Info Sessions & Class Visits

Outliers, Innovators, Leaders: Welcome

A 15-month program designed for working professionals. Courses are led by UT Austin’s top faculty and cover topics such as leadership, communication, ethics, change management, and decision-making.

Information Sessions

HDO holds information sessions on the UT Austin campus, in cities across the state, and online throughout the year. Click below to RSVP for an upcoming session. Each session covers a variety of topics related to the program.

Capstone Projects

Each semester has a particular focus that prepares students to complete their Capstone Project, which is a research project and presentation requiring students to use their new skills to change real-world situations within organizations.

Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about the HDO Master’s Program for professionals. Each session covers a variety of topics related to the program, including:

  • Program Overview & History
  • Course Structure & Curriculum
  • Advisors & Faculty
  • Assignments & Capstone Project Examples
  • Admissions & Tuition
  • Q & A with Program Director, Staff, and Alumni

Upcoming Sessions

Notice: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting all information sessions online.

2020 Sessions

August 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Paige Vurpillat, Certification Specialist, PointClickCare & Elena Espinoza Gearheart, Associate Director of Talent, Breakthrough



September 24 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Lynn Wills, Fellow, St. David’s Foundation & Sara Llansa, Director, EMERGE (Houston Independent School District)

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October 14 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Dani Pruitt, Event Manager, Texas Performing Arts

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October 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Aram Kaplan, Named Account Executive, Zoom & Michelle Jack, Partner, Newport LLC

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November 4 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Noelle Parsons, Manager of Corporate Relations, Texas Hospital Association & Sarah K. Burchfield, Account Director, Havas San Francisco

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November 12 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Lara Reichle, Head of Major Gifts, University College London (UCL), Vera Hinojosa, Austin Site Director, Indeed, and Elizabeth Moliter, Director of Staffing Services, Peak Performers

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December 1 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Brian Doerr, SVP IT, Security and Privacy Officer, Community Hospital Corporation & Noelle Parsons, Manager, Corporate Relations at the Texas Hospital Association

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2021 Sessions

January 7 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Michelle Jack, Partner, Newport LLC, Lara Reichle, Head of Major Gifts, University College London (UCL), and Elizabeth Moliter, Director of Staffing Services, Peak Performers



January 7 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Michelle Jack, Partner, Newport LLC, Lara Reichle, Head of Major Gifts, University College London (UCL), and Elizabeth Moliter, Director of Staffing Services, Peak Performers

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February 10 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Sara Llansa, Director, EMERGE (Houston Independent School District)

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February 23 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Featured Alumni: Elena Espinoza Gearheart, Associate Director of Talent, Breakthrough

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Class Visits

Class Visits are completed for the fall 2020 semester. Dates for class visits in the spring 2021 semester will be available soon. 

“The greatest challenge of my job is figuring out how to solve large-scale issues by engaging, growing, and developing the many, complex humans in our organization. HDO taught me how to think critically and systemically about the moving parts of my large organization, while always holding humanity at the center. Studying in HDO was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I know I will see the ROI for decades to come.”

Lisa Dalgliesh (Class of 2019)

Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, winner of HDO’s 2019 Outstanding Professor of the Year award, explains how the HDO Master’s Degree provides a unique education experience for working professionals and highlights why she is so passionate about teaching in the program.

Outliers, Innovators, Leaders, Welcome