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October 2014
Wednesday, 1st
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6:00pm-8:00pm, United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77007

Do you have a child or relative that is thinking of applying to The University of Texas at Austin? The McCombs Alumni Network invites you to an information session on how to navigate the undergraduate admissions process. This event is a joint effort between the university’s Office of Admissions, the McCombs School of Business, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts.

The session will include tips on how to prepare the best application possible, the do’s and don’ts, and a Q&A with representatives from each school. Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking available. RSVP today!

Thursday, 2nd
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7:30am-9:30am, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Houston Branch, 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019
At long last we're starting to see words and phrases used to describe the U.S. economy like: optimism, revenue growth, more hiring, GDP increases, and consumer confidence is up. There’s momentum gaining – and especially in Texas. In fact, without Texas, the nation’s economy would be stuck in slow motion.

Get expert insight on what 2015 has in store for the economy as Texas CEO magazine and the McCombs School of Business bring together CEOs, a Federal Reserve economist, and UT faculty to share their insights for the year to come.

Panelists
Jay Hartzell, professor, Department of Finance, and associate dean for business affairs, McCombs School of Business
Greg Armstrong, CEO and chairman, Plains All American
Janiece M. Longoria, chairman, Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority
Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO, Texas Medical Center

What You Will Learn
What global and U.S. factors could impact Texas and the Houston economy
Greg Armstrong will share what's going on with the Keystone situation and beyond
Janiece Longoria will share her insights on how the completion of the Panama Canal's widening will impact Texas logistics and the Port of Houston
Dr. Bobby Robbins will share the latest in Houston's health care technology, innovation, and challenges

Event cost is $50 per person and includes breakfast (a gluten-free option will be available) and parking. Event is hosted by the McCombs Alumni Network, Texas Enterprise, and Texas CEO magazine. For more information including bios, please visit the Texas Enterprise event page.

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Friday, 3rd
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7:00am-9:00am, Dry Creek Cafe, 544 Yale St., Houston, TX 77007

Please join the Houston Chapter for their monthly First Friday Breakfast Series. All McCombs alumni and friends are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to connect with other alumni and hear the latest news and updates from McCombs.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming First Friday Breakfasts. They take place at the same time and location each month. RSVP today!

Tuesday, 7th
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7:00pm-9:00pm, Angus' Café Bistro, 258 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Now that summer is over, it’s back to business. Come join the McCombs New York Alumni Chapter for a networking event with fellow alumni. Angus’ full menu will be available, so come for a drink or have dinner. We will be catching up and networking on the third floor.

Previous chapter events have sold out so make sure to RSVP early. Please note that RSVP is also required as space is limited. RSVP today!
Thursday, 9th
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7:30am-9:30am, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - San Antonio Branch, 402 Dwyer Ave., San Antonio, TX 78204
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact gayle.hight@mccombs.utexas.edu.

At long last we're starting to see words and phrases used to describe the U.S. economy like: optimism, revenue growth, more hiring, GDP increases, and consumer confidence is up. There’s momentum gaining – and especially in Texas. In fact, without Texas, the nation’s economy would be stuck in slow motion.

Get expert insight on what 2015 has in store for the economy as Texas CEO magazine and the McCombs School of Business bring together CEOs, a Federal Reserve economist, and UT faculty to share their insights for the year to come.

Panelists
Jay Hartzell, professor, Department of Finance, and associate dean for business affairs, McCombs School of Business
Anil Kumar, senior research economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Joe Robles, president and CEO, USAA
Kenneth P. Trevett, president and CEO, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Rad Weaver, CEO, McCombs Partners

What You Will Learn
What global and U.S. factors could impact Texas and the San Antonio economy
Joe Robles will share his views on the financial sectors long term prospects
Ken Trevett will share trends and the future promise of the biosciences for San Antonio
Rad Weaver will share what private equity deal making looks like today

Event cost is $50 per person and includes breakfast (a gluten-free option will be available) and parking. Event is hosted by the McCombs Alumni Network, Texas Enterprise, and Texas CEO magazine. For more information including bios, please visit the Texas Enterprise event page.

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3:00pm-6:30pm, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78758

The Austin Chapter invites you to come discover some of the amazing research that takes place at the university’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC). This tour will include three of the largest research centers on the campus beginning with the Texas Advanced Computing Center, proceeding to the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER), and then ending at the Center for Electromechanics.

Following the center tours, a networking event will be held at the PRC Commons featuring beer from Independence Brewing and appetizers from Casa Chapala. All activities are within walking distance on the PRC campus. Ample parking is available. Guests including children are welcome on the tours and networking event.

Tour Details
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) – The TACC data center houses "Stampede," the 7th most powerful supercomputer in the world (top 500 list).

