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The 5th Annual LEAD Summit Presented by Texas Mutual Insurance Company will be held in-person on Friday, April 29.

The LEAD Summit is the first conference for young professionals in Central Texas.

The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is a one-day conference for young professionals hosted by the Austin Young Chamber. Combining learning and action, the Summit strengthens the pipeline of leaders in Central Texas through education, connection, and engagement. This year’s sessions and topics have been carefully curated by members to support entrepreneurship, management, early career, diversity, equity, and inclusion, change, and wellness.

The in-person event will take place on Friday, April 29 at the University of Texas LBJ Auditorium and Thompson Conference Center and will feature:

Keynote


Interactive Sessions


Wellness Activities


Networking


Happy Hour




Invest In Your Talent | Build Your Leaders | Strengthen Our Community

We welcome the opportunity to customize a sponsorship package based on your goals and budget.

All sponsors at the $2,500+ levels will receive pre-event marketing visibility as well as a customized engagement opportunity at the summit. All sponsors $1k+ receive recognition on website and onsite signage.



daronRoberts

Stay In The Deep End

with Daron K. Roberts

In this talk, former NFL coach Daron K. Roberts will provide lifestyle design strategies to jumpstart your journey to success. Complacency is the enemy, and Daron’s keynote will equip you with the tools to wage war against your status quo.

 

Introduction by Amy Green-Hinojosa, Vice President of IT Business Operations for Texas Mutual Insurance Company

About Daron K. Roberts

Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL coach, leadership coach and author of A Kids Book About Empathy and Call an Audible. Call an Audible was named a #1 New Release and Best Seller by Amazon and Sports Illustrated selected the book as one of its “Best Sports Business Books of 2017.” Oprah selected A Kids Book About Empathy as one of her Favorite Things of 2020.

Roberts is the a co-founder of Amass – an end-to-end wealth launchpad and investment platform for Black Americans. He also formally served as a partner with Notley Ventures.

Since 2014, Roberts has served as the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. The Center is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate and professional athletes.

In January of 2018, the Center received the commitment and financial support of NBA All-Star, Kevin Durant.

Roberts holds a faculty appointment in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. He has received the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award, Creative Engagement Award and was named a distinguished faculty member by the School of Undergraduate Studies in 2015. His research revolves around issues of rejection, failure management and leadership.

After graduating from Harvard Law School (2007), Roberts served coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001) and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004).

In 2010, Daron launched a nonprofit football camp – 4th and 1, Inc. 4th and 1 provides free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to at-risk youth in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The camp has served nearly 500 student-athletes since 2010.

The Presidential Leadership Foundation – a joint venture between Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – tabbed Roberts as a Presidential Leadership Scholar for 2015. He was one of 60 members in the inaugural class.

Roberts has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated. His articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, and Time.

He and his wife spend their weekends tending to their urban garden and corralling five kids.



8:00am | Registration & Networking

9:00am | Welcome to LEAD Summit

10:00am | Morning Breakouts

The Heart of Entrepreneurship

Presented by H-E-B

Before ROI and KPIs, entrepreneurs started with a big idea. Let’s spend some time discovering the long-term impact of mission and vision on a business – and how it should evolve as your business evolves. This discussion with local entrepreneurs will explore how these vital elements can help set your business up for success, and why you should be devoting time to the fundamentals to help set, and hit your goals.

Panelists

  • Ariel Lee, Founder of Remane
  • George Luc, CEO of GivePulse
  • Kara Perez, Founder of Bravely Go

Moderated by Cat Duong, HR Strategic Project Manager at H-E-B

Be Your Own Brand of Leader

Presented by Ascension Seton

We all have examples of great leaders, and we believe every person has the potential to be a great leader. How? You do you! Learn how to set a leadership vision that will help you become your own unique brand of leader – one that matches your style, personality, and goals – and will help you navigate when the world around you continues to change. In this fireside chat, you will hear from Central Texas leader Geronimo Rodriguez on finding and leaning into your leadership style.

Fireside chat with Geronimo Rodriguez, Chief Advocacy Officer at Ascension Texas

with Caitlin Henson, Director of Strategy at Ascension Texas & Austin Young Chamber Board Chair-elect

The Road Ahead: Driving Change in DEI

Presented by Capital Metro

Diversity, equity, and inclusion. By now these are all words we’re familiar with – from new and old spaces throughout the community and within our workplaces. We’ve spent the last couple of years learning how to start hard conversations and the need for change – so where are we now? This panel discussion will explore what we’ve accomplished as a community, where we’re headed, and what needs to be addressed as we move forward, together.

Panelists

  • Jesus “Chuy” Lardizabal, President of Altura Solutions
  • Elizabeth Medina, Inclusion & Accountability Director at Everly Health
  • Nicole Taylor, Director of Community at Mursion and DEI Consultant

Moderated by Jacqueline Evans, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CapMetro

Foresight 20/20: How Lessons of the Past Can Shape Tomorrow

Presented by vcfo

They say that hindsight is 20/20, but what if foresight could be 20/20, too? In this session, join prominent business and community leaders as they share important lessons learned from opportunities and challenges they have faced on their journeys. Their insights will help guide your decision-making as you set a strong foundation and build a bold vision for your future.

Panelists

  • Stacia Klim, REALTOR® at JB Goodwin Realtors
  • Trenzio Turner, Chief Empathy Officer at Progress Confirmed LLC
  • Courtney Petersen, CEO and Founder of SPEAK Cosmetics

Moderated by Cristina Silingardi, Vice President at vcfo

Sparking Change

Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka

We know that one spark can change everything, and change built around positive, dynamic ideas can build a better, fairer, more sustainable, more interesting world. Come hear from our panelists about how they sparked positive change in their work or community spaces and be inspired to create change yourself.

