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

  • 2014-15
  • 2013-14
  • 2012-13

Zaid Asfoor

Hello! My name is Zaid Asfoor, and I am majoring in Accounting and Finance. My expected graduation date is Spring 2016. I have a passion for new inventions and entrepreneurship, and hopefully one day, I can become an entrepreneur and have my own inventions. I moved here from Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the summer of 2010, in which I had been living for about 8 years. A couple of years later, I started attending the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall semester of 2013, and so far, it has been an interesting journey. In my experience, the Career Management Center has helped me in many ways. They gave me advice on how my resume should look, what I should and should not do during an interview, and techniques for job searching.

Pratap Surya Chandar Balraj

Hi everyone! This is Pratap Surya Chandar Balraj from Madurai, India. I am graduate student majoring in Information Technology Management with specialization in Business Intelligence and IT Consulting. My career goal is to become a valuable asset to the information industry and reach the pinnacle of glory in it. Apart from demonstrating academic excellence, I am actively involved in various student organizations and forums here at UTD. I always appreciate and love to work in a dynamic, vibrant and cross-cultural platform. I am part of the leadership team of Ascend IT committee, CEO Global – Marketing team and Media & Design officer of Indian Students Association. I also serve as the Orientation Peer at International Student Services Office. CMC is an integral part of the university and it provides excellent facilities for growth and development of our student community.

Eri Cai

I am Eri Cai. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Hong Kong Baptist University and went to Babson College as an exchange student. I tend to get along with people from different backgrounds. Now I am in UTD, pursuing an MS Finance/MBA dual degree, expecting to graduate in 2016. I am also involved in FLA, Ascend, Toastmasters and Chinese Dancing Crew. In my leisure time, basketball, badminton and book reading is my favorite. I am still seeking my career goal, consultant or a business owner, one or the other. Therefore, CMCLC comes in just the right time to help me navigate my career paths. I believe that CMCLC will offer great opportunities to polish our networking skills and help us become better candidates.

Sai Charan

Hi guys! I’m Sai Charan, and I came to JSOM all the way from India to pursue my Master’s in Information Technology and Management. My academic passions are towards Business Intelligence and Analytics. JSOM is a place which showers lots of opportunities on its students, and I am glad to be a part of student organizations like ASCEND, MIS Club, BIAT Club. I always wanted a lot of students to attend all the workshops conducted by these organizations because they’re very informative. This made me join the Marketing Committee in ASCEND. I came up with many initiatives to increase the crowd for ASCEND’s events that also helped ASCEND to win the Outstanding Marketing Initiatives Award.

Gary Gao

Hello everyone! My name is Jiawei Gao, but I usually go by Gary. I am a first-year student in Supply Chain Management. After studying Logistics Management for four years in Beijing Jiaotong University, I believe there is a great future and infinite opportunities in Supply Chain Management. I am now pursuing more knowledge at UT Dallas. I think it’s a great honor to be a part of the CMC Leadership Council and hope to help other business students become successful. The CMC is an amazing place to learn about the professional world. Getting involved in its activities will definitely improve your leadership skills and develop your career management. Don't hesitate to join us!

Chaarulata Helia

Hello! My name is Chaarulata Helia, a second year MS-ITM student from India. I have a 4.5 years of work experience. The professional positions I have held have taught me that luck factor is just 1%, the rest 99% being hard work in today's world. Good grades alone don’t help much in personal and professional development. Between imagining oneself in being developed and seeing what actual development is, there is a lot of difference. Not only technically, but development is also linked to emotionally and intellectually. We are required to incorporate these three: technical expertise, emotional expertise and intellectual expertise every now and then in the real professional world. The numerous opportunities offered by CMCLC not only improves one's leadership skills but also social skills. I am glad that I get the opportunity to work with such an esteemed student organization and learn to be a better person in personal and professional front.

Stephanie Huang

Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie Huang. I am from China. I have a masters degree in International Accounting and Finance from London. I am currently working on my second master degree in Accounting here at UT Dallas. I enjoy getting involved in various activities and events. I am the Graduate Senator in Student Government, the treasurer of the Accounting Leadership Association, and the Vice President of Ascend. In addition, I have a passion for volunteering. My favorite experience was last fall semester, when I helped with Junior Achievement by teaching kids. Career Management Center (CMC) Leadership Council is a great platform for acquiring and developing soft skills for career development. I also benefit from a series of workshops and events held by CMC. I look forward to seeing more new faces through CMC.

Delphia Li

Hi everyone! My name is Qiuxiong Li (Delphia). I am from Guangdong. China. I have worked as an external audit in BDO China, where I had chances to interact with professionals and realized how valuable it is to be a CPA with deep insight into the business world at home and board. To strive for my goal as a CPA focusing on tax, I have mapped out and taken action with regard to education, exam and experience in these two years. I will finish CPA required courses this December and accomplish the Texas CPA exam before graduation. I have played an active leadership role in Texas Society of CPAs, Ascend at UT Dallas Chapter and CMC Leadership Council to reinforce my leadership, communication skills and organizational skills.

Supreeth Meka

Hello, my name is Supreeth Meka. I am from India and I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Information Technology Management and my concentration is in business intelligence and analytics. I'm passionate about BigData Analytics. It’s a big honor for me to be part of CMC Leadership Council. I like to volunteer and engage in many on-campus activities. CMC provides a well-developed platform helping students to be professional in future career life. Addition to the CMC Leadership Council, I am involved in ASCEND and BIAT Club.

