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Conference is now Virtual!
July 16, 2022 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Marilyn Davies College of Business is hosting a Virtual Business Alumni Conference from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16. The event will host speakers that include UHD business professors, along with corporate professionals addressing a variety of career-oriented topics.

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Our Event

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Marilyn Davies College of Business prides itself on providing career-focused education to students that will shape them as future leaders.  And it doesn’t stop after they receive their graduate or undergraduate degrees. 

Dr. Charles Gengler, Dean of Marilyn Davies College of Business, will kick off the program with welcome remarks. Conference participants will then be able to attend their choice of sessions.


2022 Tentative Schedule
9:00am-10:00am
Check-in and Breakfast Networking
10:00am-11:00am
Opening, Welcome, Keynote, Presentation of Alumni Awards
11:00am-11:45am
More info coming soon
Session: Cultural Intelligence: Leading Diverse Teams
Panel Discussion
Noon-12:45pm
More info coming soon
Session: How to Build Wealth Panel Discussion
1:00pm-2:30pm
Luncheon and Networking
2:30pm
Happy Hour



Our Speakers


Career Pivitors/Managers sessions:
Melanie Rodriguez, Elevate Latinas

Session: Cultural Intelligence: Leading Diverse Teams
We live and work in world where globalization grows every day. With more cross-cultural relationships in the workplace, leaders need cultural intelligence in order to adapt to the diverse needs and expectations from their organizations and teams. As leaders it is critical to be self-aware, to understand the environments in which they operate, and to get to know their people. When culturally intelligent leaders thrive, they can create inclusive, equitable cultures that drive transformative change.

Melissa Vela, Vice President, Houston Community Manager at JP Morgan Chase

Session: How to Build Wealth
The secret to financial health is financial wealth. This session will discuss building generational wealth through different pathways anchored in financial literacy, tools, and resources.​

Dan Walmer, Healthcare Operations Leader

Session: Strategic Networking For Early Career Alumni​​

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Symposium Speaker Information

Business Alumni Conference Speaker Bios


Please address questions to Dr. Carlos Gooden via e-mail at goodenc​​​​@uhd.edu

Last updated 6/28/2022 7:51 AM