Rice Business Partners

June 24, 2020: Webinar Co-hosted by Alumni Relations, Lilie, and Rice Business Partners
Topic: Entrepreneurship in the COVID-19 Environment
The COVID-19 outbreak has taken the financial world by storm, forcing many businesses to close their doors. As society closely monitors the evolving nature of the pandemic, entrepreneurs must quickly acclimate and mobilize to a new, virtual environment in order to compete in the current market. Our alumni entrepreneurship panel will share their journeys navigating through uncertain times and preparing their enterprises for the future. The panel will be moderated by Professor Al Danto '00, Lecturer in Management – Entrepreneurship.
Speakers: Aaron Knape ’08, CEO & Co-Founder of sEATz
Al Danto ’00, Lecturer in Management-Entrepreneurship, Jones Graduate School of Business
Chris Staffel ’17, Founder & Managing Partner of Curation Farms
Richard Degner ’04, President & CEO of Geophysical Technology Inc.

May 21, 2020: Webinar Co-hosted by Rice Business Partners and Alumni Relations
Topic: Now What? Creating a Path Forward for Your Business
What's the best way for leaders to keep their organizations moving forward without getting bogged down in the tactical details? How do they move beyond stabilizing the business to future success and resiliency?
Join us to gain actionable next steps as we share what other companies are doing to create long-term value in their businesses, and how you can put this into practice in your organization.
Become the brave leaders your employees need by being flexible, innovative and decisive during a time of great uncertainty.
Speakers: Lynn Lednicky MBA '91, Partner, Newport Board Group and
Kimberly Denney MBA '01, Partner, Newport Board Group

March 4, 2020: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Pursuing Breakthroughs in Challenging Times
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the first children’s hospital in the United States and among today’s most preeminent pediatric academic medical centers. Research has been a focus of CHOP since inception with many innovations brought to the bedside over the course of decades. More recently CHOP has been a leader in cell and gene therapy research and their efforts were instrumental in the development of the first gene and cell therapy drugs to be approved by the FDA.
During this presentation, Doug Hock will provide an overview of CHOP’s research programs, its approach to commercializing research breakthroughs, and how it manages strategic risks in a turbulent healthcare market.
Speaker: Doug Hock, Executive Vice President and System Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

February 3, 2020: Roundtable Series
Topic: Skill and Luck in Investment Management
Many investors face the choice of how to allocate savings among professional money managers. Shopping for a mutual fund manager entails a determination of whether a given fund can beat the market. That is, is past outperformance due to skill or luck, and will it continue in the future? Investors now also have a wide range of passive indexed products that promise to track the market at low cost. We will discuss the current landscape of mutual fund investments with a focus on passive versus active management and distinguishing skill from luck.
Speakers: Alan Crane, Associate Professor of Finance, Jones Graduate School of Business
Kevin Crotty, Associate Professor of Finance, Jones Graduate School of Business

October 21, 2019: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Private Public Partnerships and How They Will Move Port Houston into the Future
As one of the most diverse and entrepreneurial regions in the U.S., Houston has great vision for iconic projects that serve the community and the city’s economic needs. Examples such as the Houston Ship Channel, Texas Medical Center and Discovery Green combined hard work, perseverance and community partnerships. Ric Campo, Port Houston Commission Chairman, shares insights into the Houston Ship Channel’s next collaboration: an expansion to elevate our channel into the nation’s most vital and efficient, while creating jobs, insuring safety and promoting environmental stewardship.
Speaker: Ric Campo, Chairman of the Port Commission, Port of Houston Authority

Jones Partners 25th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Anderson Family Commons, McNair Hall

April 24, 2019: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Innovation Engine: How MD Anderson’s unrelenting mission to cure cancer creates a virtuous cycle of investment and growth
In his overview of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Peter WT Pisters will highlight the institution's efforts to end cancer in Houston and beyond, noting recent achievements in cancer research and care and providing a glimpse into the future. As the No. 1 center for cancer care in the nation, MD Anderson takes discoveries through clinical trials and regulatory approvals to commercial solutions. Dr. Pisters will share more about MD Anderson’s strategic industry alliances team and the institution’s commitment to the journey that is necessary to bring new solutions and therapies to the world, fueling further investment and growth.
Speaker: Peter Pisters, President, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Faculty: Brent Smith, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Jones Graduate School of Business

March 5, 2019: Roundtable Series
Topic: Pursuing Mindfulness in a Distracted Work World
Both academic research and popular press articles suggest that, in today’s world work, many employees do not focus their attention as effectively as possible. Contributing causes include “multitasking” and the use of technologies that are distracting and addictive. In this session, I consider what can be done about this problem. Specifically, I present insights from research on the topic of mindfulness and engage attendees with activities designed to reinforce the material. In short, the goal of this session is to help attendees gain a better understanding of mindfulness and how it can improve performance at work.
Speaker: Erik Dane, Distinguished Associate Professor of Management, Jones Graduate School of Business

