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August 2020
Join The Texas Tribune, in partnership with Texas McCombs and Texas Executive Education, at 11 a.m. Central time Aug. 12 for a discussion with Gary Kelly, CEO and chair of the board for Southwest Airlines, moderated by Tribune CEO Evan Smith.

We'll discuss the short- and long-term prospects for Southwest, one of the largest commercial airlines in the world, and for the airline industry as a whole.
Wednesday, August 12
11:00am - 12:00pm


The New York for McCombs Council presents its second annual "Paths to Private Equity" panel discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 6-7 p.m., ET.

Panelists include:
Todd Haskins (Reverence Capital Partners | Financial Services Investing)
Jennifer Lu (Credit Suisse Private Fund Group | Fundraising & LPs)
Matthew Olim (MSD Partners | Private Credit / Family Offices)
Duke Punhong (Graycliff Partners | Lower Middle Market Buyouts and Credit)
Holly McMullan, partner at Apollo Global Management will provide opening remarks. The discussion will be moderated by Drew McCormick, Associate at JLL Partners.

If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email
Wednesday, August 12
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Online via Zoom

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:

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

September 2020
The University of Texas Annual Energy Management Golf Tournament takes place in the fall at the UT Golf Club. The funds raised from the golf tournament help support the Master of Science in Energy Management and the Undergraduate Energy Management Program’s experiential programming for the academic year, including the Texas Energy Management Program Student Association’s monthly meetings and speaker series. Your participation would contribute to the success of MSEM/EMP students across UT campus. This event provides a great opportunity for you to network with fellow industry members and meet some of UT’s Energy Management students.

$150/player or $600/team
Fee includes range balls, shared cart, green fee, beverages, and lunch
This tournament is a 4-person scramble with bogey as your friend

Please email Mari Myers at for information regarding sponsorship or securing a team.
Monday, September 28
8:00am - 2:00pm

UT Golf Club, Austin, TX