SMU Cox School of Business

The SMU Cox School of Business is changing the way the world does business, one student at a time. Creating such leaders is the business of SMU Cox.

No matter how much or how fast our world changes, one thing remains constant—the need for outstanding leaders: those who can take themselves and their companies to new levels of success. The Cox School was founded in 1920 as the Department of Commerce at SMU, at the request of the Dallas business community. Today, the school’s undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs are ranked nat

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Cox Marketing Department Chair Ed Fox and the Marketing faculty honored six outstanding undergraduate students at its annual spring awards ceremony. Awards were presented by the JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence. Guest speaker Olivia Matthews (BBA ’20), now a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, congratulated the honorees and shared insights she has gained from her own early-career experience.

for Holly Ekizian (BBA '24), JCPenney Outstanding Student Award winner, Mary Palmer Roberts (BBA '24), JCPenney Outstanding Retailing Student Award winner, and Haley E. Payne (BBA '24), Olivia Ann Potthoff (BBA '24), Kaitlyn Avery Ruiz (BBA '24) and Saifiyah Ali Zaki (BBA '24), JCPenney Distinguished Marketing Majors.

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for Arun Kumar Singh (MBA '24), who was among five students selected to receive the 2024 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals DFW Roundtable Scholarship. The award honors students with high academic achievement, relevant work experience and potential to make a difference in the field of supply chain management.

Learn how you can make a difference in your career with Cox MBA programs.


MBA students from SMU Cox and IPADE Business School battled for control of e-Commerce in LATAM during a War Games exercise at IPADE’s campus in Monterrey, Mexico. Working in six teams comprised of students from both schools, participants were challenged to develop competitive intelligence on the industry to formulate business strategies that anticipate likely competitive market reactions. The teams and their strategies are then put to the test in dynamic change scenarios that ultimately determine who prevails.

Congratulations to this year’s winning team: José Antonio de la O Dávalos, Paulina Avalos Perez. Anthony Daniel (PMBA '24), Carolina de la Parra Benitez, Bate Ilondior (MBA '24) and Linda VanTran Gebbia (MBA '24)!

Learn more about how War Games prepare business students to manage through uncertainty.


The inaugural SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative’s Women of Color Symposium brought over 125 women and their allies to the Collins Center for a day of empowerment, representation and community building.

Ashlee Davidson, vice president of communications at Lockheed Martin Missiles, Fire and Control, delivered the event’s keynote, encouraging attendees to “take up space” in any room and be prepared to take on challenges. The day also featured panels on Breaking Barriers in Corporate Leadership, Building Inclusive Communities and Empowering Future Generations.

A huge thank you to Ashlee, Kymberlaine Banks, Valecia Harris, Cindy Hua, Jin-Ya Huang, Dr. Candice Lucas Bledsoe, Staphany Lopez-Coronado and Ana Rodriguez for creating such an inspiring day!

Learn more about the Latino Leadership Initiative.


A crowd of about 700 people—donors, alumni, students, faculty and staff—gathered in the Armstrong Field House this morning to celebrate the dedication of the David B. Miller Business Quadrangle.

Dean Myers said the new Miller Business Quadrangle is part of an upward trajectory for the Cox School and the University. “SMU and Cox play a big part in the North Texas economy, and we’re proud of that,” he said. “From this moment forward, though, we are a global player. You’ve heard me say it before because it's true: you can’t have a world-class city without a world-class business school and you can’t have a world-class business school without investment in world-class faculty, world-class students, and world-class facilities. The future of Dallas, SMU, and the Cox School are inextricably linked and let there be no doubt that together, there are no boundaries to our future.”

President Turner and Dean Myers thanked the more than 300 donors who have contributed to the Cox renovation and project. Both noted that Carolyn Miller and SMU Board of Trustees Chair David B. Miller, ‘BBA ‘72, MBA ’73, built momentum for the project and the campaign with a $50 million gift in 2019 that made them the lead donors. Miller said he’s asked frequently what motivated him: “My answer, very simply, is that it felt like the right and good thing to do.”

Final touches are continuing on the interior of the new facilities. Faculty and staff will begin moving in mid-summer, with everything ready for the start of classes in August.

