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 Dominick.Flores@mccombs.utexas.edu. 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.

SK Holdings explores Austin and South America with ExecEd program

Since July 29, 2013, Texas Executive Education has been hosting a group of 17 executives from SK Holdings of South Korea. Though not well known here in the U.S., SK Holdings is the third largest conglomerate in Korea (#62 on the Forbes Global 500), with global business in a wide range of industries including telecom, chemicals, petroleum, energy, construction, shipping, and semiconductors.

SK Holdings at Texas Executive Education, Conversation Partners

Texas Executive Education recruited the help of the Texas Cheer & Pom squad to welcome the SK participants to The University.

The 2013 SK Latin American Global Leadership Program program, twelve weeks long, encompasses instruction and a field learning project (including travel) in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, and Chile. They spend five weeks in Austin for instruction (August 12 – September 12) and an additional two weeks finalizing their projects.

The participants from South Korea are senior-level managers and group leaders at SK Holdings. Several of them have advanced degrees (Master’s level) in addition to many years of professional experience. Their goals in working with Texas Executive Education are to obtain a broader understanding of global business, improve their proficiency of the English language, and better understand the cultures of the United States and Latin America.

SK Holdings at NOV

SK Holdings visited National Oilwell Varco during the program to learn about their operations, and to see similarities and differences between their oil & gas business and NOV’s.

The SK participants in front of a monument in São Paulo, Brazil. The group traveled to Brazil, Chile and Peru to learn about each country’s culture and how they do business.