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MDCOB Announces Award Recipients for the Business Alumni Conference

MDCOB Alumni Award Winners

The Marylin Davies College of Business (MDCOB) has recently announced Lynne Hackedorn as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and Ivan Sanchez as the recipient of the Rising Star Award. 

The award winners will be recognized during the Business Alumni Conference (BAC) Saturday, July 16th, during the virtual event. This conference, which combines key elements of business such as networking and professional development, is geared towards our extensive UHD alumni network. MDCOB alumni will have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders, learn essential skills that are critical in their professional careers, and build relationships with fellow MDCOB Gators.

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to recognize a university’s alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at the university. Lynn L. Hackedorn, a native Houstonian with over 38 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, graduated from the University of Houston Downtown with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Land Management in 1984. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, Hackedorn began her career at ARCO Oil and Gas Company, where she worked until 1994. After years of working in the oil and gas sector, Hackedorn transitioned into her Government and Public Affairs leadership role as Vice President for Cobalt International Energy. She is currently the Director of Government Affairs at Talos Energy inc., a leading energy company that focuses on providing safe, reliable and responsible energy. Hackedorn truly embodies what it means to be a distinguished alumni through her accomplishments and leadership in the oil and gas field. 

The purpose of the Rising Star Award is to recognize a university’s alumni as an emerging leader whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to a profession, community service and increased levels of leadership, responsibility, and sphere of impact. Ivan Sanchez, President of Houston Millennials, a nationally awarded social purposes chapter organization, has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create change in the greater Houston area. With seven leadership institutes under his belt, Sanchez has become a strong influence in the community. From pushing carts at Kroger and selling chocolates at Godiva to leading 36 different Latin American countries and representatives in an educational seminar, Ivan Sanchez has affected many lives and has championed change for a futurist society. 

The Marilyn Davies College of Business is excited to recognize the achievements of Lynne Hackedorn and Ivan Sanchez at the 2nd Annual Business Alumni Conference. Join us tomorrow, July 16th, 10 am – 1 pm, there is still time to register.