Scholarship Breakfast

2021 Jindal School Scholarship Breakfast with Lori J. Ryerkerk, CEO, President and Chair, Celanese Corporation

November 17, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

The intent of our scholarship breakfast is to support Jindal School students across all degree programs and expand our engagement with the local business community. Your philanthropic support can have meaningful impact on the higher education journey of deserving Jindal School students.

We hope you will join us on November 17 as we host the breakfast for the first time on campus, at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. After the scheduled events, interested guests may take a walking tour of the UT Dallas campus, a campus golf cart tour or a walking tour through the Jindal School buildings, which are directly across the street from the alumni center. For complete information, including how to buy individual tickets, contact Melissa Bettis at (972) 883-5128 or

JSOM 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. The program has raised $935,000 and funded over 550 new scholarship awards for Jindal School students.

Lori J. Ryerkerk, Chair, Chief Executive Officer and President, Celanese Corporation

Lori J. Ryerkerk

Lori J. Ryerkerk is the chair, chief executive officer and president of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global chemical and specialty materials company based in Dallas. Celanese is a leader in the development and production of materials used in most major industrial and consumer applications. Ryerkerk was named as CEO, as well as a member of the board of directors, in May 2019. She was appointed chairman in April 2020.

Previously, Ryerkerk was the executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, the largest business in Shell Downstream Inc. She led a team of 30,000 employees and contractors at refineries and chemical sites worldwide.

Ryerkerk’s expertise in the energy industry spans three-plus decades. She combines deep technical and commercial skills with a passion for the manufacturing business. Her unwavering focus on safety, environmental and social performance is the foundation on which she has overseen some of the most technically complex operations in the industry.

Ryerkerk joined Shell in May 2010 as the regional vice president of manufacturing in Europe and Africa, and was responsible for the operation of five Shell Manufacturing facilities and five joint ventures. During that time, she improved operational performance of all assets in the region. In October 2013, she was named executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, Shell Downstream Inc.

Before joining Shell, she was senior vice president of Refining, Supply and Terminals at Hess Corporation, where she was responsible for two refineries, 21 terminals (and distribution network) and supply and trading.

Prior to that, Ryerkerk spent 24 years with ExxonMobil, where she started her career as a process technologist at a refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout her tenure at ExxonMobil, she took on a variety of operational and senior leadership roles in Refining and Chemicals Manufacturing, Power Generation, and various other groups, including Supply, Economics and Planning; Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE); and Public Affairs/Government Relations. Those assignments took her across the globe, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia.

Ryerkerk is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she completed her chemical engineering degree. She currently serves on the board of directors of Eaton Corporation, a leading provider of power management technologies and services; and previously she served on the board of Axalta Coating Systems, a leading provider of liquid and powder coatings. Additionally, she actively supports a variety of organizations in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Jindal School is the largest of the eight schools at UT Dallas. For more than 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 ranks No. 3 worldwide in terms of research contributions. 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, PhD

Associate Dean for External Affairs and Corporate Development
Naveen Jindal School of Management
The University of Texas at Dallas
(972) 883-4489

The 2020 event, featuring Fred Perpall, CEO of The Beck Group, was a record-setting fundraiser, with over $110,000 in donations from Jindal School friends, corporate partners and alumni. Thank you for all your support.

Watch Last Year’s Event Now!

Dr. Calvin Jamison, vice president for Facilities & Economic Development at UT Dallas, and Fred Perpall, CEO of The Beck Group, presenting sponsor of the 2020 Scholarship Breakfast.

Presenting Sponsor

  • The Beck Group

Champion Sponsors

  • Dallas Indian Lions Club
  • Maisie Heiken
  • Lennox International

Advocate Sponsors

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Fujitsu
  • Intuit
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Palomino Capital (Chuck and Stacey Butler)
  • Joel Robuck in honor of the Adolescent Reasoning Initiative
  • State Farm

Partner Sponsors

  • Austin Commercial
  • Capital One
  • CREW in the Community
  • Grant Thornton
  • HM&M
  • Dr. Ching-Chung Kuo Memorial Fund
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive Education
  • Newk’s Eatery
  • Lani Phillips, MBA’12
  • Retail & Restaurant Growth Capital
  • Riveron
  • Texas Instruments
  • US India Chamber of Commerce DFW
  • Wells Fargo