MBA Breakfast Series Brings Business Leaders To Campus

Published on August 23, 2013

Aug. 30 Installment of Recently Launched “Bauer Speaker Breakfast”
Series to Address Team Challenges in Diverse Workforce

Cindy Bigner

Bauer students, alumni, prospective Bauer graduate students and working professionals are invited to the Bauer Speaker Breakfast on Aug. 30 to hear Cindy Bigner, senior HR director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Halliburton Co. on “Culturally Diverse Teams: Challenges and Opportunities” in the University Classroom and Business Building Events Center, 330.

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.”

For more information on the Bauer Speaker Breakfast series, click here or contact Burkett at dlburkett@bauer.uh.edu.

By Ann Lynd

Posted Under: Faculty and Staff, Graduate

2 replies to “MBA Breakfast Series Brings Business Leaders To Campus

  1. David Davila

    Hi, I was wondering if there are spots for new speakers. I will be back in the US in late Sept/early October and would like to share my experiences doing different kinds of business in China. Thank you.

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