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October 2021
25
MON

A Policy Lunch Seminar with Jason Brennan, Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Recent arguments allege that the probability of casting a decisive vote in a key swing state is higher than traditionally thought. In light of these arguments, a number of philosophers and social scientists such as William MacAskill and Aaron Edlin, Andrew Gelman, and Noah Kaplan have defended what we will call theCharitable Voting Hypothesis: casting a vote in a key swing state is like donating thousands of dollars to charity. We contend that the argument for the charitable voting hypothesis fails. First, advocates do not account for the untrustworthiness of voters’ assessments of the value difference of candidates. Moreover, their basic model of the expected social value of a vote is incomplete because it examines a vote in isolation, neglecting how voter turn out affects which candidates parties run and what sorts of platforms the parties espouse. We also explain why positive and normative uncertainty about the welfare effects of different policies makes voting a morally risky activity, particularly compared to conventional forms of effective giving.

 
Monday, October 25
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom
25
MON

A Policy@McCombs event with Jason Brennan, Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Academics extol high-minded ideals, but they fall short. The reasons are not mysterious: College bureaucratic structures also often incentivize and reward bad behavior, while disincentivizing and even punishing good behavior. The problems are deep and pervasive: Most academic marketing and advertising is semi-fraudulent. To justify their own pay raises and higher budgets, administrators hire expensive and unnecessary staff. Faculty exploit students for tuition dollars through gen-ed requirements. Fixing the problems of higher ed means fixing the perverse incentives.

 
Monday, October 25
4:00pm - 5:00pm

RRH 4.408 or Zoom
26
TUES

The Steamboat Institute and The University of Texas Austin, are proud to present: “Pathways to Personal Prosperity and Achieving Your Dreams: Government Programs or Free Enterprise?” with Charles Payne (Host of “Making Money with Charles Payne” on Fox Business Network) and Bakari Sellers (CNN Political Commentator) and moderated by Carrie Sheffield (Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum; Steamboat Institute Tony Blankley Fellow) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 5:30PM at Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium – 2313 Red River Street Austin, TX 78712.

 
Tuesday, October 26
5:30pm - 7:00pm

2313 Red River Street Austin, TX 78712
27
WED
Industry leaders, Shannon Trilli Kempner, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion at Catalent Pharma Solutions and Al Lanctot, Executive Director at Lenovo discuss the responsibility that corporations have to their community and to the environment.  
 
Wednesday, October 27
5:15pm - 6:15pm

Zoom
29
FRI

Baxter Hines is the Chief Investment Officer at Honeycomb Digital Investment, and author of the book “Digital Finance: Security Tokens and Unlocking the Real Potential of Blockchain”. Baxter will discuss how security tokens will be the next major milestone in the digital revolution. You'll learn about how these digitized forms of traditional ownership certificates will have momentous ramifications for mainstream assets like stocks, real estate, bonds, intellectual property, and derivatives. Baxter is a proud Longhorn, having earned his MBA from McCombs in 2008.

 
Friday, October 29
3:30pm - 5:30pm

RRH 4.314
November 2021
1
MON

Matt Ridley joins us for a special Policy@McCombs Event to discuss his book "How Innovation Works".

Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. His books include The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything. His book on “How Innovation Works” was published in 2020. His new book with Alina Chan “Viral: the search for the origin of Covid-19” will be published in November 2021.

 
Monday, November 1
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Hybrid - RRH Crum Auditorium and virtual
2
TUES

Join the Bay Area for McCombs Board for a networking reception with the new McCombs School of Business Dean Lillian Mills. This event takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., PT (7:30-9:30 p.m., CT).


Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with brief remarks from Dean Mills at 6 p.m. There is limited space available and we’d love to see you there, so please register using this link by October 28, 2021 to secure your spot. The alumni reception will take place in Westin's Courtyard of the Moon and Stars, an outdoor space.
 
Tuesday, November 2
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Westin Palo Alto 675 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94301
9
TUES

Ready for take-off? Presented by Undergraduate Business Council and the Center for Leadership and Ethics, the VIP Speaker Series at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the nation's foremost executive speaker series. An event dedicated to highlighting the views, insights, and perspectives of accomplished and inspiring business leaders, students are given the opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent speakers in modern business. This session will be moderated by Dean Lillian Mills and will be livestreamed. RSVP now!