Panelists

  • Charlotte Brown, DEI Engagement Manager at Bumble
  • Ashton Cumberbatch, President and Co-founder of Equidad ATX
  • Dmitri Julius, Chief People Officer at ICON

Moderated by Paulina Artieda, Executive Director at The New Philanthropists


11:15am | Roundtable Retrospectives

Join in on facilitated roundtable conversations to share key takeaways, insights, and lessons learned from the morning panel topics. Additional information coming soon!


12:00pm | Lunch

12:45pm | Wellness Breakouts

Best Present, Being Present

Learn how you can be more mindful and present as you tackle all that life throws at you, managing the many thoughts and feelings that creep in when we worry about the future or ruminate on our past.

with

  • Blanca Nereida Valencia, Change Management & Strategic Planning Facilitator for Fronteras Change Management & Strategy, LLC

Sit, But Be Fit

You may remember laughing at those videos with exercises from the chair on PBS, but stretching and learning about your ergonomics are actually really good for you and can lead to more effective work, especially when we are spending over 50% of our days sedentary. Join us to learn the best way to take breaks and stretch throughout your busy days.

with

  • Olexandra Pravotorova, Healing Heaven Aesthetics

Sound Bath: A Relaxation Station

There are so many ways to take care of your mental health – yoga, meditation sessions, breathing techniques – but what about sound baths? What are they and how do they work? Come join us to learn more and experience this new type of immersive, full-body listening experience that can bring balance, relaxation, and a sense of calm to your whole being.

with 

  • Cynthia Aguillón Bernard, Founder and Owner of ATX Yoga Girl

Divine Canines: Pet a Dog for Inner Peace

Research shows that even petting a dog can lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and decrease stress. So, come get your relaxation on and reset for the remainder of the day by learning how canine therapy provides a real and unique benefit both human and animal.

with 

  • Divine Canines Therapy Dogs and their Human Handlers
    • Frida, Piebald Dachshund and Carmen Hernandez, volunteer and Divine Canines Board Chair
    • Nemo, Great Pyrenees and Susan Reda, volunteer

Pause, Reflect, & Share: Podcast Recording

For a midday pick-me-up, sit down with Moby Hayat of FireShow Media to debrief and share what you’ve learned so far and to talk about the connections you’ve made during the day for his podcast – The B2B CEO Show.

with 

  • Moby Hayat, Founder of FireShow Media

1:30pm | Afternoon Workshops

Crafting a Business Plan that Matters

Why does curating a business plan feel so daunting? It doesn’t have to be! This workshop will focus on the key parts of creating, or refreshing, a business plan, and important things to keep in mind. Attendees will discuss all the essentials, including: problem/opportunity, solution/impact, revenue model, competition, team, and go to market strategy. Get ready to put together a roadmap that will help you take the next step and guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.

Facilitated by

  • Erika Haskins, CEO of 3 Day Startup, INC

Leaders Create Leaders

Presented by University Federal Credit Union

The most impactful leaders of today aren’t just driving success for their organizations, they are invested in the growth and success of each team member, too. Simply, great leaders create more leaders. In this interactive workshop with Heather McKissick, you will dive into key strategies that will guide you on this next phase of your leadership journey. You will leave with tangible ideas and tactics to activate professional development and personal growth in others – and take impact to a whole new level.

Facilitated by

  • Heather McKissick, Executive Vice President of Community Impact, Marketing and Communication for University Federal Credit Union (UFCU)

Finding Your Lane: How to Lean in to DEI Initiatives

Presented by Corridor Title

We live in rapidly changing social, cultural, and economic environments that challenge the flexibility and adaptability of organizations and individuals. In the past couple of years, we have all been called upon to evaluate ourselves and our organizations through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. But how do you find your lane in this vast space? What skills can you bring to DEI? Leave this session with a game plan and greater confidence in being the change you want to see.

Facilitated by

  • Isokoy McDermott, Owner of Leaders Inspire Leaders

Purpose, Mission and Values: Does Yours Align with Your Work?

Your core values play an important role in guiding how you make decisions and what actions you take on a daily basis. Knowing what they are will help you grow and develop both personally and professionally. This session will offer you the opportunity to take a look at your values, and realize that having a strong set of core values as a leader helps build respect and trust in your personal areas of influence.

Facilitated by

    • Courtney Bailey, Director of Issues & Engagement at Leadership Austin
    • Haydeana Gaviria, Chief Program Officer at Leadership Austin

You Have a Great Idea - Now What?

How many times have you heard in conversation, “That’s a great idea!” What usually happens next? Most of the time – nothing. It can be incredibly difficult to bring ideas to life. In this workshop, you’ll learn what it takes to make a plan, set the stage, and spark innovation as you begin to convert your great idea into reality.

Facilitated by

  • Dr. Douglas H. Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor of Management in The Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University

3:45pm | Keynote with Daron K. Roberts

Stay In The Deep End

In this talk, former NFL coach Daron K. Roberts will provide lifestyle design strategies to jumpstart your journey to success. Complacency is the enemy, and Daron’s keynote will equip you with the tools to wage war against your status quo.

Introduction by Amy Green-Hinojosa, Vice President of IT Business Operations for Texas Mutual Insurance Company


5:00pm | Networking Mixer



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Daron is a former NFL coach and former partner with Notley Ventures. He’s a startup founder, investor and recovering law student. Daron teaches 500 students at the University of Texas each year and chases five children with his wife, Hilary.

Daron K. Roberts

Former NFL coach, leadership coach and author
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Paulina Artieda is an Executive Director for The New Philanthropists where she leads all efforts in helping make Austin nonprofit boards more diverse and inclusive. She has over 15 years of experience in marketing and has focused her career on delivering creative solutions through a DEI approach.

