Bauer Students, Staff Celebrated at NAWMBA National Conference

Published on October 21, 2015

National Association of Women MBAs Honors Bauer Recipients with Major Awards


Representatives of the Bauer College student chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs pose for a photo after being recognized as the Student Chapter of the Year by the national organization during its conference in Houston in October. See more photos on

The C. T. Bauer College of Business celebrated women in business alongside hundreds of female MBA students and business professionals in October at the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) 2015 Conference and Career Fair.

Held this year in Houston, the three-day event included networking and personal development through keynotes, speaker presentations, panel discussions and an on-site career fair.

Bauer College served as a co-lead academic sponsor for the event. The college’s Rockwell Career Center Assistant Dean Jamie Belinne emceed the opening ceremony of the conference, and Executive Professor Amy Vandaveer led a session on “Build Your Brand – Utilizing Strategies to Create Personal Success.”

During the event, the organization recognized Bauer’s NAWMBA student chapter as Student Chapter of the Year, based on membership increase, community service, and dedication and excellence in bringing value to the organization.

“Our student chapter is very humbled and honored to have received this award,” said MBA candidate Lola Soyebo Harris, president of NAWMBA at Bauer. “We certainly acknowledge the great leadership of the officers before us and strive to continually build upon what has been accomplished.”

Lisa Jammer, who is senior director of graduate and alumni career services, served as conference chair. She was also recognized with NAWMBA’s “Shero” Award, which is given to an outstanding woman who exemplifies excellence in the organization, in the workplace and in the community.

“I am honored to be recognized by an outstanding group of women with ties back to major global companies,” Jammer said. “My recognition is a win for both myself and Bauer College.”

Jammer, who was recently elected to the National Board of Directors to serve a three-year term, added that having a strong professional organization like NAWMBA is important in creating opportunities for women in business.

“Women still face a number of professional challenges ranging from lack of representation in corporate board positions to pay disparity. NAWMBA creates an avenue for discussions on these challenges while creating opportunities for networking, mentoring and career opportunities,” she said. “I was proud to watch many of my Bauer students connect with employers and interview for global job opportunities.”

By Amanda Sebesta


Bauer College’s student chapter of NAWMBA was recognized by the organization as Student Chapter of the Year, highlighting the following accomplishments:

customLogo2532% increase in membership from last year.

customLogo25The chapter raised more than $10,000 to send a small boy with brain cancer on a deep sea fishing trip in Hawaii through a partnership with the Make-A-Wish foundation.

customLogo25Established new partnerships with key companies and organizations in Houston. These companies include JPMorgan Chase, JCPenny, Dell, Phillips 66 and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

customLogo25They received the Excellence in Community Service Award at the Halliburton Awards Luncheon for hours dedicated to community outreach.

customLogo25NAWMBA students made up almost half of the conference planning committee.

Learn more about the University of Houston chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs on its website.