Date Published: June 16, 2016
At 20 Jennifer Chandler, MBA '04, was freshly out of college and working at Dallas'
Skyline High School. While she knew education was her passion, she quickly realized
she would soon need to earn a master's in order to receive a teaching certification.
Chandler decided if she was going to return to school, she would earn an MBA in financial
"I was hesitant about doing a business program since I was coming from a very different
industry," said Chandler. "Everything was completely new to me but UD gave me personalized
support. While I loved my undergraduate experience, I could immediately tell UD was
going to be different."
Chandler credits UD with helping her learn the skills she needed to succeed in the
finance industry. "Everything I learned at night could be immediately applied at work
the following day," said Chandler. "The small class sizes allowed each professor to
be easily accessible making the overall experience far more personalized."
Just over a decade later, Chandler has used that degree to become a leader in Dallas.
Due to her work on several nonprofit boards and professional commitment to community
impact, Chandler has been recognized by several organizations and publications for
her service to the city of Dallas. You'll find her mentioned among other city leaders
in D Magazine, Leadership Dallas and most recently, the Dallas Business Journal's 2016 Top 40 Under 40 list.
"I knew that if I could get into a firm and work hard, my work ethic would speak for
me," said Chandler. "Through my over 15 years with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private
Wealth Management I have continued to learn new things. As a young professional, it
is critical to pick up more responsibilities, add value and take opportunities to
show your leadership abilities."