Paulina Artieda

Executive Director, The New Philanthropists
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Courtney Bailey

Director of Issues & Engagement, Leadership Austin
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Founder of ATX Yoga Girl, Cynthia Aguillón Bernard is a yoga, mindfulness and sound meditation teacher. She supports all ages, all bodies on their journey to living a more conscious lifestyle rooted in presence.

Cynthia Aguillón Bernard

Founder and Owner, ATX Yoga Girl
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Charlotte Brown is the DEI Engagement Manager at Bumble, where she spearheads efforts to increase engagement, understanding, and integration of DEI goals and initiatives across Bumble’s global organization. She is based in Austin and holds a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre from Texas State University.

Charlotte Brown

DEI Engagement Manager, Bumble
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Dr. Carter has been engaged in teaching and research associated with Entrepreneurial Studies, Social Responsibility of Business and Global Management. Prior to moving to St. Edward’s, Dr. Carter was employed at Texas A&M University-San Antonio as an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and was formerly the Associate Vice President for External Affairs & Global Partnerships.

Dr. Douglas H. Carter

Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, St. Edward's University
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Ashton is President and Co-Founder of Equidad ATX, a catalyst for the holistic, equitable, and transformative revitalization of Austin’s Eastern Crescent. He also serves as a Special Counsel at McGinnis Lochridge, LLP, where he was a partner prior to his service as the Austin Police Monitor, an Ascension Health executive, and a volunteer Policy Advisor for Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr.

President & Co-Founder, Equidad ATX
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Cat Duong is an HR Strategic Project Manager for H-E-B’s Manufacturing, Warehouse and Transportation Division and focuses on H-E-B’s supply chain communications. She loves to volunteer and can be seen around town with her fiancé, Anival, giving back to the community.

Cat Duong

HR Strategic Project Manager, H-E-B
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Jacqueline has been with CapMetro for 10 months. Prior to CapMetro, she worked for Travis County and gained her passion for DEI through her work for Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Kelloggs. She has lived in 5 cities and is happy to call Austin home.

Jacqueline Evans

Director - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CapMetro
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Haydeana “Nana” Gaviria serves as Chief Program Officer at Leadership Austin. In her current role, she oversees the implementation of all programming. Ms. Gaviria has over 13+ years of experience in learning and development, talent management and career coaching.

Haydeana Gaviria

Chief Program Officer, Leadership Austin
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Erika Haskins is an educator, community builder, and entrepreneurship enthusiast. She brings 12 years experience coaching entrepreneurs and startup teams, facilitating community led design, and overseeing the launch of 65+ education ventures.

Erika Haskins

CEO, 3 Day Startup INC
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Moby moved to the US at the age of 18, and in the last 13 years has interviewed 320+ entrepreneurs, worked with Venture-Backed companies as well as the state department. He is currently the founder of FireShow Media.

Moby Hayat

Founder, FireShow Media
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Caitlin Locke Henson is a healthcare leader with a strong background in strategic planning and consulting, project management, and operational best practices across the healthcare spectrum.

Caitlin Henson

Director of Strategy, Ascension Texas
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Dmitri Julius is an entrepreneur, USMC veteran and Chief People Officer at ICON, the construction technology company using 3D printing robotics, software and materials to advance humanity.

Dmitri Julius

Chief People Officer, ICON
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Stacia is an Austin area REALTOR & owner and founder of Accessible Designs Austin, which is focused on evaluating an individual’s unique home accessibility needs, and designing/modifying a home to work for the individual(s). Her love for design & working with incredible clients fuels Stacia daily.

Stacia Klim

REALTOR, JB Goodwin REALTORS
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Chuy assists municipalities in becoming accessible to people with disabilities. His background ranges from engineering design and construction project management to City of Austin ADA Program Manager and Chair of the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. Mr. Lardizábal is a guest lecturer at universities and presenter at national conferences.

Jesus ``Chuy`` Lardizabal

President, Altura Solutions
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Ariel Lee

Founder, Remane
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George Luc is the CEO and Cofounder of GivePulse, an Austin, TX based tech platform to coordinate all philanthropy, giving and volunteer activities. He is a TEDxAustin speaker, a WhiteHouse Champion for Change, SXSW Dewey, and a firm believer that everyone has the potential to make an impact on addressing community and social issues.

George Luc

CEO, GivePulse
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Isokoy runs Leaders Inspire Leaders, a premier professional services company providing consulting services and solutions in strategy, technology, operations, and inclusive leadership.

Isokoy McDermott

Owner, Leaders Inspire Leaders
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Heather leads credit union strategic relationship development, community engagement, social purpose, advocacy, and marketing. She also focuses on strengthening the UFCU brand and establishing collaborative opportunities for positive community impact.

Heather McKissick

Executive Vice President of Community Impact, Marketing and Communication, University Federal Credit Union (UFCU)
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Dr. Medina has close to two decades of experience in the work of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging. Dr. Medina is passionate about supporting and empowering underrepresented and underserved communities through creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable access to health and wellness.

Elizabeth Medina

Inclusion & Accountability Director, Everly Health
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Blanca Valencia is a changemaker focused on human-forward stewardship of change, people and ideas. As a school administrator and Vice President for Contigo Wellness, she advocates for mental health and educational justice. Blanca is also the owner of Fronteras Change Management & Strategies, LLC.

Blanca Nereida Valencia

Change Management & Strategic Planning Facilitator, Fronteras Change Management & Strategy, LLC
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Kara Perez is the founder of Bravely Go, a feminist financial education company. Bravely focuses on bringing actionable, intersectional and accessible financial education to people via pop-up events and online community. Kara has been featured in national media outlets as a financial expert and co-hosts the award-winning podcast The Fairer Cents.

Kara Perez

Founder, Bravely Go
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Courtney is the Founder and CEO of SPEAK Cosmetics. She launched her business from her personal experience of domestic abuse. She sees how women can be transformed by the power of makeup. SPEAK Cosmetics exists for a cause-every color, a story, every story from a survivor, all sharing hope.