November 15, 2018: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Creating Our 21st Century Houston
Globally, major cities are in a radical state of change. Houston has been the fastest growing major city in the U.S. for 70 years, and in the words of Professor Stephen Klineberg, “is where the American future is going to be worked out.” Lifestyle preferences, technology and regulations are all adjusting to a new 21st Century framework for creating a successful city. Is Houston going to lead, or follow?
Speaker: Thomas Bacon, Founding Partner, Lionstone Investments & Chairman, Houston Parks Board
Faculty: William Fulton, Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

October 8, 2018: Roundtable Series
Topic: A Hunger for Change: Tackling Food Insecurity in Houston
Speaker: Doug Schuler, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Jones Graduate School of Business

September 27, 2018: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Leadership Through Transformation
Leading through times of change teaches us lessons in resiliency, disruption and optimism. As the oil and gas sector emerges from one of its deepest downcycles, and BHGE celebrates its first full year following its large merger, Chairman & CEO, Lorenzo Simonelli brings to life perspectives on disruptive leadership and lessons on resiliency. He joins Dean Peter Rodriguez to share his observations and insights on navigating transformational times.
Speaker: Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman & CEO of Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Faculty: Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, Rice Business

September 5, 2018: Building a Champion: The 2017 Houston Astros
A Conversation with Jeff Luhnow and Reid Ryan
Moderated by Clark Haptonstall, Ph.D.
In 2017, the Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Constructing a championship team in professional sports requires front office executives to make difficult decisions. Making those decisions requires the correct balance of subjective observations and also impartial data analytics. At this event, Jeff Luhnow and Reid Ryan will discuss how they use data and experience to assemble a world-class franchise.
Speakers: Jeff Luhnow, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Houston Astros
Reid Ryan, President of Business Operations, Houston Astros

Annual Jones Partners Welcome Reception
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Business Information Center, Suite 200, McNair Hall
Welcoming remarks from Michael Koenig, Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives & Executive Director of Executive Education.

March 27, 2018: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: An Investment Management Approach to Philanthropy
How do philanthropists change the world? John and Laura Arnold are part of a new generation of philanthropists dedicated to finding evidence-based solutions to the most important social issues. From education reform and justice system inefficiencies to improving standards for basic research, their innovative approach to investing in social change stems from a commitment to scientifically-validated approaches. The Arnolds have taken an aggressive investment management approach to the organization, governance and monitoring of their philanthropic giving. The social dividends from their investment might just change the world.
Speaker: Laura and John Arnold, Co-Chairs, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Faculty: James P. Weston, Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance, Jones Graduate School of Business

March 8, 2018: Roundtable Series
Topic: No Pain, No Gain
Many situations at work, play or as consumers require us to learn. For example, we have to learn software, assemble furniture and how to use new products. What is the learning process and why does it seem so hard? What are the implications for marketing and for consumers?
Speaker: Ajay Kalra, Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Marketing, Jones Graduate School of Business

February 28, 2018: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Technology Drives the Changing World of American Energy and its Workforce
Industry innovations and technology breakthroughs are why the U.S. is now considered the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. These high-tech advances have led our nation to energy abundance, and delivered a cleaner and safer environment. Today, we face a brighter and more secure energy future than ever before. Our industry is attracting a new generation of the best and the brightest. Today, millennials make-up one-third of the industry workforce and are expected to grow exponentially over the next several years. It will be imperative that Newfield and other companies in the industry provide training and knowledge transfer to improve the business leadership acumen for the success of our industry and these future leaders.
Speaker: Lee K. Boothby, Chairman, President and CEO, Newfield Exploration
Faculty: Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management

January 25, 2018: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Health Not Just Healthcare: What do we get for America's $3.2T Annual Investment in Health Expenditures?
The US spends more on health than any other country in the world, yet our health outcomes lag far behind other developed countries. Our expenditures are higher for many reasons, including price and utilization of medical services, with significant financial and cultural investment in the status quo. How do we move to a system where our expenditures match the value received?
Speaker: Elena Marks, President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation & Nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
Faculty: Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management

November 2, 2017: Roundtable Series
Topic: Crisis and Reputation Management
Companies with strong reputations gain competitive advantage. However, reputation is not a tangible attribute of a firm, but rather an intangible asset held in the minds of the firm’s constituents. During our discussion, we will explore four contingencies that may lead to counter intuitive conclusions: Having a high reputation may have negative consequences and some negative events can have positive outcomes. These contingencies are stakeholders’ attention and expectations, wrongdoing by competitors, stakeholders’ identification with an organization and type of negative event. 
Speaker: Anastasiya Zavyalova, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management

September 27, 2017: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Reflecting on the Power of an Open Organization
Businesses today need to organize and run in a way that is counter to the hierarchical structure of the 20th-century model. Because of this, leadership is evolving from command and control/plan and proscribe, to provide context/try, learn, modify. This evolution affects everything -  the way an organization operates to how it motivates its people. Jim talks a lot about this in his book, “The Open Organization.” This discussion will reflect on the power of an open organization.
Speaker: Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc.
Faculty: Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management

Welcome Reception - Cancelled due to weather
August 29, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Kick off the academic year and welcome the newest Jones Partners members! Welcoming remarks from Peter Rodriguez, Dean, and networking event.

