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July 2020
7
TUES
The Texas McCombs Alumni Network is hosting a four-part Webinar Summer Series.The webinars will run in June, July, and August. Each webinar will be different, so please tune in for one, two, or all four! If you register, you will receive an email reminder the day of each webinar.

To participate in the webinar, you will need to create a Zoom account here: https://utexas.zoom.us/signup

Part Two: "Use of Logic Models to Design Programs and Obtain Funding" with James Pann

Tuesday, July 7, 12-1 p.m. CT

The logic model is an essential tool for grant writers. It is a one-page visual description of the important elements of a program: resources, activities, outputs, and outcomes. It assists with the design and evaluation of programs. An effective one can readily communicate to funders what a program is and is not, and how the program is expected to work.
 
During the webinar he will cover:
-Steps to develop a logic model
-Use of logic models for brainstorming during program design
-Use of logic models to identify funding opportunities
-How logic models can be used to strengthen grant applications
-Logic models as communication tools
-Ask me anything about logic models, program design, and evaluation
 
Pann will also share a logic model template that you can use for grant applications and projects.
 
Tuesday, July 7
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom
9
THU
Innovation is the lifeblood of growth, competitiveness, and operational excellence for organizations. During busy times, the temptation is to give up on innovation and creativity as organizations grapple with challenges in their environment. Yet, these are exactly the times when innovation and creativity are critical to organizational survival and success. In this session, Dr. Martins will discuss the role of innovation and creativity in organizational success as well as how leaders can foster and utilize innovation within their teams despite ever-changing business climates and pressures.
 
Thursday, July 9
11:30am - 12:15pm

Online via Zoom
9
THU
Join Kirk P. Watson, Founding Dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston, and Value Institute co-director Scott Wallace as they discuss the impacts of the pandemic on health care, education and public policy.
 
Thursday, July 9
12:15pm - 1:30pm

9
THU

The current COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges to the ways businesses and humanitarian organizations traditionally conduct their operations. This webinar gives an overview on supply chain management and humanitarian operations, how they work and how they are affected by the pandemic.

Speaker: Gloria Urrea is an assistant professor of Operations Management in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Operations Management (SEO) Department at the Leeds School of Business.

5:30-6 p.m. Virtual Networking
6 p.m. Presentation from Professor Urrea Followed by Q&A

 
Thursday, July 9
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Online
20-24
MON     FRI
Alumni Week 2020 offers alumni and the entire McCombs community many opportunities to engage online through webinars, chapter meet-ups on Zoom, and fun chances to win prizes. Please join us for one or many of the following sessions!

Alumni Orientation
Learn about benefits that are available to you as a graduate of the McCombs School. This webinar will cover career resources, networking tools, and more. Grab your lunch and tune in on Monday, July 20, 12-1 p.m., CT.

Chapter Meet-Ups
Join a Zoom call with your local chapter, any city that you visit frequently, or a city you may just be interested in learning more about. During each meet-up, chapter leadership will discuss what the McCombs community looks like in their area and how their industries are coping during these unprecedented times.

These events are ideal for alumni looking to engage with the McCombs Alumni Network and will be especially helpful for our new 2020 grads to become acquainted with fellow alumni. The Zoom calls are informal and open to all alumni, so feel free to attend just one or multiple meet-ups!
 
Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24
12:00pm - 12:00pm

Online via Zoom
25
SAT

During the current COVID-19 crisis, we have heard from many DBS members who are interested in giving back to the community. We have organized another volunteer afternoon at Food Bank of the Rockies and if you feel comfortable leaving your home, we'll be helping to sort food donations.

This event is limited to the first 13 people to RSVP and you MUST also register on their website or you will not be allowed in their building. You will be asked to review their safety and social distancing requirements prior to the volunteer event. Please bring your own mask as well.

 
Saturday, July 25
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Food Bank of the Rockies
27
MON
In early 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reclassified burnout as an "occupational phenomenon" and described three dimensions: "feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion" (i.e., the feeling that you have nothing left to give), "feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job" (i.e., growing dissatisfaction with your job), and "reduced professional efficacy" (i.e. reduced satisfaction with your own accomplishments).

In addition to providing healthy corporate outcomes, business leaders have to follow an ever-changing competitive landscape, manage team dynamics, and navigate office politics. It’s no surprise that this often leads to burnout. Business professionals who don’t have the tools to manage the stress in their professional and personal lives will eventually spiral into burnout and begin exhibiting all three dimensions of burnout. This results in the corporate costs of missed deadlines, reduced quality, and workplace conflict. However, there are also the personal costs of sickness, hospitalization, and, in extreme cases, death.

