Two ExecEd professors make Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll

The McCombs Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll was recently published, and there are two Executive Education faculty members who made the list this semester. Prabhudev Konana, Ph.D., and Kyle Lewis, Ph.D. are among the 13 McCombs professors who earned their spots in the Faculty Honor Roll this Fall.

Dr. Konana teaches in Texas Executive Education’s Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning and Logistics course, and he is also an important Governing Body member in our annual Texas CIO Institute, a leadership development program for future technology executives and CIOs.

Dr. Lewis teaches part of our Leading High Performance Teams program that helps participants learn how to generate better group cohesiveness, mutual respect and support in order to be a more effective leader.

The Undergraduate Business Council and the Undergraduate Program Office select the Faculty Honor Roll each semester based on the top scores received from student course instructor surveys. Faculty Honor Roll members are regarded as very knowledgeable, passionate, and dedicated to preparing students for life after college, as well as being captivating lecturers in their classrooms.

Congratulations to Dr. Konana, Dr. Lewis, and all other Fall 2013 Faculty Honor Roll professors! See the full list here.

Teaching award established to honor Professor Nolen

Prof. Jim NolenIn 2011,  Jim Nolen was named one of the most popular b-school professors in the entire nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. Now he is receiving yet another honor, as the McCombs School of Business is establishing the Jim Nolen Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Starting in the Fall of 2014, the award will be given annually to a deserving McCombs professor.

During his 32-year tenure at the McCombs School of Business, Professor Nolen made a tremendous impact in the lives of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Several of these former students have been very instrumental in the efforts to establish the teaching award in his name.

Nolen says he was very surprised by the outpouring of support and pledges. We wish to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Jim for receiving this honor!

Read quotes and kudos from some of Professor Nolen’s former students in an article from McCombs TODAY, and learn more about the teaching award established in his name.

Jim Nolen continues to teach working professionals in our two-day Executive Education programs at UT:  Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers, and Financial Analysis & Measuring Business Performance.

Dr. Gaylen Paulson featured in Forbes article

Always ask for the things you want, even if you don’t think you can get them.

This advice is given by Dr. Gaylen Paulson, a McCombs School of Business Professor of Management and now the Associate Dean and Director of Texas Executive Education, in every Negotiation course that he teaches. For one Forbes writer, it was one of the most effective and influential pieces of advice he has ever heard.

Kevin Ready writes about his memorable experience in Dr. Paulson’s course in a recent article on Forbes, titled “A Simple Strategy To Get More Of What You Want.” Ready recounts how he was able to amass about $22,000 in only 30 days by employing the simple yet powerful idea of always asking for what you want.

Ready challenges readers to try the same, to look for opportunities in which you can ask for something extra, such as a lower price or a better deal. Ready writes, “You will be surprised at the number of situations in which you get a ‘yes’ — which is a powerful lesson.”

Dr. Gaylen Paulson continues to teach negotiation techniques and strategies in The Art and Science of Effective Negotiation, a two-day open enrollment program at Texas Executive Education. He also teaches in Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others and Maximizing Mental Agility to Improve Creativity.

Upcoming entrepreneurship talks at the AT&T Executive Education Center

Later this month, the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center will be hosting two engaging entrepreneurship discussions with Austin-based executives. Each session is free and open to the public, and will include a reception afterward.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
“Entrepreneurship Live!” with
Clayton Christopher, Founder of Sweet Leaf Tea; Co-Founder of Deep Eddy Vodka and Rhythm Superfoods

Sweet Leaf Tea is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the US, with over $60M in sales and 100+ employees. Clayton is passionate about entrepreneurship and loves helping small food and beverage brands grow. Hear him discuss his experiences and answer your questions.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
“Money Talks” with
Chris Pacitti, General Partner of Austin Ventures

Chris’s investment focus is primarily on early-stage technology companies in the software and Internet sectors. He started his venture career in 1995 with TL Ventures, where he was a VP and also focused on early-stage technology investing. Hear him discuss his experiences and offer advice to current and future entrepreneurs.

Both events are presented by the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship of the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. We invite you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from and meet with successful entrepreneurs.

Contact us for more details.

Networking Opportunity with Executives from Portugal

On Wednesday, October 30, Texas Executive Education is hosting a Finding Creative Solutions to Complex Problems session, led by Dr. Gaylen Paulson, followed by a Networking Reception with Executive MBA professionals from Portugal’s University of Porto, Porto School of Business.

This is a unique opportunity to meet with a group of your international peers, representing variety of industries including telecom/IT, manufacturing, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. The group of 69 executives will be here from October 28 through November 1 for a week-long International Seminar titled Leading in a Global World, hosted by Texas Executive Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Any past participants of our Texas Executive Education open enrollment programs are welcome to attend this networking event. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to [email protected]. More details are below.

Finding Creative Solutions to Complex Problems session, followed by Networking Reception, both with University of Porto Executive MBA Professionals

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Session)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Reception / Happy Hour)

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Classroom 203, at The University of Texas at Austin

McCombs School of Business faculty and staff, Porto School of Business Executive MBA professionals, and You. Please dress in Business Casual attire.

Contact Dominick Flores for more info.