Upcoming Events

    • February 02, 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
    Register

    Dragons, Booze, and Overnight Success: The Journey of an 8-year Startup

    After a one-year stint as tequila brokers and consultants, Lamar and his wife Laura co-founded Dragon Spirits in April 2013 to solve a massive problem for liquor, wine, and beer companies: Providing well educated, dependable, part-time brand ambassadors who "brand activated" at marketing events, tastings, festivals, and trade shows.

    Dragon Spirits grew slowly at first, as Laura took a full-time job at a retail liquor store and Lamar drove for Uber/Lyft to make ends meet. The following eight years culminated in building the current #1 Brand Ambassador Marketplace in America.

    Today, Dragon Spirits is a million-dollar company, operating in 30+ states, with 17+ employees and 5000+ brand ambassadors (affectionately called Dragons) activating liquor, beer, wine and CPG brands, all on an in-house created software marketplace aptly named the Dragon Engagement Network.™

    Lamar will share the mistakes made, obstacles overcome, and the discovery of finding true purpose as a brand ambassador for an important piece of our changing economy...a trend allowing anyone to work on their own time (all the time) as a primary and/or secondary career: The Gig Economy.

    About our speaker:

    Lamar Romero is founder and CEO of Dragon Spirits Marketing (a Capital Factory validated company), the #1 Brand Ambassador Gig Marketplace that solves the massive problem of matching amazing, growing brands with educated, curated, and passionate brand ambassadors at 1000’s of brand activations across the US.

    Lamar graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 - WHOOP! - and started his career in 1999 working for Dell Computer, winning several awards including President's Club in 2002, but by 2008 Lamar left Dell to pursue his many passions.

    In 2012, Lamar and his wife Laura discovered a new passion: Tequila. They founded Tequila Tribe, promoting tequila all across the state of Texas. This strange hobby led to the founding of Dragon Spirits Marketing in April 2013.

    Lamar is the happy father of two beautiful boys, Lyric and Ladon, whose primary language is Spanish, due to the fact that his wife, Laura Valentino Romero, is amazing beyond belief. In his spare time, Lamar still enjoys strategy games on Steam, working out Crossfit style with his friends, and certainly not least, wrestling and sword fighting with his two boys as much as possible.

    Agenda:

    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!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • February 09, 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
    Register

    The Future of Central Texas Public Transportation

    Details to follow

    Agenda:

    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!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • February 09, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • UT Club 7th floor after our meeting

    Mine!

    by Michael Heller and James Salzman. Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively  discussions in a relaxed atmosphere on the 7th floor.

    8:30 at the UT Club, 7th floor after our February 9th meeting.


    • February 16, 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Library Services, Post-Pandemic

    Library services and programs will look a lot different than they did pre-pandemic. Will physical books disappear? Will virtual programming stay? What will staffing look like? We will review this and more in the presentation

    About our speaker:

    Roosevelt Weeks is the Director of the Austin Public Library where he leads a dynamic team and library system. His responsibility includes 20 branch locations, the History Center and the new Central Library. Weeks joined the Austin Public Library team in September of 2017.

    Prior to joining the Austin Public Library, Weeks served Houston Public Library as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, after first completely overhauling technology at HPL's branches as Chief Technology Officer. His experience prior to HPL includes Pasadena Public Library, Accenture, and Aetna.

    Weeks is passionate about improving technology, literacy and education, both inside and outside of the library. He also works directly with community leaders to agree upon shared values, vision, and measures of success. This furthers the combined goal of ensuring a future workforce capable of the complex critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing competitive environment.

    In addition, Weeks is a member and serves on several committees within the American Library Association (ALA), Public Library Association (PLA), Texas Library Association (TLA), and Urban Library Council (ULC).  He also is a member and participates within National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

    Weeks received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas Southern University and his Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas.

    In his spare time, Weeks enjoys time with family, serving in his church and helping the community.

    Agenda:

    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!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • February 23, 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
    Register

    Mid-Year Report by Austin ISD's Superintendent

    Update on the current school year, including school funding and staffing issues as a result of COVID.

    About our speaker:

    Stephanie S. Elizalde is the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, serving more than 80,000 students and 12,000 employees. Dr. Elizalde, a native Texan and the district's first Latina superintendent, is a lifelong educator committed to equity and excellence in education for every student.

    She has a proven track record of raising student academic achievement while being focused on building a culture of inclusion and equity with diverse communities. She understands the importance of developing collaborative relationships with the city and individual communities that are home to each individual school.

    Most recently, Dr. Elizalde served as Chief Schools Officer for Dallas ISD, the second-largest school district in Texas. She joined Dallas ISD in 2011 as Director of Mathematics in the division of Teaching and Learning.

    She has served students in various roles, including as teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy chief. Her career has included working in diverse school systems from small to large urban settings, including Southwest ISD and San Antonio ISD.

    Dr. Elizalde is focused on the development of great school leaders as the foundation for success in every school. By supporting, rewarding, and retaining excellent teachers, she stands behind the belief that the “teacher is the program.”

    Her recognitions include being named one of four Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Hispanics in Education for 2014 and a recognition in 2016 by The Dallas Morning News as a Point Person for her work in the community. She was awarded the UT- Austin Dr. Nolan Estes Leadership Ascension Award four times, most recently in 2017, and earned a Presidential Medal from Ana G. Mendez University. She currently serves on the UT Advisory Council for the Texas Principal Leadership Academy and Cooperative Superintendency Program.

    Dr. Elizalde is a third-generation public school educator, following in her grandmother’s and father’s footsteps. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from UT San Antonio and holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from UT Austin.

    Agenda:

    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!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • March 02, 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712

    Upcoming Speakers in March

    Our speakers are always engaging, informative, and insightful (and often inciteful). Our members are too! Become a member and make MBC your midweek pick-me-up every week.

    We'll be hearing from:

     Chris Del Conte UT Athletics Update
     Dr Darla Absher Police in Difficult Situations 
     Johanna Moya Fábregas Con Mi Madre 


    Is there someone you'd like to hear from? Send your speaker recommendations to Programs@MBCAustin.org and we'll try to set that up!

    • March 09, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • UT Club 7th floor after our meeting

    The Coddling of the American Mind

    by Greg Lukianoff. Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively  discussions in a relaxed atmosphere on the 7th floor.

    8:30 at the UT Club, 7th floor after our March 9th meeting.



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