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2019 Scholarship Breakfast
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
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The Westin Galleria
13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
2019 Scholarship Breakfast with former Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings
October 30, 2019
The Westin Galleria Hotel, Dallas

As the mayor of Dallas from June 2011 to June 2019, Mike Rawlings inspired the community with his tireless commitment to improving education and entrepreneurship in all parts of the city. At the Scholarship Breakfast this year, Rawlings will discuss his vision for the future of Dallas and North Texas, and how an educated workforce is essential to free enterprise, a thriving marketplace and a stronger community.

The intent of our scholarship breakfast is to support Jindal School students across all management degree programs and expand our engagement within the local business community.

Your philanthropic support can make a meaningful impact in the higher education journey of a deserving Jindal School student. Please join us October 30.

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 more than $750,000 and funded nearly 450 new scholarship awards for Jindal School students.

Michael S. Rawlings, 61st mayor of Dallas

Michael S. Rawlings

Mike Rawlings came to Dallas in 1976 with a couple hundred dollars in his pocket and plans to work as a radio reporter. He didn’t think he’d stay long. But over the next four decades, Rawlings proved that Dallas is truly a city of opportunity.

Mike Rawlings served as the 61st mayor of Dallas — the longest-serving mayor in more than 57 years. Over eight years in office, he focused on spurring economic development in the long-overlooked southern portion of Dallas through his GrowSouth initiative, improving public education, combating poverty and domestic violence, developing parks, elevating the city’s international profile and turning Dallas into a top destination for artists, young professionals, families and corporations.

A Borger, Texas, native and proud Boston College graduate, Rawlings worked his way up from an entry-level position at TracyLocke, then the largest advertising agency in the South, to become the CEO. Later, he took the helm of the world’s largest pizza company, Pizza Hut, and grew it to record sales. He previously served as chairman and managing partner of private equity firm CIC Partners, where he is currently the vice chairman.

During the time that Rawlings led the ninth-largest city in America, Dallas experienced tremendous economic growth. The year that he took office, the overall property value in the city was $83 billion. That value as of July 2018 was $130 billion, an increase of about 56 percent. The city’s labor force grew every year after Rawlings took office, and unemployment was reported to be 3.4 percent as of October 2018, the 44th consecutive month that Dallas equaled or outperformed the national and state unemployment rate.

The success is not confined to one area of the city, as the mayor’s GrowSouth initiative has led to major progress in southern Dallas. From fiscal 2011 to 2018, the southern Dallas tax base grew by 60 percent.

Thanks to the incredible work of the Dallas Police Department, the city is also the safest it has been in decades. Per capita crime is reported to be at levels not seen since the 1960s.

As mayor, Rawlings also kept Dallas in the national and international spotlight. In 2016, he was selected as a Vital Voices Global Partnership honoree for his work to eradicate domestic violence. He was the 2017 recipient of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design. And last year he received the National Award for Local Arts Leadership from Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He was an executive committee member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and traveled the globe as a member of the DFW International Airport Board of Directors.

Both DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field airport received major accolades during the mayor’s tenure. In 2019, DFW Airport was named the world’s top airport by Air Transport World, the leading media brand serving the global airline and commercial air transport industry for more than 50 years. Also this year, customer service at both DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field was recognized as among the best in North America by Airports Council International. Public service has long been important to Mike Rawlings. In the years before his 2011 election as mayor, he served as the chair of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau (VisitDallas), the city’s Homeless Czar and president of the Dallas Park Board. Voters re-elected Mayor Rawlings by a wide margin in 2015 to his second and final four-year term, which runs through June 2019.

Rawlings and his wife, Micki, live in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas. Their daughter, Michelle, an artist, and their son, Gunnar, and his wife, Gaby, also live in Dallas

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. 4 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

JSOM Scholarship Breakfast

(From left) Giovanny Martinez, UT Dallas Jindal School alumnus, and George DeCourcy, Jindal School associate director for real estate programs, look on as Herbert D. Weitzman, executive chairman of Weitzman, shakes the hand of a well-wisher; and Weitzman’s wife, Donna Arp Weitzman, author and former Colleyville mayor; Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, UT Dallas executive vice president; Dr. Hasan Pirkul, UT Dallas Jindal School dean; and Dr. Calvin Jamison, UT Dallas vice president for administration, depart the 2018 Scholarship Breakfast.

Platinum Level Sponsors

  • Merit Energy
  • Joel Robuck

Silver Level Sponsors

  • Austin Commercial
  • Janet and Jeffrey Beck
  • BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas
  • BOBALU (Bob Kaiser)
  • Capgemini
  • Carlisle Interests Inc.
  • Centennial
  • Lisa and Clay Cooley
  • Deloitte
  • The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas
  • EY
  • Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Gardner Wallace Financial Solutions
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth – Tom Cantrill
  • Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby, P.C.
  • Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas
  • Institute of Real Estate Management, Dallas Chapter
  • Intuit
  • Mary Kay
  • Naturally Slim
  • Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive Education
  • Palomino Capital LLC – Chuck Butler
  • Phoenix Capital Partners
  • Retail & Restaurant Growth Capital
  • REVTECH – Retail Technology Ventures
  • Riveron
  • SettlePou
  • Texas Instruments
  • US India Chamber of Commerce
  • UT Dallas Development and Alumni Relations
  • Velocis
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wright Connatser PLLC

Gold Level Sponsors

  • Beck Group
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Lennox International
  • Lincoln Property Company