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March 2015
Tuesday, 31st
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11:30am-1:00pm, AT&T Executive Information and Conference Center, Room 203, 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705
It isn’t shocking that studies show that organizations benefit when their employees speak up with ideas for improvement to those with the power to make changes. And it isn’t a controversial finding that managers make better decisions when their employees voice ideas than those whose employees feel like their ideas are stifled. After all, those on the front lines are typically best positioned to generate ideas to make the organization more effective. What is surprising, however, is that many managers actually work hard to avoid voice — they fail to solicit ideas for improvement, punish those who speak up, or both. We decided to find out not only which managers are reticent to hear about ideas but also why.

What you will learn:
  • Why employees withhold innovative ideas
  • How managers play a vital role in the extent to which employees voice high quality ideas
  • Why some managers hesitate to listen to employees (or actively avoid their suggestions)
  • What you should do if your boss is stifling your voice
  • How executives can encourage their managers to foster a culture of voice and innovation
About Dr. Ethan Burris:
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 at the University of Texas at Austin.

His current research focuses on understanding 1) the antecedents and consequences of employees speaking up or staying silent in organizations, 2) leadership behaviors, processes and outcomes, and 3) the effective management of conflict generated by multiple interests and perspectives. In particular, he has investigated how leaders shape employees decisions whether to speak up or stay silent, and how these voice behaviors influence the performance of employees who offer their input and leaders and organizations who receive it.

His research has appeared in several top management and psychology journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Houston Chronicle.

Co-sponsors: (McCombs online business magazine)
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

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7:00pm-9:00pm, Cornell Club - Third Floor Library, 6 East 44th St., New York, NY 10017

Please join the New York City chapter at our CEO speaker event with William Sanford, former Fairway CEO, who will be discussing how he turned New York's iconic Fairway grocery store into a growing publicly traded company. He will also discuss what happens when your company is impacted by the storm of the century (Sandy), as well as how to maintain the traditions of a beloved brand while expanding into new markets.

About William Sanford:
Mr. Sanford worked at Fairway for over five years in various capacities including Chief Financial Officer, President and CEO. He has over 25 years experience in the wholesale distribution field, and is considered a specialist in industry consolidation strategies. Mr. Sanford has been involved in more than 50 acquisitions of independent distribution businesses, and completed two go-private transactions as well as two public offerings during his career.

About Fairway Market:
Fairway has established itself as a leading food retailing destination in New York City, with stores that emphasize an extensive selection of fresh, natural and organic products, prepared foods and gourmet offerings, along with a full assortment of conventional groceries. A New York Institution, Fairway started as a privately owned single store on the upper west side and has grown into a publicly traded mini-empire with 16 stores through out the tri-state area.

Fairway has a deep commitment to the communities it serves and has a culture of giving back. In fact, Fairway donates hundreds of thousands of pounds of food annually to food banks and food rescue organizations. In addition, it regularly responds to area crises. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, in which Fairway's own Red Hook store experienced millions of dollars of damage and had to close for months to rebuild, the company donated truckloads of food, water and other staples to local food banks, emergency relief shelters, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the hardest hit areas in and around New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

This will be a great opportunity to network with other McCombs alumni in the New York and New Jersey area.

Registration is required to attend this event. No walk-ins allowed.

Due to Cornell Club policy, cell phones must be turned off prior to entering the club.

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April 2015
Thursday, 2nd
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Rosewood Crescent Club Rotisserie, Room 200, Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201
The Texas MBA program invites you to a reception to celebrate MBA Coordinator Pam Frolow and new Assistant Dean Joe Stephens. This will certainly be a special occasion, as we gather to honor the career of long-time Texas MBA Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Coordinator Pam Frolow as she prepares for retirement and welcome Joe Stephens as the new Assistant Dean of Working Professional MBA programs.

There will be light appetizers and complimentary beverages to greet you after your day at work. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVP today!
Tuesday, 7th
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As the baby boomers reach retirement age, there will be more retirees relative to workers than ever before. Corporations are abandoning traditional pension plans and the pension plans of state and local governments are woefully underfunded. The data make it clear that most retirees have inadequate savings and inadequate knowledge of what it will take to maintain the standard of living to which they have become accustomed. At the same time, owing to the fiscal pressures facing the federal government, there may not be the political will to maintain Social Security benefits at their current level, let alone enhance them.