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at The University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and on ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources. Primary research areas are energy, indoor air quality, outdoor air quality, high performance polymers, and process optimization, control, and safety. CEER supports STEM initiatives and is home to UTeachEngineering, a collaborative initiative of the Cockrell School of Engineering and UTeach Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Independent School District.

The Center for Electromechanics (CEM) has a 40-year history of developing critical DOD technology including the electromagnetic railgun and aircraft launch. More recent research projects include super conducting motors, microgrid controls, efficient biomass to biofuels conversion, and a multiyear project redesigning the 12-ton hexapod tracking system of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.

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Friday, 10th
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7:30am-8:30am, Stinson’s Bistro, 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756

The Austin Chapter invites you to come mix and mingle with your fellow McCombs alumni and friends at our monthly breakfast meeting at Stinson’s Bistro. In October we will have Professor Kristie J. Loescher speak on the topic of “Power in the Workplace: Ability Gets You in the Door, but Power Moves You Up the Ladder.”

This breakfast is hosted by real estate insider, Cody George, who will give a two minute market update. We look forward to seeing you! RSVP today!

Monday, 13th
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7:00pm-10:00pm, All Star Lanes Holborn, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, London WC1B 4DA
In the words of Walter Sobchak (The Big Lebowski) - Dude, let's go bowling.

Join fellow McCombs alumni in London on Monday, Oct. 13 for some fun including bowling, dinner, drinks, and networking. Guests are welcome. And, if you know anyone from McCombs passing through London as a student, intern, or visitor, please extend the invitation.

Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 26 to London Chapter President Ashley Walker at ashleykimberwalker@gmail.com.
Friday, 17th
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All DayMultiple Locations, Austin, TX

Save the Date for McCombs Alumni Weekend Oct. 17-19, 2014 in Austin! All alumni are invited to catch up with friends and learn from faculty.

It will be a fun weekend including:

  • An opening breakfast and economic forecast panel
  • Lectures with your favorite faculty members
  • Welcome party at the McCombs School
  • A pre-game alumni bbq
  • Limited group seating at the Texas vs. Iowa State Game (separate tickets available in August)
Be sure to watch your email for details and registration information coming in early June. In the meantime, update your profile in the alumni directory and like the McCombs Alumni Network on Facebook so you don't miss new details as they come out.

We look forward to seeing you in October!
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7:30am-9:30am, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705
At long last we're starting to see words and phrases used to describe the U.S. economy like: optimism, revenue growth, more hiring, GDP increases, and consumer confidence is up. There’s momentum gaining – and especially in Texas. In fact, without Texas, the nation’s economy would be stuck in slow motion.

Get expert insight on what 2015 has in store for the economy as Texas CEO magazine and the McCombs School of Business bring together CEOs, a Federal Reserve economist, and UT faculty to share their insights for the year to come.

Panelists
Laura Starks, professor, Department of Finance, and associate dean for research, McCombs School of Business
Alexander M. Davern, chief operating officer, National Instruments
John Hofmann, executive vice president of water, LCRA
Mark Willis, CEO, Keller Williams Realty
Mine K. Yücel, senior vice president and director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

What You Will Learn
What global and U.S. factors could impact Texas and the Austin economy
Alex Davern will share his perspective on the tech market including manufacturing, sales, innovation, and the prospects for additional growth.
Mark Willis will discuss the Austin real estate marketing including home sales, new home construction, rents, and the cost of borrowing.
John Hofmann will share his perspective on what Texas businesses should expect and can do to deal with the continuing drought.

Event cost is $35 per person and includes breakfast (a gluten-free option will be available). Event is hosted by the McCombs Alumni Network, Texas Enterprise, and Texas CEO magazine. For more information including bios, please visit the Texas Enterprise event page.

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Saturday, 18th
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All DayMultiple Locations, Austin, TX

Save the Date for McCombs Alumni Weekend Oct. 17-19, 2014 in Austin! All alumni are invited to catch up with friends and learn from faculty.

It will be a fun weekend including:

  • An opening breakfast and economic forecast panel
  • Lectures with your favorite faculty members
  • Welcome party at the McCombs School
  • A pre-game alumni bbq
  • Limited group seating at the Texas vs. Iowa State Game (separate tickets available in August)
Be sure to watch your email for details and registration information coming in early June. In the meantime, update your profile in the alumni directory and like the McCombs Alumni Network on Facebook so you don't miss new details as they come out.

We look forward to seeing you in October!
Sunday, 19th
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All DayMultiple Locations, Austin, TX

Save the Date for McCombs Alumni Weekend Oct. 17-19, 2014 in Austin! All alumni are invited to catch up with friends and learn from faculty.

It will be a fun weekend including:

  • An opening breakfast and economic forecast panel
  • Lectures with your favorite faculty members
  • Welcome party at the McCombs School
  • A pre-game alumni bbq
  • Limited group seating at the Texas vs. Iowa State Game (separate tickets available in August)
Be sure to watch your email for details and registration information coming in early June. In the meantime, update your profile in the alumni directory and like the McCombs Alumni Network on Facebook so you don't miss new details as they come out.