Renuka Pande

Hello All! My name is Renuka Pande. I am a graduate student in Information Technology & Management Major. After completion of undergrad, I worked for 3 years for MNC in India. Currently I am working as Data Analyst Intern at Lanyon Inc. At UT Dallas, I have volunteered for events organized by Office of Student Volunteerism. Helping others makes me feel happy and contented. I think CMC Leadership council is the best opportunity for me to get connected with people. Being an international student I will get to learn many things while working with students from different countries. Joining CMC Leadership council will help me grow my professional network.

Ivy Qi

Hello everyone. My name is Ji Qi, you can also call me Ivy. I am a Chinese student studying Finance here as a graduate candidate. Now I come to UTD for almost a year, and I am very proud to become one of the members of CMC Leadership Council after I have attended many successful events held by CMC. My goal is to become a finance professional in the future, CMC helps me approach that goal closer by providing instructions for career coaching, interview skills and networking. As a member of CMC Leadership Council, I have chance to communicate more with professional faculties, meet companies and excellent students with common ambitions as well as promote leadership skills. It is a wonderful organization to help students excel at career by immersed in professional environment. I really look forward to the next great year in CMC Leadership Council, and hope more outstanding students devote themselves for this organization.

Jingwen Shang

Hi everyone. My name is Jingwen Shang. I was born in Beijing, China. I have finished my accounting undergraduate program in Beijing and studied in Northern State University as an exchange student during my junior year. Currently, I'm pursuing MSA degree and this is my second year in UTD. I volunteered and worked for VITA this spring during Tax season. I also participated in some career events held by CMC and I found there's always amazing opportunities for students. I want to help CMC in return and work with CMC staff. I do love and enjoy helping and volunteering. I believe I can receive professional development training here after assisting the CMC on the CMC Leadership Council platform with event coordination, workshops and career coaching programs.

Keira Song

Hi, everyone! I’m Keira Song, a master’s student studying accounting. My career goal is to be an industry professional. After attending many of the CMC’s professional events, I was attracted to this great group for its effort to provide students the rich professional resources and help with their careers. I have benefited from them a lot and want to help organize events and workshops. I think the CMCLC is a great platform for improving myself and giving back to the university that has taught me so much. I am ready to embark upon a journey full of new challenges, new tasks, and new experience!

Christina Sun

Hello all! My name is Christina Sun, a second year MS Accounting student at UTD. I was born in Beijing, China and have been studying in United States for over 3 years. My ultimate goal is to become an experienced professional in public accounting field. I am devoting myself into 3 different student organizations, including being a Vice President of ASCEND, Executive Vice President of Accounting Leadership Association, and an active member at CMC Leadership Council. I enjoy my “changeling life”, because it gives me a chance to enhance my capability of learning and working. Especially, being a member of CMC Leadership Council is really an honor to me. Working with knowledgeable CMC staffs and organizing various professional events really help me solidify my networking skills, as well as my leadership capability.

Tocc Tang

Hello everyone! This is Yue (Tocc) Tang. I was made in China and delivered to the United States in 2013. As the only child of my family, I did not have too much teamwork experience, but now I do because I am a member of the magnificent CMC Leadership Council. Whether you are a green hand in your career or not, you are always welcome to join us. With hundreds of amazing events each semester, I assure you that CMC would bring you much more than you could expect. Join us, and let us launch our career!

Ailu Wang

Hello everyone! My name is Ailu Wang. I am currently a second year graduate student majoring in Accounting. I was born in Beijing, China where I grew up and received my Bachelor degree. My long term career goal is to get a managerial position in a multinational corporation. Now I am so excited to be a new member in the CMC Leadership Council and it is my honor to work with professional CMC staffs. I will do my best to help CMC staffs coordinate CMC events as well as help UTD students by introducing beneficial CMC’s events to them. I believe CMC is a good place for me to improve my social and communication skills and makes me professional in my future career.

Summer Zhang

Hi Everyone! My name is Yirong Zhang, and you can just call me Summer. I have two years’ work experience in Internal Audit area and would like to pursue the career of auditing after I graduated in May 2015. I currently serve as VP of Education in Jindal Management Toastmasters Society, treasurer in Financial Leadership Association, and also active member in Ascend. Also, I am a fan of public speaking, traveling and in the midst of learning making cookies. I really enjoy being a member of CMC Leadership Council, which exposed myself to communicate with active students and professionals.

Angelina Zhou

Hello, everyone! My name is Angelina and my Chinese name is Shuai Zhou. I am a first year graduate student majoring in accounting, and I expected to graduate in May 2015. I completed my undergraduate degree major in Financial Management in Beijing Jiaotong University. During my junior year, I attended Texas A&M University in 2012 as an exchange student majoring in accounting. I came to UT Dallas last August. I am the President of Accounting Leadership Association (ALA), an event coordinator in Culture Connection Committee, a coordinator of VITA tax return program in ASCEND and an active member in CEO Global. The CMC Leadership Council gives me a great platform to develop my leadership skills by organizing workshops and events for JSOM students.

Jolly Zhou

Hello all! My name is Lu (Jolly) Zhou, an international graduate student from Chongqing, China. I majored in Finance with a concentration in investment management and asset pricing. I am also a member of Financial Leadership Association. My career goal is to become an experienced professional financial analyst in this industry. I have joined a lot of activities which held by CMC Leadership Council and it helped me a lot to learn how to launch a better career. I am sure that the CMC Leadership Council will offer diversified students different resources with their career. And also it is a precious opportunity for me to help and network with other excellent students. I am looking forward to meeting you in the future.

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. 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. I am 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 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. 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.