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.

Texas Executive Education now a top 20 program globally

In the newest executive education rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek, Texas Executive Education earned the No. 15 spot in custom programs, placing among the top 20 for the first time, and 7th best among executive education programs in the United States. These rankings evaluate many international programs from the U.S. and Europe based on an in-depth survey of corporate clients and partners. The data is also factored into Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best B-Schools” annual review, in which Texas’ McCombs School of Business is currently ranked 9th.

“We are delighted to see the rankings reflect our expanding efforts to meet global companies’ educational needs,” says Gaylen Paulson, Associate Dean and Director of Texas Executive Education. Over the past four years, Texas Executive Education has experienced a growth rate of 128 percent.

Texas Executive Education now works with more than 40 U.S. and multi-national companies to develop customized executive development programs. Industry leaders such as Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, BBVA Compass, National Oilwell Varco, USAA, Samsung, and ISNetworld are just a few of our partner organizations.

“Our customized programs are dynamic, tailored experiences that are directly relevant to the participants’ day-to-day activities,” says Chantal Delys, Assistant Dean of Texas Executive Education. “Discussions center on the actual, current issues their company is facing and that participants are managing in their jobs.”

“Our programs typically include highly individualized, interactive techniques such as customized vignettes, commissioned case studies, role plays, and personalized coaching,” says Nancy Nagle, Director of Custom Programs. “All these lead to a different kind of learning and promote direct, on-the-job application.”

Contact us or visit our website to learn more about our Custom Programs and see how we can design a unique curriculum to meet your organization’s business and leadership goals.

McCombs earns highest global rank in 11 years

In this year’s Financial Times full-time MBA program rankings, the McCombs School of Business is once again recognized among the top 40 in the world. Texas MBA is ranked 39th globally, and 21st among U.S. programs. More significantly, McCombs is rated 6th best out of all public universities in the rankings, it’s highest mark in over 15 years. (Most of the top spots in the survey were taken by private universities.)

The Financial Times’ MBA program rankings incorporate a number of metrics including graduate salary, career potential, faculty research prowess, and employer perceptions, based on survey responses.

In the survey, one of the questions asked of employers and alumni is to name three business schools from which they would hire an MBA graduate. In that specific category, McCombs scored 20th highest in the world out of over 150 universities considered. McCombs School of Business faculty were also ranked 13th best globally (based on publications in top business journals), which is the highest mark they have ever earned in the survey’s history.

To learn more about the Financial Times’ 2014 global MBA rankings, read this article on McCombs TODAY or see the complete report on the Financial Times website.

Texas Executive Education is honored to feature these top-tier faculty in our executive development programs, and we are proud to be a part of the McCombs School of Business.

McCombs hosts 9th Annual Alumni Business Conference

On Friday, February 21, the McCombs School of Business Alumni Network will be hosting its 9th Annual Alumni Business Conference. This conference is an annual gathering of McCombs alumni to discuss current pressing business issues, share new ideas, and reconnect with fellow cohorts and colleagues.

The speakers and presenters at this year’s conference are all recognized as leaders in their fields. They include:

  • Richard W. Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Brett Hurt, Vice Chairman and Former CEO & Co-Founder of Bazaarvoice; McCombs Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Greg Hallman, Ph.D., Program Director for McCombs’ Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program
  • Raji Srinivasan, Ph.D., Professor and Spurgeon Bell Centennial Fellow, Department of Marketing
  • Laura Starks, Ph.D, Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair in Finance
  • Gaylen Paulson, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Executive Director of Texas Executive Education
  • Tom Gilligan, Dean of the McCombs School of Business
  • Bill Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin

The conference is being held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the UT Austin campus.

More information, a session schedule, and registration details can be found here. We hope that you’ll attend and take advantage of the opportunity to reconnect and engage with your fellow McCombs alumni.

While on campus, we also encourage you to stop by our Texas Executive Education offices (conveniently in the AT&T Conference Center building) to learn more about how our leadership development programs can enhance your career and benefit your organization. Contact us for details.

McCombs professors continue to rank among top in nation

stack of booksFor the fifth straight year, McCombs School of Business professors are ranked in the top 10 in the nation among almost 300 business schools surveyed. The Princeton Review annually publishes a guidebook titled, “The Best 295 Business Schools” in which they rank a total of 11 attributes including faculty, administration, campus environment and career prospects of each accredited business school in the U.S.

In the 2014 list, McCombs professors were rated No. 3 — only UC Berkeley and Harvard professors were ranked higher. Scores are based on survey responses that address how well professors teach their students and how accessible they are outside of the classroom.

McCombs also earned No. 6 overall for best campus environment, based on responses regarding a business school’s sense of community among students and their happiness in the program.

These same top-ranked faculty also teach and share their professional expertise with working professionals in our two-day Executive Education Open Enrollment programs. Through Texas Executive Education, company managers and executives can interact with and learn from the professors who lead one of the best MBA programs in the world.

Read more about Princeton Review’s 2014 survey in McCombs TODAY.