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April 2015
Thursday, 30th
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8:30am-9:45am, The University of Texas System Office, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC

New oil and gas production technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, and deepwater drilling have already begun to redraw the map of energy production. Because oil is traded in a global market, increased domestic production does not insulate the U.S. from supply shocks and price volatility. Nevertheless, changes in the geography of energy production could still have an important impact.

For the past year, LBJ School professor Eugene Gholz has led a team of researchers investigating how changing trade flows and energy revenues affect U.S. national security focusing on two potential mechanisms: shifts in U.S. bilateral relationships with oil-exporting countries and disruptions in regional security as the revenue outlook changes for those producers. Join us for a discussion of the key findings with State Department expert Richard Westerdale.

Peter Marton and Katherine Wilshusen
LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

with comments by
Richard Westerdale
Director of Public Diplomacy and Policy Analysis
U.S. State Department Bureau of Energy Resources

moderated by
Eugene Gholz
Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Coffee and pastries will be available starting at 8:00 am if you would like to come and mingle before hand. RSVP today!

This event is free and open to the public. The LBJ School research team would like to thank the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law for sponsoring their work.

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6:00pm-8:00pm, Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77007

Join the Houston Chapter on the last Thursday of each month at one of Houston’s top restaurants. This is a great opportunity to continue to strengthen ties within the McCombs alumni network and current MBA student community.

Friends and Spouses are welcome. RSVP today!

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8:00pm-10:00pm, Cheers 416 E 6th St. Austin, TX 78701

The current MBA students would like you to join us for our weekly “Think and Drink” social event. This will be a great chance for alumni and current students to come together, right before we go off to our summer internships or begin our full time jobs.

Please contact GBC Alumni Affairs Chair Carl Thorne-Thomsen at with any questions. RSVP today!

May 2015
Friday, 1st
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7:00am-9:00am, Dry Creek Café, 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 future First Friday Breakfasts. They take place at the same time and location each month. More details to come. RSVP today!

Thursday, 7th
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7:30am-9:00am, Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80204

The Denver Business Series invites you to Legal Café: How to Keep Your Emails Your Business. Kara Lyons from Faegre Baker Daniels will present on the attorney-client privilege and focus on how businesses can protect the disclosure of sensitive emails in litigation.

  • What is attorney-client privilege?
  • How does attorney-client privilege apply in the corporate context?
  • What is a privileged communication?
  • What is NOT a privileged communication?
  • How to protect emails that you don’t want exposed to the other side

Kara Lyons is a litigator who represents financial institutions, insurance companies, franchisors, and food and agriculture companies. Her practice focuses on litigation and advising clients in a variety of complex commercial matters. Learn more about Kara Lyons here.

The breakfast will start with a half hour of networking from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., and then the presentation will run from 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. The cost includes a light continental breakfast, coffee and juice. The event capacity will be limited to the first 40 registrants. Parking is located in the lot next to the Denver Press Club, located at 1330 Glenarm Place, or there is street parking as well. Register now!

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11:30am-1:00pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

"Austin's ecosystem is a leading example of regional and national competitiveness, one that enhances innovation, job-creation and wealth. It fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in an environment where business models are constantly changing. Those who can thrive in Austin can compete globally."

Understanding innovative and creative ecosystems locally is essential for wealth—and job—creation. In this lecture, we’ll draw on studies that show how regional competitiveness enhances innovation and entrepreneurship, with a concentration on how to improve any enterprise by connecting to the dynamics of science and technology .

It’s no secret that the majority of enterprises that have scaled over the last 30 years were founded in innovation and creative business ecosystems. Silicon Valley led the way, and regions like Austin and Boston’s Route 128 have followed. We’ll discuss the models for networking in these regions with an emphasis on Austin. And we’ll present new digital data streams that improve the way we evaluate entrepreneurial start-ups and measure solvency.

What you will learn:

  • How to better compete in innovative ecosystems.
  • Ask the most informative questions about the impact of intellectual property on business models.
  • Leverage new measurements [AD5] for business strategy.
  • Learn why profit is not the accountant’s “profit” but is, instead, the cost of staying in business in a competitive ecosystem.

About Professor John Sibley Butler:
John Sibley Butler is a professor of management and sociology at The University of Texas at Austin and a fellow at the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC2). He has been chair of the Department of Management and is the founding director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business. He also was the director, for more than a decade, of the IC2 Institute at UT.

He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Regional Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at Aoyama Gakuin University, School of International Politics, Economics, and Business in Tokyo, Japan; Rutgers University, New Jersey; Babson College, Boston; University of Southern Maine; and Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.

His latest books include Global Perspectives on Technology Transfer and Commercialization (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2010), The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2010), ­An American Story: Mexican American Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation. (Purdue University Press, 2010), and Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: Building American Communities and Economies (Greenwood/Praeger Publishers 2004). He is also published widely in professional, peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Butler received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Organizational Science and Statistics and the undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His research interest includes the application of social physics to managerial science, innovation and entrepreneurship, and organizational science. He was the first investor in Glofish, which is the first biotech company in the aquarium space.

