In the Loop: The HDO Blog

Alumni Spotlight: Brian Doerr

A passion for innovation and leading people through change sparked a new-found ability to facilitate tough conversations and influence people on a deeper levelBrian Doerr, HDO Class of 2017. Brian is the Sr Vice President of IT, Security & Privacy at Community...

Alumni Spotlight: Sara Llansa

A desire to improve her own organization from the inside out produced a thoughtful, introspective and inspired leader  Sara Llansa, HDO Class of 2017. Sara is the Director of EMERGE, a Houston ISD organization that connects high-performing students from underserved...

Alumni Spotlight: Paige Vurpillat

How a passion for learning illuminated this HDO's alum's career and enables her to plan for future challenges facing the U.S. workforcePaige Vurpillat, HDO Class of 2015. Paige’s current role is Certification Program Manager at Zilliant, an industry-leading price...

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Thompson

How this ambitious business-owner and HDO alum wants to make the workplace better, from the film on the windows to one-on-one career-planning sessionsJonathan Thompson, HDO Class of 2020, had been researching MBA programs for a while when he found Human Dimensions of...

Women’s History Month: Kelly Schaber

Kelly Schaber is currently the Development Manager for Forklift Danceworks in Austin, TX.  Graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Organizations, Schaber created an inspiring film for her final capstone project.

Women’s History Month Series

March 1, 2022 How this multihyphenate HDO alum supports women, uses her HDO education daily and the piece of advice she has for women beginning their careers in 2022 Leslie M. Dill Business Development & Marketing Coordinator, HDO To kick off our celebration of...

Alumni Spotlight: Shannon Myers Johnson

How an HDO alum and strategy realization leader navigates a data-driven world with empathy and a passion for understanding. Leslie M. DillBusiness Development & Marketing Coordinator, HDO February 14, 2022 Shannon Myers Johnson is currently the Director of IT...

Congratulations HDO Class of 2021!

January 4, 2022
Leslie M. Dill
Business Development & Marketing, HDO

On Friday, December 13, thirteen students crossed the stage at UT Austin’s Main Building to receive their Master’s degrees in Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO), joining the Longhorn alumni community.

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It’s Time To Ditch Christmas As We Know It

December 21, 2021
John W. Traphagan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Anthropology; Professor, HDO

The trappings of Christmas often bring up romanticized images of decorated buildings and happy children ripping open packages under the tree. It certainly looks nice. But Christmas is a holiday we sorely need to rethink.

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