Essays on Leadership


Essays on Leadership



Breaking Records (& Barriers)

Bauer MBA Student Sets
Sales Records

Darlene Eddy

For some reason, Darlene Eddy knew life would lead her to skyscrapers. With Video.

Creative Cougar

Marketing Senior Helps Launch & Lead Student-Run Firm

Camille Corales

Camille Corales believes that if you want something to happen, you don’t just talk about it — you create it. With Video.

Facing Fear

Fashion Company is Personal for Entrepreneurship Senior

Preston Boyer

If you ask Preston Boyer about fashion, don’t expect a conversation about clothes. With Video.

Leading With Pride

Bauer Undergraduate Values Leadership in All Areas of Life

Porfirio Barcenas is what some would call a natural born leader. With Video.

Keeping Score

Bauer Alumnus Doubles as Private Wealth Manager & Baseball Official

Trey Wilkinson

Trey Wilkinson spends his days managing money for wealthy clients. After hours, he switches caps to work as an official scorer for Major League Baseball. With Video.

Second Nature

Bauer MBA Alumnus Leads as Wells Fargo VP & Wealth Advisor

David Suttles

There may be no more clear-cut example of the importance of leadership than when military operations are involved.


Featured Video: Meet Preston Boyer

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Competence & Character

Management Professor Researches Positive Attributes of Leaders

Prof. Dusya Vera

Dusya Vera has explored many facets of leadership, from the development of character strengths to how companies balance the need to plan with improvisation.

Deep Industry Ties

Bauer's Business Connections Bolster Research

David Peng

To easily gain accessibility to industry professionals who serve as a conduit between academic theory and boots on the ground experiences bolsters research and understanding about what does and doesn’t matter when it comes to the impact of supply chain in the real world.

Carpe Diem

Accounting Professor Encourages Students to Seize the Day

Professor Michael Newman

“It’s another day in Paradise!” Michael Newman’s ebullient greeting, delivered with his usual enthusiasm, might strike some as dubious, especially if delivered on one of Houston’s hotter than hot days..

Academic Leaders

Bauer Department Chairs Focus on Research, Curricular Relevance

Bauer College Department Chairs

Similar to the way certain fundamentals of good business lend support to the tiniest startup or the biggest corporate operation, Bauer College relies on its five academic departments — Accountancy & Taxation, Decision & Information Sciences, Finance, Marketing & Entrepreneurship and Management. Meet Bauer’s department heads as they share insights into each of their departments and the directions those departments are headed.


Leadership Without Limits

Marketing Senior Overcomes Obstacles to Pursue Passions

Aishah Ansari

Aishah Ansari’s life had a rocky start. Born two months early, the odds were stacked against her. With Video.

Finding the Spark

Entrepreneurship Seniors Launch Nanotechnology Startup

WCE Students

A team of students from Bauer's Wolff Center are leading a startup that could revolutionize the solar industry.

Leading Change

Management Professor Inspires Fraternity Student Leader

Jaxon Johnston

Bauer College senior Jaxon Johnston remembers what he once thought leadership was, and it didn’t much appeal to him.

On The Brink

Management Senior
Poised for Success

Keiry Hernandez

Keiry Hernandez celebrates being the first in her family to earn a college degree when she graduates this fall. With Video.

VIDEO: Meet Keiry Hernandez


Entrepreneurship Abroad

Bauer Students Travel to Japan to Learn About International Business and Japan’s Economy

Bauer Students Travel to Japan to Learn About International Business and Japan’s Economy

Reading about international business practices in the traditional classroom has its benefits, but what if you had the chance to see it in action?

VIDEO: Meet Darlene Eddy

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Waste Not, Want Not

Entrepreneurship Mentor
Believes in Giving Back

Maria Rios

When Maria Rios was 13, her parents told her to pack her bags — they were going on vacation. They didn’t tell her they were leaving home for good.

Breaking the Mold

Work-Life Balance Critical for Bauer Alumna as Healthcare Administrator

Peggy Pierce

Even as a child, Peggy Pierce knew her life would be anything but predictable.

Leadership Guru

Bauer Alumna's Leadership-Development Initiative Wins Praise

Laura Dannels

Laura Dannels (MBA ’12) seems to have trouble slowing down. “I was ready for my career by the time I could walk,” the California native jokes.

Excellent Expectations

Bauer Executive MBA Alumnus Leads by Example

Mireo Latham

For Mireo Latham (EMBA ’14), leadership didn’t come naturally — or so he thought.

Community Connections

Bauer Alumni Bond
at Ernst & Young

Talib Dhanji and Abdullah Khan

All across Houston’s business sector and beyond, the Bauer College alumni network connects colleagues and clients, forging relationships that withstand the ups and downs of business cycles, political shifts and changing personal fortunes.

Change of Heart

Bauer MBA Alumna Transitions From Fine Art to Digital Marketing

Penny Davis

Penny Davis (MBA ’11) graduated from Duke University with a double major in art history and visual art in 2008, which wasn’t exactly a boom year for the economy or liberal arts majors entering the job market.

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First Class

Inaugural Cohort Graduates from Ted Bauer Undergraduate Business Scholars Program

Ted Bauer Undergraduate Business Scholars

Any college graduate will tell you — the path from application and admission to graduation isn’t an easy one, and for a special group of students within the Bauer College of Business, it’s not a walk you take alone. With Video.




Latha Ramchand

Dean Latha Ramchand

I believe that being dean of Bauer College, is about working alongside others, not ahead of others. It is about listening, learning and doing what results from the collective service, innovation and passion that our students, faculty, staff and alumni bring to the conversation.


Jessica Navarro

Executive Director of Communications: Jessica Navarro

I hope that you find the stories in this issue of Inside Bauer inspiring and motivating. No matter your concept of leadership, I think the students, alumni, faculty and staff featured here illustrate that leaders have a responsibility greater than themselves.


Thought Leadership Highlights

Faculty Research

In this issue, we highlight recent research from Professor Saleha Khumawala, along with Professor Chet Miller, Professor Praveen Kumar and Associate Professor Nisan Langberg, Assistant Professor Nickolas Freeman and doctoral candidate Raghuram Bommaraju.


Getting Involved

Student Event

See a collection of curated photos of the Bauer community participating in some of the Spring 2017 semester's biggest events.


Meet Our Leadership

Bauer College Advisory Boards

Full lists of Bauer College's advisory board members.


Thank You for Your Support

Dean's Leadership Founders, Patrons and Associates.

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Jessica Navarro


Kaelyn Williams


Brandon Moeller
Marla Molony


Nicki Evans
Priscilla Aceves (BBA ’15)
Josh Edelson
Charlie Propst (BA ’10)


Priscilla Aceves (BBA ’15)
Leanne Atwater, Ph.D.
Jamie Belinne, SPHR
Julie Bonnin
Wendell Brock
Britney Hudson (BA ’09)
Saleha Khumawala, Ph.D.
Ta-Lung Lin (BBA ’04)
Jessica Navarro (BA ’07, MA ’12)
Noha Sahnoune (BBA ’15, MSACCY ’16)
Alejandro Sanoja (MBA ’17)
Amanda Sebesta
Hilario “Eli” Yanez


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