Upcoming events

    • October 25, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
    Register

    Just in Time for Halloween: Living Among Bats

    Bats are among the most poorly understood and feared of all animals -- but bat species across the world are beneficial to agriculture, forestry, tourism and medicine. Whether consuming vast numbers of damaging insect pests -- saving US agriculture an average of $22.9 billion a year -- pollinating plants important to local economies or dispersing seeds critical to restoration of rain forests, bats are undeniably important. But they are also under threat of harm from sources both old and new.

    Of all of the threats, human fear may be the most persistent one, based almost entirely on myth, exaggeration and misinformation.

    Come hear our speaker explain why bats should be viewed as highly beneficial, rather than as pests, what threats they face, and why knowing the facts about bats will prevent many problems up front.

    About our speaker

    Dianne Odegard studied graphic art in college, but has always been fascinated by bats and other urban wildlife, and by the various ways humans respond to them. For over a decade she served as Bat Conservation International’s urban bat specialist, advising the public about bats in buildings, bats and public health and artificial roosts. She coauthored publications on bat control in schools and on aspects of bats in human structures, and continues to present programs promoting bat conservation with her own non-profit, Austin Bat Refuge.

    She and her husband share their home with Zoey and Zuzu, African straw-colored fruit bats and, as state-permitted wildlife rehabilitators, with as many as 70 native Texas bats of nine different species.

    Note: This week MBC will meet on the 7th floor of the UT Club.

    MBC Celebrates Halloween

    Get your Halloween on 10/25! 'Cos YOU could be MBC's Halloween Spiffy Spirit Award winner! 

    Spooky yet ALSO true, one lucky MBC member will win a pair of the Paramount Theatre's Moontower Comedy Festival satellite badges.

    Cast Your Vote

    Attention, members: On October 25, 2017, the current MBC Board will present a slate of candidates for the next Board term. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Voting also will take place on October 25. If you have questions, contact BJ Bludau, current Board President, or Garland Cole, Nominations Committee Chair.

    MBC Financial Update

    As part of our October 25 meeting, the MBC Board will present a review of our current financial metrics.  


    Agenda

    6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

    7:00am - Breakfast Buffet (note early start time for October 25)

    7:25am - Introductions & Announcements, Halloween Spiffy Spirit Award

    7:50am - Speaker Introduction

    8:20am - Q&A

    8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Directions and Parking to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • November 01, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    How UT is Adapting to a Changing Texas

    In order to best serve the people of Texas, public higher education must understand the current environment and adapt to change. Tony Cucolo led the strategic planning effort for the UT System in 2015, assisting Chancellor Bill McRaven in his charting of the course for the largest public university system in the State. In doing so, data from 2015 was refreshed and re-examined this past summer to check trends and review the relevance of current strategy. Tony will present this particular view of Texas and how the UT System is focusing its effort to improve the human condition in Texas, the nation and the world.

    About our Speaker

    Tony Cucolo currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Leadership Development and Veterans Affairs at the University of Texas System. The University of Texas System is the second largest university system in the United States, composed of eight universities and six academic health institutions across Texas. His duties include leader development of students and employees as well as providing focused support for all veterans and military affiliated students serving in the System.

    Tony earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. He and Ginger, his wife of more than 35 years, have three grown children, a devoted Great Dane, and recently made their 27th move to an 80-year- old fixer-upper in East 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

    • November 08, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    How YOU Can Preserve the Texas Hill Country

    We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve the special places of the Texas Hill Country. Our speaker, George Cofer, will explain the opportunities to work with many stakeholders throughout the Hill Country to preserve the creeks, streams, rivers, scenic vistas and rural heritage. He will also talk about why providing the general public access to nature and outdoors experiences is more important than ever in today’s hectic world and how we all can get involved.


    About our speaker

    George Hume Cofer, Jr. is Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust that marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come.

    Mr. Cofer is a sixth-generation Austinite and fifth-generation Texas rancher. His love of the great outdoors and conservation of the natural environment come from being blessed by the opportunity to spend his childhood summers on a working cattle ranch along the Frio River in Uvalde County and from his outdoor experiences as an Eagle Scout.

    For fun, George surfs hurricanes.

    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

    • November 15, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    How a 21st century urban library serves its community

    Stay tuned! More information on this program coming soon!

