Events 2018 Business Forecast: Driving Innovation

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2018 Business Forecast: Driving Innovation

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series.

We invite you to join us for a lively discussion on driving innovation with corporate executives, economists, and academic leaders, including Peter Zandan, Global Vice Chairman, Research+Data Insights, Hill+Knowlton; David Judson, Editor-in-Chief, Stratfor; Mine Yücel, Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Jay Hartzell, Dean – McCombs School of Business.  From their unique vantage point, our guest speakers for this 2018 Business Forecast will share how innovation drives industries—especially regarding trends, opportunities, and challenges.  Presenters will answer your questions about the 2018 economy, both in Texas and nationally.  This special program will focus on market analytics, global intelligence and its impact on your company’s success.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION is JANUARY 11, 2018. TICKETS MUCH BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE OF THE EVENT. Individual registrations are available until we reach capacity.  Event cost includes breakfast. Register via event website link here and below. 


Peter Zandan

Peter Zandan is currently global vice chairman at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a marketing communications firm with 3000 employees in 85 countries. Peter has over 30 years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research with many of the world’s top brands, public causes, and institutions.

Zandan founded IntelliQuest and served as its chairman and CEO for 15 years. Under his leadership, IntelliQuest became the fastest growing market research company worldwide and was publicly traded on the Nasdaq (IQST). Zandan also founded and served as CEO of Zilliant, a leading provider of price-optimization solutions that was named one of the top 50 venture-backed companies by The Wall Street Journal.

Zandan is a member of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas at Austin. He advises and has invested in over 25 early stage data and technology businesses. Zandan has been selected by Interactive Week as one of the “Unsung Heroes of the Internet,” awarded Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and was named to the Holmes Report’s inaugural Innovator 25 list.

David D. Judson, Stratfor’s editor-in-chief and head of content production. Judson oversees both the global network of the company’s information gathering researchers, the forecast-making analyst team as well as the publishing team in Austin that crafts Stratfor’s work into written, video, and graphic form. Judson also oversees Threat Lens, Stratfor’s premium and specialized service for corporate security officers.

Before joining Stratfor, Judson worked for the Istanbul-based Dogan Media Group for eight years, first as managing editor of the Turkish-language business daily Referans and later as editor-in-chief of the Hurriyet Daily News, the company’s English paper. Before his work internationally, Mr. Judson was a senior correspondent in Washington for Gannett Newspapers/USA Today. He and his wife Nermin have lived in Austin since early 2013.

Mine Kucel

Mine Yücel has been with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 1989. Prior to becoming research director, Yücel was head of the FRB micro/regional/energy group and director of publications. Yücel is an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president on regional and energy issues and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.

Yucel is a member of the National Association for Business Economics board of directors and was president of the International Association of Energy Economics in 2011, an institution with 102 member countries. She is also past president of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE). In 2006, she was chosen as one of the recipients of the Key Women in Energy—Global Award. She received the USAEE Senior Fellow Award in 2007 and the Energy Journal Best Paper Award in 2009.

Before joining the Bank she 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 Hartzell

Jay C. Hartzell is the dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. Hartzell previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.


January 19, 2018
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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