Courtney Petersen

CEO and Founder of SPEAK Cosmetics
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Olexandra Pravotorova

Healing Heaven Aesthetics
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Geronimo Rodriguez

Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension Texas
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Cristina Silingardi

Vice President, vcfo
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Nicole Taylor is Director of Community at Mursion, a VR simulation company, and an award-winning DEI practitioner. Nicole has over 10 years of community building and DEI experience in both non-profit and corporate spaces and currently lives in Austin, TX with her two fur babies, Athena & Malakai.

Nicole Taylor

Director of Community, Mursion; DEI Consultant
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Trenzio Turner is a former advertising agency executive and partner. With 20+ years of experience and a background in media planning, agency operations and account management, he made his name in the ad industry by building strategic partnerships and helping clients make meaningful connections.

Trenzio Turner

Chief Empathy Officer, Progress Confirmed, LLC
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Frida is a spunky Piebald Dachshund who has never met a stranger. Frida loves all adventures especially hiking, swimming, and paddle boarding. She loves making people smile. Follow her on Instagram @fridalou84. Carmen Hernandez, Frida’s Human Handler, is a veteran Divine Canines volunteer who currently serves as our board chair and on our Fundraising Pack, which organizes Barks for Beers.

Frida

Therapy Dog, Divine Canines
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Nemo is a Great Pyrenees who was found as a stray and taken to the animal shelter where it was crowded and noisy. His mom saw his sad face and rescued him. Now he is a happy boy who loves people, loves to be petted and spending time making people smile. Susan Reda, Nemo’s Human Handler, and Nemo graduated in the last Divine Canines class before our COVID shutdown and had to wait two years before making their first visit. They have already made up for lost time.

Nemo

Therapy Dog, Divine Canines

Roundtable Retrospective Facilitators
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Khrystyna Layman

Head of HR and Finance Workday Systems, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
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Felicia Morales

Director of Marketing, Amplify Credit Union
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Danny Ortegon is a talented leadership speaker and team builder. Using his love of people as his drive, he facilitates meaningful conversations that provide clarity, commonality, and purpose to the human condition. Danny is currently an Associate at SOS Leadership in Austin, Texas.

Danny Ortegon

Associate, SOS Leadership
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Brittany is a founder and managing partner at Point 600, specializing in technology and analytics for corporate communications. She was recently named to PR Week’s “Dashboard 25” list of leaders in CommTech. She is Secretary of the board for MEASURE, and co-chair of AYC’s advocacy subcommittee.

Brittany Paxman

Managing Partner, Point 600

Sponsorships

Invest In Your Talent | Build Your Leaders | Strengthen Our Community

We welcome the opportunity to customize a sponsorship package based on your goals and budget.

All sponsors at the $2,500+ levels will receive pre-event marketing visibility as well as a customized engagement opportunity at the summit. All sponsors $1k+ receive recognition on website and onsite signage.


Keynote

daronRoberts

Stay In The Deep End

with Daron K. Roberts

In this talk, former NFL coach Daron K. Roberts will provide lifestyle design strategies to jumpstart your journey to success. Complacency is the enemy, and Daron’s keynote will equip you with the tools to wage war against your status quo.

 

Introduction by Amy Green-Hinojosa, Vice President of IT Business Operations for Texas Mutual Insurance Company

About Daron K. Roberts

Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL coach, leadership coach and author of A Kids Book About Empathy and Call an Audible. Call an Audible was named a #1 New Release and Best Seller by Amazon and Sports Illustrated selected the book as one of its “Best Sports Business Books of 2017.” Oprah selected A Kids Book About Empathy as one of her Favorite Things of 2020.

Roberts is the a co-founder of Amass – an end-to-end wealth launchpad and investment platform for Black Americans. He also formally served as a partner with Notley Ventures.

Since 2014, Roberts has served as the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. The Center is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate and professional athletes.

In January of 2018, the Center received the commitment and financial support of NBA All-Star, Kevin Durant.

Roberts holds a faculty appointment in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. He has received the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award, Creative Engagement Award and was named a distinguished faculty member by the School of Undergraduate Studies in 2015. His research revolves around issues of rejection, failure management and leadership.

After graduating from Harvard Law School (2007), Roberts served coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001) and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004).

In 2010, Daron launched a nonprofit football camp – 4th and 1, Inc. 4th and 1 provides free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to at-risk youth in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The camp has served nearly 500 student-athletes since 2010.

The Presidential Leadership Foundation – a joint venture between Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – tabbed Roberts as a Presidential Leadership Scholar for 2015. He was one of 60 members in the inaugural class.

Roberts has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated. His articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, and Time.

He and his wife spend their weekends tending to their urban garden and corralling five kids.


Sessions

8:00am | Registration & Networking

9:00am | Welcome to LEAD Summit

10:00am | Morning Breakouts

The Heart of Entrepreneurship

Presented by H-E-B

Before ROI and KPIs, entrepreneurs started with a big idea. Let’s spend some time discovering the long-term impact of mission and vision on a business – and how it should evolve as your business evolves. This discussion with local entrepreneurs will explore how these vital elements can help set your business up for success, and why you should be devoting time to the fundamentals to help set, and hit your goals.

Panelists

  • Ariel Lee, Founder of Remane
  • George Luc, CEO of GivePulse
  • Kara Perez, Founder of Bravely Go

Moderated by Cat Duong, HR Strategic Project Manager at H-E-B

Be Your Own Brand of Leader

Presented by Ascension Seton

We all have examples of great leaders, and we believe every person has the potential to be a great leader. How? You do you! Learn how to set a leadership vision that will help you become your own unique brand of leader – one that matches your style, personality, and goals – and will help you navigate when the world around you continues to change. In this fireside chat, you will hear from Central Texas leader Geronimo Rodriguez on finding and leaning into your leadership style.

