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Alumni & Friends Calendar

April 2014
Tuesday, 22nd
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5:30pm-8:00pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 201, 1900 University Ave. Austin, TX 78705

The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship invites you to the Herb Kelleher Center's Speaker Series moderated by entrepreneur-in-residence Brett Hurt and Laura Kilcrease, former entrepreneur-in-residence. Come take advantage of the rare opportunity to learn the current methods of funding and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with successful entrepreneurs.

On April 22, Daniel Nelson, CEO, and Robert Reeves, CTO, of Datical will be joining us. Daniel Nelson is one of the original founders of Datical, as well as the chief executive officer. Prior to Datical, Daniel was founder and vice president of products at Phurnace Software, a maker of cutting edge application deployment and configuration software for large enterprises. Phurnace was acquired by BMC Software in December 2009. After the acquisition, Daniel served BMC as director of product management, focused on business automation. Daniel has spent the past 16 years in the software business, and has both a Bachelor of Arts and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, Daniel was honored with the Rising Star Award from the McCombs School of Business.

As chief technical officer, Robert Reeves advocates for Datical’s customers and provides technical architecture leadership. Prior to co-founding Datical, Robert was a director at the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). At ATI, he provided real world entrepreneurial expertise to ATI member companies to aid in market validation, product development, and fundraising efforts. Robert cofounded Phurnace Software in 2005. He invented and created the flagship product, Phurnace Deliver, which provides middleware infrastructure management to multiple Fortune 500 companies. As chief technology officer, he led technical evangelism efforts, product vision, and large account technical sales efforts. After BMC Software acquired Phurnace in 2009, Robert served as chief architect and lead worldwide technical evangelism. RSVP today!

Thursday, 24th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, W Austin Hotel, Residential Wet Deck, 200 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Austin Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
Wednesday, 30th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, RDG Bar Annie, 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
Join the Houston MBA Chapter for a 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 also welcome to attend. RSVP today!
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6:00pm-8:00pm, McCombs School of Business, Legacy Events Room, CBA 3.202, 2110 Speedway Austin, TX 78705

The Austin Chapter invites you to join us for an informative evening with Stephen Maeker.

Stephen Maeker is a consultant with FranChoice, the premier franchise consultancy in the country. He assists clients who want to learn more about franchising and his service is free. His former corporate roles include vice president of global franchise sales with Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza and international franchise financial manager for TGIFriday’s.

This seminar will teach participants how to build wealth by investing in a franchise. Key topics include: alumni success stories, an overview of franchising, service versus retail franchises, financing your franchise, and the advantages of franchising versus starting your own business.

Recent national press that featured Stephen as a franchising expert include the Houston Business Journal, International Franchise Association Smart Brief, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Space is limited. Register now!

May 2014
Thursday, 1st
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Hotel ICON, The Loft, 220 Main St. Houston, TX 77002
: Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Austin Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
Friday, 2nd
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7:00am-9:00am, Dry Creek Cafe, 544 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007
Please join the Houston BBA/MPA 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!
Saturday, 3rd
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8:30am-Noon, Ronald McDonald House, 211 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Chapter invites you to our Ronald McDonald House volunteer event. Volunteers are needed to staff a brunch for Ronald McDonald House families. As part of the day, we will plan the menu ahead of time and make the meal the day of. The maximum number of volunteers we can take is 20. RSVP soon to make sure you get a spot at the event!

Please note each participant will be asked to contribute $20 towards food for the event. You may give your contribution at the door. We will be feeding 50-100 people. If you would like to be part of the meal planning, please reach out to

We look forward to spending the day with you volunteering! RSVP today!

Tuesday, 6th
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Dean Tom Gilligan will give updates on the latest initiatives, programs, and departments at the McCombs School of Business as well as offer a look at the university’s and the McCombs School’s financial picture in relation to the latest Texas legislative session. He will also offer an economic forecast and touch on topics such as GDP growth and unemployment.

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. RSVP today!
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6:30pm-9:00pm, Cantina Laredo – London, 10 Upper St Martins Lane, St. Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden London WC2H 9FB, United Kingdom
Join the London Chapter as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cocktails, dinner, and networking in central London. If you know of anyone from McCombs passing through London as a student, intern, or visitor, please feel free to extend the invitation.

Please RSVP directly to Chapter president Ashley Walker at by Thursday, May 1. See you there!
Thursday, 8th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Rosewood Crescent Hotel, Garden Room, 400 Crescent Court Dallas, TX 75201
Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Dallas Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
Thursday, 15th
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You’re already living the dream.

You’ve hung out your shingle as an independent consultant, are known as an expert consultant in your field, and are making six figures. What’s next? How do you take your consulting practice to the next level—whether that means more money, less labor, or new markets?

Join us for an inspiring, practical webinar, designed specifically for MBAs, and led by Robbie Kellman Baxter. Robbie has enjoyed tremendous success as an independent consultant, and is willing to share her tips with her fellow alumni. You’ll learn how to:
• Generate referrals to higher level buyers
• Price your projects based on value, not hours
• Structure your projects to meet the needs of a wide range of buyers
• Be a thought leader, both in writing and in person
• Improve your first impression
• Leverage your professional and academic affiliations to build your practice
• Be more compelling and articulate when talking about your value
• Identify and break through the roadblocks that hold you back 

If you’re a successful professional services provider, or even if you’re just getting started and want to move quickly to build a successful practice, you need this webinar.

Robbie Kellman Baxter brings over twenty years of strategy consulting and marketing expertise to Peninsula Strategies. Her clients have included startups and mid-sized venture-backed companies as well as industry leaders such as Netflix, Yahoo!, Oracle, and eBay. Over the past ten plus years, Peninsula Strategies has advised nearly 100 organizations on growth strategy.

A sought-after writer and keynote speaker, Robbie has presented to alumni organizations at Stanford, Harvard, and Haas, as well as chapters of the Product Development and Management Association, the Business Marketing Round Table, and Women in Consulting. She has been quoted on business issues in the Wall Street Journal, eCommerce Times, and Tampa Bay Journal, and has been asked to write articles for American Venture, Marketing Profs, and Management Consulting News.

Robbie’s expertise with companies in the emerging membership economy extends to include SaaS models, subscription models, and the implications of social mobility. She applies marketing discipline to business strategy, whether serving as a retained advisor to the leadership team, conducting market research and validation to assess new opportunities, or developing and implementing marketing programs to identify, generate, and retain new leads and customers.

A longtime resident of Menlo Park, Robbie has developed strong relationships throughout the Silicon Valley community, with investors, attorneys, and business leaders.

Robbie received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduated with honors from Harvard College, and is an active volunteer with both institutions. RSVP today!