Upcoming Events

    • August 19, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Army Futures Command Modernization 

    Shape the total culture of Army Futures Command with its most valuable assest-People.

    About our speaker:

    Ms. Katharine Kelley (Kate) is the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO), U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), Austin, TX. She serves as the senior advisor on all aspects of Human Resources providing overall direction, guidance, theories and principles of sound Human Capital management. In this role, she is responsible for transformation strategies that align engagement, talent management, and workforce planning tailored to the Army Modernization Enterprise. She leads an empowered team of Human Resources professionals supporting a workforce of 20,000 located in both the United States and Overseas.


    We are currently meeting via Zoom, if we continue, please note the following:

    Our Zoom Meeting fees to cover our admin costs during this time are $5 for members and $10 for visitors. 

    When you register, you will be emailed the Zoom login info (which is different for each meeting) and can use your computer, tablet or phone to access. 

    You are able to call in without video, but the best way to use Zoom, is to have your camera on and show your face. It will give you the greatest sense of connection and you'll have the best experience with it this way.

    Agenda:

    • Breakout rooms for networking in small groups
    • Introductions & Announcements
    • Speaker
    • Q&A
    • Have a wonderful Wednesday!


    • August 19, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    MBC 7th Floor Club Level  Zoom Rooms

    8:30 on Zoom after our meeting.

    Virtually ride up to the club level, the 7th floor of the MBC Zoom Rooms, following our regular meeting.

    Members, watch for the email with your invite!

    • August 26, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Immersive and Dynamic Simulations for First Responders at The ACC Public Safety Training Center 

    Bridget Lott, the Logistics Manager of the facility will provide an insider’s view of this modern training center and how it is advancing emergency response decisions to meet our changing world dynamics. She will address how technologies are inputted to enhance decision-making skills and she will share innovative developments coming soon to ACC’s newest facility.

    The Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) at Austin Community College is a state-of-the-art LEED Silver certified facility designed to augment training for the regional labor force and first responders’ skills. Since opening in 2018, over 100 public and private agencies involving more than 6,100 personnel have trained at the PSTC. Integrated within its 35 acres are an indoor 50 yard firearms range, an 8,000 square foot tactical training venue, and an emergency vehicle operations course customizable for real world exercises. The PSTC provides an opportunity for the Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Technician programs to enhance student learning through realistic and verifiable drills. Recently, a Central Texas request led to the development of a regional 911 Dispatch Training. It also brought eight college programs together to develop an interdisciplinary advanced drone certificate. The ongoing success of the ACC PSTC generates state and national attention and serves as a model for replication.

    About our speaker:

    Bridget Lott has dedicated over 35 years to serving others as a law enforcement professional, college educator, and community volunteer. In her 30 years as a member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Bridget worked in offices throughout the state in field and administrative assignments, earning promotions through all ranks from officer to Chief. As an educator, she has taught both college students and adult learners for over 15 years. Among her achievements, Bridget successfully managed multiple statewide grants for the CHP relative to impaired and distracted driving, motorcycle, commercial vehicle and pedestrian safety and, occupant protection. She brought older driver safety to a state level, and she served as incident commander helping to restore order during protests in Oakland CA during the Occupy movement in 2011.

    In her current position, Bridget serves the communities of Central Texas at Austin Community College as the Logistics Manager for the Public Safety Training Center (PSTC). Responsible for scheduling and operations management, Bridget is also actively engaged in creating curriculum for a multi discipline unmanned vehicle systems program. She is proud to work with others to provide training for college students, public safety officials and other organizations.

    In addition to holding a master’s degree in Justice Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration, Bridget is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the California Leadership Institute.


    We are currently meeting via Zoom, if we continue, please note the following:

    Our Zoom Meeting fees to cover our admin costs during this time are $5 for members and $10 for visitors. 

    When you register, you will be emailed the Zoom login info (which is different for each meeting) and can use your computer, tablet or phone to access. 

    You are able to call in without video, but the best way to use Zoom, is to have your camera on and show your face. It will give you the greatest sense of connection and you'll have the best experience with it this way.

    Agenda:

    • Breakout rooms for networking in small groups
    • Introductions & Announcements
    • Speaker
    • Q&A
    • Have a wonderful Wednesday!


    • August 26, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    MBC 7th Floor Club Level  Zoom Rooms

    8:30 on Zoom after our meeting.

    Virtually ride up to the club level, the 7th floor of the MBC Zoom Rooms, following our regular meeting.

    Members, watch for the email with your invite!

    • September 02, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • TBD

    Power Brokers: Getting Things Done in the Midst of Challenges

    About our speaker: 

    Rebecca Contreras is currently the President & CEO of AvantGarde LLC (AG), a women owned small business firm she co- founded as Majority Partner in May 2011. AG offers a “one stop shop” approach to addressing complex organizational, people and technology needs. Rebecca has dedicated her entire career to the people business, serving in executive leadership roles driving large scale people and organizational change initiatives.  AG has grown to over 100 employees and over 15 million in revenue in 2019. Prior to moving onto consulting, Rebecca spent 15 years in State and Federal government prior to starting her career in consulting. While in government, Rebecca served as an executive and chief advisory to the Secretary in the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Human Capital Officer at the U.S. Department of Treasury.  She also served as a Member on the government wide Chief Human Capital Officer’s Council advising Congress and the President on Workforce issues. Prior to that she served as a Commissioned Officer in the White House as Special Assistant for Personnel to President George W. Bush. Her portfolio included managing the President’s appointments and executive recruiting process for over 1,200 board and commission positions in the Federal Government.  In Texas state government, she served as the Director of Human Resources for the Governor for six years. 

