2nd Annual Bauer Gala: Into the Night: Feb. 24, 2023

2nd Annual Bauer Gala

Into the Night

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

2nd Annual

Bauer Gala

Into the Night

Friday, February 24, 2023




Honorary Chair Committee

As of October 10, 2022

Honorary Chair

The Honorable Sylvester Turner (BS '77), Mayor, City of Houston

Honorary Co-Chairs

Julie Dakri & Asif Dakri
Habiba Dhanani & Mohammed Ali Dhanani (BBA '90)
Elaine Finger (BBA '92) & Marvy Finger
Sarah Hurt & Bill Hurt (MBA '86)
Nisha Meghani & Javed Meghani
Dawn Rawson & Richard Rawson (BBA '72, Honorary '20)
Kimberly Wilkinson (BBA '93) & Trey Wilkinson (BBA '92, MBA '02)



Time & Location

6 p.m.
The Post Oak Hotel
West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027



Two ways to register!
Online, or downloadable PDF forms for the following:

Table Sponsorships
Exclusive Sponsorships

We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions, please contact:
Giovanni Rosselli, Director of Alumni Relations at gcrosselli@bauer.uh.edu




Master of Ceremonies: Lisa Shumate (MBA '16)

Photo: Lisa Shumate

Associate Vice President, University of Houston System & General Manager, Houston Public Media
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Photo: Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace

Vocalist and NBC The Voice Semifinalist

Current UH Bauer College Finance Major

Read her bio

Photo: Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Ballet performer who has performed with Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet

Current UH Bauer College Finance Major

Read his bio



Relive the Inaugural Bauer Gala, March 3, 2022

Photo: Bauer Gala 2022, Mayor Turner
Photo: Bauer Gala 2022, Dean Paul A. Pavlou

Michael Ryan

Ballet & Current UH Bauer College Finance Major

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is a Finance major in the University of Houston Honors College and is expected to graduate next year. He began his dance training at The Ballet Academy of Texas. In 2006 he was invited to train at The Orlando Ballet School on scholarship under the direction of Peter Stark. Michael continued his dance training on scholarship at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, where he was honored with the Houston Ballet Academy Award for a promising future and commitment to the art form. In 2012 Michael joined Houston Ballet II where he had the opportunity to study under the direction of Claudio Munoz, Sabrina Lenzi, and Andrew Murphy. He was invited to perform at the AICD International Ballet Awards in Australia and attended the Assemblée International in Canada in 2013. Michael has had the opportunity to perform in Switzerland at the Prix de Lausanne as both a guest artist with Houston Ballet II and as an individual competitor, earning a finalist position in 2014. Michael went on to begin his professional ballet career with Houston Ballet that same year. Michael danced with Houston Ballet for three years before joining Boston Ballet in 2017. In late 2020 Michael stepped away from his professional career to pursue his education though the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Michael looks forward to graduating next year and is excited to continue his support of Bauer as an alumnus!


Sarah Grace

Vocalist & Current UH Bauer College Finance Major

Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace is a sophomore majoring in Finance and triple-minoring in Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Leadership Studies in the University of Houston Honors College. Sarah Grace was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and after finishing as a Semifinalist on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice, Sarah Grace’s band toured nationally in 2019. She signed a record deal in 2020 and was named one of twenty U.S. Presidential Scholars of the Arts. During her first year at UH, she fell in love with the Bauer Honors program as well as the Bonner Leaders program, where she mentors low-income high school students in SAT prep and college readiness. She spent that year interning at Morgan Stanley in the wealth management division, and she will be spending next summer with Main Street Capital, a Houston-based private equity firm. In her free time, she plays piano, tennis, and hangs out with her 12-year-old pug, Roo. Sarah Grace is very involved on campus – she is a part of BCG (Bayou Capital Group) Undergraduate Investment Fund and BHSAB (Bauer Honors Student Advisory Board), and she loves singing the national anthem at the UH football and basketball games. She is so honored to be performing for the Bauer Gala, as she considers Bauer her home!


Lisa Shumate (MBA '16)

Associate Vice President, University of Houston System & General Manager, Houston Public Media

Lisa Shumate

Published Author and Speaker

National Board Service: PBS Foundation and American Public Television

Lisa Shumate was appointed Associate Vice President (UH System) & General Manager, Houston Public Media (UH) in 2011, with dual roles of responsibility, including serving as Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation.

Before joining the University, she held successive roles of executive leadership at KHOU-TV (TEGNA), BELO Corporation (TEGNA), and KTRK-TV (Disney/ABC) in both Houston and Dallas.

Lisa is co-author of “You’ve Got This: The Real Skills You Need for Career Success,” published by Wiley, a publishing company focused on academic publishing and instructional materials. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business.

Lisa is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Leadership Coaching Program and is an International Coaching Federation certified coach. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston-Bauer College of Business, graduating cum laude, and participated in an International Business Residency in China in 2016.

Lisa serves on two national public media governing boards and is the recipient of local, regional, and national awards for community service, leadership, and innovation.