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Career Webinar Recap: “How Business Owners Can Survive” with Danny Caswell, BBA ‘84

Danny Caswell, BBA ’84, and crisis recovery and value creation experts discussed how to traverse the unchartered waters and understand –step by step– the immediate actions that you must take to survive in times of crisis and to emerge a stronger company. This webinar guides you through proven business survival tactics designed to find, preserve, and manage cash. It also covers how to quickly find cash and how to preserve it; how to negotiate with banks, landlords, suppliers, creditors, and customers; how to build a recovery plan; and finally, how to emerge stronger from this crisis and bolster the long-term. Watch the webinar here!

Webinar Recap: “Master Your Mind and Market: Leadership, Mindfulness, and Growth in Uncertain Times” with Nina Pickell

Nina Pickell recently hosted the career webinar: “Master Your Mind and Market: Leadership, Mindfulness, and Growth in Uncertain Times.”  With an MBA and BBA from UT,  Nina brings insights and ideas into leading in times of disruption and change, and even achieving what she calls “meaningful and magnificent growth.” Nina speaks on key elements like strategy, leadership, extraordinary service, branding and marketing in today’s digital world — as well as dealing with topics like mindfulness, anxiety and remote work. As such, she drives home that the most impactful growth will start inside each one of us and materialize in how we act, create, treat others and master our own minds. Watch the webinar here!

Nina is a brand builder, advisor, transformational growth coach, speaker, and entrepreneur. She specializes in growing companies and brands that she believes in, handpicked because they offer something special to the world. She has a passion for working with innovative companies and entrepreneurs of all types transforming the way we work and live through technology, innovation, digital marketing, thought leadership and the arts.

Nina has decades of leadership experience in early stage ventures as well as with major global businesses like Adecco, Randstad, IBM and Today, she works with aspiring entrepreneurs through global organizations to build brands; launch and market new products; advise on customer and talent acquisition, digital marketing, and technology; and improve business performance and profitability. She is the CEO/Managing Consultant of her own ventures providing coaching and consulting services to corporate clients and entrepreneurs who are focused on achieving the next stage of growth.

Nina is a public speaker, regularly leading online masterminds and masterclasses as well as speaking at events and webinars about topics such as entrepreneurship, building power brands, cultivating creativity, digital marketing and transformation, employer branding, the gig economy, digital product development, high impact selling, lifestyle and influencer marketing, social media marketing, and a variety of custom topics. See for more information.

Career Webinar Recap: “Work Life Balance” with Suzi Brown

Suzanne Brown is a consultant, speaker, strategist, author, and avid international traveler. She’s an advocate for and enabler of professional working moms creating their own version of work-life balance.  Watch her career webinar here!

Suzi worked in the demanding marketing agency industry at large companies with no work-life balance and ones that enabled a more balance-focused approach to life. She eventually found her way to entrepreneurship, where she created a lifestyle centered around being the mom she wants to be and staying engaged in exciting and interesting projects for her clients. Suzanne shares her own experience and research, combined with knowledge from more than 110 conversations with working moms to enable other working moms to create the balance they crave.

Suzanne and her husband live in Austin, Texas. You can often find them during non-work time trying to keep up with their two active young boys, whether on a local hike or a far-off adventure.

Webinar Recap: “50 Shades of Green: Sustainability and Sustainable Finance” with Meeta Kothare

On Feb. 25, Meeta Kothare hosted the KTG Webinar “50 Shades of Green: Sustainability and Sustainable Finance.” The webinar covered sustainability and the impact syndrome, 21st century trends, and how to manage, measure, and report sustainability. Watch it here!

Meeta Kothare is adjunct professor in the McCombs School of Business, where she is the inaugural Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative. Kothare also holds a faculty appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She teaches popular classes in Financial Innovation for Social Impact, Impact Investing, and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previously she founded Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact.

Kothare has over 25 years of academic, business, and social sector experience. She began her career in sales and marketing before pursuing graduate studies in business. After completing her doctorate, she joined the finance faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught in the MBA, Business Honors and Executive Education programs. Her research on corporate finance, corporate governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic finance journals.

Kothare’s current interests include social innovation and the use of financial tools for social impact and sustainability. Her areas of expertise include: impact and sustainable investing, impact measurement, social entrepreneurship and innovation. She is also actively engaged in community service, philanthropy and impact investing, and mentoring social changemakers on campus and beyond.

Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where she was the class valedictorian.

Webinar Recap: “Build and Grow with BizOps” with Solu Nwanze, MBA ’12

Solu Nwanze, director of Business Operations at Zendesk and executive coach at Expanded Impact, hosted a webinar on strategically utilizing BizOps. BizOps, or Business Operations, is a hot and rising field that draws in talented professionals across business and technical backgrounds and expertise.  The webinar covered everything from exploring the BizOps field to creating a team within your company. Solu shared the various models of BizOps teams, skills that are required to succeed in these models, and career paths during and beyond your stint. Watch the webinar here!

