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October 2018
25
THU
Please join the Austin Chapter at their annual Welcome to Your Network reception honoring recent graduates to the chapter. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network and reconnect with fellow classmates. We are excited to have Friends and Allies Brewing, owned by McCombs alumnus Devon Ponds, host the event. We will have the Ranch Hand food truck onsite, which is owned and operated by McCombs alumni. Cost includes food and your first drink is on us! Cash bar will be available.
 
Thursday, October 25
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friends and Allies Brewing 979 Springdale Rd. #124 Austin, Texas 78702
26
FRI

10 Years Later, What Does the Data Say?
Causes and Consequences of the Financial Crisis

On October 26th, the UT Center for Enterprise and Policy Analytics at the McCombs School of Business hosts a one-day symposium marking the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis. Featuring research presentations and discussions on the causes and consequences of the crisis from UT faculty, leading academic scholars, and policymakers, the event will focus on three major areas: monetary policy, the pre-crisis causes, and the post-crisis regulatory consequences.

The event is free and open to the public but your RSVP is requested.

 
Friday, October 26
8:30am - 4:30pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business 300 West Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Austin, TX 78712
26
FRI

All MBA alumni are invited to attend the McCombs Marketing Conference & Case Challenge hosted by the Texas MBA Graduate Marketing Network and Marketing Fellows. The theme for this year is “Digitize Humanize. RSVP to see distinguished McCombs alumni who are now leaders in the marketing field. Together with other industry leaders, students, and faculty, this annual conference helps to recognize, examine, and stimulate innovation in the field of marketing. RSVP today!

  
   Speakers include:
   Josh Feldmeth, Senior Partner, Prophet
   Kurt Kane, CMO, Wendy’s
   Tony Rogers, Chief Member Officer, Sam’s Club
   Marissa Tarleton, CMO, RetailMeNot
   Steve McGaw, SVP, AT&T
   Erin Nelson, CEO, CSDC Systems
   John Rood, SVP Marketing, Disney
   And MORE! 

The event is free and open to all MBA Alumni. 

 
Friday, October 26
3:00pm - 6:30pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business 300 West Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Austin, TX 78712
27
SAT
Please join the UK Texas Exes for this Halloween tradition. Come to dance the night away while sporting your Halloween costumes of all shapes and sizes. 
    
Our American-style costume contest means there's always interesting costumes. For those who dress to impress you may take home one of our costume prizes! If you fancy taking a chance at our raffle, a £5 raffle ticket (purchased in advance or at the event) enters you into the chance for a cash prize. 
    
All funds raised benefit the UK Texas Exes Scholarship fund, which provides a scholarship to a UK student attending UT. 
 
Saturday, October 27
8:00pm - 11:30pm

The Bolton Pub 326 Earls Court Road London, SW5 9BQ
November 2018
6
TUES
Please join your fellow alumni and friends of the new center for business education - Robert B. Rowling Hall - for an engaging and informative workshop to help you plan for the future. This will be a two part class held on Tuesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 8th, 2018. 
    
Daniel Caswell, CPA, BBA Class of 1984, will conduct a workshop to educate and inform McCombs alumni about smart ways to build 100% confidence that you will not run out of money. We will provide tools and strategies you can apply to your own plan now that will really make a difference. 
    
   The workshop topics we will be working on include: 
    
   Section 1: The New Reality in Our retirement. 
   Section 2: The Risk of Increasing Tax Rates 
   Section 3: Income Planning in Retirement 
   Section 4: The New Reality in Our Social Security Benefits 
   Section 5: Helping Protect Against Market Loss 
   Section 6: The New Reality in Our Estate Planning 
   Section 7: The New Reality in Our Long-Term Care Planning 
   Section 8: How to apply smarter tools and techniques to better address these areas in your plan. 
    
 Parking is free at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center located at 1900 University Ave, Austin, Texas 78705. Please bring your parking ticket to the event.
 
 
Tuesday, November 6
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Robert B. Rowling Hall- 3.310 300 West Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Austin, TX 78712
8
THU

Please join the McCombs Graduate Women in Business for an evening of conversation and community as we come together to empower women in business. Our theme this year is to provide both women and male allies with tangible skills to immediately bring into the workplace to empower women in business. The 2018 WBLC features a diverse set of panelists who will share their experiences, as well as a keynote speaker who will share her strategies for success. RSVP today! 

 
Thursday, November 8
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, UT Campus, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78712
8
THU
Please join the Dallas Chapter at their annual Welcome to Your Network reception honoring recent graduates to the chapter. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network and reconnect with fellow classmates. Cost includes food and your first drink is on us! Cash bar will be available.
 
Thursday, November 8
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Social Pie 5855 Maple Ave. Dallas, Texas 75235
8
THU

Please join the Houston Chapter at their annual Welcome to Your Network reception honoring recent graduates to the chapter. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network and reconnect with fellow classmates. Cost includes food and your first drink is on us! Cash bar will be available. Register today!

 
Thursday, November 8
6:00pm - 8:00pm

3rd Floor 2303 Smith St. #300 Houston, TX 77006
9
FRI

Join the Austin Chapter for their monthly breakfast at Stinson’s Bistro. This month, Dave Swanson, MBA ’16 will speak at the event.
   
Dave is a motivational speaker, author of the book "The Dot on the Left," and a former U.S. Army infantry platoon leader who engaged in more than 100 firefights while deployed to Sadr City, Iraq. Dave is a consummate leader who speaks, writes, and coaches with a sense of humor that reminds us we all have the resiliency to overcome the toughest challenges and do our absolute best. Dave is a dynamic, energetic, idea-generating crowd-pleaser whose blend of humor, content, and style makes him a trusted leadership expert in many organizations.

Coffee and breakfast are provided.

