Upcoming Breakfasts

    • February 27, 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 Asian Chamber of Commerce

    The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of programs to fulfill their mission of promoting economic growth through advocacy for, connections to, and education of small businesses in the Asian Pacific American community in Central Texas. Marina Bhargava will give an overview of the chamber's activities and specific initiatives for minority business certification, starting a business, and international trade with Asia.

    About our Speaker:

    Marina Bhargava is the President and CEO of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC). She oversees the overall management of the Chamber with specific responsibilities over the Chamber’s grants, program and partnership development, events and execution of the Chamber’s goals and objectives. This includes supporting the City of Austin’s international economic relationships with Asia.


    Marina currently serves on the board of Community Advancement Network as well as the Economic Prosperity Commission for the City of Austin, E3 Alliance’s Student Success Strike Force committee, and Austin Community College's Equity Leadership Advisory Team. She is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization’s McBee Fellows Class of 2015, and served on the Mayor's Task Force for Institutional Racism in 2017.

    Marina earned her B.A. and M.A. in economics from Northwestern University. Her career has been in a variety of industries, ranging from benefits consulting at Hewitt Associates to family owned plastics manufacturing. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was the Language Access and Outreach Coordinator for Asian Family Support Services of Austin, a domestic violence agency where she created trainings for and built relationships with the various Asian communities in Austin, and recruited and managed 20 contract interpreter advocates.


    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!

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    • March 06, 2019
    • 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 Healthcare in Austin

    Healthcare is one of Austin's largest and fastest-growing industries, accounting for 172,500 local jobs and an annual payroll of over $5.2 billion. As the industry continues to grow, the Austin Healthcare Council wants to ensure Austin is at the forefront of health innovation and leadership.

    About Our Speaker:

    Charles J. Barnett is the Vice-President of the Austin Healthcare Council and has led an illustrious 30-year career in healthcare administration. Before becoming President of CognitiveScale's healthcare business unit, he served as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family. Under his leadership, Seton Healthcare grew from a $200 million to $2.5 billion organization. He has also served as President of Healthcare Operations at Ascension Health.

    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

    • March 13, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Public Pensions in Texas

    We all know a retired public employee with a public pension — our teachers, police offers, and government workers. Join Pete Constant for a conversation about the health of public retirement benefits and public pension policy in state of Texas

    About Our Speaker:

    Pete Constant brings a wealth of pension reform experience to his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Security Initiative. In this role, Pete designs and implements strategic plans in collaboration with RSI's board of directors, leads the organization in its advocacy efforts and manages day-to-day operations. Prior to his work at RSI, Pete was Director of the Pension Integrity Project and Senior Fellow at the Reason Foundation. There he led the team that designed, drafted and negotiated the successful public safety pension reform plan for the state of Arizona. Prior to that, he served as Council Member for the City of San Jose from 2007-2014, where he served as trustee on the city's two pension plans. Pete began his career in law enforcement as a police officer for the City of San Jose, where he served for 11 years until an on-duty injury forced his early retirement. 

    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

    • March 20, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Civic Engagement & Tech

    As Austin's tech sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, how will it respond to the changing needs of the city? The Austin Tech Alliance is working to educate and activate Austin’s tech sector in order to foster civic engagement and promote opportunities for the entire community.

    About our Speaker:

    Sarah is a problem solver with a background in software and tech. She is the interim executive director of Austin Tech Alliance, a non partisan non-profit that advocates for civic engagement in our tech community. She was recently selected as a New Leaders Council Fellow.

    Sarah was previously the Co-Captain of Open Austin, the local Code for America brigade. Open Austin advocates for open government, open data and civic application development by hosting monthly meetups and a speaker series.

    Sarah became involved with local government during the Wendy Davis campaign, where she acted as an Community Organizer. From there, she was selected as a City of Austin as a Design, Technology and Innovation Fellow where her team designed and developed a better building permitting process for residents.

    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

    • March 27, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Healing Power of Your Own Stem Cells

    Since 2011, Celltex has helped countless clients improve their quality of life by giving them access to the healing power of their own stem cells. Learn how adult stem cell therapy is the future of regenerative medicine.