April 4, 2017: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Providing Energy, Improving Lives: Challenges & Opportunities in the American Energy Industry
Energy is the foundation on which economic growth and modern life are built. As the population increases and worldwide development grows, access to abundant, affordable, reliable energy will be essential to sustaining modern life and improving the global standard of living. In his presentation, Greg Garland, Chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, will discuss major energy trends, the state of today’s energy landscape, the industry’s centrality to the world’s growth and prosperity, and the work underway to ensure that America’s energy industry remains strong and vital in the decades ahead.
Speaker: Greg C. Garland, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Phillips 66
Faculty: Duane Windsor, Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Management, Jones Graduate School of Business

February 28, 2017: Roundtable Series
Topic: Holding Out for a Hero
Duane Windsor will discuss research he has published concerning moral exemplars in business – citing specific instances of different types of exemplars. Moral saints are seldom financially good for business. Moral heroes are rarely called for. It is moral champions that companies need the most. These champions can be positive and powerful exemplars. Companies need to cultivate these moral champions: employees who defend key values within the organization. Companies equally need to weed out moral sinners and neutrals: employees who know right from wrong but do not act on the organization’s values. Companies should recruit employees who demonstrate company values and model these values for other employees.
Speaker: Duane Windsor, Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Management, Jones Graduate School of Business

February 7, 2017: Thought Leadership Series
Topic: Leadership Development in Health Care Organizations
Few industries are characterized by the complexities endemic to healthcare. Facing continuously disruptive regulatory changes, shifting competitive dynamics, the exploration of alternative business and organizational models, and complicated relationships between regulators, payers and providers, healthcare executives must navigate a treacherous and evolving landscape. In this thought leadership series, Dr. Chu will share his observations from the font line regarding the characteristics of leaders needed in this complex environment, while Dr. Smith will share his observations on the common mistakes made by healthcare institutions as they attempt to develop executives capable of managing these complexities.
Speaker: Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System
Faculty: Brent Smith, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology, Jones Graduate School of Business

November 21, 2016: Roundtable Series
Topic: Public Speaking Success Strategies
Opportunities for public speaking in a professional context arise regularly. This practical and highly interactive session will teach public speaking success strategies for professionals. The session will explore how to tailor a message to a particular audience, and how to deliver that message effectively. In addition, Janet Moore will share techniques for speaking to audiences abroad.
Speaker: Janet Moore, Director of Communication Program, Jones Graduate School of Business

October 28, 2016: This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute, General Electric and Jones Partners.
Topic: Global Competitiveness and the Texas Economy
Panelists: The Honorable Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District. Shannon DeYoung, Co-Owner, DeYoung Machine Works. John Diamond, Ph.D., Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, Baker Institute. Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric. The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston.
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October 27, 2016: Thought Leadership Series
Presentation and Reception
Topic: Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry
Speaker: Jean-François Poupeau, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Communication, Schlumberger
Faculty: Utpal Dholakia, George R. Brown Chair of Marketing, Head of Energy Industry Initiatives, Jones Graduate School of Business
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August 23, 2016: Jones Partners Welcome Reception  
Welcoming remarks from Peter Rodriguez, Dean and networking event

March 24, 2016: Thought Leadership Series
Presentation and Reception
Topic: What?! You Want to Retire? The CEO Succession Opportunity/Conundrum for Boards
Speaker: Tom Simmons, Global Energy Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart
Faculty: Anthea Zhang, Ph.D., Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Management
Speaker: Doug Foshee, Former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, El Paso Corporation

March 2, 2016: Roundtable Series
Networking and Presentation
Topic: Co-creation and Competition: Exploring the Commonalities
Faculty: Amit Pazgal, Professor of Marketing and Operations Management

February 17, 2016: Thought Leadership Series
Presentation and Reception
Speaker: Robert C. Robbins, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Medical Center
Faculty: Prashant Kale, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Head of Health Care Initiative

November 9, 2015: Thought Leadership Series
Presentation and Networking
Topic: Innovation for the Bottom of the Pyramid: In China for China and for the World
Speaker: Xiangli Chen, Ph.D, Vice President, GE; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE China; President, GE China Technology Center
Faculty: Haiyang Li, Ph.D., Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation

October 21, 2015: Roundtable Series
Networking and Presentation
Topic: Advances in Behavioral Finance
Faculty: James Weston, Professor of Finance

October 7, 2015: Thought Leadership Series
Program and Reception
Speaker: Dave Stover, Chairman, President and CEO, Noble Energy, Inc. 
Faculty: K. Ramesh, Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting, Academic Dean for Special Initiatives

August 27, 2015: Welcome Reception
Networking, Program and Reception
Welcome Remarks: Marie Lynn Miranda, Provost, Rice University