2019 Business Outlook — Austin

Join Dean Jay Hartzell hosting a conversation with top C-level execs in health care and technology. The first of four statewide events: Austin, (Jan. 18); Houston (Jan. 23); San Antonio (Jan. 31); and Dallas (Feb. 7). See below for more information and registration for individual tickets and tables.

Business Outlook 2018 in Austin, with Mine Yücel, David Judson, and Peter Zandan

2019 Business Outlook Series — Austin 
7:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Crum Auditorium, Robert B. Rowling Hall
300 West MLK Blvd., Austin Texas 78712

While we have enjoyed one of the longest expansions of the stock market on record, what’s the risk to a downturn in the economy in 2019—especially in this volatile geopolitical environment and challenging market conditions?

For the seventh consecutive year, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas collaborate on a high-level informative and business networking event for the Austin business community.

Join us on January 18, 2019 at McCombs’ new Rowling Hall as Dean Jay Hartzell hosts a conversation with top C-level execs in health care and technology. Register today.

You’ll hear how they manage their business, given the uncertain economy. And get an insider’s perspective on how they drive innovation in their industry — including significant and potentially disruptive challenges they face, as well as their plans for capitalizing on trending opportunities. A Federal Reserve economist will present a business forecast on key industry sectors driving Texas’ economy. And there will be plenty of time for productive Q&A.


Erin Nelson has been a Chief Marketing Officer for the prior 10+ years across a range of industries: $60B Fortune 50 tech giant Dell, high-growth software startup Bazaarvoice pre- and post-IPO and multi-billion dollar global solar energy company SunPower.

Previously, Nelson was EVP and CMO of SunPower, a global renewable energy company; she earlier was CMO at Bazaarvoice, the leading platform for social engagement for the world’s best brands, where she was one of the core executives who brought the company public in 2012. Erin served as CMO for Dell, where she led the Dell.com business (~$13B P&L), brand, communications, media, agency and corporate social responsibility, and led talent strategy for Dell’s 4K marketers worldwide.

Prior to becoming CMO, Nelson spent three years in Europe as GM of the EMEA Dell.com business ($3B revenue), then as VP of Marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before her expat roles, she led a sales organization in the Public sector ($1.4B in revenues) and led the Consumer marketing growth strategy, which drove the business from No. 4 to No. 1 market share in two years.

Nelson began her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, consulted to some of the world’s biggest brands while at A.T. Kearney, and drove corporate strategy at PepsiCo.

Nelson serves as a director for CSDC, an advisor to venture-backed social startup Rivet, and an advisor to the Dean’s Council at her alma mater, The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Mark Shen was named president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital in November 2018. Prior to this role, Shen has served Ascension Health since 2007 in multiple leadership roles, including President, Dell Children’s Medical Center/Dell Children’s Health from 2013 to 2017.

In his role as president of Dell Children’s Medical Center/Dell Children’s Health, Shen led the strategic, clinical and operational integration across the pediatric enterprise and oversaw philanthropic, brand, academic and advocacy priorities for pediatrics across Ascension Texas.

In 2017, Shen was asked to serve as Chief Executive Officer for the Ascension Texas Accountable Care Network and as Senior Vice President of Network Development at Ascension Texas. Shen initiated and developed statewide partnership and acquisition opportunities across the pediatric and adult delivery systems, and has built a clinically integrated network of more than 2,600 providers covering 170,000 lives in risk-based contracts across Medicare and commercial payers in central Texas. Shen also served as the Interim Chair of Pediatrics at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas.

Shen holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University; a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and a master’s degree in business administration from McCombs School of Business.

Mine Kuban Yücel is senior vice president and senior research advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She joined the Bank in 1989 and has previously served as director of research, head of the micro/regional/energy group and director of publications. She is an expert on regional and energy issues and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.

Yücel is president of the National Association for Business Economics. She serves on the board of the Global Interdependence Center, and the University of Texas at Dallas Energy Board. She was president of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) in 2011 and president of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE) in 2005. She has served on the executive boards of these two organizations, as well as Executive Women of Dallas, Dallas Area Business Economists, the Dallas Chapter of Women in Technology International, Inc. and the Greater Dallas Chamber’s Board of Economists. She received the USAEE Senior Fellow Award in 2007, the Energy Journal Best Paper Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2015.

Before joining the Bank, Yücel was an assistant professor of economics at Louisiana State University. She has a BS and MS in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in Houston.

Jay C. Hartzell is the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. He joined UT in 2001 after teaching at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and prior to his current role, he held several key administrative roles at the McCombs School. His most notable positions include his service as the senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, chair of the Finance Department, and executive director of the McCombs School’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.

Hartzell holds the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership and the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics (cum laude) from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in the leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Hartzell serves on the editorial board of Real Estate Economics, and he served as an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and as a member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. In addition to his academic experience, Hartzell previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.


January 18, 2019 Austin
Registration deadline: January 10, 2019
$50 individual + $5.25 service fee
$450 group of 10 tickets + $5.25 service fee
$25 current student + $5.25 service fee. Discount Code: OUTLOOKATX25