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  • 2016 Alumni Business Conference

11th Annual Alumni Business Conference

Save the Date for the 11th Annual Alumni Business Conference on March 4, 2016  in Austin, Texas. Texas CPAs will be eligible to receive CPE credit for the conference. 

Preliminary List of Speakers

  Ethan Burris
Associate Professor
Department of Managment
McCombs School of Business

Dr. Ethan Burris is an associate professor of management and the Thomas E. & Terry Smith Faculty Fellow in Business at the McCombs School of Business. He is also the graduate advisor (director of the Ph.D. program for the Management Department) and co-director of the Center of Leadership Excellence for the McCombs School. He earned his Ph.D. in management from Cornell University. He teaches and consults on topics relating to leadership, managing power and politics, leading groups and teams, and negotiations.
  Britt Freund
Director, Project Management Consortium
Sr. Lecturer, Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Mgmt.
McCombs School of Business

Dr. R. Britt Freund is director of the Project Management Consortium at the McCombs School of Business. He is also the former graduate business dean and director of the Full-Time, Evening, and Professional MBA programs at the school. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on a wide range of topics such as project management, operations strategy, distribution, supply chain management, inventory control, optimization, process analysis, practical statistics and risk management. He has also taught extensively in executive and professional MBA programs in Europe, Asia and the USA. Freund received his BS from The University of Texas at Austin and his MS and Ph.D. at Cornell University.
  Julie Irwin
Professor, Departments of Marketing and Business, Government and Society
McCombs School of Business

Dr. Julie Irwin joined the faculty in 1999. Her previous faculty appointments were at the Stern School of Business at New York University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (visiting appointment). She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Colorado and post-doctoral training in the Quantitative Psychology division of the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois. Prof. Irwin serves on the editorial boards of many prominent journals and has published over thirty refereed journal articles and book chapters and has served as a principle investigator on two National Science Foundation grants. Her primary research interest is in consumer decision making, especially about issues invoking emotion, ethics, and/or risk. She also has an ongoing research interest in methodology and scaling.