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Lisa Nguyen ('09)  


Lisa Nguyen, 2009 UNT accounting graduate, was recently selected as the 2019 Empowered Woman of the Year and the 2018 Top CEO of the Year, by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.

Only a few women are chosen for this distinction based on their years of experience in the field, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities and contributions to their communities.

Nguyen is being recognized for having over a decade of professional experience as a CPA and strategic consultant and for excelling as a thriving female entrepreneur. Nguyen has proven herself as an accomplished professional and expert who wears many hats. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, she has demonstrated success not only as a CEO,  fundraiser, spa owner, restaurant owner, investor, accountant and strategic consultant, but also as a mother of an autistic child who has created a social enterprise committed to fundraising for those affected by autism.

Nguyen identified a critical need to fundraise for facilities that conduct research and provide diagnosis, treatments and therapies. Through the cosmetic sales and organization of special events and fundraisers, Unified Cosmetics donates 50 percent of its profits to the cause. In addition to helping children with special needs, Nguyen is also dedicated to improving the lives of children and believes in the importance of encouraging children to have positive mindsets and the healthy habits to have high self-esteem and confidence. She is a sponsor of Repeat After Me Kids, a company that delivers powerful books to young children that have been through a traumatic situation.

Nguyen is the CEO of Unified Cosmetics, founder of Refined Spa and Beauty Bar, founder of LN Consulting Group, LLC, co-founder of Adira Strategic Consulting and Professional Services LLC, co-founder of No Flipping Clue LLC, co-owner of Hibachi 97 and co-owner of ProSpec LEDs. She is currently in the start-up process of her very own real estate development company and she also invests in real estate and multiple small businesses. 




Jordan Brown

Visiting North Texas for its annual spring game earlier this year didn’t turn out the way Jordan Brown expected.

The Huntsville linebacker made the trip to Denton but didn’t see the Mean Green run a single play after the event was rained out. What Brown did see stuck with him and played a role in his decision to commit to UNT.

Brown announced his decision on his Twitter account and spoke about the comfort level he found at UNT on Saturday morning.

Brown was recruited by UNT offensive line coach Chuck Langston and linebackers coach Galen Scott.

“The relationships I have with the staff, especially coach Langston and coach Scott were important,” Brown said. “I liked what I saw when I went on my visit up there. We can build a dynasty.”

Brown was impressed with what UNT has to offer both in terms of its program and as a school in general. He said the educational opportunities at UNT and the improvements it is making to its facilities made an impression.

UNT is expected to open a new $16 million indoor practice facility that is currently under construction this fall.

“Education is important to me,” Brown said. “I want to major in business and Dallas is a good area for that after graduation.”

Oral commitments are non-binding. The early signing period begins on December 18.

Brown, who is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, is rated as a three-star prospect in 247Sports’ composite rankings. The site ranks him at No. 94 on its list of the top outside linebacker prospects in the class of 2020.

Brown is the second outside linebacker to join UNT’s recruiting class that now includes 17 players. The Mean Green picked up a commitment from Midwest City, Oklahoma, product Jacobi Johnson, earlier this summer.



Frank and Marta Dudowicz

Frank and Marta Dudowicz recently established The Marta and Frank Dudowicz Scholarship for the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, which will begin making an impact in 2020, and continue to do so in perpetuity.

The Dudowiczs' generous commitment was made with the intent of developing a permanent tradition of empowerment and opportunity throughout the college. Priority consideration will be given to full-time graduate students enrolled in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business that are former student-athletes.

Marta and Frank Dudowicz live in Denton, Texas and are longtime supporters of UNT, particularly North Texas Athletics and the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. Frank currently sits on the college's advisory board.


Society of Marketing Advances accepts four UNT student manuscripts for publication and presentation

The Society of Marketing Advances (SMA) has accepted four UNT Ryan College of Business students’ manuscripts for publication and presentation at the 2019 conference this November.

SMA is a premier marketing association, which hosts an international conference each year that brings together marketing educators and professionals from more than 34 countries.

Aaminah Malik, Guanyu “Charles” Geng, Laura Pricer, and Sajani Thapa, all students with the college’s Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management, will be traveling to the SMA conference, hosted in New Orleans, to showcase their work:
  • Aaminah Malik: “Nonnative Consumers' Service Encounters: Exploring Social Anxiety and Avoidance in Retail Exchange.”
  • Guanyu “Charles” Geng: “Exploring the Effect of Psychological Ownership on Direct Selling Representatives' Job Performance.”
  • Laura Pricer: “Relationship dependency in AI-enabled exchange: a new framework for understanding relationship dependencies between consumers and artificial intelligent virtual assistants.”
  • Sajani Thapa: “Geo-fencing: How may marketing technology recast location-based promotional channels?”

