Making a Lasting Impact

Published on May 9, 2017

Bauer Student Leaders Recognized for Tenacity, Perseverance

This semester, three Bauer College students were recognized with special leadership awards for their success as leaders in student organizations and within the college.

During an end-of-year ceremony, management information systems senior Nabeel Chohan received the Leadership Excellence Award, supply chain management junior Maria Guerrero won the Presidential Excellence Award, and management information systems junior Hilario Yanez earned the Ted Bauer Leadership Award.

“These three individuals have personified what it truly means to be an excellent Bauer student,” Program Manager Sarayu Sundar said. “It is through their dedication to their student organizations, and leading by example, these three are paving the way for future students to be successful.”


Leadership Excellence
Nabeel Chohan
MIS senior

Nabeel Chohan is the recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award for his role in the MIS Student Organization as the JAVA Education Officer.

In this role, Chohan is responsible for helping students “survive” what is arguably the most challenging course within the MIS degree plan – JAVA.

Chohan took a novel approach to this role, by not only hosting the tutoring sessions that had become an expected responsibility of this position. Instead, he also created a series of YouTube videos to help students – aptly named “MISSO’s Survival Guide to JAVA.”

He said: “The most rewarding part of this entire experience has been the ability to empower people through knowledge and education. Too often we stigmatize mistakes in school; that is why I wanted to create a safe environment for students to be wrong so that they can learn from their mistakes. I wanted to empower students to be inquisitive. This is my favorite contribution to Bauer and the university – that people will have the ability to learn through my videos for years to come.”


Presidential Excellence
Maria Guerrero
SCM junior

Maria Guerrero serves as the president of the Bauer Women Society. Through her enthusiasm and passion for giving back, Guerrero has transformed the Bauer Women Society.

She said: “To me, a leader is someone that has made someone’s life better by inspiring or guiding them, not only in a unique event or organization, but also in their everyday life. To make a difference in someone’s life, you do not need a title, you just need to care.”

With that attitude and through the support of her cohesive officer team, she was able to accomplish many longstanding goals of the organization — from building a stronger partnership with the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, to hosting an event featuring Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand.

She said: “Actions speak louder than words, and I like to believe that I have shown my leadership by actions.”


Ted Bauer Leadership Award
Hilario “Eli” Yanez
MIS junior

Hilario “Eli” Yanez currently serves as president of MISSO and has also previously served as its corporate relations officer.

Yanez has a long list of personal accomplishments, including four internships with various Fortune 500 companies and a full-time offer from Accenture. He also was included in a New York Times article about DREAMers.

What is especially notable about Yanez is the impact that he has had on others. He said: “My most important goal was to empower our members. Each week, I would write a personalized email to each member encouraging them to our meetings and to not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone.”

By Amanda Sebesta and Sarayu Sundar