Organizations that invest in building burnout resistant teams will see a return on that investment in terms of reliable business performance and an increased ability to respond to crises. Most importantly, they will have a workforce that is happier and more productive. Our talk will provide tools to help business leaders and their teams bring stress into a managed state and avoid burnout.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Aneika Simmons is a full professor at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests are related to creativity, fairness, diversity, and leadership. She completed her doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Texas A&M University. Previously, she worked for Accenture and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young as a technology consultant. She also has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in Information Systems from The University of Texas at Austin. Her publications appear in journals like the Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has built on her research and has developed employee focused workshops, for example, she has recently conducted workshops like Decision Making for the Public Employee and Leading with Creativity and Innovation. As a presenter, she makes complex concepts easy to understand and enjoyable to consider, and she continues to present her research at both domestic and international conferences.


Anjuan Simmons is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to the database. He is an energetic and informative speaker who presents at conferences, seminars, schools, and community centers around the world on topics including Agile software development, diversity, and leadership. Anjuan has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
 
Monday, July 27
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online via Zoom
August 2020
18
TUES

The Texas McCombs Alumni Network is hosting a four-part Webinar Summer Series.The webinars will run in June, July, and August. Each webinar will be different, so please tune in for one, two, or all four! If you register, you will receive an email reminder the day of each webinar.


To participate in the webinar, you will need to create a Zoom account here: https://utexas.zoom.us/signup

Part Three: "Discovering Differentiation: What Customer Mindset Means for Strategy" with Karla Raines

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 12-1 p.m. CT

Why does your organization matter? Why should it matter to me? 

Every time a customer considers your purpose-driven organization, they ask these two questions. "Why" is the tape running in the back of their minds. Do you know their answers? You can’t afford not to. What matters most to you is what matters most to your customer. Differentiation is determined by your customer. 
 
Join us to learn:
-What customer mindset means for strategy
-New ways to rethink competition when the old rules no longer apply
-How to avoid the Zone of Indifference 
-Lessons from the field: Hollywood and more
 
Karla Raines earned her MBA in 1993. Her quest to master the art of strategy led to a career-defining eureka moment in 2018. Her discovery? Differentiation Zone® a fresh approach to crafting strategy. 

"I’ve never had a purpose-driven leader say to me, "We want to compete on cost." None has declared that their strategy would center on being the low-cost provider in their mission area, the “Amazon” or "Walmart" of food banks, museums, or schools."

Karla co-owns Corona Insights with her husband (and LBJ School grad) Kevin Raines. 
 
Tuesday, August 18
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom
September 2020
8
TUES
Whether you're looking to see what other creative students are up to, have a business idea of your own, or are in search of co-founders to join your team, Startup Coffee Connect is the perfect event to kickstart your dream.

All you need is an open mind and an interest in creating, innovating, and scaling big ideas. 
 
Tuesday, September 8
10:00am - 11:00am

24
THU

Calling all Longhorns! Are you interested in entrepreneurship & innovation? Do you want to meet ambitious students and faculty? Are you looking for mentors and resources to help you launch? If you answered yes, then this event is for you!

Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, the Intro to the UT/Austin Startup Ecosystem and is the perfect opportunity to get yourself involved in entrepreneurship & innovation at UT and in Austin!

 
Thursday, September 24
4:00pm - 6:00pm

October 2020
8
THU
Join the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship for a fireside chat and Q&A featuring Amy Simmons, Founder of Amy's Ice Creams and McCombs MBA Alum. Hear how a love of ice cream powered the launch of a chain of wildly successful ice cream parlors and reinvigorated a community. 
 
Thursday, October 8
5:00pm - 6:00pm

21
WED
Tune in to hear from Brian Hall, attorney at Traverse Legal PLC and Herb Kelleher Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence for an interactive workshop exploring startup funding options and best practices for evaluating your optimal investment strategy.
 
Wednesday, October 21
2:00pm - 3:00pm

27
TUES
Don't miss this special Coffee Connect! Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center, our October Coffee Connect will feature DisrupTexas finalist practice pitches. Hear from the finalists and lend them your feedback and expertise. Or, see what it takes to make it to the finals of DisrupTexas, the first undergraduate only pitch competition.
 
Tuesday, October 27
10:00am - 11:00am

November 2020
7
SAT
DisrupTexas is an annual Pitch Competition for undergraduate students across the state of Texas. Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin, DisrupTexas is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for experiential learning – and a chance for student teams to walk away with some serious cash. Join us for the finals and see the winners crowned!
 
Saturday, November 7
8:00am - 12:00pm