Career Management Center Leadership Council

The Career Management Center (CMC) Leadership Council is comprised of students who demonstrate professionalism along with academic and leadership excellence. The program provides an opportunity for students within the Jindal School of Management to enhance their professional development and to gain exclusive access to campus recruiting events. Students assist the CMC with administrative responsibilities, coordinating events, workshops, career coaching programs, and/or developing marketing and online materials. The Leadership Council is comprised of students who demonstrate professionalism, academic and leadership excellence.

Meet the CMC Leadership Council

Ahmad Abdallah, BS, Accounting and Finance
Hi everyone! My name is Ahmad Abdallah and I am a second-year undergraduate student. I am majoring in Accounting and Finance with a focus in Audit. I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to the United States in 2009. My ultimate goal is to become a CEO of a major corporation, with the immediate goal of pursuing a career in public accounting. Being a member of the CMC Leadership Council, I have had the opportunity to acquire a plethora of career development knowledge and develop my networking skills. By working closely with the knowledgeable CMC staff, I have enhanced my interpersonal and professional skills. In addition to volunteering for the Leadership Council, I work part-time at the UT Dallas Office of Accounting and Financial Reporting. I am also the Vice-President of the Accounting Club, Treasurer of the Bangladesh Student Organization, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. When I am not at school, I like to volunteer and travel. I am a regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and have been to 15 different countries.
Anwarul Abedin, BS, Accounting
Hi everyone. My name is Anwarul Abedin. I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and moved to the U.S. in August 2010. I am in my junior year of the undergraduate program and majoring in Accounting with an emphasis on internal auditing. After completing my bachelor’s degree, my plan is to take the CPA exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. My goal is to work as an auditor in one of the big four accounting firms in the U.S. My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in a managerial position within public accounting. The CMC Leadership Council has enabled me to acquire strong insight about the professional world. Being a member of the Leadership Council I had the opportunity to work with the professional and knowledgeable CMC staff, which solidified my interpersonal and networking skills. Besides volunteering for the Leadership Council, I work part-time at the CMC. I am also an Executive Committee Member of the Bangladeshi Student Organization (BSO). As a member of BSO, I organize and volunteer at events and communicate with sponsors to raise the funds for our event budget.
Parth Acharya, MS, Information Technology Management
Hi, my name is Parth Acharya and I am an Information Technology Management Major. I find the CMC Leadership Council an excellent opportunity to serve and give back to the University. Along with CMC Leadership Council, I serve as the President of Entrepreneurship Club at UT Dallas. My academic passions include data science and management consulting. I enjoy volunteering for social causes, music, blogging and film making. Alongside my Graduate studies, I head a digital marketing start-up co-founded in 2012.
Trisha Alexander, BS, Management Information Systems
Hello everyone! My name is Trisha Alexander and this will be last year at UT Dallas for my undergrad degree. I am currently studying Management Information Systems and plan to come back a year after I graduate to pursue a MBA or ITM degree. I was raised in McKinney, Texas and my future career goal is to become a CIO of a company. Along with the CMC Leadership Council, I am also a member of the Golden Key Club, Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Toastmasters, Future CIOs at UT Dallas, Chinese Student Association, and Filipino Student Association. I am currently an IT Services intern at Austin Industries Inc. and also do modeling on the side. The CMC Leadership Council has not only allowed me to fine-tune my networking skills, but has also helped me to learn more about possible career paths.
Siye Chen, BS, Business Administration and Accounting
Hello! My name is Siye Chen. I am an international student from Shanghai, China. This is my third year at UTD, where my field of study is business administration and accounting. Currently, I am completing my Tax Operation internship at Empower Software Solutions. I also participated in the CMC Leadership Council last semester; I had the chance to learn valuable information about career development and how to improve myself professionally. More importantly, I made many new friends through volunteer activities and workshops, thereby expanding my professional network. I believe life is like an arrow pulling you back with difficulties in order to take you forward to a better place!
Josie Fan, MS, Finance
Hi there! My name is Josie, and my Chinese name is Yiyi. I am a graduate student finance major and expect to graduate in May 2014. I am involved in many on-campus activities, such as SLP, CMC and IPESA. Also, I enjoy helping others and volunteering. I am a senator in Graduate and International Affairs Committee in Student Government and have membership in Ascend and FLA. My future career goal is to become a financial analyst and then a CFO in a major corporation, and I found that CMC Leadership Council is a great group to join. It is an amazing platform to improve professional and communication skills, and I look forward to experiencing the creative projects and tasks of CMC with all my passion and to witnessing its success in the coming year.
