Upcoming Breakfasts

    • December 18, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Interested in how your fellow MBC members and guests are advancing their careers and building their businesses? Or perhaps you've always wanted more time at MBC to explain your work and the benefits you bring to the Austin community? Join us for a morning of enhanced networking where we’ll engage in structured conversations and games spanning a range of different topics. This is your chance to go beyond exchanging business cards and make stronger, more personal connections in an effort to build long-lasting relationships. 


    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

    • December 25, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM


    No meeting this week -- we'll see you back on January 8, 2020! Enjoy the holidays!
    • January 01, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM


    No meeting this week -- we'll see you back on January 8, 2020! Enjoy the holidays!

    • January 08, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Sarah Eckhardt was re-elected to a second term as Travis County Judge in 2018 and is honored and proud to continue serving Travis County residents. Judge Eckhardt presides over the Commissioners Court.

    After receiving an LBJ School Master of Public Affairs and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Judge Eckhardt worked for eight years as an Assistant Travis County Attorney. In 2006, she was elected to represent Precinct 2 on the Commissioners Court and re-elected in 2010.

    With her leadership Judge Eckhardt addresses the major issues that face Travis County residents. She works to ensure that our community is green, healthy, just and mobile. With her commitment to criminal and social justice, Judge Eckhardt continuously works to leverage our community’s mutual resources to collectively improve social, health, educational and economic opportunities.

    As a private citizen, Judge Eckhardt serves on Texas Freedom Network’s Board of Directors and the LBJ School Dean’s Advisory Council. Judge Eckhardt learned public service and a commitment to Central Texas from her late mother Nadine — aide to Lyndon Johnson and Molly Ivins, and a mother of four — and her father, the late Congressman Bob Eckhardt. Judge Eckhardt is a proud mother of a college freshman and high school junior.

    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

    • January 15, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Making Life Sweeter: Integrating Identities

    In 2015, Sabola left a very lucrative career in finance to open Gelateria Gemelli. After 12 years in finance he felt as though his professional life was too disconnected from his personal life. Gemelli was Sabolas way of becoming a fully integrated person.

    About Our Speaker:

    In 2014, Andrew Sabola traveled to Bologna, Italy, to take a huge first step in fulfilling a dream of owning his own gelateria as a way to contribute to Austin’s dining and nightlife scene. In 2015, after quitting a high-paying, low-passion job in finance, Andrew opened Gelateria Gemelli, which has quickly become one of the best rated and most beloved after-dinner spots in East Austin.

    Modeled after the type of places he frequented near his former home in Little Italy, Boston, Andrew sought to create an atmosphere of elegance and simplicity with the focus on customers’ conversation and delight. 

    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

    • January 15, 2020
    • 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705

    Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

    Join fellow MBC members for lively discussions about topical books in a relaxed atmosphere, right after breakfast!

    About the book:

    Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers -- and why they often go wrong.

    How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

    Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

    Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers--The Tipping Point, Blink,Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers.

    8:45 - 9:30 upstairs on the 7th floor after Breakfast

    • January 22, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The 2020 Elections In Texas


    About Our Speaker:

    Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. He writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy.

    Before joining the Tribune, he was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Times Herald, as a Dallas-based freelancer for regional and national magazines and newspapers, and for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

    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

    • February 05, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Inman's View Of The World

    About Our Speaker:

    Adm. Bobby R. Inman became an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001. He served as interim dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 and again from January 2009 to March 2010.

    Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, retiring with the permanent rank of admiral. On active duty he served as director of the National Security Agency and as deputy director of Central Intelligence.

    After retirement from the Navy, he was chairman and CEO of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas, for four years and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Westmark Systems Inc., a privately owned electronics industry holding company, for three years. Inman also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.

    Adm. Inman’s primary business activity since 1990 has been investing in startup technology companies, serving as managing director of Gefinor Ventures and Limestone Capital Advisors. He serves as a trustee of the American Assembly and the California Institute of Technology. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

    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

    • February 12, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Providing & Protecting Central Texas Blood Supply 

    The population of Central Texas is booming and blood donations struggle to keep pace. We Are Blood collects blood donations across 10 counties for over 40 hospitals and clinics to ensure patients have the blood transfusions they need to live.

    About Our Speaker:

    Nick Canedo has worked as a capacity builder for nonprofit organizations for over 10 years, currently as 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

    • February 19, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Future of Classical Music In Austin

    Classical music is the root of all musical genres that make Austin what it is today. In 2020, KMFA will move into a new building in East Austin, which will serve as a classical media hub and unite Austinites across all ages, races, and backgrounds. 

    About Our Speaker:

    President and General Manager Ann Hume Wilson is responsible for overall strategic direction and management of KMFA and directs a team of managers responsible for programming, finance, technical operations, fundraising, marketing, and community relations. She has three decades of previous experience at arts institutions in Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, and other cities, and holds a master's degree in organizational leadership and ethics from St. Edward's University.

    Ann came to Austin as Associate Director and later Interim Director of the Blanton Museum of Art, overseeing the branding, marketing, and administration of the museum. She has been President & General Manager of KMFA Classical 89.5 since 2012 and is currently overseeing a capital campaign for the construction of the station’s new facility in East Austin.

    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

    • February 26, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Texas Legislature and How Small Business Fares

    Cover priorities of the small business community in Texas going into the 2019 Legislative session, how the small business community fared, and priorities moving forward. I will touch on the 2020 elections and hot topics going into the 2021 session. 

    About Our Speaker:

    Annie Spilman joined the Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in July 2014 and heads up the organization’s public policy and political programs throughout the state.

    Spilman has over 19 years of legislative experience, both inside and outside the Texas Capitol. She brings valuable experience in government relations, grassroots organizing, fundraising and direct lobbying to NFIB.

    Previously, she worked at IIAT as the governmental affairs manager, where she ran the IIAT political action committee, IMPACT, and shared responsibility in lobbying the Texas Legislature on issues important to independent agents in Texas.

    Spilman began her political career in 2000 as a legislative staffer in the Texas House of Representatives and left in 2006 to begin her lobbying career with attorney Steve Bresnen. Throughout the years, she has also found time to work on political campaigns in the state.

    She’s a proud 6th generation Texas woman who has a passion for helping others find a voice and protecting small business in Texas. Spilman is a graduate of Texas State University.

    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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