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Alumni & Friends Events

Here you can learn about recent and upcoming Alumni & Friends Events.

April 28

Knowledge To Go Webinar: Women, Customer Orientation, and Superior Financial Performance - oh my!

In this talk, we’ll discuss the latest research on how including women in roles of leadership impacts an organization’s strategy and financial performance. Spoiler alert…female leaders encourage a greater customer orientation among the entire leadership group, which leads to superior financial performance, but these effects vary by across contexts and are most helpful to firms that operate in relatively stable and unregulated industries. Come join us to learn more and get tips on how you can use these findings in your own organization.

This talk is led by Dr. Chandra Srivastava and Dr. Saim Kashmiri who received their PhDs in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2019 and 2012, respectively, under the advisement of Dr. Vijay Mahajan. Both conduct research examining how a company’s leadership team and structure impacts marketing and firm outcomes and are published in top journals such as the Journal of Marketing and International Journal of Research in Marketing.

Chandra is currently on a leave of absence from academia to be the Chief Marketing Officer at Calque, a fintech startup, and worked in corporate reputation and crisis management serving Fortune 50 firms prior to joining academia. Saim is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Mississippi and holds an MBA degree from LUMS (Pakistan) and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. Prior to joining academia, Saim has about 6 years of brand management experience in Global Fortune 500 companies, namely Shell Oil, Procter & Gamble, and Nestle.

1 CPE credit offered for live webinar attendance. No prerequisites or advance preparation required.

The Knowledge To go (KTG) webinar series gives McCombs alumni the ability to continue their active learning relationship with the university. These monthly one-hour webinars are conducted live at noon Central Standard Time, and then posted on the web for those who can't join live. Knowledge To Go lets you learn about today's most urgent business issues from the leading minds at UT - all from the convenience of your desktop.

Time: Noon-1 p.m. (CT)

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost Per Person: Free


May 12

Second Friday Breakfast Presents Joanna Wolaver, Executive Director of Travis County Parks Foundation

Please join your fellow alumni and friends as we welcome Joanna Wolaver, Executive Director of the Travis County Parks Foundation.

She also currently serves as the board chair of the Austin Outside coalition. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Joanna has held a variety of positions at nonprofit organizations, including serving as the founding executive director of Shoal Creek Conservancy. She has also managed three successful open space and transportation bond campaigns in Texas and New Jersey.

Joanna received a master’s degree in Geography and the Environment from The University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Sciences from Bryn Mawr College. She is an Austin (almost) native, arriving at the age of 5. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and adventuring with her husband and curious young son.

Joanna will talk about the Foundation and their 2023 priorities, and then expand out to talk about partnering with Austin Outside and the work of Austin Outside. It takes collaborations and partnerships to make it all happen!

As always, there is plenty of free parking and we supply the coffee and breakfast tacos.

Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. (CT)

Location: Stinson's Café 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756

Cost Per Person: Free


May 18

Houston Chapter Monthly Lunch Speaker Series


Andrew Segal formed Boxer Property in September 1992. Under his oversight, the company has successfully reached into segments as diverse as resort hotels, retail centers, office, and other real estate businesses, accounting for approximately 20 million square feet of space across the United States. Andrew is a co-founder of Stemmons Enterprise software company, a universal operations platform for real estate and other industries. Andrew has also invested in diverse businesses all over the world, including a firm in South Korea that manufactures 3D printers for the construction industry, a staffing company in India, and a financial services business in Nigeria. He received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and a JD from  New York University School of Law.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (CT)

Location: Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77007

Cost Per Person: $30