Fireside chat with Geronimo Rodriguez, Chief Advocacy Officer at Ascension Texas

with Caitlin Henson, Director of Strategy at Ascension Texas & Austin Young Chamber Board Chair-elect

The Road Ahead: Driving Change in DEI

Presented by Capital Metro

Diversity, equity, and inclusion. By now these are all words we’re familiar with – from new and old spaces throughout the community and within our workplaces. We’ve spent the last couple of years learning how to start hard conversations and the need for change – so where are we now? This panel discussion will explore what we’ve accomplished as a community, where we’re headed, and what needs to be addressed as we move forward, together.

Panelists

  • Jesus “Chuy” Lardizabal, President of Altura Solutions
  • Elizabeth Medina, Inclusion & Accountability Director at Everly Health
  • Nicole Taylor, Director of Community at Mursion and DEI Consultant

Moderated by Jacqueline Evans, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CapMetro

Foresight 20/20: How Lessons of the Past Can Shape Tomorrow

Presented by vcfo

They say that hindsight is 20/20, but what if foresight could be 20/20, too? In this session, join prominent business and community leaders as they share important lessons learned from opportunities and challenges they have faced on their journeys. Their insights will help guide your decision-making as you set a strong foundation and build a bold vision for your future.

Panelists

  • Stacia Klim, REALTOR® at JB Goodwin Realtors
  • Trenzio Turner, Chief Empathy Officer at Progress Confirmed LLC
  • Courtney Petersen, CEO and Founder of SPEAK Cosmetics

Moderated by Cristina Silingardi, Vice President at vcfo

Sparking Change

Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka

We know that one spark can change everything, and change built around positive, dynamic ideas can build a better, fairer, more sustainable, more interesting world. Come hear from our panelists about how they sparked positive change in their work or community spaces and be inspired to create change yourself.

Panelists

  • Charlotte Brown, DEI Engagement Manager at Bumble
  • Ashton Cumberbatch, President and Co-founder of Equidad ATX
  • Dmitri Julius, Chief People Officer at ICON

Moderated by Paulina Artieda, Executive Director at The New Philanthropists


11:15am | Roundtable Retrospectives

Join in on facilitated roundtable conversations to share key takeaways, insights, and lessons learned from the morning panel topics. Additional information coming soon!


12:00pm | Lunch

12:45pm | Wellness Breakouts

Best Present, Being Present

Learn how you can be more mindful and present as you tackle all that life throws at you, managing the many thoughts and feelings that creep in when we worry about the future or ruminate on our past.

with

  • Blanca Nereida Valencia, Change Management & Strategic Planning Facilitator for Fronteras Change Management & Strategy, LLC

Sit, But Be Fit

You may remember laughing at those videos with exercises from the chair on PBS, but stretching and learning about your ergonomics are actually really good for you and can lead to more effective work, especially when we are spending over 50% of our days sedentary. Join us to learn the best way to take breaks and stretch throughout your busy days.

with

  • Olexandra Pravotorova, Healing Heaven Aesthetics

Sound Bath: A Relaxation Station

There are so many ways to take care of your mental health – yoga, meditation sessions, breathing techniques – but what about sound baths? What are they and how do they work? Come join us to learn more and experience this new type of immersive, full-body listening experience that can bring balance, relaxation, and a sense of calm to your whole being.

with 

  • Cynthia Aguillón Bernard, Founder and Owner of ATX Yoga Girl

Divine Canines: Pet a Dog for Inner Peace

Research shows that even petting a dog can lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and decrease stress. So, come get your relaxation on and reset for the remainder of the day by learning how canine therapy provides a real and unique benefit both human and animal.

with 

  • Divine Canines Therapy Dogs and their Human Handlers
    • Frida, Piebald Dachshund and Carmen Hernandez, volunteer and Divine Canines Board Chair
    • Nemo, Great Pyrenees and Susan Reda, volunteer

Pause, Reflect, & Share: Podcast Recording

For a midday pick-me-up, sit down with Moby Hayat of FireShow Media to debrief and share what you’ve learned so far and to talk about the connections you’ve made during the day for his podcast – The B2B CEO Show.

with 

  • Moby Hayat, Founder of FireShow Media

1:30pm | Afternoon Workshops

Crafting a Business Plan that Matters

Why does curating a business plan feel so daunting? It doesn’t have to be! This workshop will focus on the key parts of creating, or refreshing, a business plan, and important things to keep in mind. Attendees will discuss all the essentials, including: problem/opportunity, solution/impact, revenue model, competition, team, and go to market strategy. Get ready to put together a roadmap that will help you take the next step and guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.

Facilitated by

  • Erika Haskins, CEO of 3 Day Startup, INC

Leaders Create Leaders

Presented by University Federal Credit Union

The most impactful leaders of today aren’t just driving success for their organizations, they are invested in the growth and success of each team member, too. Simply, great leaders create more leaders. In this interactive workshop with Heather McKissick, you will dive into key strategies that will guide you on this next phase of your leadership journey. You will leave with tangible ideas and tactics to activate professional development and personal growth in others – and take impact to a whole new level.

Facilitated by

  • Heather McKissick, Executive Vice President of Community Impact, Marketing and Communication for University Federal Credit Union (UFCU)

Finding Your Lane: How to Lean in to DEI Initiatives

Presented by Corridor Title

We live in rapidly changing social, cultural, and economic environments that challenge the flexibility and adaptability of organizations and individuals. In the past couple of years, we have all been called upon to evaluate ourselves and our organizations through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. But how do you find your lane in this vast space? What skills can you bring to DEI? Leave this session with a game plan and greater confidence in being the change you want to see.

Facilitated by

  • Isokoy McDermott, Owner of Leaders Inspire Leaders

Purpose, Mission and Values: Does Yours Align with Your Work?