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The Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) department recently hosted their annual awards luncheon honoring 42 Cox School undergraduate and graduate students and two faculty members who earned entry into Alpha Iota Delta, an international scholastic honor society recognizing academic achievement in the fields of decision sciences and Information Systems.

The luncheon also recognized five undergraduate students and five graduate students who achieved academic distinction in their ITOM courses this year. for Matthew Burchard (MSBA '24), Evan Cagle (BBA '23), Wenjing Cai (MSBA '24), Ritika Chaudhury (MSBA '24), Vinita Dixit (BBA '24), Samridhi Jain (MSBA '24), Dean Winslow Latham (BBA '24), Cedrik Lendal (MBA '24), Dylan Ott (BBA '24) and Jaclyn Kate Ruddock (BBA '24).

Learn more about ITOM at SMU Cox.


The Cox Business Leadership Center (BLC) held its annual Dean’s Circle Luncheon earlier this month, celebrating the achievements of students and instructors. The BLC enhances classroom experiences by developing students’ leadership skills through seminars, executive speaker series, experiential learning programs.

This year, over 400 Cox graduate students attended a BLC event, 64 students earned entry into the BLC Forum, and 14 students achieved the Center’s highest honor, the Cox Legacy Award, which is achieved by completing a leadership role at the Cox school or within their community, accumulating volunteer hours, and attending at least 40 BLC seminars.

Congratulations to Cox Legacy Award honorees: Sam Bartell, Bindu Challapalli, Sharon Davallu, Sabine Estes, Baltazar Garcia, Brandon Jones, Harleen Kuar, Kathy Nelson, Binoj (Jay) Philip, Hayley Ray, Manny Veyna, Ted Wells, Ryan Wildberger and Erica Yurvati.

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Not long ago, Nick Ludwig (BBA ‘24) proposed to bring SMU alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd (’11), founder and executive chair of Bumble, to campus for the Leaders on Leadership speaker series. Last night, Nick’s idea became reality, when Herd appeared to a packed house of students, alumni and community members to share her story of entrepreneurial success and pass along lessons learned along the way. There was even a special connection to the series' moderator, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions Shane Goodwin, who revealed his own story about meeting his wife on the platform. ❤


Sharpen your business analytics skills with ITOM’s Data-Driven Decision-Making Certificate program. Learn to use analytical models and tools, like Python, Structured Query Language (SQL) and Tableau, to drive organizational efficiency, maximize technology investments and strengthen customer relationships.

Classes begin August 24. Register by June 30 for a $300 course discount.

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The Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship Club’s Business Accelerator Program (BAP) recently hosted the 2024 Start Up Launch Competition, where ten finalists vied for $100,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes and in-kind donations.

Congratulations to the winners:

- 1st place: Jude Lugo, Lecture Logger
- 2nd place: Adrienne Aaron, Glazed & Glossed
- 3rd place: Jonathan Fyne, Christian Learning
- Lyda Hill Award for Best Female-Led Team: Martha Karmali, Edu Match Solutions
- Mendoza Award for Best Tech: Kiswood Diogene, Keya

This year’s competition was judged by Matthew Domo, CEO of FifthVantage , Drew Donahoe (MSM '21), CDO at Sirge, Valecia Harris (OMBA '23), CEO of Black Book Agency, Tessa Hoskin (EMBA '09), business & technology senior executive, George Peinado, president of GAP Investments, Tanya Ragan, president of Wildcat Management and Megha Tolia, president and COO of Shondaland and co-founding director of the SMU Cox Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The awards gala featured a panel discussion led by Rogers Healy, featuring Cam Leggett, Patrick Lynn and Kyle Stein.

BAP students participate in a six-month entrepreneurship intensive that includes workshops, mentorship and two competitions - an Elevator Pitch competition in the Fall and the Start Up Launch competition in the Spring.

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Tune in to the latest PODWalk from Professor of Practice Radhika Zaveri. This month, Zaveri interviews Calvert Collins-Bratton, chief relationship officer at Communities Foundation of Texas and board member at SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Collins-Bratton talks about how communication and energy go hand in hand to help build relationships to activate your purpose.

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Healthcare leaders from across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex were on campus last week to gain a better understanding of AI implementation strategies to improve business and patient outcomes. The two-day program, developed with learning partners McKinsey & Company and Perkins Coie LLP, began with a fireside chat with Brian Tyler and Francisco Fraga of McKesson Corporation, and featured interactive learning sessions with Vishal Ahuja, John Carew, Steph Carlton, Vikas Chowdhury, Shane Goodwin, Jill Louis, Michael Parris and Jeff Strese.

