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EY Accounting Ambassadors

Making an Impact

Texas McCombs School of Business and its Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) Program is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Ernst & Young Foundation to create the EY Accounting Ambassadors Program. 

You can get involved with the EY Accounting Ambassadors Program by becoming an MPA mentor or mentee.

Become an MPA mentor or mentee

  • EY Accounting Ambassadors


    MPA mentees are undergraduate students with an interest in accounting and are assigned an MPA mentor. MPA mentors will be present during our program meetings and meet with mentees throughout the academic school year.
  • MPA Students Network


    Mentors share their academic and personal experiences and provide tips on how to succeed in accounting courses with the overall goal to contribute to the success of undergraduate students interested in accounting. An EY professional will also be assigned to each MPA participant to serve as a mentor through the program.
EY Accounting Ambassadors Students
  • Our Mission

    The EY Accounting Ambassadors Program at Texas McCombs is a group dedicated to encouraging more underrepresented business students to study accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.

EY Accounting Ambassador Program Details

What We Do

Professional Development

Each semester we host 3-5 speakers who share their knowledge and experience with program participants. Our speakers include professionals in industry/public accounting, faculty and first-rate UT staff with experience in networking and professional development. Here are some of the topics our program sessions have covered:

  • How to make yourself stand out in interviews
  • Networking Etiquette
  • Developing a global mindset
  • Leadership styles and working in teams
  • How to be an impactful mentor
  • Defining success


A list of our speakers can be found on the Schedule of Events tab.

Academic Support

Twice each semester, students have the opportunity to convene with accounting tutors to review ACC 311 (Introductory Financial, fall semester) and ACC 312 (Introductory Managerial, spring semester) concepts prior to exams.

At each program session, one of our faculty members joins the group to share their experience, offer academic advice, and encourage students to get to know the professors and attend office hours.

Financial Awards

To encourage success in accounting classes, high-achieving Ambassadors have the opportunity to apply for book awards, funded by a portion of the EY gift.

Get Involved


Program Mentees (Undergraduate Students)

To be eligible to apply, a student must be:

  • In good standing (not on academic probation),
  • Currently enrolled in ACC 311/312 or a Freshman with an expressed interest in accounting,
  • Available for EY Ambassadors Program meetings.

Application Coming Soon


Program Mentors

EY Ambassadors who become mentors must:

  • Be a full-time MPA student in good standing,
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at time of application and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their term of service,
  • Be available for Ambassador Program Mentoring time commitments.

Application Coming Soon

Schedule of Events

Upcoming Events

Join us as at the following EY Accounting Ambassador events!

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

EY Ambassador Program Meeting Guest Speaker: Sekou Bermiss, Associate Professor of Management, McCombs School of Business

McCombs School of Business, Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

EY Ambassador Program Meeting Guest Speaker: Jo Chauvin, Senior Career Consultant, MPA Program Office

McCombs School of Business, Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

EY Ambassador Program Meeting Guest Speaker: James Ornelas, Senior Director of Internal Audit, American Campus Communities

McCombs School of Business, Legacy Events Room (CBA 3.202)

Past Events

Past events have included the following programs/presentations:

  • Travis HunterPartner, KPMG
  • Emotional Intelligence - Tina Reed, MPA Career Services Director
  • Management Styles and Conflict Resolution Workshop - Dr. Ethan Burris, McCombs School of Business
  • Networking and Career Advising - Jo Chauvin, Senior Career Coach, MPA Program Office
  • Becoming an Entrepreneur - Mikaila Ulmer, BeeSweet CEO 
  • Thear Suzuki, EY
  • Carlos WhitakerCredit Suisse
  • Sanger Learning Center: Study Smarter, Not Harder - Sheena PatelOutreach Assistant
  • Leadership and Ethics Institute: Mentor Training - Smita RuzickaAssociate Director
  • Networking Skills - Jim FranklinMPA Program Director
  • Global Mindset - Ryan KistEY Americas Inclusiveness Recruiting Consultant
  • Time Management - Sanger Learning Center
  • Making yourself Stand Out Travis Hunter Jr.KPMG
  • Managing Your Online Presence April StockwellMPA Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Malcomb ColeyEY Office Managing Partner
  • Leadership and Ethics Institute Mentor Training - Jared HopperCoordinator of Leadership Development
  • Niloufar MolaviPWC
  • Earl StoneDeloitte
  • Valeria WilliamsEY
  • Shawn TaylorZaxby's LLC
  • Lindsey SchuholzEY
  • Krysta ChaconMulticultural Engagement Center, University of Texas

Contact Us


Makenzie Kleszcz
EY Ambassadors Program Coordinator
Email Makenzie

Lillian Mills
Faculty Contact
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Kristina Zvinakis
Faculty Contact
Email Kristina

Charles Enriquez
Assistant Director, BBA Recruitment & Scholarships
Email Charles