Alumni Spotlight

Lauren Searway, Neeley Fellows Class of 2011

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Neeley School of Business at TCU in 2011 with a BBA in Finance and minor in Japanese.
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing?
    Lauren Farrelly Searway is a Senior Investment Analyst for the Texas Christian University Endowment. She is responsible for researching and evaluating investment opportunities across asset classes. Prior to joining TCU, Lauren was a Senior Investment Analyst in Prudential Capital Group’s Dallas-based Energy Finance Group. Previously, she served as a Senior Intern for Congresswoman Kay Granger in the district and Capitol Hill offices and as a Congressional Page for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
  • What activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    She was a member of TCU’s Educational Investment Fund, Neeley Fellows Program, Chancellor’s Leadership Program, and recipient of the Brachman International Study Grant. Lauren is a John V. Roach Honors College Laureate, Clark Society Scholar, and Mission Statement Scholar.
    Lauren is a member of the Junior Clark Society and a lifetime member of the TCU Alumni Association. She currently serves on the TCU Transaction & Investment Professionals (TIP) Advisory Council, Neeley School of Business Volunteer Alumni Committee, and the Neeley Fellows Alumni Board as the Class of 2011 Representative.
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    Lauren enjoys cooking, traveling, practicing yoga, and playing with her westie puppies, Lilly & Lucy.
  • Favorite quote?
    “Always leave a place better than you found it.” ~ Bob Bolen, Former Mayor of Fort Worth
    Cliche as it may be, FDR actually said “I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.” The Fellows program highlighted the importance of surrounding myself with people who are smarter than me both in my personal and professional life. I value my friends and colleagues who challenge and inspire me daily.

Ashley Vander Linde, Neeley Fellows Class of 2013
Alumni Board Vice President

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    I actually got two degrees Marketing (Neeley School of Business) and Fashion Merchandising (College of Arts and Sciences).
  • Where do you currently work or attend school? 
    I work at Cigna Healthcare in Plano, TX.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority; I played lacrosse on the Women's Club Lacrosse Team; Chancellors Leadership Program.
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    I have been in the same job since I graduated but my role has changed a little bit. Immediately on starting my job, I went to Connecticut for four months of training on all things Sales, Cigna and Healthcare. I then was back in my office and did two 3 month rotations. The first one was as a presale analyst or the internal person that works with all teams (proposal management, underwriting, and sales) to make sure we have all the information needed to complete an RFP (request for proposal) and make sure everyone is on the same page following the sales rep’s strategy. The second rotation was in Account Management so I worked with the existing clients that Cigna currently provides benefits (medical, dental and vision insurance) for. I made sure they were getting the reporting they needed, the attention they needed and the answers to their questions. I then entered my current role as a New Business Manager or New Business Sales Rep. Essentially, I am working to sell benefits to companies with over 250 employees to 5000 employees. To do that, I work with consultants and brokers to educate them on my products, build relationships with them, respond to RFPs and quote on business. I basically am tasked with getting people to like me (both internally in the form of underwriters to get good pricing and externally in the form of consultants and brokers so they recommend me to their clients). It is the best sales job as there is absolutely no cold calling involved!
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    I loved the trip to NYC over spring break. It was the first time our class really bonded. Some of us went early and put like 15 people in one hotel room – it was chaotic but a blast. It was also really neat to see different industries in action. We heard so much about the business world in classes and it was really fun to actually go see businesses, ask questions and get a better understanding of what we did or didn’t want to do when we graduated. This is the trip that I learned I didn’t want to be in advertising. At the time I thought I wanted to do marketing for a luxury fashion brand in NYC. By the time it was fall of my senior year I knew I no longer wanted to do that and looked into sales, consulting and other marketing programs. I used a lot of the connections I got from NYC and the relationships I had built to help me figure out what would be the best fit. It ended up being in sales in a health insurance company in Plano, something I never dreamed of, but something that was meant to be as I absolutely LOVE my job.
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    I have too many hobbies, but I would say my favorite is traveling. My job gives me a lot of flexibility to travel, work from home, come in late or leave early. That coupled with the airline, hotel and rental car points I get from traveling for work really helps.
  • Favorite quote?
    “I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens me” Philippians 4:16; “ She believed she could so she did” Anonymous