Rong Huang, MS, Information Technology and Management
Hello everyone. My name is Rong Huang, from Shen Yang, China. I completed my undergraduate study in SUNY Binghamton with a B.S. in Accounting. I am currently studying information technology and management for my Master’s degree. Business professional with IT skills are appreciated and that is also the reason why I would like to step into the technology field to develop my potentials. However, studying hard for classes is not enough for one to excel at career, and that is where the CMC comes in to help us find out how to succeed in a professional environment. I am proud to be one of the members in this team which I find open, friendly and welcoming. I hope more great people join us and contribute to the CMC mission.
Manjula Kenderi, MBA
Hi, My name is Manjula. I am from India. I will complete my MBA in May 2014. I possess 3 years IT experience, and my career goal to become an IT consultant. I have been impressed by the helping nature of people here in Texas. I am having great life in UTD. It’s exciting to meet new people from diverse backgrounds every day. I have enjoyed being a part of CMC Leadership Council for the past 6 months. It was an awesome experience because it helped me to hone my leadership and communication skills. I had great opportunity to network with fellow students and other professionals at several CMC events. I am looking forward for another great year at CMC.
Ruby Ma, MS, Accounting
Hi everyone! My name is Ruby Ma, and I am a second-year graduate student. My major is accounting with a focus in external audit. I was born in Dalian, China and came to the U.S. last August. In addition to volunteering for the CMC Leadership Council, I am also the Vice President of Ascend UTD Chapter, Treasurer of Accounting Leadership Association, Graduate Senate of Student Government and also an officer of Cultural Connection. Being a member of the CMC Leadership Council, I have opportunities to develop my leadership skills by organizing different events and workshops in the Jindal School of Management. I also receive professional trainings provided by CMC and foster my networking skills.
Yiwen Shen, MS, Finance
Ahoy! My name is Yiwen Shen, a second-year MSF student from Shanghai, China. As the saying goes that well begun is half done. CMC Leadership Council is a challenging and rewarding start to help establish a better me through workshops, industry forums, and networking. I worked for Schroder Fund Management Company, Donghua CPA Firm and Real Time Resolutions. My career goal is to become an experienced professional in financial industry.
Chao Sun, MS, Information Technology Management
Hello! My name is Chao Sun and I’m from Hunan, China. I enjoy swimming, golfing, traveling, attending concerts, food tasting, volunteering, and entrepreneurship. I lived in Boston for 3 years, earned a Master’s degree in Leadership, and cofounded an employment agency company in 2011. It was then that I realized the necessity of pursuing a more specialized degree, so I chose ITM at UTD. I definitely made the right decision. Not only is UTD a top-tier school with a career-oriented curriculum, but it also offers diversified student organizations and activities. I am sure the CMC Leadership program will benefit me extensively in my career and make me a well-rounded candidate for future opportunities.
Jing Tian, MS, Supply Chain Management
Hi guys, I am Jing Tian and am second-year graduate student in Supply Chain Management. I have studied Logistics Management in China for four years undergraduate study and pursuing further SCM knowledge in UT Dallas. I consider it a great honor to join CMC Leadership Council and volunteer for fulfilling business careers. I am looking forward to having professional networking and interviewing skills in this program, and I am definitely sure that CMC Leadership Council can provide the environment I need to achieve my career goal and prepare my life after school.
Huy Trinh, BS, Accounting
Hello, my name is Huy Trinh. This year, I am going to be an Accounting junior at UTD. Although you can tell from my name that I am Vietnamese, my thinking and beliefs are not limited to one culture. Due to early international experiences, I aspire to be a global citizen who thinks globally and mindful of local customs. I enjoy reading books in history, philosophy and management practices. My career goal is to have my own start-up company in 10 years. In joining CMC Leadership Council, I seek to develop diplomatic skills and learn from who I will meet and work with. And now, let my journey with the Career Management Center begin.
Likhit Verma, MS, Supply Chain Management
Hello Everyone! My name is Likhit Verma and I’m a graduate student majoring in Supply Chain Management. I’m from India, and I have 4 years of experience in petrochemical plant construction and commissioning. I came to the U.S. to leverage my past experience in Engineering and learn more about the Global Supply Chain practices. I made the right choice since I’m learning about global culture, latest industry trends and upcoming technologies through professors and industry practitioners. I’m also actively involved in Supply Chain Leadership Council and organized UTD’s 1st Supply Chain case study competition. The CMC Leadership Council is an amazing platform and I believe getting involved in the council’s activities will sharpen my leadership skills, provide career development, and make me an ideal candidate for future opportunities.