    About our Speaker:

    As Vice President of Marketing, John Hunewill spearheads strategic direction and drives marketing growth for Celltex Therapeutics. Hunewill received a B.S. in biology from Syracuse University and also holds an M.S. in molecular biology from New York University. His background in Life Sciences is instrumental to his expert knowledge and strategic vision for the commercial stem cell market and Celltex Therapeutics in the U.S. and beyond.

    He previously worked at major sporting goods retailer, where he was responsible for leading brand strategy with a focus on brand and campaign management, creative development and media planning. Hunewill began his career with the National Football League, where he led retail partnerships and developed marketing and merchandising strategies to increase revenue for the League.

    He currently serves as a Lecturer for the University of Houston, where he teaches a graduate course in global retailing that focuses on educating future business leaders in all aspects of retail management, from merchandise planning to marketing and operations. Hunewill also serves as a board member of the YMCA of Katy.

    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

    • April 03, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    The Fourth Industrial Revolution & Creativity

    47% of jobs are at risk of being lost due to artificial intelligence and automation. It's more critical than ever that we cultivate our strongest competitive advantage over (intelligent) machines: creativity!

    About our Speaker:

    Christiane Michaelis is an expert on the subject of creativity. She studies the subject, speaks publicly about its benefits in the working world, and demonstrates it through her company, The Dirty Easel.

    Businesses that fail to innovate will become obsolete. Companies that build a culture of innovation find themselves on the path to growth. Christiane founded The Dirty Easel to help organizations use their creative muscle to innovate and drive growth.

    Through The Dirty Easel, she conducts team building workshops in which she uses experiential painting as a tool to stimulate the creative process. The painting experience helps people understand how to work creativity — both alone and in teams.

    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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    • April 10, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    About Our Speaker:

    Executive director of the ACLU of Texas since January of 2008, Terri Burke has led the organization through a strategic focus on LGBT equality, criminal law reform, religious liberty, immigrants’ rights and reproductive rights. Under her leadership, the organization relocated its headquarters to Houston, expanded its statewide reach by opening four satellite offices in Dallas, Brownsville, Austin, and El Paso, increased its staff from 8 to more than 30, and increased ACLU of Texas membership rolls fivefold.

    Through her commitment to challenge the central threats to civil liberties in the Lone Star State, the ACLU of Texas has brought its growing strength to bear on the most pressing issues facing Texans, on both the statewide and local levels. During Ms. Burke’s tenure, the organization brought lawsuits against federal immigration agencies to curb excessive force and family detention; expanded awareness and implementation of LGBT equality through active support of local non-discrimination ordinances and campaigns like Houston Unites; diminished the school-to-prison pipeline through advocacy with local school boards in Houston, Dallas, and Austin; built and reinforced statewide coalitions to expand the organization’s reach even further; and raised awareness of private prison abuse, solitary confinement and criminal justice abuses through the publication of widely cited reports.


    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

    • April 17, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    High School Re-Imagined

    San Juan Diego is the only school of its kind in Central Texas - a diocesan, college preparatory high school with a corporate internship program. All students gain on-the-job experience at one of several Austin corporations, and earn a portion of the cost of a quality education. One hundred percent of graduating seniors receive acceptance to a four-year college or university, with more than half being first generation college students.

    About Our Speaker:

    Pam Jupe served as principal of San Juan Diego Catholic High School (SJD) beginning in 2006, and is currently president. Most recently, Mrs. Jupe has been instrumental in fundraising for the construction of a new 60,000 square foot high school on South 1st Street.

    The school provides accessible college preparatory education, enriched by participation in a corporate internship program. The unique corporate internship program gives students the ability to build their professional resume while offsetting a portion of their education.

    With over 20 years of experience in education and 15 years in the corporate environment, Mrs. Jupe is a natural fit for leadership of San Juan Diego Catholic High School. She began her career as a chemist, interfaced with industry and private businesses on regulatory issues while at the Texas Water Commission, and managed an environmental laboratory. She has also taught at Austin Community College, Texas State University, Westlake High School, and St. Michael's Catholic Academy.

    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

    • April 24, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    About Our Speaker:

    Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the university's Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

    Professor Suri is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book is "The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office." His other books include "Henry Kissinger and the American Century," "Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama," and "Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy" (with Robert Hutchings). Professor Suri writes for major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The American Prospect, and Wired. He also writes for various online sites and blogs. He is a popular public lecturer, and he appears frequently on radio and television programs. 

    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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