See his full bio here.

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

The Austin Chapter invites you to discover some of the amazing research that takes place at the UT auxiliary J.J. Pickle Research Campus. 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.

Center Tour Event (3:00 – 4:30 pm) – This event will include tours of three research centers on the J.J. Pickle Research campus. The tour will kick off with the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) 3D Visualization facility, proceed to The Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL), and end at the Microelectronics Research Center (MRC).

Networking Event (4:30 – 6:00 pm) – A networking event will be held following the MRC tour at the Commons building on the J.J. Pickle Research campus – beer tasting will feature Solid Rock Brewing selections, non-alcoholic beverages and yummy appetizers will also be provided.

Registration Deadline: no later than 8:00am on April 20th, 2015 (sorry for the early date, but a background check is required for the NETL facility)

3:00 – 3:30pm: BEG – 3D Visualization Experience - Take a 3D tour of various projects Bureau scientists have participated in over the years. Stops along the way include Caribbean mud volcanos, a carbon sequestration site, Lidar-imaged coastal areas, West Texas geology, and a conventional oil reservoir. Dallas Dunlap and John Andrews will be your guides.”

3:30pm – 4:00pm: NETL – this reactor designed by General Atomics, is a TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor and is the newest of the current fleet of U.S. university reactors. The NETL reactor has in-core irradiation facilities and five beam ports and is capable of steady-state operation at power levels up to 1 MW or pulsing mode operation where powers as high as 1500 MW are achieved for about 10 msec. Major areas of emphasis for NETL include training and education, measuring the distribution of elements in a material, elemental analysis, and imaging with neutrons.

4:00pm – 4:30pm: MRC – these labs attract users from many different fields: electronics, optics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, as well as chemical, mechanical, and petroleum engineering. Lab users are both from universities and corporations. The MRC is more than a clean room with open-access to advanced nano-fabrication equipment – it is a community of scientists who work together to build advanced technology products and knowledge.

PARKING NOTE: Please arrive at least 5 minutes early, as you will need to place a parking pass in your vehicle prior to the first center tour. Upon arrival, park anywhere on Road A immediately in front of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG). Proceed to BEG to pick up a dashboard parking pass to place in your vehicle.

For questions or help the day of the event, please contact Shannon Strank at: or 512-417-8435 (mobile).

Register for the Center Tour here!
Register for the Center Tour and Networking Event here!

Tuesday, 12th
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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. We look forward to seeing you! RSVP today!
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8:00am-10:00am, Rosewood Mansion, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219

The Directors Roundtable Institute is a not-for-profit which organizes worldwide programming for Directors and their advisors. Companies and their Directors and Officers personally are facing heightened risks from SEC civil and DOJ criminal enforcement. The size of penalties and the imposition of restrictive provisions such as deferred prosecution agreements are increasing.

The key issues that will be discussed in include:

  • Enforcement - new Division of Enforcement priorities and guidelines for cooperating witnesses; corporate investigations; interplay between company, auditor, and external counsel; insider trading; and personal liability of Directors and Officers.
  • Compliance - creating compliance programs with appropriate allocation of resources to cover the many issues, given that the SEC and DOJ focus so heavily on having effective programs in place to mitigate penalties. This includes risk-based programs for FCPA and other areas.

Distinguished Speakers:

  • David Peavler, Associate Regional Director of Enforcement (Texas), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Gary Goolsby, Senior Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting, Inc.
  • Gerry Pecht, Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Head of Securities Litigation, Investigations and SEC Enforcement, United States, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Peter Stokes, Partner, Securities Litigation, Investigations and SEC Enforcement, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Wesley Wolffe, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ACE Professional Risk

The event is free to attend and continental breakfast will be served. To RSVP, log on to our Website,, and click on "Current Events and Registration." To contact us, call Karen Todd at (727) 493-2067 or e-mail Jack Friedman, President, Directors Roundtable Institute, at

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The McCombs Scholars Program was established 3 years ago to create half and full tuition scholarships to recruit incoming freshmen to the McCombs School of Business. Dean Tom Gilligan asked alumnus John Adams (BBA ’66, JD ’69) of Dallas to spearhead this important endeavor to raise merit-based scholarships from McCombs alumni and friends. We have raised over 100 of our goal of 375 scholarships that will offer around half of our incoming freshmen class a scholarship to earn a McCombs education.

In this webinar, Dean Gilligan and McCombs Scholars Program Chair and alum, John Adams, will share how the McCombs Scholars Program has made an impact at the business school and why you should get involved. Scholarship recipient James Abbott will speak about how his scholarship has made a difference in his life. RSVP today!

Presenters include:

  • Dean Tom Gilligan
  • John Adams, BBA 1966, JD 1969

About Dean Gilligan
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.