Professor Lou Pelton will also be joining these high-achieving scholars at the conference by participating on an expert panel session, a pedagogical panel and presenting a paper.

UNT Delta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi is recognized at national conference

UNT’s Delta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi took home three regional awards for the South Central Province from the 52nd convention of Delta Sigma Pi. Awards included Regional Chapter of Excellence, Regional Most Outstanding Professional Activities, and Regional Most Outstanding Alumni Relations.

Amanda Nedrow (Chapter President), Camryn DeBeau, Sara Martinez (Chapter Webmaster), Hudson Holmes and Katrina Perez represented UNT’s award-winning chapter by traveling to the conference in Atlanta, Georgia to accept the awards. Nedrow was also given the special opportunity to vote on legislation and elect new national officers while in attendance.

In addition to recognizing UNT’s chapter for regional excellence, the conference also provided students with educational and professional sessions. The sessions focused on operational, personal, professional and leadership development topics, as well as Delta Sigma Pi history and ritual. Brotherhood-building events were also among the itinerary, including the Grand President's Carnival, a private event at the College Football Hall of Fame and the Congress Banquet and Dance. 

ITDS professor wins best paper at Academy of Management

Professor Arunachalam Narayanan took home best paper at the Academy of Management conference in Boston for the Operations and Supply Chain Management Division.

Narayanan’s paper, titled “Effect of Capacity and Flexibility Constraints on Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chains,” was selected as a top publication out of 180 entries—including publication submissions from scholars at top research schools like MIT, Ohio State, Penn State and Georgia Tech.

His award-winning research revolved around the idea of how to control bullwhip effect by nudging the decision makers in the right direction. “We show that having soft capacity constraints at the upstream echelon helps in reducing order variance, with no significant drop in service level in the supply chain. This is particularly useful in manufacturing environments, which prefer stable orders for production planning without affecting the downstream customer service level,” said Narayanan.

Narayanan has also been recognized in the past for his dissertation research, titled: “Improved Formulations, Heuristics and Metaheuristics for the Dynamic Demand Coordinated Lot-Sizing Problem.” The research received Best Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, as well as special recognition by the Decision Sciences Institute.

Narayanan is set to begin his first year with the Ryan College of Business this fall.

“I am excited to join the vibrant ITDS community in UNT and looking forward to contribute to the growing analytics program. Dallas is the hub of supply chain and analytics activities and I look forward to working with the students and the practitioner community in this area.”



Risk Management and Insurance Week begins October 14

UNT’s Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program will kick off its annual RMI week beginning October 14, 2019.

Several opportunities are in queue for students to network and learn from top industry professionals, including a lunch-n-learn, courtesy of HUB International, RMI career fair, and a special presentation by Risk Manager in Residence Dan Kugler. Kugler will host a presentation titled: “Next Exit: Insuring the Future - The Insurance Industry Skills Gap,” open to the college.

Other events hosted during RMI week that are open to both students and the public include the RMI alumni and student get-together (hosted in conjunction with the college’s Eagle Business Network Happy Hour), and the “Every Second Matters” Symposium, presented by the Travelers Institute, the Insurance Council of Texas and the Beta Zeta Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. Registration is required for both events.

To learn more about RMI week and its offerings, visit:

Distinguished Speaker Series features Donnie Nelson: October 29

Donnie Nelson, general manager and president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks, will be joining us as part of this semester's Distinguished Speaker Series.

A conversation with Donnie will be facilitated by Bob Heere, director of Sport Entertainment Management at UNT, on October 29 in the coliseum. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Don't miss your chance to hear from one of the most respected minds in the NBA. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

Sign up today and come early!



A gift to the Glen L. Taylor Chair in Insurance will help the Ryan College of Business further position itself as one of the premiere institutions for Risk Management and Insurance. In the fall of 2018, the college added Dr. Yu-luen Ma, who was named one of the most prolifi­c contributing authors in the leading risk management and insurance journals in 2014, and Dr. Nat Pope, who was recognized as the top educator in the country by the American Risk and Insurance Association, to its list of distinguished faculty. Dr. Ma serves as the inaugural Glen L. Taylor Professorship in Insurance, which is helping the college attain its objectives of attracting new students to the program and showcase its value. Your gift will help us reach our overall goal of $500,000 to elevate the Glen L. Taylor Professorship in Insurance to a Chair position. In doing so, you will help establish a permanent endowment that will generate $60,000 per year, in perpetuity, to guarantee the quality of our programs and students.


The Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with the opportunity to learn from prominent executives and leaders in the business community. Each semester, a notable speaker is brought to campus to offer new perspectives and first-hand information about the complexities of the business world. Your gift to the Distinguished Speaker Series will help the college continue its trajectory of providing students with these valued opportunities.


The Ryan College of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund is a critical, unrestricted fund that enables the college to respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur. When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the college by allowing for the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the college's priorities.


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