 
Friday, November 9
7:30am - 9:00am

4416 Burnet Road Austin, TX 78756
13
TUES
Please join the Austin Chapter for an evening with GLG. GLG helps clients change the world every day by connecting them with the smartest industry experts. They have a global presence of 22 offices in 12 countries and more than 1,700 talented, passionate professionals on staff. 

Their clients include leading management and strategy consultancies, Fortune 500 companies in nearly every sector, 9 of the 10 global banks, and 350+ hedge funds, among others. They connect these clients directly to their network of 600,000 experts for insight on their most pressing questions and business problems. 

GLG has assembled a panel of experts for a roundtable discussion: 

Simon Kim is a VP of GLG’s Business Development team. Simon is responsible for building new relationships with corporate clients globally. He joined GLG in 2012 as a Client Solutions Manager with GLG’s San Francisco Technology, Media, and Telecom team after four-and-a-half years in New York at a similar company. He was promoted to VP and Practice Area Leader for GLG’s Financial Services West Coast team before stepping in as Head of GLG’s Financial Services Network Development team. Simon earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University. 

As a Senior VP on GLG’s Business Development team in Austin, Erin Whalen manages relationships with some of the world’s top consulting firms.She joined GLG in 2015 and brought fourteen years of experience in marketing, business development, strategic consulting, and entrepreneurship with firms such as BCG and Cielo Wind Power, and her own company, Grease Monkey Wipes, which appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank. Erin has a BBA and an MBA from McCombs. 

Justin Ramsey leads GLG’s Financial Services Business Development and Relationship Management efforts for clients in Texas and the Southeast. He joined GLG in 2009 after working in the financial services industry for over twenty years with firms such as Goldman Sachs, The Carlyle Group, Ewing Management Group, and JP Morgan. Justin earned a BS in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. 

Please note we have negotiated a reduced $10 fee for parking, please pay in the garage. Refreshments are provided.
 
Tuesday, November 13
6:30pm - 8:30pm

GLG, Inc. 301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1500 Austin, TX 78701
14
WED
The Texas McCombs Alumni Network is hosting a KTG Webinar featuring James Scott.

Biography: James Scott is a statistician, data scientist, and writer looking for better ways to solve problems that have long frustrated industry professionals and researchers. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds appointments in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences and the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include artificial intelligence, Bayesian inference, and modern computational methods in data science. Scott collaborates with experts in a wide range of fields, including health care, security, infectious disease, linguistics, marketing, and many others of science, social science, and business.

Scott's new book is "AIQ: How People and Machines are Smarter Together" (jointly with Nick Polson), which has won praise from The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, New Scientist, and many other reviewers. The Times called AIQ an "entertaining and persuasive primer. This is a passionate book, and it is a model of how to make data science accessible and exciting."


In 2013 Scott won a National Science Foundation CAREER award for early-career scientific achievements. Then in 2016 he received the prestigious Susie Bayarri Award, awarded every two years to the top Bayesian statistician under 35 years old. Scott has also won many teaching awards, including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor in the University of Texas System.

The Knowledge To Go (KTG) webinar series gives McCombs alumni the ability to continue their active learning relationship with the university. These monthly one-hour webinars are conducted live at noon Central Standard Time, and then posted on the web for those who can't join live. Knowledge To Go lets you learn about today’s most urgent business issues from the leading minds at UT--all from the convenience of your desktop.
 
Wednesday, November 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online (https://meeting.austin.utexas.edu/ktgwebinar/)
14
WED
The Texas McCombs Alumni Network is hosting a KTG Webinar featuring James Scott.

Biography: James Scott is a statistician, data scientist, and writer looking for better ways to solve problems that have long frustrated industry professionals and researchers. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds appointments in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences and the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include artificial intelligence, Bayesian inference, and modern computational methods in data science. Scott collaborates with experts in a wide range of fields, including health care, security, infectious disease, linguistics, marketing, and many others of science, social science, and business.

Scott's new book is "AIQ: How People and Machines are Smarter Together" (jointly with Nick Polson), which has won praise from The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, New Scientist, and many other reviewers. The Times called AIQ an "entertaining and persuasive primer This is a passionate book, and it is a model of how to make data science accessible and exciting."

In 2013 Scott won a National Science Foundation CAREER award for early-career scientific achievements. Then in 2016 he received the prestigious Susie Bayarri Award, awarded every two years to the top Bayesian statistician under 35 years old. Scott has also won many teaching awards, including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor in the University of Texas System.

The Knowledge To Go (KTG) webinar series gives McCombs alumni the ability to continue their active learning relationship with the university. These monthly one-hour webinars are conducted live at noon Central Standard Time, and then posted on the web for those who can't join live. Knowledge To Go lets you learn about today’s most urgent business issues from the leading minds at UT--all from the convenience of your desktop.
 
Wednesday, November 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online (https://meeting.austin.utexas.edu/ktgwebinar/)
30
FRI

Join us for a morning coffee talk with Cesare Fracassi, associate professor of finance, and director of the Blockchain Initiative at Texas McCombs to learn what is real and what is not in blockchain. Whether you are a skeptic or an enthusiast of blockchain technology, this forum will challenge your views on this emerging technology. The event will include ample time for questions and discussions with the audience. 

What you will learn:

  • Understand how permissioned and permission-less blockchains work, and how they differ.
  •  Look at the latest evidence on user adoption, and on the important step from use cases/proof of concept to production. 
  •  Learn a framework on how to respond when your boss asks whether blockchain is good for your company. 
 
Friday, November 30
8:00am - 9:30am

Robert B. Rowling Hall 300 W Martin Luther King Blvd, Crum Auditorium RHH 1.400 Austin, Texas 78712