Save the date for our next healthcare event!

2nd Annual SMU Cox School of Business Healthcare Conference.

October 10 & 11, 2024

Registration opens in June.


for the newest members of the SMU Cox community!

Incoming Full-Time MBA and MS students were on campus to explore SMU, including trips to Gerald Ford Stadium and the George W. Bush Presidential Library, and get to know their future fellow Mustangs.

If you’re considering a MBA or MS it’s not too late to the take the first step. Applications are still open for Fall 2024.


The SMU Cox Beta Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi welcomed Dallas businessman Mark Cuban to campus on Monday. Cuban spoke to the BBA students about his career and experiences as a successful entrepreneur and took questions from the audience.

Special thanks to Victoria Hart and Tori Mawn for their hard work on this special event.


Accelerate your career with an MBA from SMU Cox School of Business.

The Round 2 deadline is this Friday for our part-time Professional and Executive MBA Fall 2024 cohorts, and for the Priority Submit II deadline for our Fall 2024 part-time online MBA Direct cohort, an MBA designed for early career professionals.

Take the first step. Apply today!


The Executive Insights Forum wrapped up last week with a visit from Tracey Doi, former CFO of Toyota Motor North America. Doi currently serves as a member of the board of directors for S&P 500 companies Quest Diagnostics and Pentair, and as an independent trustee for SunAmerica Series Trust.

Doi spoke to Executive MBA students and Cox alumni about her career and transition to corporate board service. She outlined the different types of boards and board roles, what to consider when selecting a board and gave advice on how to get a board position.

Learn more about the Cox Executive MBA:


Join us in April for the final two guests in our Spring 2024 Leaders on Leadership series - SMU alumni Whitney Wolfe Herd ('11), founder and executive chair of Bumble and Kelvin Beachum Jr. ('10, '12), offensive tackle for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

SMU Cox Leaders on Leadership events are free and open to all, but registration is required. All events are followed by a networking hour.

Register for Wolfe Herd:

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Congratulations to SMU Board of Trustees member, Cox Executive Board Chair and benefactor of the Cox School’s Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom Tucker Bridwell (BBA ’73, MBA ’74) on receiving one of the highest honors presented by the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE), the Herman W. Lay Memorial Award.

The award, named after entrepreneur turned snack food magnate Herman Lay, honors businesspeople who emulate Lay’s entrepreneurial success and philanthropy. APEE is an association of educators and scholars with a common interest in studying and better understanding the system of private enterprise.

Learn more about the Bridwell Institute:


Join us for the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative’s inaugural Women of Color Symposium on April 26. The event will focus on topics that encourage diverse leaders to Emerge, Illuminate and Thrive.

Hear from esteemed speakers and panelists, including Ashlee Davidson, Vice President of Communications at Lockheed Martin Missiles Fire and Control, Kymberlaine Banks, Valecia Harris, Cindy Hua, Jin-Ya Huang,Candice Lucas-Bledsoe, Staphany Lopez-Coronado, and Ana Rodriguez.

Learn more about the event and register today:


Congratulations to Pete Lodwick (BBA ‘77) and Connie O’Neill (BBA '77) the latest recipients of the Cox Distinguished Alumni Award, and Brittany Dewan Frazier (BBA '08, BA '08, MSA '09) and Chip Hiemenz (BBA '06), who were honored with Cox Outstanding Young Alumni Awards.

Lodwick, a Cox Executive Board Member, was a partner at the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP for 29 years. He later served as vice president and general counsel at The Container Store. In 2016, he became managing director and general counsel for RGT Wealth Advisors - later Corient Private Wealth, from which he retired last year.

O’Neill began her career with Ernst & Young, where she was a CPA and became a senior manager of the Audit and Tax Department. She has served as president of the SMU Young Alumni and president of the SMU Alumni Association. She joined the Cox School’s and the Simmons School’s Executive Boards in 2010, and remains active with both. O’Neill has been or is currently active with a number of non-profit organizations serving the Texas community.

