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.

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

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.