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 graduates agreed to have their information posted. If you are an alumnus and willing to share your information, please contact Caroline Mandel, Assistant Director, Development Communications and Donor Relations
Connie Perdue MS’81
Senior Tax Manager, Hagy & Associates, P.C.
Caitlin Perdue BS’10
Membership Marketing Manager, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Brad Perdue MS’82
Strategic Account Manager, Carbon Design Systems
For the Perdue family, attending the Jindal School is a family tradition that stands out among many others. Parents Brad and Connie met while graduate students in the 1980s, and many years later, daughter Caitlin received her undergraduate degree as well. Although almost 30 years separates their time as students, all three agree that their Jindal School experiences helped advance their careers. Brad has worked in the technology services industry for more than 25 years, and Connie serves on the senior management team of a tax accounting firm in Austin, Texas. Caitlin, who works for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in Austin, is also pursuing a graduate degree in social work. The Perdue family recently decided to expand their family tradition by providing a one-time scholarship award to help support a Jindal School student in the 2014-2015 academic year. The family hopes many others will benefit from the same lessons they learned during their time at JSOM.
Connie: Two of my proudest achievements are obtaining my master’s degree and CPA license. Both required a lot of time and work, but it paid off.
Caitlin: The ability to advance, grow and learn in my professional career has been a valuable experience. I’ve had the opportunity to gain valuable marketing experience, which I feel will be applicable to any future job. Currently, my proudest achievement has been pursuing a graduate degree in social work from Texas State University.
Connie: After I completed my undergraduate degree, I worked for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), now BP Amoco. ARCO offered reimbursement for educational expenses, and I thought it would be beneficial to my career to complete a graduate degree. However I didn’t start my graduate career at UT Dallas. I actually took my first graduate course at SMU because the campus was closer to my home. After I learned about UT Dallas, I soon decided it was a better fit for me.
Caitlin: I wanted to find a great academic university where I could play competitive soccer. UT Dallas met both of these needs, and I liked that the location allowed me to remain close to family.
Connie: Unfortunately, my memories from my time as a student have faded, but when Cailtin began her undergraduate career at UT Dallas, I was amazed at how much the campus had grown.
Caitlin: My favorite UT Dallas memories are from my time with the women’s soccer team. I spent a lot of time with my teammates at practices and traveling to games. There’s no greater feeling than playing your heart out to win a game and then celebrating with your best friends afterward.
Connie: I remember an assignment in which I had to write a paper on interviewing prospective employees. My paper was about realistic job previews, and I still use those skills today.
Caitlin: I enjoyed the classes I took for my minor in sociology. It sparked my passion for social justice and led me on the path to becoming a social worker.
Connie: I read once that you need to refresh your education every five years. I think that is excellent advice to keep growing intellectually.
Caitlin: The best advice I’ve received highlighted the importance of making meaningful connections with people. Creating lasting relationships, personally and professionally, has impacted my life in such a positive way.
Connie: I think students need to realize that they need to start at an appropriate level to build success for the future. I had a young student once tell me that he expected to do more than prepare spreadsheets in the beginning. However, you must walk before you run.
Caitlin: My philosophy has always been to be as helpful and friendly as possible to my co-workers and colleagues. Be willing to take on projects and assist others even if it doesn’t fall under your job description. This type of behavior creates a better work environment, and your co-workers will be more willing to repay the favor when you need help. Not to mention your supervisors will notice and reward you for your hard work.
Connie: Someone who listens.
Caitlin: An effective leader is passionate about their work, receptive to constructive criticism from peers and employees, is a good listener and accepts different ideas and perspectives.