Upcoming Breakfasts

    • June 19, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Homelessness in Austin

    Austin has made significant progress addressing youth and veteran homelessness, but more work needs to be done. Mayor Adler will discuss some of the innovative strategies Austin is employing to provide all citizens with a sense of dignity.

    About Our Speaker:

    Mayor Adler was sworn into office in January 2015 and has focused primarily on Austin’s growing affordability crisis and worsening traffic.

    On affordability, Mayor Adler and the Council created a 6% homestead exemption in 2015 to provide a property tax break to homeowners, raising it to 8% in 2016. Under Adler, the Council also increased the senior and disabled property tax exemption to $82,500 in 2016 and to $85,000 in 2017, and approved a settlement with Austin Energy in August 2016 that lowered electric rates for everyone in town. Also in August 2016, HUD Secretary Julián Castro recognized Mayor Adler for completing the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. In April 2017, the Mayor and Council adopted the Strategic Housing Blueprint that set a strategic goal to create 60,000 housing units affordable to households at 80% of median family income. In June 2017, Mayor Adler and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt unveiled the Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan to lift 10,000 local residents out of poverty and into middle-income jobs over the next five years.

    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

    • June 26, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Politics of Tourism in Austin

    The City of Austin's Hotel Occupancy Tax generates over $50 million a year in revenue that goes to support the city's tourism industry. But how are these funds being allocated and how might it change in the future? Catlin Whitington of the Austin Tourism Commission joins us for a conversation about about the Hotel Occupancy Tax and the politics behind Austin's tourism industry.

    About Our Speaker:

    Catlin Whitington is a senior event and urban planning professional with SXSW who focuses on long-range infrastructure and logistics development and the relationship between events, policy and urban environments.  Through this lens, Catlin applies economic development best practices, policy and land use analysis for the strategic planning of this global event.  He serves as Chair of the Austin Tourism Commission, on the board of the Shoal Creek Conservancy and advises on Music related policy issues for various organizations.

    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

    • July 03, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705

    To celebrate the Fourth of July, MBC will not meet on July 3, 2019. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. 

    On July 10th, join MBC to learn about Austin's oldest public park, the Pease Park Conservancy!

    • July 10, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Story of Austin's 1st Public Park

    Urban green spaces provide a range of health benefits and have been associated with decreased crime rates, closer-knit communities, and increased property values. As Austin's population continues to grow, parks will play an even more critical role in the daily lives of Austinites. The Pease Park Conservancy is Austin's oldest public park and we'll hear how it's future will impact all of Austin's green spaces.

    About Our Speaker:

    Heath Riddles has more than 20 years of senior executive leadership, fund development, public relations and communications strategy experience in business sectors such as government, the arts, entertainment and non-profit.

    Over the course of his career, he has overseen fundraising efforts in excess of $20,000,000, and has successfully placed editorial coverage for clients with the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, CNN and USA Today, as well as television stations and daily newspapers in all major Texas markets.

    Prior to joining Pease Park Conservancy, he was the vice president of fund development and communications at The Hispanic Alliance. Before that, he was a director at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations, after serving as director of marketing and communications at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. There he spearheaded institutional public relations efforts for the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" SXSW tapings, as well as visiting dignitaries including Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and others.

    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

    • July 17, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Bring Your Brain to Work

    Want to jump start your career? According to Art Markman, you should consider learning more about cognitive science if you'd like to improve your work performance. In his talk, he'll cover the four elements he has identified as being critical to success: learning, being productive, communicating, and leading.

    About Our Speaker:

    Art Markman, PhD, is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology, HDO, and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Executive Director of the IC2 Institute. He has written over 150 scholarly papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation. Art brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today and Fast Company as well as his radio show/podcast Two Guys on Your Head produced by KUT. He is the author of several books including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, Brain Briefs, and his latest book Bring Your Brain to Work. When Art isn't working or spending time with his family, he can be found playing saxophone in the ska band Phineas

    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

    • July 24, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur: Opening a Whiskey Distillery

    Find out how a trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame led Marsha Milam, a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, to open an award-winning Whiskey distillery.

    About our Speaker:

    Marsha Milam brought her passion for building successful ventures such as the Austin film-festival and “KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove” to the Ben Milam Distillery after breathing in a quiet moment inside a Kentucky warehouse. “All that quiet, the beauty, and the irreverence of whiskey spoke to me. It sits in that barrel and does exactly what it wants to do. You can’t rush it.”

    Ben Milam’s distillery releases in the past two years have gone on to win the Double Gold award at the San Francisco World Spirits competition both in 2017 and 2018. Plans for expansion are firmly in place, and include what she calls the “Whiskey Dream Team.”

    Marsha currently sits on the boards of The Austin Film Festival, the Clifford Antone Foundation, the HOPE Outdoor Gallery and H.O.M.E which provides housing assistance to aging musicians.

    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

    • July 31, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Land Development in Austin

    Austin's outdated land development code does not allow for responsible land development. If we’re going to meet our community’s growing needs in housing, public transit, sustainability and inclusion we must reform it to allow us to build the things we know we need and want.

    About Our Speaker:

    Greg joined the Austin Habitat team in January 2015 after spending five years at Austin City Hall as Policy Director for Mayor Pro Tem Cole. He has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development, including the 360 Condominium Tower and the Austin Habitat for Humanity Community Home Center.  He currently serves on the City of Austin’s Planning Commission and lectures at UT. Greg is tasked with expanding Austin Habitat’s product line to include multi-family and regional advocacy. Greg received both his MBA and his undergraduate degrees in Urban Studies and Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas in 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 to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • August 07, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Criminal Justice Reform in Austin

    Individuals from low socio-economic statuses face immense challenges when they come into contact with the Criminal Justice System. May Pro Tem Delia Garza will discuss reforms in the City of Austin that are helping break this cycle of injustice, including how municipal court judges determine indigency and how the city has reduced discretionary arrests.

    About Our Speaker:

    Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza was first elected to Austin City Council in November, 2014, as part of Austin’s first 10-1 Council. She was reelected in November, 2016, and was elected by her colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in January, 2019. Garza was the first Latina to serve on the City Council in Austin, and she is the first Latina to serve as Austin’s Mayor Pro Tem. She represents District 2 in Southeast Austin.

    Garza comes from a very civically engaged family who inspired her to dedicate her career to public service, advocating for working families. Following in her father’s footsteps, she became a firefighter, serving as one of the first Mexican-American women firefighters in the Austin Fire Department. As a member of the Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975, Garza worked tirelessly for her union, advocating for fair wages and safer working conditions. She represented firefighters during contract negotiations, was elected to the Local’s executive board, and was the first woman appointed to chair the Local’s political action committee.

    Remaining committed to public service, Garza left the Austin Fire Department in 2007 to pursue a law degree and extend the reach of her advocacy. She served as an Assistant Attorney General advocating for Texas families in the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

    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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