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Tom Cottar & Diane Lindsey, Backpack Friends *Note New Date*

  • October 18, 2023
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712


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Hungry For Change: The Road To Becoming An Impactivist

Impact + Activist = Impactivist.

Mari, a high school sophomore, passed out one Monday morning in her English classs... because she hadn't had anything to eat since her school lunch on Friday.
Hear the inspiring 'accident' of how one girl living in food insecurity became the catalyst for feeding thousands of children in the North Austin area. Learn how her story affected Tom Cottar  and launched Backpack Friends, a local nonprofit responsible for feeding 5000 children each month across our area.

Leadership isn't about being in charge. It's about caring for those IN your charge. Tom and Diana will inspire and challenge you to see your world, not as it is, but as it can be.

About our speakers:

Tom Cottar is an entrepreneur, author, musician, semiotician (look it up!), and philanthropist. He's a man who bet on himself to make a real difference in his community by helping feed thousands of kids in need.

From teaching middle school, to running youth camps and conferences, to gigging with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s bass player in Austin, Tom’s life has been an ever-changing landscape of new adventures. He’s an award-winning songwriter with the Texas Songwriters Association, and author of Unleashing Your Creativity: Lessons From A Reluctant Creative.

In 2018, Tom and his wife Heather founded Backpack Friends Incorporated, a unique and growing nonprofit responsible for feeding 5000 children each month in our area. They live in Pflugerville with three kids, 2 dogs, 9 guitars, and 4 chickens.

Diana LIndsey has spent 20 years as a Student Music Minister, as well as 20 years as a Health, Wellness, Mindset & Business Coach. She considers it her privilege to invest her energies and time into bettering her community, coaching and mentoring others, empowering leaders, stretching her music performance skills, and finding ways to impact the world...one connection at a time!


6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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