Your core values play an important role in guiding how you make decisions and what actions you take on a daily basis. Knowing what they are will help you grow and develop both personally and professionally. This session will offer you the opportunity to take a look at your values, and realize that having a strong set of core values as a leader helps build respect and trust in your personal areas of influence.

Facilitated by

    • Courtney Bailey, Director of Issues & Engagement at Leadership Austin
    • Haydeana Gaviria, Chief Program Officer at Leadership Austin

You Have a Great Idea - Now What?

How many times have you heard in conversation, “That’s a great idea!” What usually happens next? Most of the time – nothing. It can be incredibly difficult to bring ideas to life. In this workshop, you’ll learn what it takes to make a plan, set the stage, and spark innovation as you begin to convert your great idea into reality.

Facilitated by

  • Dr. Douglas H. Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor of Management in The Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University

3:45pm | Keynote with Daron K. Roberts

Stay In The Deep End

In this talk, former NFL coach Daron K. Roberts will provide lifestyle design strategies to jumpstart your journey to success. Complacency is the enemy, and Daron’s keynote will equip you with the tools to wage war against your status quo.

Introduction by Amy Green-Hinojosa, Vice President of IT Business Operations for Texas Mutual Insurance Company


5:00pm | Networking Mixer

Speakers


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Daron is a former NFL coach and former partner with Notley Ventures. He’s a startup founder, investor and recovering law student. Daron teaches 500 students at the University of Texas each year and chases five children with his wife, Hilary.

Daron K. Roberts

Former NFL coach, leadership coach and author
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Paulina Artieda is an Executive Director for The New Philanthropists where she leads all efforts in helping make Austin nonprofit boards more diverse and inclusive. She has over 15 years of experience in marketing and has focused her career on delivering creative solutions through a DEI approach.

Paulina Artieda

Executive Director, The New Philanthropists
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Courtney Bailey

Director of Issues & Engagement, Leadership Austin
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Founder of ATX Yoga Girl, Cynthia Aguillón Bernard is a yoga, mindfulness and sound meditation teacher. She supports all ages, all bodies on their journey to living a more conscious lifestyle rooted in presence.

Cynthia Aguillón Bernard

Founder and Owner, ATX Yoga Girl
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Charlotte Brown is the DEI Engagement Manager at Bumble, where she spearheads efforts to increase engagement, understanding, and integration of DEI goals and initiatives across Bumble’s global organization. She is based in Austin and holds a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre from Texas State University.

Charlotte Brown

DEI Engagement Manager, Bumble
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Dr. Carter has been engaged in teaching and research associated with Entrepreneurial Studies, Social Responsibility of Business and Global Management. Prior to moving to St. Edward’s, Dr. Carter was employed at Texas A&M University-San Antonio as an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and was formerly the Associate Vice President for External Affairs & Global Partnerships.

Dr. Douglas H. Carter

Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, St. Edward's University
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Ashton is President and Co-Founder of Equidad ATX, a catalyst for the holistic, equitable, and transformative revitalization of Austin’s Eastern Crescent. He also serves as a Special Counsel at McGinnis Lochridge, LLP, where he was a partner prior to his service as the Austin Police Monitor, an Ascension Health executive, and a volunteer Policy Advisor for Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr.

President & Co-Founder, Equidad ATX
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Cat Duong is an HR Strategic Project Manager for H-E-B’s Manufacturing, Warehouse and Transportation Division and focuses on H-E-B’s supply chain communications. She loves to volunteer and can be seen around town with her fiancé, Anival, giving back to the community.

Cat Duong

HR Strategic Project Manager, H-E-B
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Jacqueline has been with CapMetro for 10 months. Prior to CapMetro, she worked for Travis County and gained her passion for DEI through her work for Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Kelloggs. She has lived in 5 cities and is happy to call Austin home.

Jacqueline Evans

Director - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CapMetro
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Haydeana “Nana” Gaviria serves as Chief Program Officer at Leadership Austin. In her current role, she oversees the implementation of all programming. Ms. Gaviria has over 13+ years of experience in learning and development, talent management and career coaching.

Haydeana Gaviria

Chief Program Officer, Leadership Austin
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Erika Haskins is an educator, community builder, and entrepreneurship enthusiast. She brings 12 years experience coaching entrepreneurs and startup teams, facilitating community led design, and overseeing the launch of 65+ education ventures.

Erika Haskins

CEO, 3 Day Startup INC
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Moby moved to the US at the age of 18, and in the last 13 years has interviewed 320+ entrepreneurs, worked with Venture-Backed companies as well as the state department. He is currently the founder of FireShow Media.

Moby Hayat

Founder, FireShow Media
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Caitlin Locke Henson is a healthcare leader with a strong background in strategic planning and consulting, project management, and operational best practices across the healthcare spectrum.

Caitlin Henson

Director of Strategy, Ascension Texas
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Dmitri Julius is an entrepreneur, USMC veteran and Chief People Officer at ICON, the construction technology company using 3D printing robotics, software and materials to advance humanity.

Dmitri Julius

Chief People Officer, ICON
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Stacia is an Austin area REALTOR & owner and founder of Accessible Designs Austin, which is focused on evaluating an individual’s unique home accessibility needs, and designing/modifying a home to work for the individual(s). Her love for design & working with incredible clients fuels Stacia daily.

Stacia Klim

REALTOR, JB Goodwin REALTORS
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Chuy assists municipalities in becoming accessible to people with disabilities. His background ranges from engineering design and construction project management to City of Austin ADA Program Manager and Chair of the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. Mr. Lardizábal is a guest lecturer at universities and presenter at national conferences.

Jesus ``Chuy`` Lardizabal

President, Altura Solutions
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Ariel Lee

Founder, Remane
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George Luc is the CEO and Cofounder of GivePulse, an Austin, TX based tech platform to coordinate all philanthropy, giving and volunteer activities. He is a TEDxAustin speaker, a WhiteHouse Champion for Change, SXSW Dewey, and a firm believer that everyone has the potential to make an impact on addressing community and social issues.