Chase Bruton, Neeley Fellows Class of 2012
Fellows Alumni Board Social Chair

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Marketing & Supply Value Chain Management
  • Where do you currently work or attend school? 
    American Airlines
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Student Body Treasurer; Frog Camp Director; Sigma Chi Risk Manager
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    I have been working for American Airlines in our Supply Chain Department for the past four years. Currently, I am responsible to managing suppliers that provide interior products for new aircraft. Boeing and Airbus essentially deliver us a new plane with nothing inside of it. Airlines are responsible for sourcing most items that go inside the aircraft (think seats, lavatories, galleys that the Flight Attendants use, class dividers, carpet, curtains, emergency equipment etc.). So we take an Engineering specifications document saying exactly what we want in each plane, bid it out to a host of Aviation Interiors suppliers, receive bids back, and negotiate contracts with these suppliers. After we’ve selected our suppliers, we kick off the program development and management phase, where we interface with our Engineering, Planning, and Marketing teams and with our selected suppliers to build product that meets our specifications, passes FAA safety regulations, and eventually delivers to Boeing and Airbus on time so that they can lock everything down inside the plane and deliver us a new aircraft. Ever had your seat catch on fire mid-flight? No? You’re welcome. It’s especially exciting because AA is in the midst of the largest fleet renewal program in the history of our airline—so we have lots and lots of new aircraft delivering every single week. That’s a lot of supplier and program management!  Also, I get free flights.
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    My favorite Fellows memory has to be traveling to Chile with the Fellows. One night, we all went to a Spanish karaoke bar and belted out some great Spanish tunes. Special shout out to Walter Sanders III who really killed it on stage that night. He’s still an honorary Chilean citizen.
  • Favorite quote?
    “Of all the tall tales, I think my favorite is the one about Eli Whitney and his interchangeable parts.” -Jack Handey

Erik Yohe, Neeley Fellows Class of 2009

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Finance & Accounting
  • Where do you currently work or attend school? 
    Hilltop Holdings, Dallas, TX.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Pi Kappa Phi fraternity; Educational Investment Fund; Intramural athletics.
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    I am currently the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Hilltop Holdings, a financial services holding company.  My primary focus in this role is sourcing and executing acquisitions of financial services firms (primarily commercial banks), as well as working on integration of acquired companies into our platform.  I joined Hilltop in July 2011 as an associate.  Prior to joining Hilltop, I was an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at UBS Investment Bank in New York City.  While at UBS, I worked primarily on M&A advisory and capital raises for banks, asset managers and financial technology companies.
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    The trips to NYC and Chile.  Was a fantastic opportunity to not only network professionally and visit outstanding companies and professionals, but a great way to get to know other Fellows even better outside of the classroom.  Had some great memories and experiences with the Fellows on trips and really brought us closer as a group and made the program more personal.  I still keep in touch with many of the Fellows that I shared great memories with on these trips.  I think the best part of Fellows is easily the relationships you form with the other incredible students in your class.
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    One of my favorite hobbies when I have free spare time is reading modern military literature.
  • Favorite quote?
    “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." -- Dale Carnegie

Abby Osvog, Neeley Fellows Class of 2011

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Marketing & Entrepreneurial Management
  • Where do you currently work or attend school? 
    Southwest Airlines, Dallas, TX.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Frogs for the Cure, LEAPS, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    After graduating from TCU, I moved to NYC to pursue a career in advertising.  I worked as an Account Manager at several large advertising agencies on accounts including JPMorgan Chase, L'Oreal, and American Express, until deciding to move back to Texas this fall.  I am now working on the Marketing Communications team at Southwest Airlines as an Associate Manager, and I am LUVing it!
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    My favorite memory was our trip to New York City because it was my first time to ever visit the city, and I immediately knew I had to live there someday!
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    Drinking wine with family and friends.
  • Favorite quote?
    "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." - Anne Lamott

Justin Paxton, Neeley Fellows Class of 2012
Vice President of Neeley Fellows Alumni Board

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Major – Entrepreneurial Management & Marketing; Minor – Environmental Science
  • Where do you currently work or attend school?
    Fossil Group, Richardson, TX.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Student Government Association - Frog Aides, Resident Assistant, TCU Crew
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    Since Fellows and TCU, I’ve held various roles at Fossil. Previously, I worked on managing and creating processes around non-product inventory (fixtures and packaging) and also worked with design and product development teams to create men’s leather products. Currently, I’m preparing to move to Hong Kong, where I will be the regional merchant over watches and jewelry for the Asia region for two years.
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    One of my favorite Fellows memories was the graduation reception when we passed out awards to each individual Fellow based on votes from the class. It was fun to see how each award mirrored everyone’s unique personality and strengths.
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    I’ve recently joined a community garden and am growing lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, okra, and herbs.
  • Favorite quote?
    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain

Addi Hall McCauley, Neeley Fellows Class of 2010

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Major: Marketing.  Minor: Spanish.
  • Where do you currently work or attend school?
    Deloitte in Dallas, Texas.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    I served as President of TCU's Americann Marketing Association.  I also volunteered at Pascal High School to promote college readiness though the Go Center; this was one of my favorite activities since I got to give back to at-risk students while also sharing how education empowers individuals to accomplish their dreams. When I wasn't on campus, I worked about 30 hours a week in various internships my Sophomore through Senior years.
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    I recently joined Clever Girls, an influencer marketing agency, where I am a Sales Director covering the Southeast Territory. In this role, I help clients develop actionable, integrated influencer marketing programs that leverage blog and social media channels to reach their audiences. Clever Girls is headquartered in San Francisco, but I work virtually from my home in Fort Worth! Prior to joining Clever Girls, I was the Director of Marketing at Key Ring, a mobile shopping app. I joined Key Ring when it was an early start-up in a rapidly changing industry. It was a leap of faith, but it was the best career choice I could have made. Taking risks is worth it and helps you grow professionally. Before working at Key Ring, I spent a year working for a family-owned insurance and employee benefits business in Fort Worth. I had interned there during college and was hired full time to continue marketing projects.
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    So many of the skills I learned as a Neeley Fellow have paid off while working with a start-up. Being able to think critically and manage many projects with tight deadlines are a must in almost any job. Succeeding in the Neeley Fellows program gave me the confidence in my professional self to tackle the demands of working for a fast growing mobile technology company.
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    In my spare time, you can find me playing with my two dogs and attempting to teach them new tricks. I'm also an amateur chef that likes to explore new foods and creativity in the kitchen. From September - December, my free time is scheduled around Horned Frog football.
  • Favorite quote?
    "Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." - Goethe.

Kate Jolliffe, Neeley Fellows Class of 2012
Alumni Board President

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Major: Finance.  Minor: Spanish.
  • Where do you currently work or attend school?
    Deloitte in Dallas, Texas.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Alpha Chi Omega, President; Educational Investment Fund; Student Foundation.
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    I originally started with Deloitte in the Fall of 2012 in the Financial Advisory Services group doing Business Valuation.  I transferred internally about a year later and now work as a Senior Associate in Real Estate Consulting.
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    It is really hard picking one memory from my three years in the program; however, when I look back, what sticks out to me the most is the friendships that I formed.  Many of my friends that I met in the program are my best friends today, and I actually still live with two girls that were in my Fellows class.
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?
    When I have spare time, I love doing yoga and playing tennis on a couple doubles league in Dallas.  I also love cooking and hosting dinner parties.  I operate a food and hosting blog called The Everyday Hostess at www.theeverydayhostess.com where I can share my recipes and entertaining ideas!
  • Favorite quote?
    "It's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln. 

Will Hopper, Neeley Fellows Class of 2013

  • What was your major(s)/minor(s) at TCU?
    Entrepreneurial Management major/Chemistry minor.
  • Where do you currently work or attend school?
    UTHSCSA Medical School, San Antonio, TX.
  • Top three activities you were involved in while at TCU (besides Neeley Fellows)?
    Frog Camp, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Reformed University Fellowship
  • Describe your professional experiences post grad, including what you are currently doing:
    After graduating in May 2013, I moved to the Dominican Republic to serve as the first Moritz Fellow with Esperanza International, a non-profit microfinance institution. My work mostly involved financial analysis, but I was also able to help with a medical mission trip and visit with many of Esperanza’s associates. In January 2014, I moved to Malaysia to teach English on a Fulbright grant. I lived in a rural village of about 600 people and taught at a secondary school. After completing my grant, I moved to San Francisco, CA for an internship with Genentech, a leader in the biotech industry, in their clinical trials group. Most of my work revolved around data analytics, which allowed me to learn a great deal about the pharmaceutics industry, both from a scientific and operational perspective. I began medical school at UT Health Science Center of San Antonio in July of 2015.
  • Describe your favorite Fellows memory or impact Neeley Fellows had on where you are / what you are doing today:
    The trip to Santiago, Chile after junior year sparked a passion for working and living abroad that continues to be both a professional and personal influence. As I look forward to a career as a physician, I am eager to practice medicine both here in Texas and in developing countries around the world. 
  • What is your favorite hobby when you have spare time?In my spare time, I like to go hiking and camping.
  • Favorite quote—“If you’re scared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” -Sir Ken Robinson