Upcoming Events

    • October 20, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    The State of Child Welfare in Texas

    Katie Olse will share information about child abuse and neglect prevention, family and youth supports, child sex trafficking, foster care, and recent headlines related to child welfare in Texas.

    About our speaker:

    Katie Olse was appointed CEO of the Alliance in December of 2016. She formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Prior to her role as Deputy Commissioner she was Associate Commissioner for DFPS and Chief of Staff for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Commissioner for DFPS and the former Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. She was previously the Director of the Center for Consumer and External Affairs at DFPS where she worked closely with the DFPS Commissioner and the Legislature on critical issues within the child protection, regulatory, adult protective and prevention/early intervention realms.

    Prior to joining the HHS system, Katie was the executive director of a statewide nonprofit organization where she worked on health and human services issues as well as other issues including education, criminal justice, and mental health. Katie has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and has completed graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

    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


    • October 23, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Milam & Greene, Blanco TX
    • 15
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    Milam & Greene Distillery Tour

    When we last toured Milam & Greene a thousand years ago in 2019, a wonderful time was had by all. Whether you came along then or not, come along now!

    There's no MBC charge for the event, but please register yourself (and your guests) so we'll be able to provide a headcount. Lunch and transportation (on what is likely to be a beautiful autumn day to drive through the hill country) are your own responsibility; other details upon registration. Registration closes 10/15/21.

    Capacity is limited, and don't wait too long to sign up! (And if you've been putting off becoming a member, join now and join us on the trip!)

    • October 26, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue Austin, Texas 78739

    It's Tuesday Twilights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    We love wild flowers (and people with wild imaginations). Whether you're new to Austin or a native Austinite, you'll enjoy a great happy hour with energetic and fun people. Come enjoy a cool autumn evening with friends, future friends, and music by Austin's own Ray Prim in this beautiful venue. 

    There's no MBC charge for the evening, just register at the Wildflower Center on or after October 19th. (MBC members and regular visitors can expect a reminder announcement around 5pm on the 19th and again on the 25th.)

    We'll rally around 5pm to the left of the entrance gate (near the gift shop). If you're late, just look for us near the music!

    Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, or plan to buy some at the on-site food trucks.  This special evening features:

    • Explore Fortlandia in the Texas Arboretum, where Austin’s own Ray Prim will perform two soulful sets. Check out Ray’s music!
    • Make it a Taco Tuesday or a Tamale Tuesday, depending on your mood. Food trucks from both Pueblo Viejo and Tamale Addiction will be on site, serving up mouthwatering picnic fare.   
    • If you’ve been admiring wildflowers for at least 21 years, you can purchase the delicious cocktail of the evening, Tito’s Harvest Moon. See the cocktail recipe here! 
    • Parking is limited, even with some extra options on La Crosse Avenue and in the streets of the nearby neighborhood. We suggest carpooling or using a rideshare to help keep the chill vibes of the evening going.
    • Please refrain from bringing in alcoholic beverages. There will be a bar on site for your convenience.
    • Things start winding down around 7:30 p.m., so be sure to get here at the top of the hour for our later ticket holders.
    • October 27, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    How we pushed the pedals and became the fastest growing private consumer products & services company in Austin

    Mathias Ihlenfeld will give insights into his journey of building a disruptive direct-to-consumer brand in North America.  

    Costumes Optional! It's almost Halloween, so wear 'em if you got 'em!

    About our speaker:

    Mathias Ihlenfeld is the CEO and Owner of woom bikes USA, a company based in Austin, Texas, that is on a mission to inspire children throughout North America to love riding their bikes by offering high-quality, lightweight bikes specifically tailored to a child’s anatomy. Since 2014, Ihlenfeld has helmed the business as woom bikes has become one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, the 20th fastest-growing company in Texas, and the 7th fastest-growing company in the city of Austin, as recognized by Inc. Magazine. Ihlenfeld and his team at woom bikes have positively disrupted the children’s bike category in North America as the largest and fastest-growing direct-to-consumer brand in the space.  

    Raised in Germany, Ihlenfeld moved to the United States in 1994 as a collegiate tennis player, ultimately earning his MBA at the University of Alabama.  Ihlenfeld gained vast experience in the business world as an IBM and SAP management and financial consultant. During that time, he developed the skills and intuition to successfully manage an international manufacturing business in a fast-paced, digitally driven economy. 

    Over the last five years, Ihlenfeld has built a team of over 45 employees collectively driven to change the lives of children through cycling. Ihlenfeld utilizes his background, commitment to building a sustainable organization, and belief that it is a company’s responsibility to give back to the communities it serves. woom has a give-back model built into the organization called  upCYCLE—when customers buy the next size woom bike for their child, customers are able to return their used woom for 40 percent of the original purchase price. upCYCLED bikes are then donated to nonprofits focused on getting kids on bikes regardless of their socioeconomic environment.

    About woom:

    woom designs high-quality, lightweight bikes for children of all ages. Our attention to detail sets our company apart—from the careful selection of materials to our commitment to safety and performance, our bikes are tailor-made for a child’s anatomy and needs. woom bikes are often half the weight of conventional kids’ bikes found at traditional retail stores, and 85 percent of our bike parts are individually developed and produced for woom. In all design elements, woom emphasizes safety, ergonomics, handling, and non-toxic, environmentally friendly components.

    Riding is easy to learn and easy to enjoy on woom bikes, which range in size from balance bikes designed for children who’ve just learned to walk (18 months+) to pedal bikes for young teens (13-14 years). woom ships directly to customers, and assembly is quick and simple.

    Family owned and operated, woom was founded in Vienna, Austria, by Christian Bezdeka and Marcus Ihlenfeld with the mission to create the ideal kids’ bike. Helmed by Marcus’ brother, Mathias Ihlenfeld, woom USA began operating at our headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 2014; our aim is to bring the same unparalleled European design and love of riding to families across North America. In 2019, woom USA was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., ranked No. 259 overall and 20th in Texas. For more information, visit us at us.woombikes.com or call 855-966-6872. 

    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

    • November 03, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Shelter, Opportunity, & Support: Re-making Communities with Traction

    The Other Ones Foundation is on a mission to welcome Austin's homeless neighbors into engaged community through shelter, opportunity, and support.

    By offering low barrier work, access to dignified shelter, and wrap around compassionate care,TOOF is spearheading innovative approaches to the housing crisis that's crippling our communities. Their newest endeavor is creating a transformational shelter complex in east Austin with 200 dignified, durable, and transition-oriented shelters with access to supportive services and care.

    About our speaker:

    Jared Slack has been Director of Development for The Other Ones Foundation since 2020. For more than 7 years prior he was Pastor for Mission and Development at First Baptist Church of Austin, where he was engaged in both macro and micro community development work with a congregation around local issues of poverty and resource inequity.

    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

    • November 10, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Designing the New Normal