Naveen Jindal School of Management Alumni Spotlight
From real estate to healthcare management, to information technology and finance, we are proud to shine a spotlight on some of our alumni whose career paths are representative of the many employment options to which a degree from the Naveen Jindal School of Management can lead. With more than 29,000 alumni, the Jindal School is impacting the culture of business in the U.S. and beyond.
The following JSOM graduate agreed to have his information posted. If you are an alumnus and willing to share your information, please contact Caroline Mandel, Development Associate.
Saadia Sheikh, BS’09Vice President, Commercial Division Wingert Real Estate Company Saadia
Sheikh is passionate about real estate. Just a few years after graduating from
the Jindal School, her passion for the industry translated into a thriving
career. She serves as vice president at a large real estate brokerage firm in
Dallas. While a student, Sheikh sought advice from her professors regarding her
professional development and her interest in real estate. Today she continues
to seek their feedback, as her Jindal School education remains relevant in her
real estate career and the business world.
Saadia on a recent hiking trip in Yosemite National Park with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Tell us the highlights of your professional career.
Since my graduation from the Jindal School, my
career has blossomed. A few of the most important highlights include receiving
a promotion within my firm, being selected as a board member for the North
Texas Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute, an industry organization,
and managing and directing several major commercial real estate transactions
for my firm. In my professional life, this past April after
two years of preparation, I successfully earned the Certified Commercial
Investment Member (CCIM) certification. A Certified Commercial Investment
Member is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment
real estate. It was a goal of mine to obtain this certification early in my
career, and I am proud of the hard work I put toward reaching this goal. In my personal life, I raised $13,000.00 for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in one year.
What brought you to UT Dallas?
I chose to attend UT Dallas because of the convenient campus location. At the
time, I was living in McKinney, Texas, and UT Dallas is centrally located. After
my first semester, I quickly realized that the Jindal School is an outstanding
academic institution, and deciding to attend UT Dallas was one of the best
decisions I have made. I truly loved my experience at the Jindal School and value
the quality education I received.
What is your favorite UT Dallas memory?
Honestly, my favorite UT Dallas memory is from
my graduation. That day was amazing and bittersweet at the same time since
graduation marked the end of my college experience. It was wonderful to share
that day sitting among many of my classmates and peers.
Who was your favorite professor and/or what was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Effective Management in Today's Business Environment (BA
4380) with Charles Hazzard, professor of
organizations, strategy and international management at the Jindal School.
Professor Hazzard was very clear and concise in his teachings and would provide
valuable, one-on-one feedback. I took his class during my final semester, and his
feedback influenced my decision to continue to seek his professional critique
and input even after I graduated.
What’s the best advice you have received?
The best advice I have received is to stay
passionate about what you do. Your passion will push you beyond hard work and
What advice do you have for current students hoping to succeed in the business world?
My advice for current students is to discover
what you are passionate about in the business world. This needs to be something
that you truly love. Then take that passion and push it beyond your perceived
capabilities. It will take you further than you ever imagined.
What makes an effective leader?
An effective leader is someone with an
identified personal and professional purpose. A leader who has a clear and concise
purpose will be the positive change an organization needs.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy being active, playing sports and
traveling. Some of my favorite activities are running, boxing and indoor
volleyball. It is a goal of mine to travel at least one weekend out of the
month, even if it means driving somewhere within the state or catching a
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