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Community Partners


Jindal OutREACH

Brooke Lopez

Brooke Lopez, BS ‘17

Co-Founder, Lone Star Parity Project

“Community service has led me into a career dedicated to amplifying the voices of others, especially for those in marginalized communities. I have gained a strong set of not only people, but also personal management skills, gaining intrinsic motivation from my work to prevent burnout. As a co-founder and the executive director of the Lone Star Parity Project, I have been able to grow a strong network of women who are commonly marginalized in the political process. We now grow and support one another in our own endeavors, making every ounce of effort put into this entity worth it.”

Adrianna Maberry

Adrianna Maberry, MS ‘18

Co-Founder and Research Director, Lone Star Parity Project

“Community service is a great way to explore a field you’re curious about, but unsure how to start down that path. It can lead to expanded networks, gained skillsets, and expose more opportunities from the experiences you have, all while working for a cause you believe in and giving back to a community you’re passionate about. At the foundation of Lone Star Parity Project is the idea of service to our community, whether it’s Texas, politics or women. Our organization is not possible without the awesome Texans we have working with us to make our mission come to fruition.”

Lexie Williams

Lexie Williams

Campus Recruiter, Gartner

“Often, if a student can talk to a community service experience that they helped to organize, raise money, etc., I really enjoy that. And it proves their organization skills and provides them some experience in the art of selling and persuasion.”

John Gamino

John Gamino

Director, BS in Accounting program
Naveen Jindal School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas

“Not only do accounting firms actively and regularly engage with their communities, but they look for a record of social commitment in the candidates they interview. Outreach and participation are important now, important later, important always.”

Julie Haworth

Julie Haworth

Director, BS in Marketing program
Naveen Jindal School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas

”I interviewed for a prestigious blue-chip company after completing a MBA. It wasn’t my undergrad or grad classes — or even the work experience I had acquired between the two degrees — that clinched the job offer. It was actually an extensive analysis project I had done while volunteering for a student organization as an undergrad that made an impression on the division president and got me the job.”

“From my perspective, service learning is important because it allows students to get involved with new things and develop new insights, including technical, social and academic skills that the student wouldn’t otherwise learn in the classroom. At the college student level, doing volunteer work is part of the self-discovery process. It unleashes skills and interests within us. … Exposure to new and different environments stretches thinking and knowledge [and]… helps build character.”

Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Naveen Jindal School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas

“It helps you build relationships with people, which is crucial. These aren’t professional relationships that may break once you leave a firm, but relationships that serve more as a bond between like-minded people who share a cause. Relationship building and networking also enable students to access a breadth of knowledge and experience from their co-volunteers.”

Ellen Magnis

Ellen Magnis, BA ’96, MBA ’98

Chief Executive Officer, Family Gateway

“Nonprofits are corporations like any other, except that value returns to society instead of to shareholders. I decided long ago that if I were going to give a significant number of my waking hours over to work, it would be in service to others. We have much need in our community that offers so much to so many; however, we are truly a tale of two cities. Until I worked in the nonprofit sector, I never imagined how much I took for granted, how fortunate I was, and how weaving compassion and service to others into a career could be so fulfilling. I would encourage more students in business school to gain experience in giving back as part of their personal and professional development.”

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