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Episode 7: Cindy Lo

Cindy Lo is the founder, CEO and chief event strategist of Red Velvet, a renowned full-service and independent event planning agency. She’s also a 1998 McCombs graduate. In this conversation, hear about her unexpected path to a career in event...

Episode 6: Billy Freed

Billy Freed has invested in entrepreneurship and in its innovation in all his communities. In 2023, Mr. Freed generously donated $1 million dollars to the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center at McCombs. As a result, the pitch competition was...

Episode 5: Phil Canfield

In 2018, Phil Canfield generously donated $20 million to the Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business. The program was renamed after him. In this episode, hear about his career as an investor, his time as a student at McCombs and...

Episode 4: Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott founded her namesake jewelry company in Austin, Texas, in 2002. In the more than two decades since, the jewelry brand has grown into a household name. In 2019, Scott created a $13.25 million endowment to start the Kendra Scott...

Episode 3: Swapnil Agarwal

Since Swapnil Agarwal graduated from McCombs in 2003, he’s grown a real estate investment empire. In this episode, hear how Agarwal’s upbringing as an Indian immigrant influenced his personal and professional life, the role intention plays in all of...

Episode 2: Tiffany and Leon Chen

Tiffany and Leon Chen started their groundbreaking cookie business, Tiff’s Treats, when they were just 19-year-old sophomores at the University of Texas at Austin. In this episode, Tiffany and Leon speak about the drive they’ve carried throughout...

Episode 1: Gary Kelly

In the first episode of “McCombs Made,” host Firdous Khezrian sits down with Gary Kelly, former CEO and current executive chairman of Southwest Airlines to get a glimpse into his indelible 35-year tenure at the company. Gary and his wife, Carol...

Introducing ‘McCombs Made’

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin isn’t just one of the top business schools in the country. It’s a place where chances are taken, dreams are born, and boldness is celebrated. Perseverance, drive, and a welcoming...