AT&T Executive Education Center named a 2014 Pinnacle Award Winner

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, located in the front of the gateway of The University of Texas at Austin, is “Where Texas Meets The World.”

Congratulations to the hardworking staff of the world-class AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for earning the Pinnacle Award a second consecutive year!

The Pinnacle Award, given by Successful Meetings magazine, a leading publication in the event and conference planning industry, selects only a few venues each year to receive their highest award. Being named a Pinnacle Award winner conveys that a conference or event venue has reached a standard of excellence in meeting space, hospitality and service.

The award is voted on by Successful Meetings’ audience of professional event planners, who define firsthand what meeting excellence should be. A large list of hotels, conference centers, and convention & visitors bureaus are considered in the voting each year.

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We at Texas Executive Education are proud to call the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center our home for hosting our first-class leadership development programs. It is a privilege to work with their outstanding staff in this award-winning venue.

McCombs One of Best Schools for Job Placement

According to a recent article on WiseBread, the McCombs School of Business is considered one of the top 8 schools in the U.S. for preparing students to enter the workforce. The author named UT Austin and McCombs in her list of “8 Colleges With the Best Programs to Get You Jobs.”

The article examines schools and universities based on both the number and quality of internships and cooperative work-study programs that are available to students, as well as the extent of networking and job placement offered by the college’s career services teams. The belief is that the more opportunities students have to gain real-world experience and make connections while still in school, the better equipped they will be when joining the workforce after graduation.

The McCombs faculty also plays a huge role in preparing students with the knowledge and professional skills they will need in today’s business environment. McCombs faculty is ranked among the top 20 worldwide in many disciplines, including accounting, entrepreneurship, innovation and marketing. Many of those faculty also interact with executives and working professionals in our open enrollment and custom leadership development programs.

Hiring McCombs graduates will ensure your employees are among the best.

Doug Dierking Receives ExecEd Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Doug Dierking, Senior Lecturer of Management, McCombs School of BusinessDr. Doug Dierking was named the 2014 recipient of the Fawn & Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education. Thirteen professors in the McCombs School of Business were selected by their peers to receive teaching and research excellence awards this year. Only one of these awards is specific to Executive Education, so receiving this honor is very significant for Dr. Dierking.

Doug Dierking is a Senior Lecturer in the Management department at the McCombs School of Business. For Texas Executive Education, Doug teaches a two-day program entitled Building Engagement: What Leaders Do To Manage Talent & Build Allegiance, in which executives learn how to communicate and manage their employees more effectively to build stronger commitment, dedication and loyalty among their teams. Doug also teaches sessions on human resources efficiency and organizational development in many of our Custom Programs throughout the year.

Dr. Dierking’s areas of interest include human resource management, organizational change and redesign, management science, organizational learning and change, and workplace environment. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas in 1997.

Congratulations to Dr. Dierking on receiving this teaching excellence award!

McCombs A ‘Powerhouse’ For Entrepreneurship

The McCombs School of Business was recently included in a list of 15 ‘Powerhouse’ Entrepreneurship programs at U.S. universities. Of the 15 colleges and programs named, McCombs’ Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship is one of the newest (started in 2001) in the list, reflecting how quickly and significantly McCombs’ entrepreneurship offerings have grown.

Mashable, one of today’s modern news and content sources, spent considerable effort evaluating the entrepreneurship programs at many of the nation’s public and private universities. In addition to weighing several undergraduate and graduate program and faculty rankings, they also perused lists of courses and even looked at syllabi from professors. Another key factor in their evaluation was the number of successful businesses that each college’s entrepreneurship alumni have launched, and how many of those are still in business today. Several notable companies founded or co-founded by McCombs grads include National Instruments, Sweet Leaf Tea Company, Tito’s Vodka, and CarMax.

See the full list and more details here. Mashable also has another interesting article that explores how well “entreprenership” can actually be taught, and sheds light on some results that are surprising.

Several of McCombs School of Business’ top faculty teach shorter, two-day versions of entrepreneurship and innovation programs for company managers and executives. These programs include Leading Innovation Within Existing Organizations, Market Validation, Marketing of Innovations (Entrepreneurial Marketing), and Strategic and Business Model Innovation. Contact us to learn more.

Upcoming Innovation Events at the AT&T Conference Center

Here’s a quick look at a few entrepreneurship-focused events that are coming up at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

Entrepreneurship Live with Alan Blake
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., with reception to follow

Alan Blake is the CEO and Co-Founder of Yorktown Technologies, LP. Under his leadership, the company was able to commercialize GloFish fluorescent fish, the first mass-marketed biotech animal. Within the first decade, the GloFish family grew to nearly a dozen lines of fish that include six different colors and three species. The fish, as well as more than 70 GloFish-branded aquarium products, are now available in over 7,000 retail locations. Hear Alan discuss their story of success.

Workshop on Social and Business Analytics
Friday, March 28, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., followed by a networking dinner and reception

Join the McCombs School of Business and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship as they bring together practitioners and academics to better understand social and data analytic strategies, and to capture insights for improved managerial action. Leaders in the field will share insights and experiences on: using social media to know customers, using social and mobile platforms for advertising, understanding value of social media for marketing and customer engagement, and analyzing “big data” for decision making.

Organizations in attendance will include: Frito-Lay, Deloitte, Whole Foods Market, NYU Stern, and Harvard Business School.

Entrepreneurship Live with Matt Chasen
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., with reception to follow

Matt Chasen is the CEO and Founder of uShip. The company’s mission is to create the most efficient and user-friendly marketplace for shipping that has ever existed. uShip has become a global online transport platform that leverages Internet and mobile technologies to connect customer freight with available trucks and space. Prior to founding uShip, Matt spent several years in engineering at Boeing, where he helped research, test and develop in-flight wireless Internet access, and also led the avionics integration for a new F-22 fighter aircraft.