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MBA Student Organization Forms Strong Alliance of Female Professionals

---Featuring Raiya Al Salmi, Nelly Lopez and Stephanie Williams, 2014 Executive Board



        The women leading NAWMBA this year all have different stories, but what unites them is a shared goal in supporting each other and their classmates with a mantra that is likely familiar           to many others striving for success – “We Can Do it!” 

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MBA Ladies Recognized at the 2015 Bauer Graduate Dinner

---Featuring Stephanie Williams, Raiya Al Salmi and Nelly Lopez, 2014 Executive Board

Each year, one student is recognized for their contributions to the Houston community, high academic achievement and commitment to advancing the Bauer brand. Of the 5 nominees, three of our officers -- Jenny Childers (EVP of Mentorship), Nelly Lopez (Executive Vice President) and Stephanie Williams (President) -- took part. The award went to Nelly Lopez, who participated in Bauer’s nationally recognized Cougar Fund program and became the only UH graduate recruited by ExxonMobil, where she will continue her career as a Financial Analyst.

2015 Excellence in Community Service Award
---Featuring Stephanie Williams, Raiya Al Salmi and Nelly Lopez, 2014 Executive Board

Members of the executive board arrived at the 2015 Halliburton Leadership Luncheon to receive the 2015 Excellence in Community Service Award.  This award is given to a student organization that strives to make a significant impact within the community.  Within 2015, members of NAWMBA participated in events supporting the Star or Hope, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Sisters Network, along with organizing and executing a kickball charity event in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.   NAWMBA is the only graduate organization recognized at the 2015 Halliburton Leadership Luncheon.  From left, Stephanie Williams (President), Raiya Al Salmi (EVP of Finance), Renu Khator (UH Chancellor), and Nelly Lopez (Executive Vice President).

Kickin' It For Teague, A Make-A-Wish Initiative
---Featuring Raiya Al Salmi, 2014 EVP of Finance, and Lara Machemehl, Student Member

Lara Machemehl (left), Student Member, and Raiya Al Salmi (right), EVP of Finance, took on our Fall Semester’s greatest initiative. In partnership with Make-a-Wish Foundation, Lara and Raiya helped raise funds to send Teague, a nine year-old boy diagnosed with brain cancer, on a deep sea fishing trip with his family in Hawaii. 

Funds were raised through individual contributions, Chevron and Shell corporate matching, and a charity kick-ball event where MBA students competed against Bauer faculty. The project far surpassed the organization’s original $7,300 goal, raising above $10,000. Most importantly, Lara and Raiya’s efforts will continue to serve as an inspiration for current and future NAWMBA generations.

List Recognizes Bauer's Opportunities for Women
---Featuring Jenny Childers, 2014 EVP of Mentorship

The MBA program at the C. T. Bauer College of Business made The Princeton Review’s top 10 list “Greatest Opportunity for Women.”  The “Greatest Opportunity for Women” assessment is based on school data, including the percentage of female students and faculty, as well as student surveys. Surveys revealed the level of resources for female students, whether the school offers coursework for women entrepreneurs and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.

Bauer Cougar Fund hosts Jack and Jill of America Group
---Featuring Nelly Lopez, 2014 EVP

Houston-area youngsters learned about college, finances and business in October from five graduate students at the C. T. Bauer College of Business during a special event on campus for the Sugar Land chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

The Faces of Bauer - Members Share their Story
---Featuring Sarah Burge and Vira Pogribna, 2013 Executive Board

Bauer students seem to have one commonality—the passion and perseverance to succeed 
in spite of (and often times, because of) challenges they face. 

Take a look at “The Faces of Bauer” as they share their stories and tell us what makes Bauer so unique.

Pop Labs Signs Contract to Support UH NAWMBA, Donates $100,000 to C.T. Bauer School of Business
Continuing a tradition of support for the arts and education, Pop Labs has announced a $100,000 donation of cash and services to the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business. In addition to the recent announcement, Pop Labs agreed to become corporate sponsors of Bauer's National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women MBAs into leadership positions. 

Pop Labs executives Audra Jackson and Stephanie Elsy are mentors to NAWMBA members, and the company aggressively supports continued education and advancement for aspiring female executives.  "Bauer College could benefit greatly by access to Pop Labs' award-winning services and expertise, as we expand into web and Internet services benefitting the college, students, alumni and supporters. We are anxious to move forward with Pop Labs "1st in Class" services, focusing on Bauer's Decade of Giving, Bauer's Circle of Honor members, Bauer Society members and more," said Jessica Navarro, interim director of communication for UH Bauer.

MBA Women Emulate Successful Business Women in Houston
---Featuring Thu Ngyen, 2010 President

“We started out with just 10 members and now have 80 members,” said MBA candidate and NAWMBA president Thu Nguyen. “We’ve strived to become one of the leading organizations in the graduate program.”

During her time in NAWMBA, alumna Philana Kiely (’09) created the Shideezhi project, which aims to help Navajo girls realize a better future through higher education and mentoring. It is now a national project supported by NAWMBA Chapters across the nation. Gurwitch will fund a substantial portion of the expenses projected for a delegation of eight UH Bauer NAWMBA members to travel to New Mexico to the Navajo Indian Reservation in support of the project.

NAWMBA Takes Top Prize in a National Case Competition
---Featuring Aimee Langlinais, Kate Turner, Alina Tkachova and Stacey Brown, 2010 Executive Board

A four-member team of female MBA students from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business wowed judges at the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) National Conference in Louisville, Ky., taking home first place in a case competition.  
Teams were charged with developing a five-year strategic growth plan for the Shideezhi Project, a NAWMBA philanthropic initiative and mentoring program with a mission to inspire and motivate girls on the Navajo reservation to pursue higher education, ultimately supporting themselves and their families. The team won a $3,000 prize, sponsored by Home Depot.

Mentorship Program Proves Valuable for Women MBAs
---Featuring Aimee Langlinais, 2010 President

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) kicked off the second year of its Mentorship Program in October with a celebration of an initiative that has nearly tripled in the past year.  With 59 pairs of mentors and mentees, compared to 22 last year, the success of the NAWMBA Mentorship Program is exciting, said Aimee Langlinais, president of the chapter and a second-year MBA student at UH Bauer.

“There’s an energy in this room,” Langlinais said at an Oct. 15 luncheon held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the Galleria area to launch the program. “The mentor/mentee relationship is a beautiful thing. Every new person you meet can teach you something about yourself, and it puts the ball in your court to change, grow and show continuous personal improvement.”