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April 2014
Thursday, 17th
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The April career webinar has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date and time.

This webinar introduces newcomers to the nonprofit sector, providing a wealth of information about how to find the right match. Laura Gassner Otting, who heads the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, explains the different types of nonprofit, trends in the field, myths and stereotypes, organizational life cycles, and more. She offers specific job search tips on topics ranging from resumes and cover letters to networking and strategy.

She urges experienced professionals to jump in, noting, "Great opportunities exist for corporate career changes in these organizations, as long as you don't try to transition the organization too quickly."

Laura Gassner Otting has spent the last 20 years working to strengthen organizations that weave our social and civic fabric. More than half of that time has been as the CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, a firm she founded to ensure that all nonprofits, regardless of their budget size and geographic footprint, had access to the most effective methods of securing that all important resource of talent. Over the past 11 years, she and her team have placed hundreds of leaders in nonprofits with budgets from $250,000 to $450,000,000, in the United States and around the world.

Prior to founding the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group in 2002, Laura helped build the startup, a leading website for mid-to senior-level nonprofit job postings, and served as a vice president at Isaacson, Miller, one of the most highly respected nonprofit executive search firms in the country. Previously, Laura served as a presidential appointee for the White House Office of National Service and a program officer for the Corporation for Nationaland Community Service where she was part of the team that created AmeriCorps, and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team and 1992 Election Team. Laura holds a Master of Arts in political management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in government from The University of Texas at Austin.

Laura serves on the boards of College Bound Dorchester, the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, and Newton Montessori School. She is a founding board member of SheGives, a philanthropy marketplace catalyzing support for a broad range of philanthropies around Boston. She has served as a member of the board of Camp Starfish and the Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and as the founding board chair of both Strong Women, Strong Girls, and the Boston Choral Ensemble. Laura is a curator for TedxBeaconStreet in Boston. New to the sport of running, but always up for a challenge, Laura recently completed the 2012 Boston and Chicago Marathons, in both cases, raising significant money for charities in the process.

Also, Laura is the author of “Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector” and is widely quoted for her expertise in mission-driven work in publications like The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Money magazine. RSVP today!

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7:00pm-9:00pm, The Social House (Uptown), 2708 Routh St. Dallas, TX 75201

The Dallas BBA/MPA Chapter would like to invite all McCombs alumni and friends to The Social House for drinks and networking. Light appetizers will be provided. Contact Doug Bedell at with any questions. RSVP today!

Tuesday, 22nd
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5:30pm-8:00pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 201, 1900 University Ave. Austin, TX 78705

The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship invites you to the Herb Kelleher Center's Speaker Series moderated by entrepreneur-in-residence Brett Hurt and Laura Kilcrease, former entrepreneur-in-residence. Come take advantage of the rare opportunity to learn the current methods of funding and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with successful entrepreneurs.

On April 22, Daniel Nelson, CEO, and Robert Reeves, CTO, of Datical will be joining us. Daniel Nelson is one of the original founders of Datical, as well as the chief executive officer. Prior to Datical, Daniel was founder and vice president of products at Phurnace Software, a maker of cutting edge application deployment and configuration software for large enterprises. Phurnace was acquired by BMC Software in December 2009. After the acquisition, Daniel served BMC as director of product management, focused on business automation. Daniel has spent the past 16 years in the software business, and has both a Bachelor of Arts and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, Daniel was honored with the Rising Star Award from the McCombs School of Business.

As chief technical officer, Robert Reeves advocates for Datical’s customers and provides technical architecture leadership. Prior to co-founding Datical, Robert was a director at the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). At ATI, he provided real world entrepreneurial expertise to ATI member companies to aid in market validation, product development, and fundraising efforts. Robert cofounded Phurnace Software in 2005. He invented and created the flagship product, Phurnace Deliver, which provides middleware infrastructure management to multiple Fortune 500 companies. As chief technology officer, he led technical evangelism efforts, product vision, and large account technical sales efforts. After BMC Software acquired Phurnace in 2009, Robert served as chief architect and lead worldwide technical evangelism. RSVP today!

Thursday, 24th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, W Austin Hotel, Residential Wet Deck, 200 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Austin Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
Wednesday, 30th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, RDG Bar Annie, 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
Join the Houston MBA Chapter for a happy hour. This is a great opportunity to continue to strengthen ties within the McCombs Alumni Network and current MBA student community. Friends and spouses are also welcome to attend. RSVP today!
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6:00pm-8:00pm, McCombs School of Business, Legacy Events Room, CBA 3.202, 2110 Speedway Austin, TX 78705

The Austin Chapter invites you to join us for an informative evening with Stephen Maeker.

Stephen Maeker is a consultant with FranChoice, the premier franchise consultancy in the country. He assists clients who want to learn more about franchising and his service is free. His former corporate roles include vice president of global franchise sales with Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza and international franchise financial manager for TGIFriday’s.

This seminar will teach participants how to build wealth by investing in a franchise. Key topics include: alumni success stories, an overview of franchising, service versus retail franchises, financing your franchise, and the advantages of franchising versus starting your own business.

Recent national press that featured Stephen as a franchising expert include the Houston Business Journal, International Franchise Association Smart Brief, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Space is limited. Register now!

May 2014
Thursday, 1st
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Hotel ICON, The Loft, 220 Main St. Houston, TX 77002
: Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Austin Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.
Friday, 2nd
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7:00am-9:00am, Dry Creek Cafe, 544 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007
Please join the Houston BBA/MPA Chapter for their monthly First Friday Breakfast Series. All McCombs alumni and friends are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to connect with other alumni and hear the latest news and updates from McCombs.

Please mark your calendar for future First Friday Breakfasts. They take place at the same time and location each month. More details to come. RSVP today!
Saturday, 3rd
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8:30am-Noon, Ronald McDonald House, 211 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Chapter invites you to our Ronald McDonald House volunteer event. Volunteers are needed to staff a brunch for Ronald McDonald House families. As part of the day, we will plan the menu ahead of time and make the meal the day of. The maximum number of volunteers we can take is 20. RSVP soon to make sure you get a spot at the event!

Please note each participant will be asked to contribute $20 towards food for the event. You may give your contribution at the door. We will be feeding 50-100 people. If you would like to be part of the meal planning, please reach out to

We look forward to spending the day with you volunteering! RSVP today!

Tuesday, 6th
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6:30pm-9:00pm, Cantina Laredo – London, 10 Upper St Martins Lane, St. Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden London WC2H 9FB, United Kingdom
Join the London Chapter as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cocktails, dinner, and networking in central London. If you know of anyone from McCombs passing through London as a student, intern, or visitor, please feel free to extend the invitation.

Please RSVP directly to Chapter president Ashley Walker at by Thursday, May 1. See you there!
Thursday, 8th
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6:00pm-8:00pm, Rosewood Crescent Hotel, Garden Room, 400 Crescent Court Dallas, TX 75201
Dean Thomas W. Gilligan and the McCombs School of Business cordially invite all Leadership Society members to the Dallas Leadership Society Reception. This is an invite only event. For more information, please call 512-232-2455.