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Alumni & Friends Events

Here you can learn about recent and upcoming Alumni & Friends Events.

May 17, 2022

Knowledge To Go Webinar: "Future of Work" with Bukky Akinsanmi and Greg Hallman

As we enter the third year of the COVID pandemic, employees and firms have adapted to work from home while they are finally planning on a return to the office. The pandemic has brought seismic changes to the use of real estate, including both firms use of office space and workers use of their homes as home offices.

Join us for an informative webinar on how firms have dealt with changes in their use of office space and how they manage employees. Dr. Hallman will discuss the effects of the pandemic on office buildings and investment in office assets by real estate investors. Professor Akinsanmi Oyedeji will discuss how managers have adapted and can adapt to the new rules of work such as employees working from home, employees coming back to the office, and the effectiveness of hybrid work with some days in the office and some at home. RSVP now!


Time: 12-1 p.m., CT

Location Name: Online Via Zoom

Cost Per Person: Free


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May 18, 2022

Take Your Seat: Expert Advice for Joining a Board presented by Blue Steps

BlueSteps will be hosting a global panel of executive recruiters and will be discussing how to secure your first board seat, including how the board recruitment process works, what to showcase on your board résumé, and how to position yourself as an ideal board candidate. Register here.


Time: 11-12 p.m., CT

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: Free


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May 19, 2022

McCombs Houston Chapter Monthly Lunch Speaker Series

The McCombs Houston Chapter is excited to announce that the monthly speaker lunches are back!

Please register today and join fellow Houston McCombs Alumni for our May lunch featuring speaker David Miller, Chief Financial Officer of Valencia Hotel Group and University of Texas McCombs alumnus. Registration and networking will be followed by lunch and an interactive and informal presentation from David Miller.

David A. Miller joined Valencia Hotel Group in January 2008 as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Mr. Miller leads all aspects of the company’s financial activities; including accounting and reporting, strategic financial planning and analysis, commercial and legal compliance, internal controls, treasury management and project finance, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, risk management, tax, and stakeholder relations.


Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., CT

Location: Cadillac Bar
1802 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Cost Per Person: $30 - includes lunch


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May 21, 2022

The 2022 Texas Chili Cook-off

Fellow Longhorn alumni and friends, the time has come at long last for The Texas Chili Cook-Off to return to New York City, bigger, louder, and tastier than EVER!

Register now for this exciting event!

Presented exclusively by the Texas Exes New York Chapter, the Texas Chili Cook-off is an all-you-can-eat (chili and queso), all-you-can-drink from your favorite Texas-based beverage partners, 5 HOUR event. Amateur and restaurant teams will compete for the titles of Chili Champions and provide you with food in the process. You will get to help decide the winners. 


Time: 1-6 p.m., ET (12-5 p.m., CT)

Location: Industry City
220 36th St.
Brooklyn, New York 11232

Cost Per Person: See website for details


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May 22, 2022

Summer Strategies: Be Interview-Ready by August

David Ohrvall is an experienced and gifted executive and a successful entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in economics, finance, and marketing, and earned an MBA at The Wharton School. Ohrvall has a proven business track record of delivering excellence for over 25 years and is a leader in Case Interview preparation. Register here to see all the details and to schedule the dates and times of his Spring Series into your calendar. You’ll receive the schedule, training, tools, community support and encouragement to get that offer. You just need to bring the motivation! Register here.


Time: 11:00 a.m. CT

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: Free


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May 26, 2022

The Soul of Business: Leading with Impact and an Entrepreneurial Mindset

As part of the Texas McCombs Presents series, Austin-based social entrepreneur Brett Hurt, BBA ’94, CEO of, joins Dean Lil Mills in conversation to discuss the future of work, corporate responsibility, and how entrepreneurial traits can help anyone navigate uncertain territory successfully. Hurt is the author of The Entrepreneur's Essentials and is featured in the Spring 2022 issue of McCombs Magazine.

Hurt is featured in the latest issue of McCombs Magazine and released his newest book, The Entrepreneur's Essentials, earlier this month with proceeds going to The University of Texas at Austin’s Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (KS WELI).

Read more about the book at


Time: 12:00 - 12:45 CT

Location: Online via Zoom



June 10, 2022

Austin Chapter Second Friday Breakfast Presents Jake Warren of Dwelling

We are thrilled to welcome Jake Warren, Moody School of Communications graduate '19, to speak to our group about the exciting work that Dwelling is doing to help first-time homebuyers fund their investment.

Warren holds a degree in Communication and Leadership and is a Second Day Social Impact Fellow. In his position with Dwelling, he leads partnerships that remove barriers that hold people back from getting into a home of their own. Dwelling uses tech to scan thousands of programs and find grants, rebates, and incentives matched specifically to an individual buyer's circumstances.

"On average, we find $15,000 or more for each of our buyers to put towards a home purchase. Dwelling provides tools that make shopping for a home easier to understand, and more accessible for all," said Warren.

Dwelling operates across all of Texas and has helped people buy homes in every major metro area.


Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Location: Stinson's Cafe

4416 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756



June 15, 2022

Job Search Steps for the Recent Graduate Workshop

Whether you’re graduating in a few weeks or actively looking after a short stint in the real world, it’s never a bad idea to develop your job search skills. In a recent survey, 91% of employed adults said they look for jobs at least a few times a year, so for many people, job searching is a regular activity. This fast and efficient lunchtime workshop will review the top 5 tips for any recent graduate. You’ll have an opportunity to focus on your career goals, learn the latest job search techniques, and leave with a plan. Register here.


Time: 12-12:45 p.m., CT

Location: Online Via Zoom

Cost Per Person: Free


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June 27, 2022

Strategies for Managing the Stress of a Job Search Workshop

Have you ever felt frustrated and alone during your job search? Have you noticed that job searching draws out more of your insecurities and anxieties? You are not alone! Join us as we share tips and tools to quell your anxieties, strategies to communicate to employers with confidence, and the neuroscience behind what’s happening in your normal brain. Register here.


Time: 12-12:45 p.m., CT

Location: Online Via Zoom

Cost Per Person: Free


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