Aug. 30 Installment of Recently Launched “Bauer Speaker Breakfast”
Series to Address Team Challenges in Diverse Workforce
Early morning meetings aren’t always fun, but attendees of a newly launched series of breakfast speakers at the C. T. Bauer College of Business are wide awake for the impressive lineup of business leaders addressing current industry topics and trends.
The Bauer MBA program is now organizing a monthly “Bauer Speaker Breakfast” series, inviting current students, alumni, prospective students and working professionals to the free events on campus.
The series fulfills two primary goals, according to Diane Burkett, marketing manager for the college’s Graduate & Professional Programs and organizer of the breakfast series.
“First and foremost, I wanted to show that Bauer promotes lifelong learning and professional development for Houston’s working professionals, not just for the University of Houston and Bauer alumni,” Burkett said.
“The second goal of this event is to gain mindshare with our graduate programs. When someone makes the decision to pursue graduate school, such as an MBA, we want their first choice to be Bauer,” she added.
The breakfasts serve as an educational forum for building relationships with attendees. While attendees hear from Houston’s business leaders, they also have an opportunity to network with other working professionals.
“Our speakers are business leaders and experts who share their knowledge, career experiences and advice with our attendees,” Burkett said. “I want our attendees to walk away from this event feeling like they have learned something useful that they can successfully apply to their own careers or organizations.”
Previous topics featured at the breakfasts have included “Another Good Year for Houston, But Fewer Jobs and Higher Risk” with Robert W. “Bill” Gilmer, the director for the college’s Institute for Regional Forecasting, and “What Growing U.S. Oil Production Means for Energy Markets and Geopolitics” with Finance Professor Craig Pirrong, also director of energy markets for the college’s Global Energy Management Institute.
Registration is open for the next installment with Cindy Bigner, senior HR director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Halliburton Co., on “Culturally Diverse Teams: Challenges and Opportunities.” The breakfast will be on Aug. 30 at 7 a.m. in the University Classroom and Business Building Events Center, 330.
“The one thing all of our attendees have in common is the desire to work hard and build a successful career,” Burkett said. “Our speakers are business leaders and experts who share their knowledge, career experiences and advice with our attendees. Oftentimes the most valuable lessons learned come from those who have been there.”
By Ann Lynd