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Toyota, Google, PwC, USAA, and Chevron Honored at 2016 Corporate Recognition Event

At the Corporate Recognition Event on April 29, the McCombs School of Business honored Toyota, Google, Niloufar Molavi of PwC, USAA, and Chevron for their extraordinary partnerships with the school.

The event was held to pay tribute to the five honorees and also to recognize the more than 300 companies and foundations that support the school. These partnerships help to advance key strategic priorities for the school, further the core purpose of developing business leaders that create value for society, enable opportunities for experiential learning and real world experience, and ensure the McCombs School is one of the most prominent business schools in the world.

View photos from the lunch.

Newcomer: Toyota

This award honors a company that has recently developed a meaningful relationship with the McCombs School of Business, laying the foundation for a future significant partnership. 

Toyota, one of the world’s largest automakers, recently relocated to Plano, Texas, identifying The University of Texas at Austin as a primary target for talent and collaboration. In 2015, Toyota established a formal partnership with McCombs by supporting the inaugural Female Case Competition, Gone to Business undergraduate orientation, and student organizations. Additionally, Toyota Financial Services hosted a lunch for current MBA students in Dallas in the fall.

Toyota’s first strategic engagement with McCombs in the 2014-2015 academic year highlights the company’s commitment to the school and our students. As the McCombs School of Business looks forward to future significant partnerships with the company, we are pleased to recognize Toyota with the Newcomer Award.

Outstanding Corporate Partner: Chevron

This award honors a company whose engagement reaches broadly across the McCombs School of Business' key areas for partnerships: priority initiatives, students, research and research centers, faculty, and executive education.










For more than 40 years, Chevron, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, has partnered with the McCombs School of Business to support numerous programs and initiatives at the school.

“Through our University Partnership Program, Chevron has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with The University of Texas. We are particularly proud of our partnership with McCombs and are honored to be recognized as an Outstanding Corporate Partner. We find that students graduating from McCombs are extremely well prepared to enter the workforce and we have alums from McCombs working in leadership positions for Chevron all around the world.” said Bill Hunter, Chevron manager of university affairs.

Chevron has been Lead Sponsor of the National Energy Finance Challenge business case competition for 11 years and Founding Executive Sponsor of the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence (SCMC) for ten years.  They were recently honored as 2014 SCMC Sponsor of the Year for their partnership with the center.

Chevron’s support of Information Management provides resources for the MIS Connectivity Lab, scholarships, and unique projects, such as application development for MIS technical elective courses. The company also partners on McCombs diversity initiatives, including the McCombs Diversity Council, Target Your Future, BBA Women’s Council, and Graduate Women in Business.

In addition to an annual UT-Chevron Day in Houston for alumni to celebrate their overall partnership with the school, many Chevron employees serve in advisory role capacities, giving valuable time and guidance back to the school. Bill Braun, chief information officer, recently joined the McCombs Advisory Council as Chevron’s corporate representative, replacing Paul Seigele, president of Chevron’s Energy Technology Company, who previously served in the role. Wade Wallinger, general manager value chain optimization center of excellence, serves on the SCMC Advisory Council. Minh Pham, IT manager, Ojeena Lee, common solutions support, and Jesus Lopez, project manager, serve on the Information Management Advisory Council. Ali Moshiri, president, Chevron African and Latin America exploration & production, served as a key panelist at the 2015 UT Energy Conference.

Chevron has continually supported academic excellence and shown commitment to the professional and scholastic careers of our students. The company’s ongoing dedication to and investment in McCombs, as well as their employees’ robust engagement with the School make Chevron an influential and steadfast partner, and we were pleased to present them with the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award.

Kyle Gabb, a current MS/MBA dual degree graduate student at McCombs, spoke about the direct effects of Chevron's impact at the McCombs School. He will be joining the Chevron team after graduation.


Trailblazer Award: Google

This award honors a company that has the most unique and innovative involvement with the McCombs School of Business over the past year.









Google Inc. is a multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. With over 60,000 employees across the globe, Google attracts top talent and is recognized as one of the best companies to work for in the country.

In 2015, Google committed to spearhead a new collaboration with the McCombs School of Business’ Subiendo: The Academy of Rising Leaders program. The Subiendo Academy is a five-day intensive summer leadership camp for underserved Texas high school students and is designed to give participants the skills to address the needs of the next generation. With Google’s support, Subiendo will develop and implement an entrepreneurship enrichment program while mentoring students at the UT Elementary School, with the goal of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our youngest Longhorns.

We are grateful to Google for advocating and securing this support, which was the first of its kind for the company and the McCombs School and will help maintain McCombs’ prominence and reputation as a top business school. We are pleased to honor Google with the Trailblazer Award.



Outstanding Corporate Champion: Niloufar Molavi, PwC

This award honors an individual within a company who has made significant, ongoing contributions to the relationship between the school and their company.

PwC, a professional services firm focusing on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services, is a longtime supporter of the McCombs School of Business. Through the leadership and advocacy of Niloufar Molavi, BBA Accounting ’91, MPA Taxation ’91, US vice chair, U.S. energy leader and Houston managing partner, PwC maintains an annual engagement strategy and extensive corporate matching campaign that has supported numerous programs across the school in Accounting, BHP, Information Management, diversity initiatives, student organizations, and Master of Science in Business Analytics.

Ms. Molavi served as the keynote speaker and panel moderator in 2014 for the STEM Women’s Summit, an MSBA initiative sponsored by PwC and dedicated to helping women majoring in STEM fields to connect with professional women at varying levels in their careers. She also has served as a guest speaker in Accounting and BHP classes over the years.  In addition, Ms. Molavi serves on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, McCombs Accounting Advisory Council, and BBA Parent’s Council.

Her dedication and service to the school is a prime example of an outstanding corporate champion, advocating for PwC’s annual partnership with McCombs year after year, which ensures ongoing support for many of the school’s initiatives. For her significant, ongoing contributions to the relationship between McCombs and PwC, we were honored to present Niloufar Molavi with the Outstanding Corporate Champion Award.


Outstanding Executive Education Partner: USAA

This award honors a company who has had a significant, impactful engagement with Texas Executive Education in the preceding year.

USAA provides a full range of highly competitive financial products and services to the military community and their families. The company’s world-class employees are personally committed to delivering excellent service and great guidance.

Since 2010, USAA has partnered with Texas Executive Education to engage its team members in open enrollment and custom on-site courses and provide leading-edge professional development. USAA team members participating in open enrollment programs have completed certificates in General Management and the Institute of Managerial Leadership by completing courses in strategy, leadership, marketing, management, finance, and accounting. Custom programs, taught on-site at USAA have included the Advanced Financials program, for top tier executives, Building High Performing Teams, Influence & Advocacy, Leading Dispersed Teams, and most recently Workplace Flexibility as part of a special initiative that USAA began last year. As such, USAA has been ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since 2010, among many other outstanding awards.

Texas Executive Education has developed many valuable relationships over the years both with USAA’s outstanding Learning and Development team and the company’s team members who have attended our classes. We were honored to present USAA with the Outstanding Executive Education Partner Award, and we look forward to continuing this relationship.


If your company is interested in exploring opportunities with the McCombs School of Business, please contact the Corporate and Foundation Relations team.


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