Our Faculty Speaker Series has been a great way for our alumni to stay up to date with McCombs curriculum and faculty research by hearing from some of McCombs most popular professors. The series has also helped connect old classmates and expand professional networks! So far the series has hit four cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and London.

Seattle was joined by Dr. Prabhudev Konana who teaches one of the most popular MBA courses, Strategies for Networked Economies.  Professor Konana gave a talk on the future of jobs as it relates to AI, robotics, and automation.

Next in the series, Dr. John Daly headed to Los Angeles to present “The Interpersonal Skills of Successful Leaders” to both McCombs and Moody College of Communication alumni.  Professor Daly has won every major undergraduate teaching award at UT and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Behavior, Crisis Management, and Advocacy and Persuasion.

The Atlanta Chapter welcomed Dr. Kristie Loescher, who presented on “Beliefs and Values Shaping Today’s Healthcare Reform Debate.” Professor Loescher teaches courses in management, leadership, and business communications.  Prior to her career in academia, she worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research.

To finish out the fall series, Dr. Bob Parrino traveled overseas to London to share the latest strategies from the finance department related to current industry topics. Professor Parrino teaches courses in degree and executive education programs, as well as customized courses for executives in finance and non-financial corporations.

The fall Faculty Speaker Series was a success, but we aren’t done yet! Coming soon in Spring 2020, Sandy Leeds, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the department of finance and President of The MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C., will be presenting to both our Chicago and New York chapters. Additionally, Dr. Laura Starks will reschedule her Denver presentation on “Climate Risk and other Environmental Social and Governance Considerations in Investment Decisions.” Keep checking our alumni calendar for date and time updates!