Veronica Xuan Wu, MS, Marketing
Hello all! I’m Veronica Xuan Wu from Guangdong, China. I am a senior graduate student majoring in Marketing with a concentration in product management and market research. My career goal is to be CMO of a major corporation. I am also an active member of American Advertising Federation, American Marketing Association and Global Ambassador of UTD. Membership in CMC leadership Council provides a valuable opportunity to network with future employers and reinforce my communication and leadership skills. By organizing events and cooperating with different employers, I will gain insight about future career paths.
Yunqin Zhang, MS, Accounting
Hi pals, this is Yunqin Zhang, I usually go by Nate. I’m from a Chinese family whose parents are private entrepreneurs, that’s where I acquired the DNA of pursuing business opportunities. I majored in Economics and Trade in Shanghai, China; I’m currently pursuing Master Science of Accounting at UTD. The reason for accounting is that I believe mastering the basic knowledge of a company will benefit me my whole life. I also enjoy sports and played basketball and soccer for my college team. Currently, I work as a lifeguard at the Activities Center. Being part of a growing organization is my primary focus after school. I like team work and helping at CMC events. Making new friends is my life philosophy, and I look forward to meet you in the future.
Chi (Carson) Zhang
Howdy everyone, my name is Carson Zhang and I’m a graduate student with double major in MSF and ITM. My concentration of ITM is in business intelligence and analytics. I also focus on investment management and financial analysis in finance. My short-term goal is to pursue a career in financial and data analysis. Outside class I like to volunteer and engage in many on-campus activities. I believe social skills are as important as academic credits. And CMC provides a well developed platform helping students to be professional in future career life. It’s a big honor for me to be part of CMC Leadership Council. As a member I can be involved in many career development events and get opportunities to practice my social skill as well as broad my vision.
Jacqueline Luo, MS in Accounting
Hi everyone! My name is Jacqueline Luo. I am a second-year graduate student in accounting. I come from Urumqi, Xinjiang, China and my career goal is to become a public accountant. Many of you may know me from Ascend, ALA (Accounting Leadership Association), and the Career Management Center. While the first two organizations taught me more about public accounting and developed my network, the Career Management Center has helped me gain a clearer perspective of my career path and sharpen my skills in networking and communication. As a member of the CMC Leadership Council, I have had the privilege of working with the CMC directors and learning first-hand information about events, school resources, and job postings.
Pooria Kamran Rashani, Full-Time MBA Cohort
Hi everyone, I am Pooria Kamran Rashani, first Year MBA-Cohort student. My American journey, which started with faith, courage and many challenges, is going to be a legendary one. I came to UTD with my Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from India, as well as almost 5 years of professional experience with Nokia Siemens Networks. Apart from all the priceless knowledge that I am learning from the MBA program, I am acquiring valuable professional skills and leadership characteristics from the CMC Leadership Council. I appreciate this opportunity to add value to my past experiences and future professional life. Hopefully as a byproduct of all these mentioned elements, I can be the best version of myself and add to the society that I am going to live in.
Sijun Zhou, MS in Supply Chain Management
Ni hao (Hello)! My name is Sijun Zhou, a member of Career Management Center Leadership Council, majoring in MS Supply Chain Management. My career goal is to become a manager in the Supply Chain industry. Being a member of the CMC Leadership Council, I have the unique chance to work with Jenna, Neil and other CMC staff members. By answering questions from students and arranging career events, I get to experience office culture firsthand. The CMC Leadership Council is one of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had at UTD. The Council has helped me expand my network and improve my interpersonal skills. Most importantly, I am always aware of new job postings and career opportunities.
Chloe Lin, MS in Finance
Hi, I’m Chloe Lin from Taiwan. I’m a senior graduate student majoring in Finance with a focus in corporate finance. I also serve as the Advertising Officer for the Taiwanese Student Association and as an intern for the Financial Leadership Association. Getting involved in school organizations improves my communication skills and offers me opportunities to interact with different people. As a council member in Career Management Center, I assist the CMC in promoting career events and organizing workshops.
Trisha Alexander, BS in Management Information Systems
Hello everyone! My name is Trisha Alexander and this will be last year at UT Dallas for my undergrad degree. I am currently studying Management Information Systems and plan to come back a year after I graduate to pursue a MBA or ITM degree. I was raised in McKinney, Texas and my future career goal is to become a CIO of a company. Along with the CMC Leadership Council, I am also a member of the Golden Key Club, Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Toastmasters, Future CIOs at UT Dallas, Chinese Student Association, and Filipino Student Association. I am currently an IT Services intern at Austin Industries Inc. and also do modeling on the side. The CMC Leadership Council has not only allowed me to fine-tune my networking skills, but has also helped me to learn more about possible career paths.
