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August 2017
Lunch and learn with the San Antonio Chapter and current McCombs students interning in San Antonio. This will include an educational panel discussion on Blockchain and its impending impact. A plated lunch will be provided. 

Purchase an individual ticket at $50.

Panelist include:

Bertrand Portier is an IBM Distinguished Engineer who partners with IBM’s Financial Services Sector clients to help them evaluate and adopt Blockchain in the context of their business objectives and constraints.

Tim Brown, USAA
VP IT Innovation Advance Research at USAA
Tim Brown is a Vice President of Information Technology Services at USAA, a leading financial services company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with offices throughout the United States and Europe. The association has been serving military families since 1922 and has become well known for its exceptional service, offering its more than 10 million members a full range of insurance, banking and investment products, financial advice and planning, and other services designed to help them meet their financial needs. 

Prabhudev Konana, Ph.D
Distinguished Teaching Professor & William H. Seay Centennial Professor of IM
Department of Information, Risk & Operations Management
McCombs School of Business

Ashish Gadnis is the Founder / CEO of the award winning blockchain application BanQu. BanQu is the first ever blockchain Economic Identity platform (patent pending) and network that creates long-term economic resilience / independence for refugees and people living in extreme poverty across the globe. He is also currently, a senior strategic advisor to multiple global organizations and the United Nations on the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda.

Thursday, August 3
Noon- 1:30pm

Witte Museum 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
Please join Dean Jay Hartzell and the McCombs Atlanta Chapter for a “Welcome to your alumni network” reception honoring new admits to UT and McCombs and students currently interning in Atlanta. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. RSVP today!

This is a great opportunity to broaden your alumni network, meet newly admitted students from Atlanta and all of Georgia, and learn more about the impact McCombs has across campus and beyond! We would like to thank Mark (BA '90) and Rachel Huffstetler, George (MBA '01) and Ashley Connell, and Arthur (BBA '96, MBA '04) and Carla Mills for hosting the event.
Tuesday, August 8
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The home of Mark (BA `90) and Rachel Huffstetler

Come help the Austin Chapter support fellow alumni who are building a unique new start-up. Home Run Dugout is a brand new way to play baseball with friends! Using their patent-pending batting bay and ground-up pitching machine, guests compete in fun, social games tailored to all skill levels. They track the speed, distance, and direction of your hits and display them on multiple screens. You just pick your favorite ballpark, start taking some swings and watch the home runs fly! Check out the fun on YouTube:

The McCombs alumni in charge are: Nick Hermandorfer, Founder and MBA '16; Tyler Bambrick, Co-Founder and McCombs Houston MBA '18; John Greely, Director of Marketing and McCombs Full-Time MBA '18. We will have three hours at the Dugout for $15 per guest [a 70% discount for our alumni], Home Run Dugout has a 5 star rating on Yelp. The facility is also BYOB.

This is a family-friendly event as well. Children are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Jim McMullan at Hook 'em Horns!

Tuesday, August 8
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Home Run Dugout, 14121 HWY-290W, Building 10A, Austin, Texas 78737
Connect with your McCombs Alumni Network at the upcoming Chicago Chapter summer event! We will celebrate our summer interns, as well as welcome recent graduates who have moved to the area. This is a great opportunity to broaden your network. We hope you will join! Brynn Cavanaugh and Jaima Russell from the McCombs School of Business along with Chapter Leader Ryan Dean and Chapter Volunteer Marilyn Dollar will be in attendance are looking forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday, August 9
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Franklin Room, 675 N Franklin St., Chicago, Illinois 60654
Join the Women of McCombs Dallas Chapter to network, socialize, and better get to know one another. Let's meet at the Skellig on Henderson Ave. for some drinks and snacks. Looking forward to seeing you all then! For questions, please contact Angela Moras or Lisa Simon
Friday, August 11
5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Skellig, 2409 N Henderson Ave. Dallas, Texas 75206

Please join your fellow McCombs Denver alumni for a networking event. We will celebrate our summer interns, as well as welcome recent graduates who have moved to the area. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network! Brynn Cavanaugh and Jaima Russell from the McCombs School of Business along with Chapter Leader Dan Harris and Chapter Volunteer Kiely Baker will be in attendance and are looking forward to seeing you there. RSVP today!

