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November 2019
22
FRI
Please join current Texas MBA students who are in Portland for a career trek at an informal reception. The students would love to visit with alumni about living and working in Portland. This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and current MBA students. We look forward to seeing you there!   

Light appetizers and a complimentary beverage provided. RSVP by Nov. 18! 
 
Friday, November 22
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Tap & Table on 23rd, 1620 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210
December 2019
3
TUES
All MBA alumni are invited to McCombs longest running MBA tradition and biggest fundraiser, McCombs Got Talent! This year we are super excited to announce that the Night Owls aka Icenhauer’s Sunday Funday band will be performing at the show. Chris Johnson (and possibly Kellie Sauls) will also be performing and the judges will be McCombs’ biggest celebrities: Tina Mabley, Clemens, and Badolato.  
     
Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or $20 at the door (cash accepted at the door). Purchase your ticket in advance via Venmo from @alex-cohen-10 using the subject "MGT Ticket". ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY! If you can't make it to the show, you can still send donations via venmo. The show will be family friendly.  
     
We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please reach out to Alex Cohen at Alex.cohen@mba20.McCombs.utexas.edu.  
 
Tuesday, December 3
6:30pm - 10:00pm

SAC Auditorium, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712
13
FRI
Locoal was founded in 2015 by Matt “Petey" Peterson, MSTC ‘19, after identifying the massive amounts of organic waste dumped into our landfills annually. Using handmade equipment to process the organic waste, Petey partnered with sawmills, landscape companies, and carpenters to provide a commercial zero waste solution that captured solid carbon. After diverting more than 1M pounds of waste, selling more than 40K pounds of charcoal grossing more than $40K and being cash positive, the solution was feasible but for the business to succeed, it needed to be scaled. 
    
Petey believed he could offer a larger zero waste impact so he took the business idea through the McCombs Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization program. Forming a team to continue a commercialization strategy, Petey also competed in startup pitch competitions, winning several awards and participated in the semi-finals at the MIT Clean Energy Global Energy Competition. The Locoal model has three revenue streams, and the first two have been vetted and proven sustainable. The third revenue stream is from captured carbon known as biochar, and the focus of Petey's unique commercialization strategy. Over the past 18 months, Petey has identified and partnered with all the required parties to divert millions of pounds annually, generate multiple megawatts of electricity, and capture millions of pounds of carbon in value-added products. The first stage of growth was accomplished through bootstrapping, and the efforts enabled Locoal to scale without taking on any debt or giving up equity. The Locoal gasifier provides a zero waste solution for commercial landscape businesses, utilizing the estimated 200M pounds of green waste as a feedstock to generate renewable clean energy while capturing carbon in a value-added co-product. 
 
Friday, December 13
7:30am - 9:00am

Stinson's Bistro & Cafe, 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756
19
THU
Join the Houston Chapter for our monthly lunch series held the third Thursday of the month. All Texas McCombs alumni are welcome to attend. This event is a great opportunity to network, catch up with classmates, and discuss other events happening in the UT community over lunch.  
 
Thursday, December 19
11:30am - 1:00pm

Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77007
January 2020
16
THU

2019 was a historic year, setting records for the longest economic expansion in the U.S. Looking ahead to 2020, businesses are strategizing what they can implement to protect their interests in light of potential uncertainty.

At the first of the four-series Business Outlook events, economists and investment experts will consider several key questions: Where are we in the economic cycle, what are the 2020 prospects for Texas’ economy, and how can businesses forecast investments and employ data analytics? Register now! 

Austin Speakers: 
- Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business 
- Britt Harris, President, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer, UTIMCO 
- Brett Hurt, CEO and Co-Founder, data.world 
- Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 
Thursday, January 16
7:00am - 9:30am

Robert B. Rowling Hall, Crum Auditorium, 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78705
23
THU

2019 was a historic year, setting records for the longest economic expansion in the U.S. Looking ahead to 2020, businesses are strategizing what they can implement to protect their interests in light of potential uncertainty. 


At the upcoming Business Outlook in Houston, economists and energy experts will consider several key questions: Where are we in the economic cycle, what are the 2020 prospects for Texas’ economy, and how can businesses forecast energy industry fluctuations and gain competitive advantage? Register now! 

  

Houston Speakers: 

- Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business 

- Shawn Cumberland, Managing Partner, Energy Transition, EnCap Investments 

- Eric Franco, Natural Gas Fundamentals Group, Cheniere 

- Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 

- John C. Butler, Academic Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business  

 
Thursday, January 23
7:00am - 9:30am

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Houston Branch, 1801 Allen Pkwy., Houston, TX 77019
February 2020
6
THU
2019 was a historic year, setting records for the longest economic expansion in the U.S. Looking ahead to 2020, businesses are strategizing what they can implement to protect their interests in light of potential uncertainty.  

At the second of the four-series Business Outlook events, economists and real estate experts will consider several key questions: Where are we in the economic cycle, what are the prospects for Texas’ economy, and how can businesses forecast real estate industry fluctuations and gain advantage using employ artificial intelligence? Register now! 

Dallas Speakers: 
- Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business 
- Robert S. Kaplan, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 
- Mary Hager, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Thackeray Partners 
- Mike Lafitte, Global Chief Executive Officer, CBRE Advisory Services 
- James Scott, Professor of Statistics and Data Science, McCombs School of Business 
 
Thursday, February 6
7:00am - 9:30am

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 2200 N. Pearl St., Dallas, TX 75201
11
TUES

2019 was a historic year, setting records for the longest economic expansion in the U.S. Looking ahead to 2020, businesses are strategizing what they can implement to protect their interests in light of potential uncertainty.

At the final of the four-series Business Outlook events, economists, health care, and financial services experts will consider several key questions: where are we in the economic cycle, what are the 2020 prospects for Texas’ economy, and how can businesses forecast industry fluctuations and gain competitive advantage? Register now! 

San Antonio Speakers: 
- Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business 
- Phil Green, Chairman and CEO, Cullen/Frost Bankers 
- Bryan Grundhoefer, President, WellMed Medical Management 
- Keith R. Phillips, Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch 

 
Tuesday, February 11
7:00am - 9:30am

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - San Antonio Branch, 402 Dwyer Ave., San Antonio, TX 78204