11th Annual Pitch Party a Success

Students pitching at Pitch Party

This past Thursday, dozens of Texas MBA students were introduced to the “idea pitching” process at the McCombs Entrepreneur Society’s 11th annual Pitch Party. More than 40 representatives from 29 companies and organizations were on hand for the event, which was sponsored by Austin-based Spiceworks.

During the event, students pitched start-up ideas to “investors” that included prominent members of the greater Austin business community and McCombs faculty, staff, and alumni, receiving instant feedback regarding competitive analysis, market validation, and value/pain tradeoffs. If the pitch was successful, a student received “venture funding,” and at the end of the evening, the pitchers with the most funding received prizes. Below are the winners from this year’s event:

  • 1st – Kevin Terwilliger
  • 2nd – Josh Tinch
  • 3rd – Dan Driscoll
  • Spiceworks Spice Award – Kristin Wilcox
  • Banger’s Hospitality Award – Jenny Larsen
  • Build-A-Sign Honorable Mention – David Carter
  • Electronic Arts Honorable Mention – Brian McDermott
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REMINDER: Admissions Office Hours Chat this Week

With the first round deadline for applications into our Full-Time MBA program coming up quickly, we wanted to remind you about the Admissions Office Hours chat coming up in a couple of days.

On Thursday, October 11 at 12 pm CST, we will be hosting a one hour chat session with our Admissions Team designed to help you get your questions answered in order to submit your application. The Round 1 deadline is October 16, next Tuesday.

Visit our online events page to register.

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A Conversation with Walmart CFO, Charles Holley

This past Thursday, Walmart’s chief financial officer, Charles Holley, BBA ’79, discussed business strategies for the 21st Century with a small group of Texas MBA students.

Charles Holley with MBA Students

“Having face-to-face time with the Walmart CFO for an hour with only 20 of my classmates reminds me of why I made the right decision in coming to McCombs.  Opportunities like picking the brain of a high-powered executive from a well-respected, global company is exactly the sort of thing students at this school can expect on a regular basis. I walked into the conference center knowing that Walmart is a low cost retailer and little else, so having Charles Holley unravel his company strategy as far as cutting costs and expanding to new markets was an eye-opening experience. But the best part of the talk, hands down, was the five minute one-on-one chat I had with him near the end of the hour.” – Ricardo Ybarra, MBA ’14

Holley joined Walmart in 1994 and has been chief financial officer since 2010. He serves on the Advisory Council for the McCombs School and is engaged with Walmart’s philanthropic support of diversity and sustainability at McCombs.

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Executive MBA Student Mentors Youth Through GAMER Program

The story below features Texas Executive MBA student Joel Neeb, a member of the class of 2014. Originally published by News 4 WOAI in San Antonio.

Randolph Air Force Base Mentors Students Through “GAMER”

With the start of a new school year, a group of local servicemembers are hoping they can keep students in school and on the right track.

Today, airmen at Randolph Air Force kicked off a session of GAMER, which stands for Giving Americans Motivational Education for the Real World. The program, which has partnered with the base for three years, encourages at-risk youth to stay in school, pursue their dreams and avoid drugs and alcohol.

Randolph Base airmen kicked off "GAMER," a progam aimed at helping local students reach their goals and stay in school. Photo courtesy of

Randolph Base airmen kicked off “GAMER,” a progam aimed at helping local students reach their goals and stay in school. Photo courtesy of WOAI.

Major Joel Neeb has participated with the GAMER program and this year is no exception.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to give back something to the community,” Neeb said. “We here at Randolph Air Force Base recognize the fact that our jobs are cool, our jobs are fun, and they’re something that resonates with kids.” Read more ›

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Tips and Tricks to the Application Webinar Recording Now Available

If you missed our Tips and Tricks to the Full-Time Texas MBA Application webinar last week, the recording is now available on our website.

In this webinar, Shelley Clifford, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, walks you through the entire full-time application, addressing some of the most pressing questions about the application process along the way.

If you still have questions after watching this webinar, we encourage you to join us next Thursday as we host our first Admissions Office Hours Chat of the application season. To register for this October 11th chat—or any of our other online events in the future—visit the online events page on our website.

These events are designed to answer the majority of questions that applicants will have regarding the application process. However, feel free to always reach out to us via email.

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Diversity Forum Applications Due Next Week

In just under a month, McCombs will be hosting the 11th Annual Texas MBA Diversity Forum – and the deadline for hopeful attendees to apply for a spot at the event is just one week away. All applications for the October 26-27 event should be received by the MBA Program Office by 5:00pm on October 8.

The Diversity Forum offers you the opportunity to connect with members of the McCombs community, including current students, alumni, faculty, staff and other applicants, and learn the vital skills essential to navigating the MBA application process. Activities from past events have included: MBA information sessions, business school tours, class visits, faculty panels, workshops, case discussions, MBA student and alumni panels, informal socials and other networking opportunities. More information, including a sample agenda, can be found on the Diversity Forum website.

This is an event that you do not want to miss out on. Take advantage of the great opportunity and APPLY TODAY!

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October Events Schedule

October Events Schedule

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2012 MBA Career Connections

Last week our Career Management team hosted MBA Career Connections Austin – their biggest event of the year, featuring more than 60 top employers.

Career Connections 2012 consisted of two components – a networking reception and a more traditional career fair. The networking reception, held at the Alumni Center, provided students from all Texas MBA programs with a great opportunity to meet employers and McCombs alumni in a more relaxed atmosphere. The career fair, held at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, took on a more traditional format – except for the fact that it was in our AWESOME football stadium (see below) – with booths and company representatives, providing an excellent opportunity for companies to put a face to the students’ resumes before they apply for their internship and full-time positions this fall or spring.

Below are some photos from the career fair:




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McCombs Climbs to Top Five for Graduate Entrepreneurship

Originally posted by Matt Turner on McCombs Today.

The education services company The Princeton Review, in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine, named McCombs and its Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship no. 5 in the nation on its ranking of Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs.

The top three spots, in order, went to Babson College, Michigan and Brigham Young University.

This is the second year in a row for McCombs to climb in this survey, up from no. 8 last year and from ninth place in 2010. Among public schools, McCombs is second only to Michigan.

Other Texas graduate schools that hit the list in the ranking’s tenth season include Rice University (no. 4) and the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship (no. 18). Read more ›

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American Express Intern Insight

Sofie Leon, a member of the Full-Time Texas MBA Class of 2013, spent this past summer as a Corporate Finance MBA Intern with American Express in New York City. In the video below, Sofie shares details of her internship experience.

“I really enjoyed my experience with American Express in the Global Network Services group for the Deal Analysis group covering the Americas. I found the company to reward intellectual curiosity and relationship building as successful career trajectories are often the result of proactive self-sourcing.”

To see the rest of Sofie’s interviews as part of this video series, visit the links below:

American Express Summer Intern Insights 2012 Vol. 2 Episode 2
American Express Summer Intern Insights 2012 Vol. 2 Episode 3
American Express Summer Intern Insights 2012 Vol. 2 Episode 4

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