George Luc

CEO, GivePulse
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Isokoy runs Leaders Inspire Leaders, a premier professional services company providing consulting services and solutions in strategy, technology, operations, and inclusive leadership.

Isokoy McDermott

Owner, Leaders Inspire Leaders
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Heather leads credit union strategic relationship development, community engagement, social purpose, advocacy, and marketing. She also focuses on strengthening the UFCU brand and establishing collaborative opportunities for positive community impact.

Heather McKissick

Executive Vice President of Community Impact, Marketing and Communication, University Federal Credit Union (UFCU)
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Dr. Medina has close to two decades of experience in the work of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging. Dr. Medina is passionate about supporting and empowering underrepresented and underserved communities through creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable access to health and wellness.

Elizabeth Medina

Inclusion & Accountability Director, Everly Health
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Blanca Valencia is a changemaker focused on human-forward stewardship of change, people and ideas. As a school administrator and Vice President for Contigo Wellness, she advocates for mental health and educational justice. Blanca is also the owner of Fronteras Change Management & Strategies, LLC.

Blanca Nereida Valencia

Change Management & Strategic Planning Facilitator, Fronteras Change Management & Strategy, LLC
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Kara Perez is the founder of Bravely Go, a feminist financial education company. Bravely focuses on bringing actionable, intersectional and accessible financial education to people via pop-up events and online community. Kara has been featured in national media outlets as a financial expert and co-hosts the award-winning podcast The Fairer Cents.

Kara Perez

Founder, Bravely Go
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Courtney is the Founder and CEO of SPEAK Cosmetics. She launched her business from her personal experience of domestic abuse. She sees how women can be transformed by the power of makeup. SPEAK Cosmetics exists for a cause-every color, a story, every story from a survivor, all sharing hope.

Courtney Petersen

CEO and Founder of SPEAK Cosmetics
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Olexandra Pravotorova

Healing Heaven Aesthetics
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Geronimo Rodriguez

Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension Texas
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Cristina Silingardi

Vice President, vcfo
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Nicole Taylor is Director of Community at Mursion, a VR simulation company, and an award-winning DEI practitioner. Nicole has over 10 years of community building and DEI experience in both non-profit and corporate spaces and currently lives in Austin, TX with her two fur babies, Athena & Malakai.

Nicole Taylor

Director of Community, Mursion; DEI Consultant
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Trenzio Turner is a former advertising agency executive and partner. With 20+ years of experience and a background in media planning, agency operations and account management, he made his name in the ad industry by building strategic partnerships and helping clients make meaningful connections.

Trenzio Turner

Chief Empathy Officer, Progress Confirmed, LLC
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Frida is a spunky Piebald Dachshund who has never met a stranger. Frida loves all adventures especially hiking, swimming, and paddle boarding. She loves making people smile. Follow her on Instagram @fridalou84. Carmen Hernandez, Frida’s Human Handler, is a veteran Divine Canines volunteer who currently serves as our board chair and on our Fundraising Pack, which organizes Barks for Beers.

Frida

Therapy Dog, Divine Canines
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Nemo is a Great Pyrenees who was found as a stray and taken to the animal shelter where it was crowded and noisy. His mom saw his sad face and rescued him. Now he is a happy boy who loves people, loves to be petted and spending time making people smile. Susan Reda, Nemo’s Human Handler, and Nemo graduated in the last Divine Canines class before our COVID shutdown and had to wait two years before making their first visit. They have already made up for lost time.

Nemo

Therapy Dog, Divine Canines

Roundtable Retrospective Facilitators
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Khrystyna Layman

Head of HR and Finance Workday Systems, Electric Reliability Council of Texas
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Felicia Morales

Director of Marketing, Amplify Credit Union
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Danny Ortegon is a talented leadership speaker and team builder. Using his love of people as his drive, he facilitates meaningful conversations that provide clarity, commonality, and purpose to the human condition. Danny is currently an Associate at SOS Leadership in Austin, Texas.

Danny Ortegon

Associate, SOS Leadership
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Brittany is a founder and managing partner at Point 600, specializing in technology and analytics for corporate communications. She was recently named to PR Week’s “Dashboard 25” list of leaders in CommTech. She is Secretary of the board for MEASURE, and co-chair of AYC’s advocacy subcommittee.

Brittany Paxman

Managing Partner, Point 600


2021 Agenda

KEYNOTE

9:00 AM

Whatever You Think It Is, That's Not It! A Real and Refreshed Look at Reimagining Our Way Forward

Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka

with Pamela Benson Owens

President & CEO at Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc.

During this opening wake-up warm up, Pamela Benson Owens will lead us through an interactive session that will explore the following:

  • How to navigate and move forward both personally and professionally after felling and enduring the 2020 pivot
  • Exploring what resilience looks like when it becomes a sustained necessity
  • Gut checking our leadership landscape and thresholds for change
  • Building authentic connections during challenging times

Does it feel like we are throwing the kitchen sink at the morning keynote? We are. Come ready to listen, reflect, grow, and go!

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

PANEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS

10:15 AM

A New Kind of Balance

Presented by Amplify Credit Union

2020 brought “unprecedented times” into our lives but these times are becoming more and more… precedented. We reimagined all aspects of our lives from how we connect with friends and co-workers, to balancing our work and home lives, ultimately creating our new normal. In this panel of owners, managers and HR experts, come learn what workplace trends may stay awhile, ways to advocate for your needs, and how to discover a new work/life balance.

