Neeley Networking Events Connect Students to Industry Leaders and Career Opportunities

1 Cocktails with the Chiefs
Cocktails with the Chiefs Event
2 Jamie Dixon
Dr. Bill Cron & Jamie Dixon
3 Jamie Dixon 2
NACD Lunch with Jamie Dixon
4 Stuart Flynn Event
"Executive Insights at the City Club" Speaker Series featuring Stuart Flynn

Evening graduate students at TCU's Neeley School of Business enjoy access to numerous impactful professional development events. These events provide our students with ample opportunities to mingle with a variety of professionals while developing their skills, knowledge and confidence outside of the classroom.

Every semester, Neeley students enjoy multiple opportunities to step outside of the classroom and learn from members of the Dallas-Fort Worth business community — many of them TCU alumni — in both formal and informal settings [or “real-world settings”]. Even though the fall semester is barely two months old, Neeley has already provided its evening graduate students with at least three unique forums for professional development. All three were well-attended and, as the students themselves note, have already proven to be informational, thought-provoking and highly motivating.

Stuart Flynn: The Business of Medicine

On Wednesday, September 13th, Neeley’s Executive Education department hosted its regular speaker series, "Executive Insights at the City Club," in downtown Fort Worth. At the event, Stuart Flynn, the new Dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, spoke about changing practices in the field of medicine. He specifically addressed how this new medical school will prepare its students for these changes. The audience consisted of local healthcare industry professionals as well as current and prospective TCU Health Care MBA candidates.

Brian Van Eck, a first-year Health Care MBA, appreciated how Dean Flynn “provided amazing insight into the future of health care, both locally and nationally, while also allowing us to meet some of the most influential medical minds in the city.”

According to Kathryn Bishop, another first-year Health Care MBA student in attendance, it was “interesting to learn about the economic impact a new medical school has on a community. In class, we discuss the future implications of physicians’ shortages in terms of health care quality and access. Dr. Flynn addressed the shortage and the importance TCU/UNT Health Sciences places on educating patient-centered physicians being able to meet those needs.”

Jamie Dixon: Leading a Turnaround

The North Texas chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) hosted a lunch on Thursday, September 14th, at the City Club in downtown Fort Worth. The NACD is a professional organization that brings board directors of various organizations together for the purposes of networking and professional development.

At this event, Neeley professor Dr. Bill Cron moderated a discussion with Jamie Dixon, the TCU men’s basketball coach. Their conversation revealed how certain business turnaround practices (for example, a company coming back from commercial struggles) were applied to the TCU basketball program and contributed to the team’s impressive success during the 2016-2017 season. Current Professional MBA students also attended, allowing them to interact with a wide variety of business leaders from across DFW.

For First-year PMBA student Michelle Fay, “hearing about how sometimes the most talented players aren't the best for the team — heart, attitude and drive are just as important as the talent behind them,” was particularly inspirational Michelle's colleague Haden Masterson felt reassured that TCU’s Neeley School of Business graduate programs are “proactively leveraging their existing relationships, inside and outside their community, creating a relevant networking platform readily available to students.” She added that, based on this event with Jamie Dixon, she can “sense TCU has a vested interest in my career and growth as a professional.”

"Cocktails with the Chiefs"

Also on September 14th, The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) hosted a networking and professional development event at the Reata Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth. This "Cocktails with the Chiefs" event featured unstructured networking opportunities and a moderated panel in which four major players in Fort Worth's health care field shared their insights.

Jamie Moreno, a first-year Health Care MBA student, was excited to be able to converse with the panelists at the event. Especially valuable, he said, was how the “happy hour feel” of the event encouraged him to ask pressing questions and dive even more deeply into the issues confronting healthcare providers. In Jamie’s words, simply “being among other healthcare leaders” broadened his understanding of what it means to succeed in this industry

"Cocktails with the Chiefs" was the first professional development event first-year Health Care MBA student Ashley LeBlanc attended. She felt it was a “great combination of open networking and industry-specific information.” She said the panel discussed reform and effects for “not only the U.S., but also the great state of Texas. Getting to hear the viewpoints of ACHE Chiefs was great for my MBA and career in health care — but shaking hands with Robert Earley and Michael Sanborn, the CEO’s of JPS Health Network and Baylor Scott & White, was even better!” 

Learn more about how experiential learning opportunities and professional development events like these elevate the MBA experience at TCU by visiting the Neeley School of Business website.

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