Tuesday, August 15
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Quality Italian, 241 Columbine Street, Denver, Colorado 80206
You attend networking events for the most obvious reason, to build and maintain strategic relationships; the kind that will result in more business and lucrative opportunities. But the most difficult aspect of building these valuable relationships is starting the conversation with someone new. Specifically, how to transform your label, “I’m a [insert profession here]” into an engaging conversation with someone who could benefit from your specific product or service, they just don’t know it yet.

In this interactive presentation, Wendy Nolin is going to teach you how to transform your tired, worn out elevator pitch into a compelling conversation starter that will have your listener asking for more. You’ll learn the art of weaving a story that draws the listener in so they can see themselves in your story, and they’ll want the solution you offer. RSVP today!

With four different techniques to create your 30-second sales hook, you’ll be armed with multiple ways to go from using your title or profession as an introduction, to hooking a future prospect. Integrate the non-verbal skills you learned with Monique Maley in June and you’ll leave this presentation with a commanding presence and compelling conversation starter that will make you unforgettable.
Wednesday, August 16
Noon- 1:00pm

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September 2017
The McCombs Alumni Business Conference will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Check the event website for updates on registration, speakers, and more!
Friday, September 8
0:00am - 0:00am

Austin, TX
McCombs MBA Reunion is Sept. 8-9, 2017 in Austin! We will commemorate the classes celebrating their 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25-, and 30-year reunions (classes of 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987). Find event details and registration updates on the reunion website.
Friday, September 8 - Saturday, September 9
0:00am - 0:00am

Austin, TX
Save the date for a BBQ in the Bay on Sept. 10! The Texas McCombs Alumni Network invites you to reconnect with fellow McCombs alumni while enjoying delicious Salt Lick barbecue and of course, Shiner beer. There's no better way to give a Texas-sized welcome to any newcomers to the Bay. Registration information coming soon.
Sunday, September 10
11:00am - 4:00pm

Golden Gate Park - Hellman Hollow, 851 John F Kennedy Dr., San Francisco, California 94121
Cultural differences are a major source of confusion and conflict in international business. In this interactive presentation, you will learn to recognize your own cultural orientation; notice and identify cultural tendencies in any environment; predict problems culture-based difference will cause in the workplace; and develop management strategies. McCombs School of Business faculty members Deirdre Mendez, Orlando Kelm, and John N. Doggett will use real-world examples and audience feedback to show you how to recognize and manage cultural differences on international partnerships, teams, and projects of all kinds.
Friday, September 22
11:30am - 1:00pm

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 202, 1900 University Ave., Austin, Texas 78705
October 2017

The Texas McCombs Alumni Network invites you back to Austin for the 2017 Alumni BBQ, a pre-game celebration at the business school. Get ready to watch the Longhorns while reconnecting with fellow McCombs alumni and enjoying delicious Texas barbecue. This year we will have Southside Market and Barbeque from Elgin, TX! Register today!

The Texas vs. Kansas State game time is still TBD, but the Alumni BBQ will take place two and a half hours prior to kick off. In the event that the football game is early in the day, the Alumni BBQ will be a pregame brunch!
Saturday, October 7
0:00am - 0:00am

Austin, TX
Dallas/Fort Worth MBA Reunion is Oct. 27-28, 2017 in Dallas! We will commemorate the classes celebrating their 5-, 10-, and 15-year reunions (classes of 2012, 2007, and 2002). Contact the Alumni Relations Office if you have questions or are interested in helping with reunion.
Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28
0:00am - 0:00am