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August 2020
Join The Texas Tribune, in partnership with Texas McCombs and Texas Executive Education, at 11 a.m. Central time Aug. 12 for a discussion with Gary Kelly, CEO and chair of the board for Southwest Airlines, moderated by Tribune CEO Evan Smith.

We'll discuss the short- and long-term prospects for Southwest, one of the largest commercial airlines in the world, and for the airline industry as a whole.
Wednesday, August 12
11:00am - 12:00pm

Wednesday, August 12
11:00am - 0:00am

Virtual Event. Register for link.

The New York for McCombs Council presents its second annual "Paths to Private Equity" panel discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 6-7 p.m., ET.

Panelists include:
Todd Haskins (Reverence Capital Partners | Financial Services Investing)
Jennifer Lu (Credit Suisse Private Fund Group | Fundraising & LPs)
Matthew Olim (MSD Partners | Private Credit / Family Offices)
Duke Punhong (Graycliff Partners | Lower Middle Market Buyouts and Credit)
Holly McMullan, partner at Apollo Global Management will provide opening remarks. The discussion will be moderated by Drew McCormick, Associate at JLL Partners.

If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email
Wednesday, August 12
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Online via Zoom

The Texas McCombs Alumni Network is hosting a four-part Webinar Summer Series.The webinars will run in June, July, and August. Each webinar will be different, so please tune in for one, two, or all four! If you register, you will receive an email reminder the day of each webinar.

To participate in the webinar, you will need to create a Zoom account here:

Part Three: "Discovering Differentiation: What Customer Mindset Means for Strategy" with Karla Raines

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 12-1 p.m. CT

Why does your organization matter? Why should it matter to me? 

Every time a customer considers your purpose-driven organization, they ask these two questions. "Why" is the tape running in the back of their minds. Do you know their answers? You can’t afford not to. What matters most to you is what matters most to your customer. Differentiation is determined by your customer. 
Join us to learn:
-What customer mindset means for strategy
-New ways to rethink competition when the old rules no longer apply
-How to avoid the Zone of Indifference 
-Lessons from the field: Hollywood and more
Karla Raines earned her MBA in 1993. Her quest to master the art of strategy led to a career-defining eureka moment in 2018. Her discovery? Differentiation Zone® a fresh approach to crafting strategy. 

"I’ve never had a purpose-driven leader say to me, "We want to compete on cost." None has declared that their strategy would center on being the low-cost provider in their mission area, the “Amazon” or "Walmart" of food banks, museums, or schools."

Karla co-owns Corona Insights with her husband (and LBJ School grad) Kevin Raines. 
Tuesday, August 18
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attend this event to prepare for the fall recruiting season. Career Management staff will be available for 15 minute sessions to assist with: • Resume reviews (Be ready to share your screen and have your resume most updated resume available*) • Quick career coaching and recruiting questions • Interview prep tips Note: This event is intended for students NOT enrolled in BA 101 during the Fall 2020 semester. RSVP: Sign up for a timeslot at Please note this event is being held on two different days, but students should only sign up for one timeslot. Zoom links will be emailed to students who register. *Please note: Your resume must be formatted according to the RecruitMcCombs BBA Resume Template. You can download the template on the BBA Career Management site: BBA Students only
Thursday, August 20
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Case Interviews are not just for the consulting industry anymore. Marketing, banking, high tech, healthcare and a variety of other industries are now conducting case interviews to differentiate candidates. Be challenged to think beyond simple frameworks and learn invaluable problem-solving and personal presentation skills from David Ohrvall, founder of MBACASE. This is an interactive session where participation is required. Breakout rooms will be utilized for in-class partner exercises. There are 2 workshop options. Each workshop is identical: Workshop 1: 9:00 am - 12;30 pm Workshop 2: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Pre-workshop videos will be available once students apply for this workshop and are accepted. BBA students only
Monday, August 24
9:00am - 5:00pm

September 2020
Whether you're looking to see what other creative students are up to, have a business idea of your own, or are in search of co-founders to join your team, Startup Coffee Connect is the perfect event to kickstart your dream.

All you need is an open mind and an interest in creating, innovating, and scaling big ideas. 
Tuesday, September 8
10:00am - 11:00am


Calling all Longhorns! Are you interested in entrepreneurship & innovation? Do you want to meet ambitious students and faculty? Are you looking for mentors and resources to help you launch? If you answered yes, then this event is for you!

Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, the Intro to the UT/Austin Startup Ecosystem and is the perfect opportunity to get yourself involved in entrepreneurship & innovation at UT and in Austin!

Thursday, September 24
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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.

$150/player or $600/team
Fee includes range balls, shared cart, green fee, beverages, and lunch
This tournament is a 4-person scramble with bogey as your friend

Please email Mari Myers at for information regarding sponsorship or securing a team.
Monday, September 28
8:00am - 2:00pm

UT Golf Club, Austin, TX
October 2020
Tune in to hear from Brian Hall, attorney at Traverse Legal PLC and Herb Kelleher Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence for an interactive workshop exploring startup funding options and best practices for evaluating your optimal investment strategy.
Wednesday, October 21
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Don't miss this special Coffee Connect! Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center, our October Coffee Connect will feature DisrupTexas finalist practice pitches. Hear from the finalists and lend them your feedback and expertise. Or, see what it takes to make it to the finals of DisrupTexas, the first undergraduate only pitch competition.
Tuesday, October 27
10:00am - 11:00am

November 2020
DisrupTexas is an annual Pitch Competition for undergraduate students across the state of Texas. Hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin, DisrupTexas is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for experiential learning – and a chance for student teams to walk away with some serious cash. Join us for the finals and see the winners crowned!
Saturday, November 7
8:00am - 12:00pm