Upcoming Breakfasts

    • August 28, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Alleviating Poverty in Austin and Around the World

    Providing microcredit loans to the world's poorest people is a hand up, not a hand out. Learn about Whole Planet Foundation and its network delivering microcredit as a financially sustainable and empowering vehicle to alleviate poverty.

    About Our Speaker:

    Joy Stoddard is the Executive Development & Outreach Director of Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market non-profit dedicated to alleviating global poverty. She develops strategic partnerships and connects people to the mission of serving the world’s poorest people with microcredit and the chance to lift themselves up through their own hard work and creativity.  Having traveled in 40 countries and 48 states, she is inspired to share the transformative power of microfinance and create prosperity around the globe, including right here in Austin. Joy has spearheaded fundraising of more than $70,000,000 and has been awarded numerous leadership recognition from Whole Foods Market. Previously, she coordinated training programs at the International Monetary Fund for six years. She has a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and speaks French and Spanish. Joy enjoys Austin with her husband Scott and teenager Roman.

    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 to UT Club

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    • September 04, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Austin Film Festival: 25 Years and Counting!

    In addition to a nationally renowned 8 day Film Festival and 4 day Conference, the Austin Film Festival offers a Young Filmmakers Program, a TV show, and Podcast. Dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of TV, film, and storytelling, the Austin Film Festival's founder and Executive Director will walk us through the festival's past, present and future.

    About Our Speaker:

    Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging forms of narrative media. Known as the prominent festival that champions screenwriters and media creators, the Festival also boasts over a dozen internationally acclaimed film and screenplay competitions, diverse youth education programs, and a sprawling calendar of year-round events.

    Morgan is an independent film producer, whose films have included Natural Selection, Antone’s: Home of the Blues, Portrait of Wally, and Spring Eddy. She serves on a number of boards, including Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center, and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Morgan lives in Austin, Texas with her daughter, Hannah, and two dogs.

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • September 11, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey

    Dr. Spencer Wells takes us on an epic journey that spans the globe, using DNA to trace the migration routes of our ancient ancestors and revealing the incredible tapestry of human diversity created along the way.

    About Our Speaker:

    Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, entrepreneur, adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and owner of Antone's, an iconic nightclub in Austin, Texas.

    He is a Distinguished Alumnus, College of Natural Sciences, UT Austin. He co-hosts “The Insight” podcast with Razib Khan. Wells led The Genographic Project from 2005 to 2015 as an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He is the Founder and CEO of Insitome. Insitome is a company that helps you reveal the fascinating story carried in your DNA.

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • September 18, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Immigration in America: Policies & Stories

    What is the state of immigration in America? Where we were and where we are headed? Pooja Sethi will shed light on how recent policy changes have impacted the lives of real people. We'll also hear her first-hand accounts of what is really happening in Texas' detention centers.

    About Our Speaker:

    Pooja Sethi, Esq. is an Immigration Attorney, CEO of the Law Offices of Pooja Sethi, PLLC, and Founder of the nonprofit "Immigration For All". Pooja is an Attorney who not only takes on cases, but she advocates for each and every Immigrant in her Community. She has given talks to the Community about the latest Immigration trends and know your rights seminar. She has taken on numerous pro bono Immigration cases including cases that affect women of domestic abuse and humanitarian cases, speaks on Immigration Policy at UT Austin, volunteered with American Gateways taking asylum LGBT cases, and has helped numerous women start their businesses and given them advice and talks around the country. Her latest advocacy has involved going to the Pearsall Detention Center to fight ICE on behalf of immigration students who fell victim to a fake University created by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Pooja has been featured on FOX News, KEYE News, Spectrum News, and recognized for her work by Congressmen, and TX State House Representatives. She advocates in Austin for the rights of Immigrants, women who suffer domestic abuse, translation of languages in our jails and with the police, and a more inclusive city for all. She recently received the Emmitt Till Award from the Syracuse College of Law for her Immigration work with detained clients, and advocacy with Texas Legislatures and elected officials. The fight for Immigration reform is not a job, it is her passion, and she hopes that everyone joins in this fight to create better Immigration reform that helps people live in peace and without fear.

