• Providing Expertise, Gaining Leadership Skills, Building Community

    AMPLIFYING IMPACT

  • ABOUT

    The McCombs Board Fellows, part of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, is a student-run organization that places select MBA students on local nonprofit boards as non-voting members for one year. In return for this learning opportunity, the Board Fellows each complete an in-depth project for their nonprofit.

     

    The purpose of McCombs Board Fellows is to provide talented and committed graduate business students the opportunity to work with and learn from nonprofit leaders, while contributing their time and business skills to benefit the Austin community.

     

    Our 2018 application will be available in July of 2017.

    Key Dates:

    • November 2016 - Reception for 2017 Fellows & Partner Nonprofits
    • January - December 2017 - Board Fellow Service
    • July 2017 - Nonprofit Partner Applications Available online
    • August 31, 2017 - Nonprofit Partner Applications Due
    • September 2017 - Board Fellow Applications Due
    • October 2017 - Fellows Selected and Partner Matching

     

    • FELLOWS

      "One of the best experiences in business school." Chris Woods, McCombs MBA '13

      Fellow Benefits:

      • Mentorship - Each Board Fellow is paired with a mentor who serves on the board
      • Leadership - Students gain valuable insight into board governance and skills for effective and thoughtful community leadership
      • Classroom to Boardroom - Fellows have the opportunity to apply best practices in strategy, marketing, and finance to real-world issues facing partner non-profits.
      • Network - Fellows get access to a community of Austin leaders who are passionate about a cause. 
      • Positive Impact - Opportunity to have a meaningful and significant impact on the community 

      Fellow Responsibilities:

      • Board Participation -  Attend all board meetings as a non-voting member of the board (one calendar year)
      • Project Work - Complete a strategic project (avg. 10 hours per month)
      • McCombs Board Fellows - Attend required trainings, education events, and serve on a McCombs Board Fellows committee

      Student Selection:

      Fellows are chosen through a rigorous selection process and matched with a partner non‐profit whose needs and mission align with their skills and interests. The selection process consists of 2 rounds: an online application with short answers and essay followed by an invitation to interview. Fellows will be selected based on leadership skills and passion for community impact.

       

      Student Application:

      The online application is due at the end of September. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Siri Chakka at siri.chakka@mba17.mccombs.utexas.edu

    • PARTNERS

      Partner Benefits:

      • Project work - Board Fellows students donate up to 10 hours per month to complete a strategic project, drawing on work experience and McCombs MBA leading curriculum
      • Future Leaders - Gain access to talented students leaders who can provide a fresh perspective to board decisions
      • McCombs Network - Gain access to the McCombs network and non for profit training material
      • Recruitment - Developing a relationship with potential candidates for future board and staff positions

       

      Partner Responsibilities:

      • Mentorship - Serve as a mentor to the Board Fellow as s/he develops as a business and community leader 
      • Integrate Board Fellows in your organization - Include Board Fellows in Board meetings and keep informed of organizational development
      • Support the Board Fellows project - Agree on scope and timeline of project, allow time for Board Fellows to present findings

       

      Partner Selection:

      Partners must be based in Austin, have 501(c)3 status, and have Board meetings on at least a quarterly basis. Preference give to organizations with at least 8 board members, over $350,000 in operating budget, and at least three full-time employees.

       

      Questions regarding becoming a partner organization should be directed to Monica Chartier: monica.chartier@mba17.mccombs.utexas.edu.

       

      Applications for 2018 will be posted in July of 2017.

       

      Project Examples:

      • Marketing - Assess community perspectives of organization
      • Strategy - Develop a business plan for expanding into new regions/services
      • Board Development - Evaluate board recruitment and training
      • Operations - Analyze costs and benefits of critical processes
      • Financial -  Build a financial model to improve planning and tracking costs
    • Girl Scouts of Central Texas

      Board Fellows

      The Texas Tribune

      Board Fellows

    • FAQ

      For further questions about the program and becoming a partner, click here.

    • YOU + BOARD FELLOWS
      = AMPLIFIED IMPACT

      Have Questions? Want to partner with Board Fellows at McCombs? Reach out below!