I had the privilege last week of attending the Baylor Business Network of Austin’s monthly luncheon, at which Drayton McLane, BBA ’58, chairman of the Houston Astros and McLane Group, LP, was the featured speaker. McLane spoke to a group of about 100 Bears about the importance of integrity in leadership. That he took time from his busy work schedule (and in the midst of hiring a new manager for the Astros) speaks to the importance he sees in such Baylor Network gatherings.
In the coming months, the BBN Austin luncheon will feature speakers such as 2008 national Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year Dr. Bill Petty, business school dean Terry Maness, Jim Arnold (BBA ’76) of Arnold Oil, and Texas State Rep. Valinda Bolton (BA ’81). And that’s just the Austin group; similar groups meet regularly in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, with a new group in the works in New York City.
And all that is just the business aspect of the Baylor Network; there’s also the Baylor Sports Network, gathering fans for rallies and watch parties across country; the Baylor Women’s Network, promoting fellowship and raising scholarships for current students; the Young Grads’ Network, for those who graduated in the past 10 years; the Global Network, connecting Bears all over the world; and the Baylor Parents League, helping improve the Baylor experience for moms and dads of students.
In all, the Network held over 500 events across more than 100 cities in 25 states last year. (At right is just a sampling of the Network’s events this month; click on it for more.) Are you connected? Visit baylor.edu/network for more information.
Sic ’em, Baylor alumni!