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April 7, 2017
Life Science Library
3-5 p.m.

Joshua Baer

Executive Director, Capital Factory

Instructor, Longhorn Startup

Joshua Baer helps people “quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs” at Capital Factory, Austin’s center for providing coworking, mentorship, and funding for tech startups. Baer founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at The University of Texas at Austin for student entrepreneurs.

He was recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow and Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, and an Eisenhower Fellow. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amy, and three children.

Luz Cristal Glangchai

Director, Blackstone LaunchPad and Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange

Dr. Luz Cristal Glangchai is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor developing the next generation of creative leaders and entrepreneurs and igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in girls. She is the director of UT Austin’s Blackstone LaunchPad and its Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange. She is also the founder and CEO of VentureLab, a non-profit that develops experiential learning programs in youth entrepreneurship.

Glangchai holds four degrees from UT Austin: a B.A. in Plan II, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. In addition, she holds two doctoral certificates in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and molecular imaging for diagnostics and therapeutics. She ran the Idea to Product Program at UT Austin and founded a nanotechnology drug delivery company. She then served as an assistant professor at Trinity University where she was the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and on The Today Show, NPR’s The TakeAway, Mashable, and at TEDx San Antonio. Her book, VentureGirls – Creating Confident Girl Leaders through Entrepreneurship, will be published in spring 2018.

Jay C. Hartzell

Dean, McCombs School of Business

Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership and the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business


Dr. Jay C. Hartzell is dean of one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in Finance from UT Austin. After teaching at NYU’s Stern School of Business, he joined UT’s McCombs School in 2001, where he has served as 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.

His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in the Journal of Finance, Real Estate Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Hartzell serves on the editorial board of Real Estate Economics and as an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies. He previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.

Tom Herman

Head Coach, Texas Football

Tom Herman became UT Austin’s head football coach in November 2016. He earned a master’s degree in education at UT in 2000, when he also served as a graduate assistant on the football staff. Herman compiled a 22-4 record in two seasons at the University of Houston, the fourth-best record in the FBS in that span.

Herman was born in Cincinnati and raised in Simi Valley, Calif., where he was an all-conference wide receiver at California Lutheran, graduating in 1997 with a business degree. His career began as a wide receivers coach at Texas Lutheran. After graduate school at UT, he became assistant coach at Sam Houston State University. From there, as an offensive coordinator, his path led through Texas State, Rice, Iowa State, and Ohio State before he landed the top job at Houston. Herman led the Cougars to their first New Year’s Bowl in 30 years, their second 13-win season in program history, and won the inaugural AAC Championship. Houston was one of just two schools nationally to play at least four ranked opponents in 2015 and beat them all.

Herman and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Priya, and two sons, TD and Maverick.

Beth Hood

MBA Candidate

McCombs School of Business

Beth is a first-year MBA candidate for the McCombs School of Business. She has a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics and is concentrating on data analytics within the MBA program. She was first-runner-up for the 2016 Texas Venture Labs Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition and is currently an associate for the TVL Practicum course. She will intern with Amazon as a senior product manager in summer 2017.

Bob Metcalfe

Professor of Innovation, UT Austin

Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise

Faculty Director, Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering

Dr. Bob Metcalfe was an internet pioneer starting in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, Xerox PARC, and Stanford. In 1973 he invented what he calls “the internet’s standard plumbing,” the Ethernet. In 1979 he founded internet company 3Com Corporation, which went public in 1984 and was sold to HP in 2010 for $2.7 billion. Metcalfe spent the 1990s as a publisher-pundit at IDG/InfoWorld with more than a half million weekly readers. He spent the 2000s as a general partner of multi-billion-dollar Polaris Venture Partners. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the National Medal of Technology. Since 2011, Metcalfe has been UT Austin’s professor of innovation, helping to make Austin “a better Silicon Valley.”

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