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September 2019
All business school alumni are invited to the inaugural Texas McCombs Homecoming Weekend! This event is a two-day campus celebration with an all-alumni business conference, an all-alumni BBQ tailgate before the Oklahoma State football game, and reunion celebrations for the classes of '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09, and '14. The weekend will be hosted in our new building, Robert B. Rowling Hall. So come on out and reconnect with classmates, network with fellow alumni, get back into the classroom, and experience our new state-of-the-art building.
Friday, September 20 - Saturday, September 21
9:00am - 7:00pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, 300 W. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712
We know McCombs alumni change the world. Celebrate and share Longhorn social and environmental impact with fellow alumni and current students at the inaugral Alumni in Impact Social Hour! Alumni and students interested in social and environmental impact will enjoy snacks and networking. Guests will also learn more about how The McCombs School of Business is preparing students to drive positive change in any career.
Friday, September 20
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Rowling Hall Special Events Room, 5th Floor, 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, Texas 78712

Join the New York for McCombs Council, Texas Real Estate Center, and Texas MBA for an alumni reception and fireside chat with Dean Jay Hartzell, John Lancaster, Jr. (BBA '90), Partner, Riverstone Holdings and Christopher Manning (BBA '90), Chairman, Trilantic Energy Partners North America.  
   7 p.m. Networking  
   7:45 p.m. Fireside Chat Moderated by Dean Jay Hartzell  
John Lancaster, Jr. is a partner at Riverstone Holdings. He joined Riverstone in 2000 and is responsible for the sourcing and management of investments across the energy industry. He heads the firm’s oilfield service investment program and also leads a number of investments in the exploration and production sector. Lancaster received his BBA from Texas McCombs and his MBA from Harvard Business School.  
Christopher “Chris” Manning is a managing partner of Trilantic North America and chairman of Trilantic Energy Partners North America. Manning is also a member of the Investment Committees of Fund III, Fund IV Global, Fund V North America, and TEP North America. His primary focus is on investments in the energy sector. Manning holds a BBA from Texas McCombs and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, September 25
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Penn Club of New York, 30 W. 44th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10036
Join the Houston Chapter to kickoff our monthly lunch series. 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. The lunch will be held every fourth Thursday of the month.

The first lunch will be held at Cadillac Bar and the guest speaker will be Grant Pinkerton, Texas Ex and owner of Pinkerton's Barbecue. He is a distinguished UT alum and has previously been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. We hope to see you there.
Thursday, September 26
11:30am - 1:00pm

Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77007

The "Physical & Digital" and "Human & Machine" dimensions are converging, and every organization must discover the right balance today to be successful in designing tomorrow’s work environment. Changes in workforce dynamics, technology advancements, modern space needs, and process optimization approaches are forcing companies to redesign their workplace strategies.

Join us as Kai Andrews, principal at Point B Management Consulting, shares his experience with this groundbreaking approach that enables your workplace transformation. Leveraging the powerful Future of Work concepts to seize the competitive advantages that remain locked up in many workplaces is relevant for any organization that is:

  • Looking to transform team collaboration
  • Fighting the talent wars
  • Managing a distributed workforce
  • Optimizing their workspace

Come experience this unique model of flexibility, flow, and focus and see how you can get started on your journey to sustainable business transformations. The future of work is now! About Kai Andrews: Kai Andrews leads Point B’s Future of Work practice and has over 20 years of business and IT consulting experience, with primary expertise in delivering pragmatic workplace transformations concentrated in business collaboration and intelligence engagements. His focus has been on developing digital workplace strategies and designing and implementing collaboration and content management solutions for clients in the healthcare, retail, technology, and professional services industries.

Thursday, September 26
12:00pm - 1:00pm


As companies of all sizes scramble to keep-up in ever-increasingly competitive environments and in response to ever-increasing customer expectations, many are now leaning into the challenge of innovation as the key to surviving and thriving — disrupting before being disrupted. Join the McCombs School of Business for this lunch and learn event. 

Dr. Stephen Walls, Senior Lecturer, McCombs Dept. of Marketing
Jeff Mulhausen, Founding Partner, Upstream
Friday, September 27
11:30am - 1:00pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, 3.406, 300 W. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712
The McCombs Energy Initiative is pleased to invite alumni to a networking reception with McCombs Energy council members and friends. Please feel free to invite another colleague or friends that you think would be interested in learning more about the McCombs Energy Initiative. Dress is business casual and appetizers and drinks will be provided. 
The mission of the McCombs Energy Initiative is to provide a way for UT alumni to connect with the university, McCombs, and peers in the energy industry to exchange ideas and encourage current students interested in careers in the energy industry. We will work to expand the network to engage with students and alumni from across the 40 Acres to help influence energy leaders of the future. In doing this we will connect alumni and students from every college with a passion for the energy industry and help influence the energy leaders of the future.
Saturday, September 28
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Viewhouse, 2015 Market St., Denver, CO 80205
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.