As individuals, therefore, are we doing what is necessary to prepare for our own retirement? And collectively, as a nation, are we doing what is required to ensure the financial security of our retirees? These are the general questions that we shall be considering, and attempting to answer, in our discussion on Wednesday.

Michael H. Granof, Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting, Department of Accounting. Professor Granof is a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board. He received his A.B. from Hamilton College, his M.B.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests include accounting in governmental and other nonprofit organizations and financial accounting.

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6:00pm-8:00pm, United Way of Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Please join us for a special alumni reception and presentation by Professor John Doggett in the Houston area. Professor John Doggett will present “Ugly Baby Glasses: Sustainability, Global Competition, and America's Future."
Thursday, 9th
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6:30pm-8:30pm, Barrelhouse, 305 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

The Texas MBA Program invites you to join us in welcoming our current MBA students who will be in town attending The Day in the Bay West Coast Interview Forum. Michelle Hardy and Karen Gilbert from our Employer and Alumni Engagement team will be hosting this meet-up and are excited to provide updates on the Texas MBA program and introduce you to some of our current students.

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

Friday, 10th
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7:30am-8:30am, Stinson's Bistro & Cafe, 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756
Come mix and mingle with your fellow UT McCombs Alumni and friends at our monthly breakfast meeting at Stinson’s Bistro.

This month’s speaker: Honorée Corder, speaking on "Vision to Reality"

Honorée is the best-selling author of a dozen books, including Business Dating: "Applying Relationship Rules in Business for Ultimate Success" and "Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results," as well as "The Successful Single Mom" book series, "The Successful Single Dad," "Play2Pay," "Paying4College," and "Tall Order"!

Her mission is to inspire and motivate people to turn their vision and dreams into their real-life reality, sharing a leading-edge process she created for her executive coaching clients. Her results-oriented philosophy and ground-breaking STMA 100-day Coaching Program has been embraced by people in a wide variety of industries and businesses, to rave reviews and exceptional results.

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Thursday, 23rd
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McCombs alumni are often asked to serve on nonprofit boards. Your business experience and industry knowledge, along with your network of contacts, are very real assets to a nonprofit Board of Directors.

Yet sometimes we don't know the right questions to ask before we agree to serve or we struggle with how we can be the most helpful to the nonprofit. Our presenter, Mike Bacon, is a consultant with 25 years of nonprofit experience. His firm, Bacon Lee & Associates, works throughout the state of Texas, assisting nonprofits in fundraising, executive recruitment and board training. Mike will identify the questions to ask before saying "yes" and he will talk about how you can add value to your board role. We will talk about legal duties, fiduciary duties and the very important role you can play in fundraising.

About Michael A. Bacon, CFRE – Principal
Founder and principal of Bacon Lee & Associates, Michael Bacon brings 24 years of experience in fund development, board training and long-range planning to benefit the charitable organizations in San Antonio and Central Texas. The company now has offices in San Antonio and Austin and works with many clients in the Texas Hill Country.

Prior to founding Bacon Lee & Associates, Michael was Grant Director for the Kronkosky Foundation, managing the grant process for more than 40 charitable organizations. During his tenure, he assisted the Foundation in developing grant program guidelines and evaluation components and conducted financial reviews and site visits. Michael was the lead staff for the Kronkosky Computer Resource Initiative, a $2,000,000 grant to nearly 200 nonprofits in San Antonio and surrounding counties. As Corporate Relations Analyst for H.E. Butt Grocery Company, he assisted in the research and implementation of a $1,000,000 grant to San Antonio Independent School District for teacher incentive programs. Michael began his career in San Antonio as the Director of Development for the San Antonio Academy where he coordinated all fundraising activities, including endowment, capital and annual fund support.

Michael is very involved in volunteer activity, having recently served as Chair for the McCombs School of Business Alumni Board at the University of Texas at Austin, President of the Trinity University National Alumni Board, and President of the Board of Catholic Television San Antonio. He is the former President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Michael was named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List for 2006. Michael is the recipient of the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2008 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.

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May 2015
Thursday, 7th
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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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