Frazier began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is now a CPA and investment advisor representative at Cain Watters & Associates. Frazier is involved with the 3-to-1 Foundation, which is dedicated to teaching financial literacy to DISD students, and she founded the Women in Financial Planning Group at Cain Watters & Associates to develop and support women to advance their leadership careers. She serves on the SMU Cox Alumni Board.

Hiemenz worked for Southern Methodist University in Development and External Affairs and was instrumental in establishing the Class Giving program. During his tenure, Young Alumni giving increased by 98%. Hiemenz earned his MBA at Washington University’s Olin Business School and currently serves as a Vice President at Hunter Engineering Company. Hiemenz is involved with many nonprofit organizations and remains active with the Cox Alumni Board.

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Mohan Desai ('24) and Lydia Garrett ('24) have been named among Poets&Quants Best & Brightest Undergraduate Business Majors of 2024.

Desai was recognized not only as a student who excels academically, but one “who strives to make the school better.” He served as the finance committee chair on the Southern Methodist University Student Senate and “was selected to represent the student body on SMU’s Board of Trustees' standing finance and audit committees.”

Garrett was recognized for her impact as President of The Boulevard Investment Group and as a Don Jackson Fellow, where she serves as an ambassador to the Alternative Assets Program. Garrett will join William Blair as an Investment Banking Analyst in their Technology group after graduation.

Read more about Desai and Garrett:


Congratulations to the newest members of Beta Gamma Sigma! SMU Cox welcomed 30 BBA students and 64 graduate students into the international business society this year. The inducted students, honored at a reception on Tuesday, represent the top 10% of their respective classes. Induction is the highest national honor a business student can achieve.

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Sharing a few highlights from the great Q&A with Jean Savage, CEO and president of Trinity Industries, Inc. at our recent Leaders on Leadership event. Savage shared stories from her uncommon path to the C-suite that began with service in the National Guard and leadership roles with Parker Hannifin and Caterpillar, which led to a board membership that culminated in her current role as one of the few female CEOs running a Fortune 1000 company.

The Leaders on Leadership speaker series continues in April with visits from Southern Methodist University alums Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and executive chair of Bumble on April 24 and Kelvin Beachum Jr., offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals on April 25.

These events are free and open to all, but registration is required. Reserve your spot today!

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Kelvin Beachum


We enjoyed hosting a recent meeting of the Dallas Regional Chamber Executive Women’s Roundtable. Members mingled with Dean Matthew B. Myers and Managing Director of Corporate Engagement Lisa Tran at a reception in the Collins Center and were treated to a special hard hat tour of the new David B. Miller Business Quadrangle.

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Rosemarie Fike, economist at TCU – Texas Christian University, Heather Gilker, founder and principal of Tokalon Advisors and Managing Director of Pickwick Capital Partners, and Anne Rathbone Bradley, the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and vice president of Academic Affairs at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), discussed how differences in economic freedom influence women’s lives during an SMU Cox Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom event. The Institute, in partnership with The Policy Circle, hosted a panel discussion highlighting findings from a project that explored previously unasked questions on gender mandates, women’s progress and how economic freedom affects families. The event, organized and moderated by the Institute’s Managing Director and Research Assistant Professor Meg Tuszynski, was timed to coincide with Women’s History Month.

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SMU Cox BBA, MS and MBA students filled the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at the Cox Career Management Center’s Private Equity / Venture Capital Mix and Mingle. Representatives from over 20 firms, including CH Investments, Junonia Partners, Patriot Capital and The Promise Venture gave short introductions and connected with students in speed networking sessions.

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The SMU Cox BBA Women in Business organization recently paid a visit to the Verizon Headquarters. The group of Cox BBA and MS students were treated to a networking lunch where students were met with "V Teamers" and a panel discussion featuring diverse female leadership including Verizon's Chief of Staff, Director of Strategy, Associate Director of Operational Support, and a Level Three Engineer. The panel touched upon Verizon's DEI initiatives, career opportunities, technological advancements, wellness programs, and ERGs in the hopes of attracting more Mustangs to join the Verizon team in the near future.

A big thank you to the Cox Career Management Center and Verizon's campus recruitment team for planning such an inspiring visit.

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SMU Cox graduate students traveled the globe earlier this month, exploring international business opportunities in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, and completing consulting projects for global business partners in Portugal and Brazil.

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