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I was unaware of the corporate segment for leadership development and education until coming to TCU for business school.

Daniel Gandarilla, MBA/EdD Dual Degree

On discovering his new career path

TCU’s innovative MBA/EdD dual degree program—available at only four colleges nationwide—pushed Daniel Gandarilla to the head of the class. By attaining MBA-level management experience and conducting doctorate-level research on corporate universities, this Stanford grad stands ready to rise to chief learning officer.

A perfect mix

With a background that encompasses high school teaching, local government and the Red Cross, Daniel wanted to continue to use his skills to improve the lives of others. TCU’s Educational Leadership program was a smart way to explore the intersection of business and education—and to define his interest in corporate leadership. “I always wanted to pursue leadership development activities, and I knew that education was the best route for me to achieve my passion. But I was unaware of the corporate segment for leadership development and education until coming to TCU business school, where I interacted with others who helped me understand more about corporate universities.”

Face to face

Daniel’s face time at a national career fair resulted in a coveted internship with Procter & Gamble’s corporate university. Meeting a recruiter in person triggered the interview. “I handed him my résumé packet and he said, ‘Oh, yeah, I saw you online. Let’s set up an interview.’ A week later I boarded a plane to Cincinnati, and I knew before Thanksgiving that I had my summer internship set.”

Powerful alliance

Working on a Neeley & Associates Consulting team, he mastered powerful business skills. Daniel’s team plotted the direction of Alliance, Texas, a global logistics hub and growing residential community outside Fort Worth. He flew with Hillwood real estate execs to California and Colorado to identify best practices in similar developments and to envision the city’s future infrastructure. “We recommended setting aside paths for a light rail, even though there’s no plan for one. It’s not a question of if, it’s when. I think Alliance is the place to be in the next 10 to 15 years. It’s a master-planned community that’s just beginning, so there’s a lot of potential.”

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