Panelists

  • Kim Flores, Director of People Operations at Aunt Bertha
  • Collin Miller, Director of Customer Service at H-E-B
  • Ashley Wainscott, Founder & CEO at Simply Home

Moderated by

  • Denise Hart, Vice President of Human Resources at Amplify Credit Union

How to LEAD in the Workplace

Presented by vcfo

In the last twelve months, leaders have had to face challenges that they have never seen before. They have had to lean on instinct, get creative, and rally their teams in a whole new way. In this popular session, we’ll dive into the experience of our panelists to discover emerging leadership trends, how to be a leader no matter your title, and ways to add value to the people “around” you along the way.

Panelists

  • Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Pastry Chef and Partner at Emmer & Rye, Hestia, Kalimotxo, Henbit, and TLV
  • Sharon Foster, Consulting CFO at vcfo
  • Lynda Rife, President at Rifeline

Moderated by

  • Alex Villa, Chief Operating Officer at American Red Cross Serving Central and South Texas

Policy for Our Future

Presented by Civilitude

New year, new me… and a new legislative session. Between redistricting, workforce development, and education, it’s time to tune in to the 2021 State Legislative Session for policies that will help build the strong, resilient future we need. In this session you will hear from Central Texas delegates on hot topics at the 2021 TX lege, why this year’s session is different, and how you can and should weigh in for a government that works for all.

Panelists

  • State Senator Sarah Eckhardt, District 14
  • State Representative James Talarico, District 52

Moderated by

  • Conor Kenny, Director of Public Affairs at Civilitude
Break + 1:1 Networking Time

WELLNESS BREAKOUT SESSIONS

11:30 AM

Healthy Minds, Healthy Business

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Learning how to access mindfulness can provide the clarity needed to tackle challenging situations, spark innovation, and more. In this short session, you’ll gain insight into how you can tap into controlling your most important asset: YOU.

Session led by Gloria Chan Packer, Principal Advisor at Recalibrate

Workday Workout

Does your body or brain need a stretch break? The workday may keep you in front of your computer, but you can still stay active! Pilates is an easy way to reduce fatigue, increase blood flow, and boost focus. In this mid-morning session, you’ll get the chance to get up and get moving with some simple exercises you can continue to implement and build upon for that quick workday workout!

Session led by Todd Gibbs, Owner at ToddPilates & Barre Fitness Studio

Meditation for Newbies (and everyone else!)

Presented by Ascension Seton

“Take a deep breath.” A simple sentence that has been repeated to us when we need to relax. In this mini-session, you will dive deeper into why those four words are so powerful, practice tools to help you find peace amidst the chaos, and find focus and awareness around what matters most in your life.

Session led by Daniel Hope, Director of Presence Lab at Ascension Health

Lunch + 1:1 Networking Time

FIRESIDE CHATS

12:30 PM

The Power of Cheese

From a leadership perspective, how we manage our mindset and approach problem-solving can help us pivot ourselves and our teams through change and uncertainty. In this fireside chat, we’ll get real as you hear firsthand from owners Kendall and John Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop on how they were able to cope with change, lead by example, and build resiliency for themselves and their business.

A conversation with Kendall and John Antonelli led by Ashley Alaniz-Moyer.

Kendall is the President of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, John is the CEO of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, and Ashley Alaniz-Moyer is the Executive Director of Hispanic Scholarship Consortium.

A Window of Opportunity

Tech in Austin, and around the world, has seen unprecedented growth. There is a lot we can learn from the growth and innovation approach of this sector to become dynamic and flexible leaders. In this fireside chat with BigCommerce’s Chief Financial Officer, Robert Alvarez, you’ll learn how this tech leader leaned into a new normal, learned along the way, and found opportunity in the face of challenges.

A conversation with Robert Alvarez led by Koy McDermott.

Robert is the Chief Financial Officer of BigCommerce and Koy is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at BigCommerce.

We the People

Presented by Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Although the era of social distancing has limited us from being physically present with each other, community is woven into the fabric of humanity. Our actions to support our neighbors create ripple effects that can change lives and bring us together. In this fireside chat with CEO Leslie Wingo of Sanders\Wingo, you’ll learn what it takes to go all in on community, why it matters, and what you can do to take your involvement to the next level.

A conversation with Leslie Wingo led by Jeremiah Bentley.

Leslie is the CEO of Sanders\Wingo and Jeremiah is the Vice President of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

Break + 1:1 Networking Time

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

1:30 PM

Building Your Resiliency Reservoir

Dealing with setbacks is challenging. Dealing with one after another can be downright draining. How do effective leaders refill their cup to keep persevering through changes? How can you grow and build your own resiliency reservoir? Through this workshop, you will learn strategies for coping with obstacles – no matter what they look like, how to adopt a growth mindset, and make a plan to get back on track.

Facilitated by

  • Vaishali Jadhav, Senior Leadership Development Facilitator at Procore Technologies

Designing Your Life

Presented by Baylor Executive MBA Austin

Spark joy in your own life by hopping in the driver’s seat and becoming an architect of your own individual roadmap. In this high impact workshop, you will create three possible future paths – Odyssey Plans – for your life. Do this all in a fast-paced collaborative community helping one another design a unique journey toward a well-lived, joyful life.

Facilitated by

  • Stacy McCracken, Director of the Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin

Wisdom with Wings: Building Skills that Always Transfer

Why do transferable skills matter and how do I develop them? Titles come and go, but leaders keep what they learn along the way. In this interactive workshop you will discover the skills you already possess, identify what you want to learn, and create a personal, practical map for developing these capacities. By adding wings to your own wisdom your plan for what’s next will take flight.

Facilitated by

  • Sarah Martin, Coach & Facilitator at Home|Body Creative
  • Jye Turk, Principal & Owner at Jye John Paul Consulting

Networking

3:15 PM

LEAD Unplugged Networking Mixer

End the day with some new connections! While we miss the joy face to face brings, you’ll love easily popping in and out of these virtual lounges to recap the day, share key takeaways, and get to know someone new.

2021 Sponsors