Full-time MBA | Networking
Neeley connects you to everything (and everyone) you'll need to take your career to the next level: access to our extensive ties with top employers, an international network of alumni and numerous opportunities to meet executives from leading firms.
At some business school, 300 students clamor for the chance to meet a visiting exec. They consider themselves lucky if they snag a lecture hall seat for a speech. But at TCU, our extensive industry connections deliver something more powerful: personal access to execs who can impact your career.
You can dine in a small group with the senior VP and CIO of American Airlines, work on a live business case with IBM’s director for systems and technology products, or get an insider’s look at Alcon’s European business operations from the global marketing director and former CEO of Alcon-Canada, a TCU alumnus.
Because TCU’s classes are small by design, professors will know you and your goals. It’s common for professors to tap their industry contacts to help students get a foot in the door. And TCU’s network of 15,000 business alumni gives you connections from Manhattan to Mumbai.
- Neeley Connections Live Corporate Cases
Imagine brainstorming on a current issue faced by a Fortune 500 company alongside senior-level execs from other top companies. In the Neeley Connections program, you’ll team with these execs to tackle a live case presented by the host company.
Since the cases are real challenges faced by the participating companies, you’ll be privy to an insider’s view of industry trends. Plus you’ll witness the executive mindset at work: assessing data to pinpoint the essential issues, brainstorming possible approaches, determining the best solutions. It’s a rare chance to see how top-level decisions get made.
And it’s a way to showcase your own business savvy, making impressions that you never could in a traditional job interview. For many students, these impressions lead to an internship or full-time job offer.
Companies recently participating in Neeley Connections include:
Cushman & Wakefield
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Cobalt Capital Partners
Learn more about Neeley Connections
- Executive Speakers
Last year, more than 200 executives interacted with Neeley students. The Tandy Executive Speakers Series brings nationally recognized business leaders to speak to MBA students and DFW area executives about the latest trends and issues in business. Through the Neeley Speaker Series, high-level executives meet with MBA students in a more intimate setting. Following the presentations, MBA students regularly attend small group dinners sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers where the conversation (and the networking) continues.
- C-Level Confidential
Take the power lunch to the next level. Through C-level Confidential, you and a handful of your classmates will sit down for dinner with a senior executive to share a candid conversation about industry trends. You’ll learn about the challenges faced by business execs, see how they make decisions—and leave an impression that adds a powerful name to your professional network. It’s also a rare chance to hear the inside scoop about how each executive’s career progressed.
Recent participants include:
Steve Hill, Partner, Advisory Services, Innovation Leader, KPMG
Kurt Kimball, EVP-North America, Compass Group
Keith Harrison, Global Product Supply Officer, Proctor & Gamble
Matt Rose, CEO, BNSF Railway
Joe Clayton, former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
John Garrison, CEO, Bell Helicopter-Textron
Julie Wilson, VP-Urban Development, Chesapeake Energy
Ralph Heath, CEO, Lockheed Martin
Watch the video
- Employer Roundtables
This popular series of industry-specific networking events creates important one-on-one opportunities for MBA students and employers. Industries include finance, marketing, energy/oil and gas, healthcare, and supply chain.
- Investment Strategies Conference
Sponsored by Neeley's Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies, this conference is a great way to meet leaders from the financial markets field as well as hear from a panel of highly respected investment managers about their investment strategies. Topics range from hedge funds and international investments to real estate and oil and gas.
The 2010 conference included:
- Paul M. Lauritano, managing director, global special opportunities group, JP Morgan
- Barry Olliff, managing director and CIO, City of London Investment Group, PLC
- Mark L. Hart, III, managing partner, Corriente Advisors
- Edward Chancellor, asset allocation team, GMO
- National Career Fairs
In addition to the broad range of employers who come to campus, we sponsor students to attend some of the most important recruiting events across the country. You can apply for a travel grant to attend national career conferences, and we’ll send along our career coaches to help you make company connections and to strategize how to market your skill set to various employers.
- Career-Related Trips
Neeley Graduate Career Services Center works with various student organizations to plan trips to Chicago, Houston, Wall Street and other destinations where students want to work. By meeting with corporate executives and alumni living in the area, these trips are an important foot in the door for many students.
For example, when investment/finance students interested in working on Wall Street hit the Big Apple, their trip includes a tour with Fidelity traders on the floor of the NYSE, networking with Neeley New York alumni and meetings with firms such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, AllianceBernstein, BlackRock, Bloomberg, Societe Generale and many others.
And more than 120 TCU students flew to Omaha to meet with investment guru Warren Buffett over the last three years. It’s a chance to learn about Buffett’s investment philosophy and to discover what makes one of the world’s top business leaders successful.
Neeley Student Cam: Candid footage of students by students
Student trip to Wall Street/NYC.
Neeley's Alumni Network: Frequent alumni events provide valuable opportunities for students to build relationships with successful graduates from across industries and positions. Check out a recent alumni networking event held in the exclusive club level at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium. Watch the video