We look forward to seeing you in October!
Monday, 20th
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6:30pm-7:30pm, The Wayfarer, 101 W 57th St., New York, NY 10019

The Texas MBA program invites you to a reception to welcome first-year MBA students who will be in town for a Wall Street Trek and a new NYC Marketing Trek.

Our alumna, Holly McMullan with Apollo Global Management, is hosting the reception on behalf of the McCombs School. We are excited to provide updates on the Texas MBA program and introduce you to some of our current students.

There will be passed appetizers and a complimentary beverage to greet you after your day at work. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVP today!

Thursday, 23rd
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Noon-1:00pm, https://meeting.austin.utexas.edu/careerwebinar/
Most people start their consulting practice with a marquis client or two. But a key benefit of working with a consultant is his or her experience with a broad range of clients. In addition, you never want to be dependent on a few clients—because if you lose one, you might not survive. To be successful, consultants need a rich pipeline of clients.

But, how do you build a pipeline?

Join us for an inspiring, practical webinar, designed specifically for MBAs, and led by Robbie Kellman Baxter. Robbie has enjoyed tremendous success as an independent consultant, and is willing to share her tips with her fellow alumni. You’ll learn how to:
• Prime the pump and build awareness
• Attract prospects through thought leadership
• Generate referrals to higher level buyers
• Leverage your professional and academic affiliations to build your practice
• Find ways to network that feel authentic and actually work
• Make rain during a dry spell
• Orchestrate prospect meetings that result in business
• Identify and break through the roadblocks that hold you back

If you’re a successful professional services provider, or even if you’re just getting started and want to move quickly to build a successful practice, you need this webinar.

Robbie Kellman Baxter brings over twenty years of strategy consulting and marketing expertise to Peninsula Strategies. Her clients have included startups and mid-sized venture-backed companies as well as industry leaders such as Netflix, Yahoo!, Oracle, and eBay. Over the past 10 plus years, Peninsula Strategies has advised nearly 100 organizations on growth strategy.

Robbie has presented to alumni organizations at Stanford, Harvard, and Haas, as well as chapters of the Product Development and Management Association, the Business Marketing Round Table, and Women in Consulting. She has been quoted on business issues in the Wall Street Journal, eCommerce Times, and Tampa Bay Journal, and has been asked to write articles for American Venture, Marketing Profs, and Management Consulting News. Her book “The Membership Economy” by McGraw-Hill is scheduled for release spring 2015.

Robbie’s expertise with companies in the emerging membership economy extends to include SaaS models, subscription models, and the implications of social mobility. She applies marketing discipline to business strategy, whether serving as a retained advisor to the leadership team, conducting market research and validation to assess new opportunities, or developing and implementing marketing programs to identify, generate, and retain new leads and customers. Robbie sets aside a portion of her schedule to speak to, mentor, and coach independent consultants.

She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduated with honors from Harvard College, and is an active volunteer with both institutions. RSVP today!
Tuesday, 28th
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Noon-1:00pm, https://meeting.austin.utexas.edu/ktgwebinar/

Energy touches most aspects of our lives. Access and affordability of energy plays a critical role in a nation’s quality of life. How we produce and use energy also affects our environment. The University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Poll was launched because we recognized the need for a regular, nonpartisan, and authoritative look at public opinion on energy.

In this webinar, UT Energy Poll Director Sheril Kirshenbaum offers a briefing on the latest poll results, highlighting energy’s role in the 2014 election.

About the UT Energy Poll:
This groundbreaking public opinion poll measures and reports biannually on consumer opinions and attitudes toward energy consumption, pricing, development, and regulation. The results provide a source to inform and guide discussion, business planning, and policy development by highlighting American consumer attitudes and perspectives on energy. The UT Energy Poll has been fielded in March and September each year starting with September 2011.

About Sheril Kirshenbaum:
Sheril Kirshenbaum, director of the UT Energy Poll, works to enhance public understanding of energy issues and improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. She is the author of two popular science books and regularly contributes to magazines and academic journals. Sheril is a 2012 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a Next Generation Project Texas Fellow, and has served as a legislative Knauss Science Fellow in 2006 on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy.

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March 2015
Friday, 6th
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8:00am-5:00pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

Save the date for the McCombs Alumni Network's 10th Annual Alumni Business Conference Friday, March 6, 2015 in Austin, TX.

Featured Keynote Speakers

  • Antonio "Tony" Garza, U.S. ambassador (Ret.) 
  • Christi Craddick, chair, Texas Railroad Commission
  • Moderator: Evan Smith, editor-in-chief, CEO, The Texas Tribune

We are currently putting together a list of additional faculty and industry speakers. Registration information will be available in late fall. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in the alumni directory so you do not miss your invitation.