Solu is a business operations leader and certified executive coach whose mission is to develop people and teams for maximum effectiveness and engagement. She has over 16 years of experience working in the Tech industry in various capacities including software engineering, business analytics and business operations. In just the past few years, she has built and grown three high impact BizOps teams at Adobe and Zendesk from the ground up. 

As an executive coach, Solu works with established and emerging leaders across various functions and industries including Tech, Finance & Healthcare looking to expand their impact in their professional and personal lives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Housing & Economic Rights Advocates, a legal services non-profit for low-income Californians.  

Recap: KTG Webinar: “Does Marketing Matter?” with Leigh McAlister

Leigh’s webinar focused on the question “Does marketing matter?” Responses to this question range from a strong conviction that marketing drives firm growth to strong conviction that marketing does little more than create brochures for the sales organization. This all depends on the firm. In some firms marketing is central; in others it is peripheral. Leigh explained this variability by considering the firm’s source of competitive advantage and by the role assigned to the marketing function. Differentiating firms for which marketing is a line in function grow faster and are more valuable than other firms. Further, CEOs of such firms have broader visions for growth, are more satisfied with firm performance and see more promise for future performance. Cost leader firms in which marketing is a staff function are the slowest growing and least valuable. Watch here!

Leigh McAlister is the Ed and Molly Smith Chair in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD from Stanford University and she served on the faculties of University of Washington and MIT before joining The University of Texas at Austin. She has won many teaching awards and research awards including JMR’s O’Dell Award, JR’s Davidson Award.  In 2014, she received the Mahajan Award for Lifetime Achievements in Strategy Research, was named the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator and was a member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the American Marketing Association. In 2018, she was named a Fellow of INFORMS Marketing Science. Long associated with the Marketing Science Institute, she served there as Executive Director from 2003-2005. Currently her research focuses on determinants of firm value and implications of web communications. She serves as Area Editor at Journal of Marketing and Journal of Consumer Research. 

Webinar Recap: “The Psychology of Investing: How we can be our own worst enemy” with Wyatt Jason

Wyatt Jason’s webinar “The Psychology of Investing: How we can be our own worst enemy” covered common investment behaviors related to different emotions, how to identify these emotions within yourself, and how to prevent psychological factors throughout the investment process. Watch the webinar here!

Wyatt graduated from the McCombs Accounting program in 2017. He works on a wealth management practice at Merrill Lynch that helps Austin locals achieve their financial goals and prepare for their retirement. In his free time, he stays active by playing tennis or attending concerts throughout the Austin area.

Webinar Recap: “The Future of Work is Now” with Kai Andrews

Kai Andrews, principal at Point B Management Consulting, shared his experience leveraging his powerful “Future of Work” concepts during his career webinar. As we are witnessing the “Physical & Digital” and “Human & Machine” dimensions converge, Kai discussed how to find the right balance in the workplace. He covered everything from changes in workforce dynamics to technology advancements, modern space needs, and how process optimization approaches are forcing companies to redesign their workplace strategies. Watch here!

Kai leads Point B’s Future of Work practice and has over 20 years of business and IT consulting experience, with primary expertise in delivering pragmatic workplace transformations concentrated in business collaboration and intelligence engagements. His focus has been on developing digital workplace strategies and designing and implementing collaboration and content management solutions for clients in the healthcare, retail, technology, and professional services industries. 

Recap: Alumni Orientation 2019

Christine Burdell, director of the McCombs Alumni Network team, hosted the “Alumni Orientation 2019” webinar to help welcome longhorns into the post-grad world. Watch here!

Christine led alumni through the process of staying connected with McCombs. She covered joining our social media networks, following alumni and school news, attending events nationwide, becoming an alumni leader, taking advantage of resources, keeping contact information updated, and sharing class notes. 

The Alumni Network ensures the connections you make at McCombs are lifetime bonds by keeping you in touch with fellow alumni and the school. Click here to see a full summary of the 2019 Alumni Orientation.

Recap: “Digital Marketing Edge for Leaders” with Nina Pickell

Nina Pickell’s “Digital Marketing Edge for Leaders” webinar kicked off the Career Webinar Summer Series. With Nina’s passion for entrepreneurialism, the webinar covers everything from what the digital era means to our call to action as leaders in the MBA workforce. Watch here!

With a BBA and MBA in marketing from UT, Nina specializes in growing companies and brands that she believes in, handpicked because they offer something special to the world. You can find her on any given day working with corporate clients, recording artists, and entrepreneurs as well as HR teams in the emerging field of employment branding. She has a passion for working with innovative companies and entrepreneurs transforming the way we work and live through technology, social networks, thought leadership, and the arts.

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