Upcoming Events

    • January 20, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Food Insecurity

    If someone is food insecure, that means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That was an issue even before the pandemic: the U.S. rate for food insecurity is 15.4%, but it’s 17.3% in Central Texas, and even higher in some counties. For children, the rate is as high as 27%, putting everyone's future in peril.

    Derrick Chubbs is the President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank, which provides more than 64.6 million pounds of food and grocery items across 21 counties. He'll tell us what's happening, and what we all can do to help.

    About our speaker:

    Before joining CTFB in November 2016, Derrick spent nearly 10 years with the American Red Cross where he served as the National Vice President of Humanitarian Services for Disaster Workforce Readiness and as the Division Vice President for the Southwest and Rocky Mountains Division, and was responsible for the operations in nine states, which comprised of more than 130 locations, over 500 employees, 20,000 volunteers and fundraising revenue of over $70M. Derrick also served as the CEO of the American Red Cross of Central Texas, and as the Texas State Relations Representative on legislative and government relations issues.

    Before making the shift to the Non-Profit sector with the American Red Cross, Derrick spent almost 20 years in the for- profit technology industry where he held senior leadership roles at companies such as IBM Corp., Pervasive Software Inc., and Dell.

    Derrick is a graduate of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and has earned certificates in Project Management and Managerial Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.


    • January 27, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Saving the World—One Pencil at a Time!

    Don't recycle it—re-use it! More details to follow!

    About our speaker:

    Jennifer thrives on raising up non-profit organizations as they grow into their potential. Her combined experience as an environmental attorney, environmental scientist and non-profit director makes her a unique and effective advocate in the field. Over the last 15 years, Jennifer has worked with numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations to design programs and collaborations that advanced conservation while responding to the authentic needs of individual communities. She is passionate about empowering communities through creative collaborations and making environmental conservation “cool.”

    Jennifer is the Executive Director at Austin Creative Reuse where she leads a team focused on a mission to foster conservations and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. She founded Nature Playdate in 2014 to create meaningful experiences in nature for young children and their families in the Austin area. She participates in many collaborations at the local, state and national levels, with a particular focus on conservation and environmental education advocacy. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School.
    • February 03, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Achieving Gender Equity in STEM

    While we have seen an increase in women’s representation in certain science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, engineering and technology organizations continue to struggle to attract and retain a gender-diverse workforce. While it is true that an increasing number of women are choosing STEM careers, many women experience frustrations when trying to move up into more senior positions. This calls to question, how do we achieve gender equity in STEM?

    Achieving gender equity requires addressing issues affecting women’s participation and advancement in the workplace, such as implicit bias and non-inclusive practices. The Society of Women Engineers' vision is a world with gender parity and equality in engineering and technology. SWE works to empower women to reach their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.

    About our speaker:

    Roberta Rincon, PhD, is the Senior Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting women in engineering and technology, through education and career. In this role, she applies her expertise to influence cultural and policy changes in academic, industry, and public policy spheres.

    Before joining SWE, Roberta was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System in the Office of Academic Affairs. Roberta received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from UT Austin.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Ending the War in Your Head, and Your Heart

    Helena lived through a war in Croatia, ended in a refugee camp, and became a nun at 15, committing to a life of celibacy, simplicity, and poverty. She believed that she could stop the war if she purified her heart.

    She couldn't stop the war...but she could stop the war in her head.

    Today, she specializes in ending wars in our hearts, especially in our marriages. Helena passionately supports women in their quest for truth, authenticity, and fulfilling relationships. She helps you love your life, and your man, in a peaceful and delicious way.

    • February 17, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom

    Upcoming Speakers in February and 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.

    February 17 - Christopher Kennedy, Leadership Austin

    February 24 - Tate Donovan, Why I Traded the Hollywood Hills for the Hill Country

    March 3 - Sophie Buechler, Safe SPACE Alliance

    March 10 - Melissa Ayala, Waterloo Greenway Park

    March 17 - Simone Talma Flowers, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)




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