman Ripley, EMBA’97

Associate, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates Real Estate

Darla Chapman Ripley places a lot of importance on maintaining all networks, regardless of industry or location.

Joseph James

Joseph James, MBA’10


James, who completed his Executive MBA degree in 2010, manages two startup businesses. At 2020 Commercial, he provides commercial real estate sales, leasing and development services. At Mango Farms Digital Marketing, he and his staff provide web and mobile application development and manage digital marketing for clients.

Sid Keswani

Sid Keswani, MBA’09

President, Pandora Americas

As president of the Americas region, Sid Keswani is responsible for PANDORA’s markets in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh, EMBA’06

Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

McIntosh, a senior manager in Advisory Services at Ernst and Young’s Dallas office, measures his success by the quality relationships he has developed with clients and coworkers throughout his 15 years in the management consulting and financial services industries. He assists leading banks and lenders in solving various management problems and improving their operations in order to better serve customers and meet the demands of other key stakeholders.

Charles Gillis

Charles Gillis, MBA’04

Executive Director, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC

Technology and an evolving mindset about work-life balance is completely changing the legal services profession.

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Executive Education Articles

Discover how Executive Education faculty are researching, publishing, speaking and engaging in the business community. The authors of these articles also include accounting students, staff and friends.

how to write en essay for the executive mba

How to Write an Admissions Essay for an Executive MBA Program

The power of your personal story

Each individual has a story to tell, yet when it comes to the admissions essay, many essays fall short because the applicant fails to effectively convey their story. The beginning of the essay should capture the reader’s attention.

students receiving award, picture for post: difference between a scholarship and a discount

What is the Difference between a Scholarship and a Discount?

Scholarship Vs. Discount

A scholarship is a payment toward your tuition, but a discount reduces your tuition. While a scholarship certainly sounds more elite than a discount, the outcome is essentially the same. A scholarship is a payment toward your tuition, but a discount reduces your tuition.

Jackie Kimzey leading a class

The Importance of a Relevant Curriculum

Curriculum is key for students

Creating and maintaining a relevant curriculum is key for students to achieve the maximum return on investment (ROI) in an executive MBA program. Emerging technologies are becoming an integral part of our business environment..

professors discussing what makes a good emba candidate

What Makes a Good EMBA Candidate?

An Excellent Career Investment

When I am asked what makes a good executive MBA candidate, several thoughts come to mind. I’m looking for mature working professionals that are ready to invest in accelerating their career.

Difference Between EMBA and PMBA

What is the difference between EMBA and PMBA?

UT Dallas offers five paths to earning an MBA. Each MBA requires 53 credit hours to complete and all are accredited by AACSB – the gold standard for business schools. Tuition, curriculum and admissions are different, however, for each of these MBA options.

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