 
Tuesday, November 9
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, Crum Auditorium (RRH 1.400), 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
10
WED
Industry Leaders, Austin Renfroe, Vice President at E.A. Renfroe & Company and Cato Felán, CEO of La Hoja Capital Management will discuss their experience in new and cutting-edge areas of industry
 
Wednesday, November 10
5:15pm - 6:15pm

Zoom
11
THU

Webinar Conference on Nov. 11 - 12.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms hold great promise for many business applications. As these systems become more widely adopted, business and technical leaders require trusted ML/AI systems to exhibit increased transparency, fairness, and interpretability.

The implications for organizations are sweeping, including for: risk management, ethics, compliance, reliability, and customer relationship management.

This conference will explore best practices and current research on effective, interpretable, and explainable AI.

Twenty+ speakers and panelists.

 
Thursday, November 11
12:45pm - 6:00pm

Zoom webinar
11
THU

 Our McCombs Executive MBA students, faculty, and staff are visiting New York City for an immersive seminar this fall. We would like to invite you to join us as our guest for an evening of networking centered around the Executive Career Panel at the Penn Club. This event takes place from 5:30-8 p.m., ET.

Panel Topic: "Executive Conversations Shaping Today’s Workplace"
A dialogue about executive careers and hot topics impacting today’s workplace across different industries. As seasoned leaders in their organizations, panelists will discuss how their teams are innovating to respond to the new challenges and emerging workplace trends.

PANELISTS

Miki Edelman
Co-CEO Macquarie Capital (USA), Inc & Head of Strategic Client Solutions (Equities), Macquarie Group

Marc Gelnett
SVP, Operations & Innovation, Cooper Surgical

Todd Haskins
Managing Director, Reverence Capital Partners

Adam Haughton

Chief Investment Officer, New Energy Solar Manager


Ryan Nelson
Managing Principal, Turnbridge Equities

Janneke VanGeuns
Head of Measurement & Analytics, Google
 
Thursday, November 11
5:30pm - 8:00pm

The Penn Club of NY
12
FRI

Webinar Conference on Nov. 11 - 12.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms hold great promise for many business applications. As these systems become more widely adopted, business and technical leaders require trusted ML/AI systems to exhibit increased transparency, fairness, and interpretability.

The implications for organizations are sweeping, including for: risk management, ethics, compliance, reliability, and customer relationship management.

This conference will explore best practices and current research on effective, interpretable, and explainable AI.

Twenty+ speakers and panelists.

 
Friday, November 12
8:45am - 1:15pm

Zoom Webinar
17
WED
Machine learning (ML) is increasingly being used to support decision-making in many organizational settings. However, there is currently a gap between the design and evaluation of ML algorithms and the functional role of these algorithms as tools for decision support. The first part of the talk will highlight the role of humans-in-the-loop, and the importance of evaluating decisions instead of predictions, through a study of the adoption of a risk assessment tool in child maltreatment hotline screenings. The second part of the talk will focus on the gap between the construct of interest and the proxy that the algorithm optimizes for. Using a proposed machine learning methodology that extracts knowledge from experts’ historical decisions, we show that in the context of child maltreatment hotline screenings (1) there are high-risk cases whose risk is considered by the experts but not wholly captured in the target labels used to train a deployed model, and (2) we can bridge this gap if we purposefully design with this goal in mind.

Maria De-Arteaga is an assistant professor at the Information, Risk and Operation Management (IROM) Department at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is also a core faculty member in the Machine Learning Laboratory. 

 
Wednesday, November 17
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online via Zoom
18
THU
The Austin Chapter is excited to bring back monthly, in-person networking breakfasts. We will kick-off the first breakfast with complimentary coffee and tacos at Moontower Cafe in Robert B. Rowling Hall on campus. Alumni will be joined by special guests, MBA Assistant Dean Tina Mabley, Austin Chapter President Joey Martin, MBA '18, and current MBA students.

Dean Mabley will share school updates and Joey will provide chapter updates on upcoming programs and events.

Complimentary parking. Enter the garage off of W 20th St. The café is located on the first floor of the building.
 
Thursday, November 18
7:30am - 9:00am

Robert B. Rowling Hall
18
THU

Rob Habermeier is the co-founder of Polkadot Network, the 8th largest crypto-currency in the world. Rob will talk about how the Polkadot protocol can facilitate the cross-chain transfer of any data or asset types, enabling blockchain interoperability.

 
Thursday, November 18
4:30pm - 6:30pm

RRH 3.310