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • September 25, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Overview of the Texas Book Festival

    Did you know Austin is home to one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the world? Founded in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, the Texas Book Festival brings over 250 critically acclaimed authors to Austin each year and has raised nearly $3 million to support libraries around the country. Find out how it all got started and what to expect at this year's festival - coming up in October!

    About Our Speaker:

    Lois serves as Texas Book Festival’s chief executive, responsible for managing staff, programs, operations, external relations, and resource development. An immigrant from Seoul, Korea, Lois grew up in Williamsville, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on Shakespeare and early modern culture. In her early career, she taught high school English and pursued graduate coursework from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Prior to joining the Texas Book Festival, Lois served as the associate director of University Extension at UT Austin, where she managed student and academic affairs for college credit students. She also served on the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation for six years, four of those as Vice President. Her husband, Phillip Reed, is a principal of Cotera + Reed Architects and they have two children: Sylvia (18) and Nate (15). Lois loves to cook, hike, and is a member of two bookclubs. Her favorite book genres are literary fiction across all centuries and memoir.

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • October 02, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Why Are There So Many Coworking Spaces in Austin?

    What is coworking anyway? What is behind its exponential growth, and how is it impacting you and your business? You'll find answers to all these questions and more in this presentation by the Founder of Orange Coworking and the Austin Coworking Alliance.

    About Our Speaker:

    Shelley Delayne spent many years as a successful freelance graphic designer and branding consultant. Those work-from-anywhere years led her to create Orange Coworking: a professional, comfortable work environment in way south Austin. Orange Coworking has been recognized by the Austin Independent Business Alliance and SCORE Entrepreneur awards. When Shelley isn't waving her magic wand at Orange Coworking, or out somewhere speaking on the importance of connection, collaboration and community, she's usually dancing tango or practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • October 09, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Think You Know Ballet Austin? Think Again

    What might you expect from one of the country's 15 largest professional ballet companies? Come learn how Ballet Austin has risen to the top of the American ballet scene by embracing innovation and creativity while staying true to tradition. Established in 1956, The Washington Post has called Ballet Austin, "the nation's best-kept ballet secret."

    About Our Speaker

    Cookie Gregory Ruiz has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development and non-profit fund-raising/management. Since 2002 she has held the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (C.F.R.E.) by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    Her community honors include Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power” Award, Leadership Austin’s Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award, Austin Community Foundation’s Beverly S. Sheffield Award for Excellence as a Nonprofit Executive, The American Red Cross “Clara Barton Medal of Honor,” Volunteer of the Year for the Austin Independent School District, the Lone Star Girl Scout Council “Women of Distinction” Award, The Junior League of Austin’s Volunteer Extraordinaire Award and is a 2016 Austin Arts Hall of Fame inductee.

    Ms. Ruiz served as the city-wide Chair of CreateAustin, a City Council appointee to
    ImagineAustin’s Citizen’s Advisory Task Force, and is a graduate of the Austin’s City Works Academy. As a graduate of Leadership Austin she served four years on its Board of Directors.
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    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • October 16, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
    Register

    Information coming soon! 

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • October 30, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The State of the Central Texas Blood Supply

    The population of Central Texas is booming and the blood supply is struggling to keep pace. We Are Blood works to ensure patients have the blood transfusions they need by collecting blood donations from thousands of people across 10 counties and serving over 40 clinics.

    About Our Speaker

    Nick Canedo has worked as a capacity builder for nonprofit organizations for over 10 years and is currently the Vice President of Community Engagement at We Are Blood. As a nonprofit leader, Nick has served as a development director and major gifts manager for organizations like the international NGO Rainforest Alliance and Texas think-tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities. In his current role at We Are Blood, Nick is responsible for connecting with the Central Texas community and motivating them to donate blood and platelets in order to save lives. 

    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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy


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