About John Adams
John Adams, McCombs Scholars Program spokesperson, retired as Vice Chairman of Trinity Industries, Inc., a Dallas-based diversified industrial manufacturing company in March 2007. Prior to joining Trinity’s executive team in 1999, John was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Bank of Texas, National Association (formerly Texas Commerce Bank). He is very involved at the University of Texas serving on the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, President’s Development Board and the McCombs School Advisory Council. John received his B.B.A. in Finance and J.D. in Law from the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Susie Baker Adams, a graduate of the University of Texas. Their son John Ross Adams, who received an MBA from the McCombs School, lives in Atlanta with wife, Emily Cain Adams, and their daughters, Caroline and Ellison. Daughter, Elise Adams Harper, lives in Dallas with her husband, Jonathan Harper, and their sons, Luke, Brooks, and Jack.

Thursday, 14th
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6:00pm-7:00pm, Park City Club of Dallas, 5956 Sherry Lane #1700, Dallas, TX 75225
Join the Dallas Business Club and Mr. Carl Sewell for an engaging discussion on his award-winning philosophy of Customer Service.

That principle — trying to treat customers right — became a cornerstone of today’s Sewell Automotive Cos., a billion-dollar business that will celebrate its 104th anniversary this year.” (Terry Box, Business Writer, Dallas Morning News)

Carl Sewell joined the family automobile business in 1967, after graduating from Southern Methodist University and serving a stint in the Army. His father had begun selling cars in 1911. Carl is a third generation automotive dealer. His daughter, Jacquelin, and son, Carl, are the beginning of a fourth generation. In 1967, the business had one franchise with sales of $10 million. Today, sales are in excess of $1.6 billion. Sewell Automotive Companies consists of 14 dealerships representing the following franchises: Audi, Buick-GMC, Cadillac (4), Infiniti (3), Lexus (2), Maserati, MINI and Subaru.

Carl has served as chairman of Audi, Lexus and Cadillac National Dealer Councils, as well as a member of the Infiniti Marketing and Product Dealer Councils.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of SMU where he served as chairman and the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Board where he also served as chairman. He is on the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation and the State Fair of Texas. He has previously served as chairman of Goals for Dallas and board member of the Neiman Marcus Group, Southwest Media Corporation, First City Bank, Ford Bank Group, United National Bank, American Tire Distributors and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Carl has lectured at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University. He has spoken to groups from General Motors, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Amoco, Apple Computer, Toyota and Hyundai.

He is author of Customers for Life, named best book of 1990 by Tom Peters. With sales over 1,000,000 copies, Customers for Life is published in 17 languages and has been re-released by Doubleday.

Carl believes that the most important things to do to be successful are:
  • Learn from mentors.
  • Decide how good you want to be.
  • Have a profound knowledge of your business.
  • Hire the best and brightest people.
  • Never, ever be satisfied with your level of performance. There is no choice but to improve.
Event Details:
  • 6:00pm: Arrival, Cash Bar and Appetizers
  • 6:30pm: Semi-Private discussion with Mr. Sewell, exclusively reserved for Platinum Members
Reception Service: Cash Bar is available Roasted Petit Tenderloin of Beef Carving Station with Brioche Silver Dollar Rolls, New England Crab Puffs, Ahi Tuna on Wonton, Mini Margherita Pizza, Vegetable Bar with Breads, Crackers and Dipping Sauce, Beverages include Tea, Coffee and Water.

*PLATINUM MEMBERS ONLY* Enjoy an exclusive meet and greet with Mr. Sewell from 6:30-7:00pm!

Registration will close at 5pm on May 12th, 2015. Register now!

Hint: Become a Platinum Member before you register for this event. If you do, you will become eligible to receive $10 discount to this and future events, PLUS an exclusive opportunity to meet Mr. Carl Sewell in a semi-private gathering with other Platinum members! Join or renew here!
Thursday, 28th
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5:30pm-8:30pm, The Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St., Denver, CO 80205

Business entrepreneurs are driving social change around the world. The Denver Chapter invites you to come learn about some of the amazing organizations working to address global poverty with market-based solutions. Register now!

Speakers include:

  • Doug Vilsack, Executive Director of the Posner Center for International Development. Building a community of innovators who grow lasting solutions to global poverty.
  • Julia Alvarez, Executive Director of Elephant Energy, which empowers off-grid entrepreneurs by providing access to affordable, clean, and practical energy technologies, and assists with initial capital and training. Light in every home. Clean air in every kitchen. Power in every hand.
  • Heather Fleming, CEO of Catapult Design, which is working to close the gap in equality by offering human-centered design consulting, research, and analysis to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas from concept to implementation. Design services for socially driven clients.
  • Patrick Riley, CEO of Global Accelerator Network, a group of over 50 accelerators on six continents, helping entrepreneurs to grow top companies. The global champion of the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model.

The Posner Center for International Development brings together over 60 of the more than 200 organizations and social ventures in Colorado focusing on international development. In addition to the speakers above, meet some of the other movers and shakers at the Posner Center who are changing the world through education, energy access, healthcare, microfinance, and many other solutions.

Friday, 29th
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5:00pm-8:00pm, 3rd Floor, 2303 Smith St #300, Houston, TX 77006
Join the Houston Chapter at their monthly 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 welcome. RSVP today!