Management Magazine
Autumn 2014

Scholarship Breakfast

The 2014 Naveen Jindal School of Management Scholarship Breakfast, held November 5, featured a keynote address by Robert Safian, editor and managing director of Fast Company magazine. The event raised $124,500, which will result in more than 60 scholarships being awarded in the spring 2015 semester. Thank you to our event sponsors and supporters for your commitment to Jindal School students and excellence in business education. Your partnership advances their educational experience, inspires student achievement and demonstrates a pledge to support future business leaders.

While scholarships make a direct impact on our students, there are many other ways to make a difference at the Jindal School. For additional information, click here.

Details regarding the 2015 Scholarship Breakfast will be available next summer.

  • About Scholarship Breakfast
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Registration
  • Sponsors
  • 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 fourth year, the program has raised more than $300,000 and funded almost 150 new scholarship awards for Jindal School students.

2014 Scholarship Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Robert Safian

Robert Safian, editor and managing director, Fast Company Magazine

Robert Safian is editor and managing director of the award-winning monthly business magazine Fast Company. He oversees all editorial operations, in print and online and plays a key role in guiding the magazine’s advertising, marketing and circulation efforts. Safian was named 2009 Editor of the Year by Adweek and recognized as a 2008 Innovator of the Year by B-2-B Media. Under his leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including a two-time National Magazine Award Finalist in 2009, Magazine of the Year honors from the Society of Business Editors and Writers in 2008, and the prestigious Gerald R. Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Journalism in both 2007 and 2008, among many others. The publication was named to the Ad Age A-List in 2008 and to the Adweek Hot List for two consecutive years.

Under Safian’s direction, Fast Company has garnered a reputation for highlighting the “new” in business while keeping reverence to “tried and true.” Whether exploring a cubicle in Detroit or a garage in Palo Alto, a skyscraper in Singapore or the streets of Mumbai, Fast Company consistently adopts a fresh and honest take on business. By presenting stories of the people behind innovative business thinking, it gives hope to millions of workers, entrepreneurs and leaders that meaningful change is possible.

Safian came to Fast Company in 2007 from Fortune, where he served as executive editor. Prior to that, he was an executive editor at TIME and headed Money as its managing editor for six years. Safian was honored in 2000 by Crain’s New York Business as one of the “40 Under 40” top young business executives in New York City and was named to New York Magazine’s “35 Under 35” the previous year. Safian has appeared on CNN and other TV networks and has been a featured speaker at events ranging from the Cisco Systems CIO Summit to Chicago’s City of the Year luncheon with Mayor Richard Daley. Safian began his career with a seven-year tenure at The American Lawyer, where he rose from summer intern to executive editor. He joined SmartMoney in 1994 and moved to Fortune in 1997. Money was a National Magazine Finalist four times under Safian’s leadership. He also played key roles in securing National Magazine Awards for The American Lawyer, SmartMoney and TIME.

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
scholarship award money
scholarship breakfast sponsors

With support from the North Texas business community, alumni and friends, the Jindal School is committed to providing scholarships to the best, the brightest and the most-deserving students. We gratefully acknowledge and thank the following sponsors for their generous support of our students and for their invaluable assistance in making the Jindal School Scholarship Breakfast a success.

2014 Scholarship Breakfast Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Wingate by Wyndham
Wingate by Wyndham
Richardson Dallas

Gold Sponsors

  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Avnet
  • MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

2013 Scholarship Breakfast Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Ericsson, Inc.

Table Sponsors

  • Austin Industries
  • Avnet
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
  • CapGemini
  • Friends of CREW Dallas
  • Deloitte
  • Frost
  • Grant Thornton Foundation
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Sydney Smith Hicks, PhD
  • Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby, PC
  • Institute of Real Estate Management, Dallas Chapter
  • Lennox International
  • Mary Kay, Inc.
  • Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLP
  • Merit Energy
  • MOHR Partners, Inc.
  • Real Estate Alumni, Naveen Jindal School of Management
  • SHW/The Beck Group
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Tim and Jamie Taft
  • Texas Instruments
  • Trinity Industries
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations, UT Dallas
  • UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive Education
  • UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Wells Fargo Private Bank

The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management proudly recognizes the 2013 Scholarship Breakfast award recipients for their hard work and dedication to academics. The honorees and their sponsors are as follows:


Name Company
Charlotte Moore Austin Industries
Jieyu Shen Avnet
Hiba Ijaz BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Ryan Scott CapGemini
Scott Dreiling Deloitte
Zizhu Ding Ericsson, Inc.
Emma Minter Friends of CREW Dallas
Andrew Mezheristiy Frost
Jennifer Bursa Grant Thornton Foundation
Aruna Govind Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin Lee Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby, PC
Brent Reiner Institute of Real Estate Management, Dallas Chapter
Rezwana Rahim Lennox International
Seana Kim Mary Kay, Inc.
Paula Lipnick Merit Energy
Alice Zhu MOHR Partners, Inc.
Jessica Santibanez Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLP
Devin Dorman Real Estate Alumni, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Justin Inman SHW/The Beck Group
Timothy Jin Texas Instruments
Timothy Dang The Sherwin-Williams Company
Saron Zekiros Tim and Jamie Taft
Sixuan Wang Trinity Industries
Daniel Bradstreet Wells Fargo Private Bank

“With the sole exception of my Austin Industries scholarship, I have paid for my entire tuition myself. Between studying organizational behavior, accounting, business economics, sales, management theory and management information systems (MIS), I have had numerous opportunities to become more productive and efficient in my work. After graduation, I want to use my studies to enhance the world and help make employees and other people around me better. I thank you with everything that I am for your incredible kindness.”

About the Naveen Jindal School of Management

With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, the Jindal School is the largest of the seven 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