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February 26 – 28, 2016

The 31st annual Texas Leadership Forum will feature three tracks this year:

1. Public Service as a Young Professional

2. Education in a New Economy

3. Ethics and the Rule of Law

Full Agenda:

Friday, February 26th
Location: AT&T Conference Center
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Registration & Reception
7:00pm – 8:00pm  – Opening Remarks, then Keynote Address by The Honorable Ben Barnes
Former Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House, State of Texas

Saturday, February 27th
All day sessions will be held at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).
9:15am – 9:45am –  Opening General Session
Speaker: William R. McRaven, Chancellor, University of Texas System

10:00am -11:00amBreakout I, Track One: Public Service as a Young Professional
Why Wait? Your Community Needs You Now.
Conversation Leaders: Tina O’Jibway, Gen. Counsel, Sen. Robert Nichols; Ashley Morgan, Legislative Director, Office of the Governor; Reagan Pugh, Raconteur, Kalypso; Moderated by Sydni Mitchell, Press Secretary, Sen. Robert Nichols

Breakout I, Track Two: Education in a New Economy
Meeting the Needs of Texas Students and Employers
Conversation Leaders: The Honorable Royce West, State Senator, Texas; Arcilia Acosta, CEO, Carcon Industries & Construction; Dr. Adam Peck, Stephen F. Austin State University, Director of Student Affairs; Moderated by Dr. Kent Willis, Athletic Director, New Summerfield ISD

Breakout I, Track Three: Ethics and The Rule of Law
Navigating Texas Standards
Conversation Leaders: Paul Hobby, Chairman, Texas Ethics Commission; Ross Fischer, Former Chairman, Texas Ethics Commission; Austin Kaplan, Chairman, City of Austin Ethics Comm.; Moderated by Andrew Cates, General Counsel & Director of Gov. Affairs, Texas Nurses Assn.

11:15am -12:15pm  – Breakout II, Track One: Public Service as a Young Professional
Austin Young Chamber of Commerce Spotlight: Ways To Engage
Conversation Leaders: Austin Young Chamber representatives

Breakout II, Track Two: Education in a New Economy
Project 2120: The Next Generation College Experience
Conversation Leaders: James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., Regents Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Breakout II, Track Three: Ethics and the Rule of Law
Your Character is Your Destiny
Conversation Leaders: The Honorable Jeff Brown, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas; The Honorable Dale Wainwright, Former Justice, Supreme Court of Texas; The Honorable Robert Pitman, United States District Judge, Western District of Texas; Moderated by Andrew Weber, Partner in Charge, Kelly Hart & Hallman, LLP

12:30pm – 1:30pm –  Lunch – Location: TPPF

1:45pm – 2:45pm Breakout III, Track One: Public Service as a Young Professional
Technology and Social Media: New Ways to Serve
Conversation Leaders: Stephen Garten, Founder and CEO, Charity Charge; Mark Hand, Adjunct Professor, Social Entrepreneurship, UT-Austin; Laura Broderick, Chief Operating Officer, Verb; Moderated by Taylor Ellison, KEYE-TV

Breakout III, Track Two: Education in a New Economy
A New Learning Space: The Classroom Transformed
Conversation Leaders: Jackson Giles, Co-Founder and Chief Detail Person, SoftMatch; Wesley L. Edwards, Ph. D Student, Education Policy & Planning, UT-Austin; Dr. Juan Muñoz, VP of Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement, Texas Tech University; Moderated by Dr. André Morgan, Program Director, Raise Your Hand Texas

Breakout III, Track Three: Ethics and The Rule of Law
“Dark Money”: Political Problem or Necessary Free Speech?
Conversation Leaders: The Honorable Jim Keffer,  State Representative, Texas House of Representatives; Steve Bresnen, Steve Bresnen & Associates; Andrew Grossman, Partner, BakerHostetler; Moderated by Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor, The Texas Tribune

3:00pm – 4:15pmLeadership Trends in the 21st Century
Speaker: Dr. Robert Brescia, Executive Director, JBS Public Leadership Institute

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Reception & Awards Banquet
Location: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Sunday, February 28th
Location: AT&T Conference Center
9:00am – 10:30am Lessons Learned, Closing Exercise, and Call to Action
Led by: Brian Sullivan, Chairman, 2016 Texas Leadership Forum



Download full agenda:

TLF 2016 Agenda