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Alumni & Friends Calendar

April 2014
Wednesday, 30th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, RDG Bar Annie, 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
Join the Houston MBA Chapter for a happy hour. This is a great opportunity to continue to strengthen ties within the McCombs Alumni Network and current MBA student community. Friends and spouses are also welcome to attend. RSVP today!
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6:00pm-8:00pm, McCombs School of Business, Legacy Events Room, CBA 3.202, 2110 Speedway Austin, TX 78705

The Austin Chapter invites you to join us for an informative evening with Stephen Maeker.

Stephen Maeker is a consultant with FranChoice, the premier franchise consultancy in the country. He assists clients who want to learn more about franchising and his service is free. His former corporate roles include vice president of global franchise sales with Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza and international franchise financial manager for TGIFriday’s.

This seminar will teach participants how to build wealth by investing in a franchise. Key topics include: alumni success stories, an overview of franchising, service versus retail franchises, financing your franchise, and the advantages of franchising versus starting your own business.

Recent national press that featured Stephen as a franchising expert include the Houston Business Journal, International Franchise Association Smart Brief, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Space is limited. Register now!

May 2014
Thursday, 1st
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Hotel ICON, The Loft, 220 Main St. Houston, TX 77002
: Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Austin Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
Friday, 2nd
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7:00am-9:00am, Dry Creek Cafe, 544 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007
Please join the Houston BBA/MPA 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 future First Friday Breakfasts. They take place at the same time and location each month. More details to come. RSVP today!
Saturday, 3rd
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8:30am-Noon, Ronald McDonald House, 211 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Chapter invites you to our Ronald McDonald House volunteer event. Volunteers are needed to staff a brunch for Ronald McDonald House families. As part of the day, we will plan the menu ahead of time and make the meal the day of. The maximum number of volunteers we can take is 20. RSVP soon to make sure you get a spot at the event!

Please note each participant will be asked to contribute $20 towards food for the event. You may give your contribution at the door. We will be feeding 50-100 people. If you would like to be part of the meal planning, please reach out to

We look forward to spending the day with you volunteering! RSVP today!

Tuesday, 6th
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Dean Tom Gilligan will give updates on the latest initiatives, programs, and departments at the McCombs School of Business as well as offer a look at the university’s and the McCombs School’s financial picture in relation to the latest Texas legislative session. He will also offer an economic forecast and touch on topics such as GDP growth and unemployment.

In 2008, Tom Gilligan was named dean of the McCombs School of Business and the Centennial Chair in Business Leadership. Prior to joining the McCombs team, Dean Gilligan spent over twenty years as a faculty member at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, where he held a variety of leadership positions. He received his BA with honors from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK in 1979, and his Ph.D. in economics from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in 1984. His areas of professional interest include microeconomics, applied price theory, industrial organization, antitrust economics, and public choice. RSVP today!
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6:30pm-9:00pm, Cantina Laredo – London, 10 Upper St Martins Lane, St. Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden London WC2H 9FB, United Kingdom
Join the London Chapter as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cocktails, dinner, and networking in central London. If you know of anyone from McCombs passing through London as a student, intern, or visitor, please feel free to extend the invitation.

Please RSVP directly to Chapter president Ashley Walker at by Thursday, May 1. See you there!
Thursday, 8th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Rosewood Crescent Hotel, Garden Room, 400 Crescent Court Dallas, TX 75201
Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Dallas Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Saint Ann Court, 2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201

The McCombs Dallas MBA Chapter would like you to join us at our Chapter spring happy hour. We have the outdoor patio reserved at Saint Ann Court in Uptown.

This will be a casual event so feel free to come and go as convenient. The new Dallas Chapter Board is in place and is planning the rest of 2014. See you there! Register now!

Tuesday, 13th
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7:00pm-9:00pm, Café Angus’ Bistro, 258 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036

Please join the New York City chapter at our faculty speaker event with Dr. Kristie Loescher, who will be discussing power bases within organizations.

Presentation details:

Ability Gets You In the Door, but Power Moves You Up the Ladder

• Importance of power (power vs. performance)
• Sources of power and how to motivate others
• Influence tactics available to you based on your sources of power
• How to build power

This will be a great opportunity to network with other McCombs alumni in the New York area and to hear from one of McCombs' impressive faculty members. Registration is required to attend this event. Register now!

Event is hosted by MBA alumna, Deborah Komarow.

Thursday, 15th
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You’re already living the dream.

You’ve hung out your shingle as an independent consultant, are known as an expert consultant in your field, and are making six figures. What’s next? How do you take your consulting practice to the next level—whether that means more money, less labor, or new markets?

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:
• Generate referrals to higher level buyers
• Price your projects based on value, not hours
• Structure your projects to meet the needs of a wide range of buyers
• Be a thought leader, both in writing and in person
• Improve your first impression
• Leverage your professional and academic affiliations to build your practice
• Be more compelling and articulate when talking about your value
• 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 ten plus years, Peninsula Strategies has advised nearly 100 organizations on growth strategy.

A sought-after writer and keynote speaker, 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.

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.

A longtime resident of Menlo Park, Robbie has developed strong relationships throughout the Silicon Valley community, with investors, attorneys, and business leaders.

Robbie 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!
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7:00pm-9:00pm, The Londoner Pub - Greenville, 2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

The Dallas BBA/MPA Chapter would like to invite all McCombs alumni and friends to The Londoner Pub for drinks and networking. Light appetizers will be provided. Contact Doug Bedell at with any questions. RSVP today!