Last week McCombs hosted the 9th annual National Energy Finance Challenge, and we are proud to announce a team of Texas MBA students took home the victory! Sixteen teams from business schools across the country competed in this year’s event. This is the 4th time McCombs has taken the top spot in 5 years.
The National Energy Finance Challenge is a business case competition focused on real-life finance issues within the energy industry. The purpose of the event is to bring corporate executives and recruiters from world-renowned companies with links to the energy industry into contact with the very best MBA students from around the country, and to provide a unique learning experience for the students involved.
- It’s time to light the UT Tower again in honor of the team’s national win
Congratulations to the McCombs team! This year featured two 2nd years students: Kirk Sisco & Juong Park, and three 1st year students: Eric Franco, Kyle Gabb & Robert Buckwalter.
Thank you to Cody Evans, Nate Grady, and the Energy Finance Group officers and volunteers for organizing and hosting this year’s National Energy Finance Challenge. Hook ’em!
Summer is here! And with summer comes heat, sun, and travel. We, too, will be hitting the road for a number of events around the world, and we wanted to take just a quick moment to let you know how you can find us this summer.
Below, find a list of opportunities to meet us in a city near you. If we are not visiting a city near you, then know we are always happy to have you here in Austin! Austin is a great place to visit over the summer if you too love sun and heat, as well as live music, great food, and many places to take a dip in cool water. Admissions Officers will be present all summer long, and if you plan in advance with us, we can do our best to have a current student or alumni here to meet you as well, just let us know.
Without further pontificating, here is our general travel schedule. Hope to see you on the road!
Domestic Coffee Chats
- Our current 1st Years are all across the country now working at their summer internships. We have asked many of them to host local coffee chats, an intimate opportunity with typically no more than 5-6 people, to discuss McCombs and their own experience during the application process through their first year at McCombs. Space is limited, so please register soon to ensure you get a seat at the table. Visit the following link to see the full schedule and register:
- McCombs Summer Coffee Chats Registration Link
- We will be attending a number of events for the Consortium, MLT, and Forte, and if you are a member of those organizations, we look forward to seeing you there!
- If you are not a member of either of these organizations, or if you are and want another opportunity to meet us, we will be at the National Diversity MBA Summit in Washington, DC. Here are the details:
- MBA Tour: We will be visiting many cities around the world with our friends at the MBA Tour. Please visit their website for exact dates and instructions on registering. Here are the cities we will be visiting:
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Lima, Peru
- Bogotá, Columbia
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Tokyo, Japan
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shanghai, China
- Beijing, China
Come to Austin
- If you can make it to Austin, please email us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu. We will do our best to accommodate a visit with us here at the MBA Program Office.
- For a comprehensive list of our Coffee Chats and Tour Events, please visit our website.
- If you still cannot find an opportunity to meet one of us on our travels, then please make sure to reach out to a current student or an alumnus via our student and alumni directory. They are happy to answer your questions and offer you advice as you begin the process of researching and applying for B-School.
- Also remember that once the Fall hits, we will have a whole host of new opportunities to meet us both domestically and around the world, so stay tuned!
Here with Casey Andrews, MBA ’11
Two Texas MBA program directors and I were treated to a tour of Rackspace company headquarters in San Antonio last Wednesday following a Texas MBA information session held on site. Our tour guide? None other than Lawrence Reyes a.k.a SugarBear, Ambassador of Culture. He took us on the grandest of interactive tours that included peeking into themed departments and conference rooms (think game shows, cereal, 80s movies), viewing installations by local artists, traveling down memory lane in a 1968 Hemisfair gondola chair, and a very quick slide down to the first floor! Continue reading
The MBA Veterans Career Conference in Chicago is one of the newer national MBA conferences. This year marked their sixth annual conference, with 31 corporate sponsors and 335+ students in attendance. I was stoked to see 18 McCombs students signed up; we had the largest group of students in attendance after the University of Chicago. I decided to attend to support our students onsite and to connect with diversity and/or military recruiters—another touch point with these companies, many of which we already have a recruiting relationship with.
There are several factors unique to the MBA Veterans Career Conference which sets it apart from other national career conferences. Unlike the other national conferences (NBMBAA, NSHMBA, etc.) which are open to all MBA students, only MBA students who are veterans (U.S. or their home country) can attend.
Also, employers who sign up as a sponsor can access candidate resumes/profiles all year long. The benefit of signing up as an MBA candidate goes much longer than just the conference itself. Three years ago during his second year at McCombs, Mark Hayes Continue reading
Last weekend, the Texas Full-Time MBA program hosted their annual Women’s Forum on The University of Texas at Austin campus.
The 49 attendees had the opportunity to interact with McCombs faculty and staff, alumni, and current students during a number of sessions, allowing them to learn more about all aspects of the program and begin to picture themselves as Texas MBAs.
The event brought in attendees from all over the country and even a few from outside of the US. Texas, New York, and California were the most represented states among those in attendance. The alma maters with the greatest representation besides UT Austin were Cornell Continue reading