Please email Kristen Gallegos at for questions about registration and event details.
Monday, September 30
7:30am - 3:30pm

UT Golf Club
October 2019
Please join your fellow alumni and friends at Robert B. Rowling Hall for an engaging and informative workshop to help you plan for your future. This is a two-part class that will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1st AND Thursday, Oct. 3rd. Daniel Caswell, CPA, BBA '84, will conduct the workshop to educate and inform McCombs alumni about smart ways to build a stress-free retirement. The number one concern for Baby Boomers in retirement is, "we don’t want to run out of money." With all of the changes in our environment, the risk of falling short is greater than ever. This class covers potential new threats to a successful retirement, now and in the future, while providing students with the knowledge they need to build a successful retirement in our new reality. The workshop topics include: - Conventional Financial Wisdom - The Fiscal Health of the United States - Failure to Maximize Retirement Income - Unplanned Healthcare Expenses - Improper Estate Transfer Design - Losing Money in Large Market Declines - Failure to Have a Well - Designed Retirement Plan - Bring It All Together for Your Plan Parking will be validated for the AT&T Conference Center garage located at 1900 University Ave. Please bring your parking ticket from either garage to the event.
Tuesday, October 1
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, Room 3.310, 300 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712

Emotions are a part of human nature. However, emotions can often be detrimental to us while managing our investment portfolios. We will go through common investment behaviors related to different emotions, how to identify them within yourself, and how to prevent psychological factors throughout the investment process. 

Wyatt graduated from the McCombs Accounting program in 2017. He works on a wealth management practice at Merrill Lynch that helps Austin locals achieve their financial goals and prepare for their retirement. In his free time, he stays active by playing tennis or attending concerts throughout the Austin area. 

Wednesday, October 9
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Austin Chapter welcomes Ryan Edwards, MBA ‘17. Ryan currently works for SunPower Corporation and CleanTX and would like to start a dialogue with McCombs alumni about mentorship and diversity in the workplace with a focus on hiring veterans and the clean energy industry.  

Ryan is a finance associate at SunPower, responsible for managing more than $2 billion in residential lease assets and more than $1 billion in Senior and Mezzanine debt. Concurrently, Ryan also serves as the Board Chair for CleanTX, where he tailors strategy and operations in order to accelerate the clean technology industry in Texas and nationwide. Before joining SunPower and CleanTX, Ryan served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years where he held Mission Commander and Instructor designations for the P-3 Orion and P-8 Poseidon. In the latter part of his service, Ryan served as an associate professor for The University of Texas at Austin Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps where he instructed and mentored aspiring Naval Officers while they completed their undergraduate degrees. Ryan is originally from Chicago, IL, and is a McCombs MBA '17.  
Founded in 2006, CleanTX is a nonprofit economic development and professional association for clean technologies in Central Texas, a $2.5 billion industry that employs 20,000 individuals. The CleanTX community encompasses over 250 companies and an active ecosystem of entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and regional partners. CleanTX supports cleantech innovation and adoption by: (1) Providing avenues for networking, education, and information exchange among industry and community stakeholders; (2) Facilitating strategic partnerships to launch forward-looking economic development initiatives; and (3) Promoting the growth of the cleantech industry in Texas through increased visibility,
Friday, October 11
7:30am - 9:00am

Stinson's Bistro, 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756
All McCombs alumni are invited to a first-look tour of the new home for the Dallas/Fort Worth Weekend MBA at The Centrum in Uptown Dallas. The highly visible, 17,000 square-foot, first-floor space holds interactive classrooms, group study and breakout rooms, individual study nooks, 16-seat interactive board room, meeting rooms, offices, and open community space. The new location will accommodate current and future classes and provide easy access from multiple freeways for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Join fellow alumni and current students to celebrate this new space and hear updates from McCombs leadership. Refreshments will be provided.
Friday, October 11
4:00pm - 6:30pm

The Centrum Building, 3102 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219

Join the Houston Chapter and Financial Executives International for a dinner presentation with Professor James Scott, “AI - Realities, Myths And The Future… In Plain English.” James Scott is professor of statistics and data science at The University of Texas at Austin. He has devoted his career to questions about how to improve the world using data science, and how to communicate that potential to as wide an audience as possible. He is author of the recent book “AIQ: How People and Machines are Smarter Together,” which critics have praised as “a model of how to make data science accessible and exciting,” as “a passionate book,” and as a book about artificial intelligence with a “moral core.”  

5:30 p.m. Social hour 
6:30 p.m. Seated dinner 

Network with McCombs alumni and other senior finance executive members of Financial Executives International. 

Tuesday, October 15
5:30pm - 8:00pm

The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, TX 77027
Please join your fellow alumni at Robert B. Rowling Hall for an informative presentation by Jeff Hertz, senior vice president and investment specialist at Cantor Fitzgerald. Jeff has 20 years of expertise and specializes in real estate investments, primarily focusing on tax-advantaged strategies.  
Jeff will lead a discussion about the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This initiative is designed to encourage long-term investments in designated communities by delivering certain tax benefits to investors in Qualified Opportunity Funds (“QOFs”). QOFs are created to help drive real estate development, job creation and overall economic growth in lower-income communities, which can then have a compounding effect on the original investment, potentially benefiting investors and communities alike.  
   Topics Include:  
   • Overview of the Opportunity Zone Program  
   • Tax Consideration and Timeline  
   • 1031 Exchanges and Opportunity Zones  
Light refreshments will be provided. Complimentary parking at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Please bring your parking ticket to the event.  
Tuesday, October 15
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, 3.310, 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712

Join the Los Angeles Chapter at the fall Faculty Speaker Series featuring Dr. John Daly. Professor Daly will present on "The Interpersonal Skills of Successful Leaders.” 
This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow McCombs School of Business and Moody College of Communications alumni and hear from one of UT’s most popular professors.  
6 p.m. Registration and networking 
6:30 p.m. Program

Monday, October 21
6:00pm - 7:30pm

1212 Santa Monica, 1212 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401