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April 2018
The Longhorn Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (LEAP) is an experiential leadership program that provides a hands-on experience to MBA students in accelerating a new venture through advice and assistance on the entrepreneurial process. In this semester-long program, students work in volunteer teams with startups in under-served communities in their local area to accelerate the startup’s development.

Join the Spring 2018 teams as they showcase their work with Austin-area startups. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP today!
Thursday, April 26
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Capital Factory, Voltron Room, 701 Brazos St., Austin, Texas 78701
May 2018

Many studies and surveys indicate that more than half of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. Alarmingly, one in three have saved nothing. This class will reveal the truths and techniques will prepare you for what’s ahead so that you can retire successfully.
Please join your fellow alumni and friends of McCombs for an engaging and informative workshop to help you plan for the future. Daniel Caswell, CPA, BBA Class of 1984, will offer just the right amount of education and information to anyone interested in learning more about the retirement planning process and investment management with some 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:
• The six major threats to your retirement.
• How much money you will need in retirement.
• How the inevitable rising tax rates will affect your retirement - the new tax law does not address this...
• How to arrange your accounts to maximize your retirement cash flow and how to secure your income.
• How and when to best use a Roth Conversion.
• How to get the most from Social Security - it’s more than just timing.
• How to protect your retirement from market losses.
• The importance of proper estate planning and how to lessen the burden on your family

Refreshments and workbooks will be provided. Parking is free at the Brazos Parking Garage located at the corner of Brazos Street and MLK Boulevard. Please bring your parking ticket to the event. RSVP today!


Tuesday, May 1
6:00pm - 8:00pm

McCombs School of Business, GSB 3.138 2110 Speedway Austin, TX 78705

All MBA alumni are invited to a special networking event at Georgetown University's Alumni House.
Join alumni from 30 other Top MBA Programs for a Personal Value Proposition workshop. You will have the opportunity to refresh and deliver your “elevator pitch” to a small group of 8-10 peers, then practice it during speed networking, trading company names and contacts. Register today!

Thursday, May 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Robert and Bernice Wagner Alumni House, 3604 O Street, NW Washington, DC, 20057

Join the Houston Chapter for our monthly breakfast series. All Texas McCombs alumni and friends are welcome to attend. This event is a great opportunity to network, catch up with classmates, and discuss current business trends over a delicious breakfast. RSVP today!

Friday, May 4
7:00am - 9:00am

Black Walnut Cafe, 5112 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77007
Join the Houston Chapter as a follow-up to our Entrepreneurship Panel featuring Kim Syma (MBA '12), Owner of Revolution Studio. We'll take the 10:30 a.m. class at Revolution Studio and have lunch afterward at Local Foods, 2555 Kirby Dr. (pay your own way).

Register for the class on the Revolution website. Purchase a single class series and reserve the 10:30 a.m. class on Saturday, May 5 at the River Oaks location. Use the promo code UTMBA18 for a $10 credit toward your class. Register soon as classes fill up quickly! Please also register for the lunch. RSVP today!

Saturday, May 5
10:30am - 1:30pm

Revolution Studio 2800 Kirby Drive, Suite A220 Houston, TX 77098
Come mix and mingle with your fellow Texas McCombs Alumni and friends at our monthly breakfast. This month we will have guest speaker Carly Serna, founder of The Finance Plan, a McCombs Finance graduate, entrepreneur, marathon runner, and world traveler (20 countries and counting!). She went from owing over $35,000 to becoming debt-free with a nest egg over $100,000 by age 26. Armed with nothing but passion, Carly’s making it her life mission to challenge the status quo and encourage others to fight for financial independence. She created The Finance Plan’s, Best Money Class Ever, a 4-week personal finance class taught live in Austin and online to help people conquer debt and build savings.

Complimentary coffee and breakfast are provided. RSVP today!

Friday, May 11
7:30am - 9:00am

Stinson's Cafe, 4416 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78756

Please join the Women of McCombs for a fireside chat with Marissa Duswalt Epstein, Director of Health Education, Engagement, and Promotion for Stanford Health Care. In addition to her role at Stanford Health Care, Marissa teaches a course on health entrepreneurship at Stanford’s business school.
Light snacks and drinks will be served.. Register today!

More about Marissa:
Marissa began her career as a registered dietitian practicing clinical nutrition in Texas.
Marissa joined the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. and promoted healthy lifestyle education nationwide through initiatives including MyPlate and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which enacted the first evidence-based, scientific update to nutrition regulation in 30 years.
She joined The White House as Associate Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to inspire a healthier generation of American families to make healthy choices. Under Marissa’s leadership, Let’s Move! grew to regularly engage millions of Americans in adopting healthier behaviors, and she has been recognized nationally for building innovative partnerships and programs to improve national health attitudes.
Wednesday, May 16
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Pinterest, 651 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA 94107

Join the Houston Chapter as a follow up to our Entrepreneurship Panel featuring Thomas Nguyen, UT alumnus and CEO of Peli Peli Restaurant Group. Our May happy hour will be at the Galleria Peli Peli location. This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow McCombs alumni. We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP today!

Thursday, May 17
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Peli Peli 5085 Westheimer Rd. Suite B2515. Houston, TX 77056

Join the London Chapter for a relaxed brunch with bottomless bellinis at the beautiful Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell. We have booked a private room, but there are limited seats, so grab your tickets now! Register today!

Saturday, May 19
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 42 Northampton Rd., London, EC1R 0HU
June 2018

Register today for our MBA Reunion in Houston on June 8-9. It will be a fun weekend reconnecting with friends and creating new memories.

All MBA alumni in the Houston area are invited, but we will especially honor the five and ten-year classes. Since the event is timed between two class year graduations, we will celebrate both the classes of 2012 and 2013 for their five-year reunion and the classes of 2007 and 2008 for their 10-year reunion.

Friday, June 8 - Saturday, June 9
0:00am - 0:00am

Houston, TX
October 2018

Save the date for MBA Reunion, Oct. 12-13! All MBA graduates are invited back to campus and we are planning a series of events throughout the weekend to showcase Rowling Hall and to connect the alumni community. Registration information coming soon.

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13
0:00am - 0:00am