    In December 2019, Rebecca was recognized by WPO and selected to the “Women 2 Watch for 2020”.  In 2017 & 2018, SBA recognized AG for National Small Business Week with a San Antonio District Award in the Category of “Women Small Business of the Year” and the UTSA sponsored award for “Federal Contractor Minority Business of the Year”.  Also, in 2017, Mrs. Contreras received the Texas “Women Profiles in Power” award by the Austin Business Journal. Governor Greg Abbott in conjunction with the 2017 Texas Small Business Summit, also honored Ms. Contreras with the Texas “Latina Entrepreneurial Excellence Award”.

    Rebecca currently serves under The Partnership as a Strategic Advisor to Executives in Government – SAGE and is a Member of the Women President’s Organization (WPO) *Austin Chapter.   Rebecca also served on the Council of the National Business Women’s Council in 2018 that advises the President and Congress on women business issues – during her time at NBWC she served as the Chair of the Access to Capital Sub Committee.  She also served on the Board of the American Bible Society in NYC for nine years and was Chair of the Governance Committee. Rebecca also served a three-year Presidential term on the Board of WestPoint Military Academy.

    We are currently meeting via Zoom, if we continue, please note the following:

    Our Zoom Meeting fees to cover our admin costs during this time are $5 for members and $10 for visitors. 

    When you register, you will be emailed the Zoom login info (which is different for each meeting) and can use your computer, tablet or phone to access. 

    You are able to call in without video, but the best way to use Zoom, is to have your camera on and show your face. It will give you the greatest sense of connection and you'll have the best experience with it this way.

    Agenda:

    • Breakout rooms for networking in small groups
    • Introductions & Announcements
    • Speaker
    • Q&A
    • Have a wonderful Wednesday!


    • September 16, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • TBD

    Dell computer founder, inventor extraordinaire 

    About our speaker: 

    E. Lee Walker, the first President of Dell Computer Corporation teaches entrepreneurship and civic engagement as a Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also on faculty at the Texas A&M International Honors Leadership Seminar in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy.

    Lee graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics in 1963 and received NASA and National Science Foundation funding for his post-graduate work in nuclear physics. Lee received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1967.

    After leaving Dell in 1990, Lee was asked to teach at the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate courses in Business Management have earned him three teaching awards. He currently teaches a Presidential First-year Signature Course, “Pathways to Civic Engagement” along with “Civic Viewpoints”, both in the Plan II Honors Program where he is an Adjunct Professor.

    Among other honors, Lee was named Austinite of the Year in 1998 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He also received the Texas Nature Conservancy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

    Lee resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters. His two older daughters and his grandchildren also live in Austin. He splits his time between Austin and Umbria, Italy.

    We are currently meeting via Zoom, if we continue, please note the following:

    Our Zoom Meeting fees to cover our admin costs during this time are $5 for members and $10 for visitors. 

    When you register, you will be emailed the Zoom login info (which is different for each meeting) and can use your computer, tablet or phone to access. 

    You are able to call in without video, but the best way to use Zoom, is to have your camera on and show your face. It will give you the greatest sense of connection and you'll have the best experience with it this way.

    Agenda:

    • Breakout rooms for networking in small groups
    • Introductions & Announcements
    • Speaker
    • Q&A
    • Have a wonderful Wednesday!


    • September 23, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • TBD

    Generational Futurist 

    About our speaker: 

    Anne is a professional futurist and thought leader recognized for her decade-long work on generational change. When interest mostly revolved around Millennials, Anne sensed that the very young post-millennials would bring their own impact on the future. In 2011 she started the first blog and consulting firm dedicated to understand the future through the lens of Generation Z. Since the inception of her firm After the Millennials, Anne has been hired on consulting projects and as a Keynote Speaker for a number of events in several countries and on consulting projects for large clients.

    Anne enjoys helping her clients derive bold images of the future based on asking the right questions, examining our assumptions and applying new insights. Straddling the disciplines of foresight and data analytics, she ensures that her insights are founded on well-documented, data-intensive research and cutting-edge methods, including custom AI. Using a unique, rigorous methodology and cross-disciplinary approach, Anne captures early signals while they are still barely detectible. Anne is one of those futurists who won’t settle for hyped headlines or old tropes. Not afraid of dispelling myths and challenging common assumptions, expect nothing less than a transformative experience that allows the audience to attain new perspectives based on fresh insights and concepts

    Anne has been hired to conduct Keynote Speeches in several countries on three different continents. She has been featured in a number of leading media outlets around the world, and submitted commentaries in mainstream newspapers as well as articles to scientific journals.

    We are currently meeting via Zoom, if we continue, please note the following:

    Our Zoom Meeting fees to cover our admin costs during this time are $5 for members and $10 for visitors. 

    When you register, you will be emailed the Zoom login info (which is different for each meeting) and can use your computer, tablet or phone to access. 

    You are able to call in without video, but the best way to use Zoom, is to have your camera on and show your face. It will give you the greatest sense of connection and you'll have the best experience with it this way.

    Agenda:

    • Breakout rooms for networking in small groups
    • Introductions & Announcements
    • Speaker
    • Q&A
    • Have a wonderful Wednesday!



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