Management Magazine
Autumn 2014

Scholarship Breakfast


2015 Scholarship Breakfast

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

The Westin Galleria
13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240

Keynote Speaker

Peter Buffett, acclaimed musician, composer philanthropist and author

  • About Breakfast
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Registration
  • Past Recipients
  • About JSOM
About the Scholarship Breakfast

The Naveen Jindal School of Management’s Scholarship Breakfast was established in 2009 with two missions: to offer a forum for discussing relevant business issues and to support the education goals of UT Dallas students — the next generation of business leaders. Now in its fifth year, the program has raised more than $500,000 and funded almost 260 new scholarship awards for Jindal School students.

2015 Scholarship Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Peter Buffet

Peter Buffett, acclaimed musician, composer, philanthropist and author

Peter Buffett has an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years. He is an Emmy award-winning musician, composer philanthropist and author. He began his career as the musical mind behind many of the early MTV bumpers — brief transition segments — of the 1980s, and the climatic crescendo in the memorable “fire dance” scene in 1990s Oscar-winning film, Dances with Wolves.

Buffett has received critical acclaim for his Native American-inspired music, most notably composing the full score for 500 Nations, the eight-hour Emmy-awarded CBS miniseries produced by Kevin Costner. Buffett also conceived and composed the musical production Spirit: The Seventh Fire, a Native American inspired show incorporating live native dancing, powwow singing and IMAX-scale visuals (which premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.).

From 1987 to present, Buffett has released 16 records and has been signed to such labels as Narada, Epic and Hollywood Records. He also owns two independent labels, BisonHead and BeSide Records. Most of his releases had been instrumental recordings until 2006 when he began experimenting with vocals and a more eclectic pop/rock sound. He has collaborated with Grammy-nominated recording artist Akon as well as Grammy-winning artist Angelique Kidjo on human rights inspired songs, one of which, Blood into Gold, debuted at a special event at the United Nations General Assembly.

Buffett is co-president of the NoVo Foundation and co-chair of its board of directors. In partnership with his wife, Jennifer, he helps to guide NoVo’s vision, strategic mission and program development. Buffett’s inspiring book, Life Is What You Make It, has been translated into more than 15 languages and has sold nearly half a million copies worldwide. Described by former President Bill Clinton as “a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world,” Life Is What You Make It is about following one’s passions over conventions, taking up the reins of your destiny and living life to the fullest.

Fifth Annual Scholarship Breakfast Sponsorship Levels
  • $5,000 Platinum Level Sponsor
    • Funds up to five named scholarship awards at the Jindal School
    • Table for 10 guests at the breakfast
  • $2,500 Gold Level Sponsor
    • Funds up to two named scholarship awards at the Jindal School
    • Table for 10 guests at the breakfast
  • $1,500 Silver Level Sponsor
    • Funds one named scholarship award at the Jindal School
    • Table for 10 guests at the breakfast
  • Individual Ticket – $50 each
scholarship breakfast

The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management proudly recognizes the 2014 Scholarship Breakfast award recipients for their hard work and dedication to academics. The honorees and their sponsors are as follows:

2014 Scholarship Recipients and Sponsoring Companies

Scholarship Recipient Sponsoring Company
Daniel Thai Austin Industries
Derek Vantham Avnet
Richard Buquet Avnet
Paulina Jesionek BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Amit Shirsat Brad, Connie and Caitlin Perdue
Brian Sturm CapGemini
Ziad Abdella Crowe Horwath LLP
Christopher Tejeda Encore Enterprises
Linh Mai Ernst & Young
Zhongmei Chen freshbenies
Christina Kong Friends of CREW Dallas
Jill Edling Friends of CREW Dallas
Marina Grebennikova Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
Esther Bayazitoglu Grant Thornton LLP
Pierre Tran Haynes and Boone, LLP
Amir Bin Hamza Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby, PC
Edmund Lord Institute of Real Estate Management, Dallas Chapter
Kayla Pele Lennox International Inc.
Emily Stivison Mary Kay, Inc.
Hiba Ijaz McGladrey LLP
Shawn Shukla Merit Energy
Erin Franc Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP
Hardeek Barot MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Peter Bellino MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Samantha Nguyen Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Neda Hassan Moghadam Rockwell Collins
Skye Johnson Stantec/The Beck Group
Tyler Dauer State Farm Insurance
Tony Abraham Texas Instruments
Zachary Steinert The Sherwin-Williams Company
Yakov Slepoy The Sherwin-Williams Company
Seana Kim Trinity Industries
Nitza Gomez Weaver
Jae Park Whitley Penn

About the Naveen Jindal School of Management

With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, the Jindal School is the largest of the eight schools at UT Dallas. For almost 40 years, the school has provided students an excellent education grounded in management theory and practice; and graduated students who excel in the careers they choose. The Jindal School’s faculty rank among the top 15 worldwide in terms of research productivity. Leading publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report have recognized it as a leading business school in the United States and around the globe.

For more information, contact:

Diane McNulty

Diane McNulty, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, for External Affairs and Corporate Development
Naveen Jindal School of Management
The University of Texas at Dallas
(972) 883-4489
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