Upcoming Events

    • August 04, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
    Register

    MBC In Person Once Again!

    It's the glorious return to in person Breakfast Club!

    The speaker(s) today are US! It's a Membership Engagement Event -- if you're a member, we'll be getting re-aquainted, and if you're not, you'll get ready to be re-aquainted next time!

    Agenda:

    6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

    7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

    7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

    7:50am - Member Engagement Activities

    8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    UT Club Mask Guidelines: Masks are required if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or if you have any flu-like symptoms.

    • August 11, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Helping New Neighbors Feel Welcome 

    Join us as we learn about Refugee Services of Texas, the largest resettlement agency in Texas and how to build community, compassion and trust with welcoming our new neighbors to Austin. Our clients are refugees, asylum seekers, survivors of trafficking and our work includes the reception of clients, provision of basic necessities (including housing, food, and clothing), case management, job placement, language classes, cultural orientation, mentors, mental health services, and legal services. We'll cover the services provided, the many realities of the resettlement and asylum processes and all the ways folks can get involved through volunteering, donating, advocating and amplifying stories!

    About our speaker:

    Elena Lopez is a Development Associate with Refugee Services of Texas, where she makes good use of her skill with creative writing and social media. Even before she received her degree in Comparative Literature and Spanish from UMass Amherst, she taught English to young students in places as diverse as Oregon, Peru, Brazil, and Thailand. At Amherst, she was a peer counselor and advocate to women in her community, and was an advocate for women's interests at the Oregon legislature. 

    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

    UT Club Mask Guidelines: Masks are required if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or if you have any flu-like symptoms.

    • August 11, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CDT)
    • UT 7th floor after our meeting

    Payoff - The Hidden Logic that Shapes Our Motivations

    by Dan Ariely. Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

    8:30 at the UT Club, 7t floor after our August 11th meeting.

    • August 18, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Entrepreneurship during COVID - Surviving, Thriving, and Innovation 

    After ten years of working for other salons, I took the leap in 2005 and opened my own salon company. I had one contractor that worked for me in a space that housed over ten hair stations. After six months, I had my first employee. Six years later, I had about thirteen people working at Urban Betty (half employees, half contractors). We then moved into a space double the size, and after a few months, I phased out my contractors and evolved into an all commission-based employee salon company. Now sixteen years later, we have two locations with over 60 employees and have made the Inc. 5000 list 3 times consecutively.

    About our speaker:

    Chelle Neff has been a leader in the U.S. salon industry since founding Urban Betty in 2005. Neff has successfully grown Urban Betty year after year and today has a salon company that houses more than 60 employees and 2 locations. In 2018, 2019, & 2020 Urban Betty was named as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies by Inc. 5000. If you want to learn more about Chelle, please follow her on Instagram @urbanbetty or visit chelleneff.com.

    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

    • August 25, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Whatever! It'll be Informative and Witty!

    Profile photo of Evan SmithDetails (and a proper title) to follow. Just be there!

    About our speaker:

    Evan Smith has been a major player in Texas journalism for decades. He is chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune—a leading reporter of events that define the politics, policy, and practices that define the Lone Star State.

    For nearly 18 years, Smith was editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly. During his watch, the magazine reaped 16 National Magazine Awards (the industry’s Pulitzer Prize equivalent and was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. (Not too shabby for a New York native!) Since then, he succeeded in various positions with national magazines including The New Republic. He hosts a weekly interview program, Texas Monthly Talks. Today, he’s an occasional guest on TV and radio shows.

    Smith is a shameless public servant, currently sitting on the board of the Austin Film Society, Trinity Episcopal School, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, the Headliners Club, and Matinee Media. He is the founding co-chair of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. His past service takes up too much space for our purposes—but he’s done a lot. In 2005, he was named Austinite of the Year under 40 by the Young Men’s Business League and Young Women’s Business League. In 2006, he was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement

    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

    • September 01, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Never a Girl, Always a Boy

    Award-winning, best-selling author Jo Ivester shares stories from her latest book, "Once a Girl, Always a Boy," that describes what it was like for her transgender son Jeremy growing up in Central Texas in a world not quite ready to accept people like him.

    About our speaker:

    In 1967, when Jo was ten years old, her father moved their family to an all-black town in the Mississippi Delta, where they were drawn into the civil rights movement. Because of this experience, Jo is committed to advocating for equal rights for all. Her best-selling, award-winning memoir about her family’s time there, The Outskirts of Hope, has led to numerous speaking engagements about racial relations.

    In the last few years, Jo has broadened her focus to raise awareness about the transgender community. Through her writing and speaking, she shares the story of what it was like for her son to grow up in Texas and Colorado, in a world not quite ready for people like him. Jo serves on the boards of the Central Texas Anti-Defamation League and Equality Texas.

    Before becoming an author and speaker, Jo received a BS in civil engineering and urban planning from MIT and an MBA from Stanford. She worked in transportation and operations management and then taught at St. Edward’s University.

    Her recently published book, Once a Girl, Always a Boy, received starred ratings from Kirkus Review and the Library Journal, and has been recommended for Young Adult readers by the American Library Association through its review service, Booklist. In June, Once a Girl, Always a Boy was included in USA Today’s list of top 10 LGBTQ books to read during Pride Month, and in Parade Magazine’s list of the 24 best memoirs of 2020. It has been recognized by several magazines as one of the top reads for Spring 2020, including Ms. Magazineand Travel & Leisure. It won first place in the categories of LGBTQ and Parenting books with the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It also won first place in the LGBTQ category of the National Indie Excellence Award, and the NIEA Juror’s Award. It was selected as winner in the Parenting category for the Reader’s Favorite Award and was a finalist in the 2020 International Book Award category of Parenting & Family.

    Now living in Austin, Jo has been married to Jon Ivester for almost forty years, and has four children and five grandchildren, all living close by. She loves spending time with her growing family, remains passionate about her advocacy work, and enjoys skiing and swing dancing.

    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

    • September 08, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712

    Upcoming Speakers Later this Fall

    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.

    Jeremi Suri Historian, LBJ School, University of Texas 
    Tracee Henneke Mobile Loaves and Fishes 
    Admiral Bobby Inman  What's Going On? 
    Kathy Carr Austin Commercial Real Estate 
    Hugh Forrest SXSW Update 
    Mathias Ihlenfeld Woom Bikes 
    Stacey Cheng  DellMed Design for Health Update 
    • September 08, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CDT)
    • UT Club 7th floor after our meeting

    How to Change

    by Katy Milkman. Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

    8:30 at the UT Club, 7th floor after our September 8th meeting.

    • January 12, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CST)
    • UT Club 7th floor after our meeting

    Big Wonderful Thing, A History of Texas

    by Stephen Harrington. Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

    8:30 at the UT Club, 7th floor after our January 12th meeting.

    You read that right, January 2022, this is a big 'un (over 800pp), get started now! And yes, there will be other books we'll discuss the rest of the 2nd Wednesdays of 2021.


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