Rick Zhu, MS in Information Technology Management
Hi, I am Feng Zhu, from P.R. China. People here call me Rick. I am currently seeking a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management. In addition to the CMC Leadership Council, I am involved in Enactus (originally SIFE) and CAN (Chinese Alumni Network). The Leadership Council is a new program for the Career Management Center and it is growing fast. Through the activities of this program, I have learned more about the CMC and have had the opportunity to serve students. I enjoy volunteering in the CMC and have made friends at various events and activities.
Yaoping Zou, MS in Finance
Hello everyone! I am Yaoping Zou, from JiangXi Province, China. As a finance graduate expecting my degree in May of 2013, I am an experienced team player with the ability to motivate others. I believe my excellence in valuation, data analysis and communication skills are a perfect match with my short term career goal in the valuation services industry. I am an active member in the Financial Leadership Association and Students in Free Enterprise. These organizations have exposed me to various networking opportunities and professional development training opportunities. As a member of the CMC Leadership Council, I work directly with students and employers, answering inquiries at the front desk, and planning workshops. The CMC is an amazing platform for sharpening professional and communication skills.
Eudora Zuo, MS in Finance
Hi folks, I am Eudora Zuo, a MS Finance student. Escaping from one of the three furnaces in China, Chongqing, I flew half way around the world to Dallas, the furnace of the U.S. The hot weather did not affect my new life, but instead helped me to fall in love with Dallas quickly. The experiences I’ve had at UTD are wonderful treasures in my life. I enjoy helping others, so I volunteer as much as I can. To serve the community, I work with the Office of Student Volunteerism, Habitat for Humanity International, NETWORK Ministries and JA of Dallas. In addition to volunteering, I also like traveling and making new friends. During my first year at UTD, I visited 13 states in the US and met a ton of new people. The CMC Leadership Council provides me with the opportunity to help other students and to meet new friends as well. It is really a great program for students and I am glad to be a part of it.
Chao Sun, MS in Information Technology Management
Hello! My name is Chao Sun and I’m from Hunan, China. I enjoy swimming, golfing, traveling, attending concerts, food tasting, volunteering, and entrepreneurship. I lived in Boston for 3 years, earned a Master’s degree in Leadership, and cofounded an employment agency company in 2011. It was then that I realized the necessity of pursuing a more specialized degree, so I chose ITM at UTD. I definitely made the right decision. Not only is UTD a top-tier school with a career-oriented curriculum, but it also offers diversified student organizations and activities. I am sure the CMC Leadership program will benefit me extensively in my career and make me a well-rounded candidate for future opportunities.
Shirley Haishu Li, MS in Accounting
Hi, my name is Shirley Haishu Li. I am pursuing my MS degree in Accounting and will graduate in December. I come from Hefei, Anhui, China. I am passionate about accounting and my long-term career goal is to become a financial controller. I feel fortunate to have earned the experience to participate in the first PeopleSoft Academy Internship program at UT Dallas. Besides professional preparation, I love to initiate new challenges and grasp every opportunity to learn new things. The Career Management Center Leadership Council has given me such a great chance to develop my leadership, organization, coordination, and communication skills. I have gained valuable experience networking with industry professionals and the CMC staff.
Taraneh Parvaresh, Full-Time MBA Cohort
Hello, my name is Taraneh Parvaresh. I am from Iran and am currently a full-time MBA student at UTD. In addition to the CMC Leadership Council, I have been chosen as student representative of MBA students for the Dean’s Council organization. My career goal is to make a transition from the technical field to management by leveraging my 5 years technical experience of telecom engineer in Nokia Siemens Networks. The Leadership Council has helped me sharpen my leadership skills as well as foster my leadership abilities by managing and conducting different events in the Jindal School of Management.
Ahmad Abdallah, BS in Accounting and Finance
Hi everyone! My name is Ahmad Abdallah and I am a second-year undergraduate student. I am majoring in Accounting and Finance with a focus in Audit. I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to the United States in 2009. My ultimate goal is to become a CEO of a major corporation, with the immediate goal of pursuing a career in public accounting. Being a member of the CMC Leadership Council, I have had the opportunity to acquire a plethora of career development knowledge and develop my networking skills. By working closely with the knowledgeable CMC staff, I have been able to fine tune my interpersonal and professional skills. Apart from volunteering for the Leadership Council, I work part-time at the UT Dallas Office of Accounting and Financial Reporting. I am also the Vice-President of the Accounting Club, Treasurer of the Bangladesh Student Organization, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society. When I am not at school, I like to volunteer and travel. I am a regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and have been to 15 different countries.