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October 2014
Thursday, 30th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, District ChopHouse, 509 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Impact Investing -- The Hope and The Hype

Randall Kempner, Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Texas MBA/MPAff, will share unique insights regarding impact investing as well as answer any questions you may have on this subject. Currently, impact investing is a hot topic among members of the business community who are skeptical of whether its projected payoffs indeed pan out. This interactive and exclusive session with Randall offers you a chance to learn about this fast growing investment category and why it has become so attractive to individuals and fund managers alike.

Following the 30-minute discussion with Randall Kempner, please stay for a happy hour where a selection of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available. This will be a great opportunity to network with other McCombs alumni in the DC area and to hear from an authority on impact investing. Registration is required to attend this event. Register now!

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6:00pm-8:00pm, The Westin Palo Alto, Portofino Room, 675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
The Texas MBA program invites you to a reception to welcome our MBA students who will be in the Bay Area for a Venture Fellows Trek. 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!
November 2014
Wednesday, 5th
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6:00pm-7:30pm, Café Express - Uptown/Galleria, 1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77056

Please join the Houston Chapter for their 2015 Planning Meeting. The events for the upcoming calendar year will be discussed, as well as ways to involve the Houston Chapter. This will also be great opportunity to get involved by signing up as a volunteer for any of various events that will be planned for 2015. Dinner and beverages will be available for purchase. All McCombs alumni and friends are welcome to attend. RSVP today!

Thursday, 6th
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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.

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Friday, 7th
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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, 11th
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Acts of corporate fraud and corruption can destroy a company’s value as well as the lives and livelihoods of the many individuals associated with it. The potential for civil and criminal penalties, as well as the reputational damage and potential liability from lawsuits, not only wipe out shareholders’ investments but can devastate the lives and livelihoods, and sometimes even the liberty, of the firm’s officers, directors and employees. The fallout can also negatively affect customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. It’s not an exaggeration to say that widespread corporate fraud and corruption undermines the public’s trust in business as a whole. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is much that can be done to prevent corporate fraud and corruption, starting with effective corporate governance.

In this webinar, we will examine the causes of corporate fraud and corruption—i.e., why individuals within corporations engage in acts of fraud and corruption. (And the answers may surprise you.) We will then provide an overview of what corporate governance is, as well as identify the elements of an effective corporate governance system. Finally, we will explain the role of the corporation’s board of directors in corporate governance and the specific steps they can take to strengthen the overall effort and help reduce the risk of these kinds of scandals.

About Grace Renbarger:
Grace Renbarger is a Lecturer at McCombs where she teaches business law, ethics and corporate social responsibility. She also provides consulting services to private clients in connection with ethics, compliance and corporate governance matters.

Before assuming her current roles, Ms. Renbarger was a Vice President in the legal department at Dell Inc. and served, most recently, as the company’s Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. During her 13 years at Dell, Ms. Renbarger was responsible for managing a variety of legal areas including litigation, employment law, government relations and ethics and compliance. She also provided legal support to the Audit Committee of Dell’s Board of Directors and worked closely with the company’s internal audit, accounting, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, human resources and diversity teams.

Ms. Renbarger is a frequent speaker on ethics, compliance and corporate governance related topics at seminars, conferences and educational programs.

Prior to joining Dell, Ms. Renbarger was a partner in the Austin office of Hughes & Luce, L.L.P., now merged with K&L Gates, LLP, a global law firm.

Ms. Renbarger attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Texas, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, and served as an Associate Editor on the Texas Law Review.

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Friday, 14th
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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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6:00pm-8:00pm, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, 2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201

The McCombs Dallas MBA Chapter would like you to join us at our end of the year networking event. Please RSVP early so that we can provide Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar with an estimate of the number of attendees.

We are also requesting a $10 RSVP fee to help re-build the McCombs Dallas MBA Chapter’s account balance in order to support 2015 plans. We appreciate the support.

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Thursday, 20th
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This webinar introduces newcomers to the nonprofit sector, providing a wealth of information about how to find the right match. Laura Gassner Otting, who heads the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, explains the different types of nonprofit, trends in the field, myths and stereotypes, organizational life cycles, and more. She offers specific job search tips on topics ranging from resumes and cover letters, to networking and strategy.

Laura urges experienced professionals to jump in, noting, "Great opportunities exist for corporate career changes in these organizations, as long as you don't try to transition the organization too quickly."

This webinar highlights simple and practical ways you can start feeling proactive rather than reactive and enjoy downtime - guilt free.

About Laura Gassner Otting:
Laura Gassner Otting has spent the last twenty years working to strengthen organizations that weave our social and civic fabric. More than half of that time has been as the CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, a firm she founded to ensure that all nonprofits, regardless of their budget size and geographic footprint, had access to the most effective methods of securing that all important resource of talent. Over the past 11 years, she and her team have placed hundreds of leaders in nonprofits with budgets from $250,000 to $450,000,000, in the United States and around the world.

Prior to founding the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group in 2002, Laura helped build the start-up, a leading website for mid-to senior-level nonprofit job postings, and served as a vice president at Isaacson, Miller, one of the most highly respected nonprofit executive search firms in the country. Previously, Laura served as a presidential appointee for the White House Office of National Service and a program officer for the Corporation for Nationaland Community Service where she was part of the team that created AmeriCorps, and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team and 1992 Election Team. Laura holds a Master of Arts in Political Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Laura serves on the boards of College Bound Dorchester, the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, and Newton Montessori School. She is a founding board member of SheGives, a philanthropy marketplace catalyzing support for a broad range of philanthropies around Boston. She has served as a member of the board of Camp Starfish and the Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and as the founding board chair of both Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Boston Choral Ensemble. Laura is a curator for TedxBeaconStreet in Boston. New to the sport of running, but always up for a challenge, Laura recently completed the 2012 Boston and Chicago Marathons, in both cases, raising significant money for charities in the process.

Laura is the author of Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector and is widely quoted for her expertise in mission-driven work in publications like The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Money magazine.

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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.