    Whether you're new to Austin or a native Austinite, you'll enjoy a great breakfast with energetic and fun people... no small feat for an early morning breakfast club! Come build relationships, expand your knowledge, and start your day with a smile.

    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

    • November 22, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705

    No meeting today!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones, and we'll see you back here on Wednesday, November 29.






    Directions and Parking to UT Club

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • November 29, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
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    Fake News -- Then and Now

    The term "Fake News" seems to permeate headlines, social media feeds, and water-cooler discussions in recent days but is hardly a new phenomenon.

    Dating back to ancient times, fake news has influenced everything from culture to politics to business, and even made a few heads roll – literally. So why do we feel so inundated with it today and why does it seem nearly impossible to overcome?

    Join us as university librarian, Brittany Rhea Deputy, explains the history and challenges in combating fake news and what you can do to help separate fact from fiction.


    About our speaker

    Brittany Rhea Deputy is the Librarian to the Moody College of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts Department of Linguistics. A native Floridian and Texas transplant, Brittany holds a MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a BS in Public Relations from the University of Florida. In her role as a librarian, she offers teaching and research consultation services with specializations in finding data and statistics, analyzing current and historical print and broadcast news coverage, and utilizing research resources and specialized tools and technologies. Her previous employers include The University of Alabama, The University of South Florida - Health, and The University of Florida.

    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

    • December 06, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
    Register

    More information on this program coming soon!

    Whether you're new to Austin or a native Austinite, you'll enjoy a great breakfast with energetic and fun people... no small feat for an early morning breakfast club! Come build relationships, expand your knowledge, and start your day with a smile.

    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

    • December 13, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705
    Register

    More information on this program coming soon!

    Whether you're new to Austin or a native Austinite, you'll enjoy a great breakfast with energetic and fun people... no small feat for an early morning breakfast club! Come build relationships, expand your knowledge, and start your day with a smile.

    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

    • December 20, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705

    Seasons Greetings from MBC!

    No meeting this week -- we'll see you back on January 3, 2018! Enjoy the holidays!

    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

    • December 27, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705

    Happy New Year from MBC!

    No meeting this week -- we'll see you back on January 3, 2018! Enjoy the holidays!

    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

Past events

October 18, 2017 Kirk Watson, Texas State Senator
October 11, 2017 John Goodenough, Professor, UT Austin
October 04, 2017 Kendall Pace, Austin ISD Board of Trustees
September 27, 2017 David Edwards, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin
September 20, 2017 Rally Day 2017
September 13, 2017 Evan Smith, Texas Tribune
September 06, 2017 Margaret Moore, Travis County District Attorney
August 30, 2017 Dr. Lila Valencia, Texas Demographic Center
August 23, 2017 John Garrett, Community Impact Newspaper
August 16, 2017 Walter Moreau, Foundation Communities
August 10, 2017 MBC and AGLCC Joint Happy Hour
August 09, 2017 Olga Campos Benz, Author, Former News Anchor
August 02, 2017 Phillip Tindall, Assistant Director, CAMPO
July 26, 2017 Paula Pierce, Attorney and Identity Theft Recovery Expert
July 19, 2017 Chief Brian Manley, Austin Police Department
July 12, 2017 Rene Geneva, AirBnB Host
July 05, 2017 HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM MBC!
June 28, 2017 Eric Lassberg, President & General Manager, KXAN
June 21, 2017 Gina Chavez, Latin-folk Singer/Songwriter
June 14, 2017 Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor & Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune
June 07, 2017 Steve Adler, City of Austin Mayor
May 31, 2017 Edgar Gierbolini, President and CEO, Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
May 24, 2017 Scot Powe, Professor at Univ of Texas at Austin School of Law and constitutional law scholar | “The Supreme Court Now and Then"
May 17, 2017 Hall Martin | TEN Capital, Founder and CEO
May 10, 2017 Gen. Ricky Lynch, R Lynch Enterprises | "Adaptive Leadership"
May 03, 2017 Steven Enniss, Director of the Harry Ransom Center
April 26, 2017 Cónsul General Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consulate General of Mexico in Austin
April 19, 2017 Bert Smith, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
April 12, 2017 Debi Tengler, Chief Relations Officer, Arrow Child and Family Ministries
April 10, 2017 MBC@Night Dinner w/Evan Smith: Interviewing the Interviewer
April 05, 2017 Dr. Mariana Varga, Neurologist | "Dystonia: A Personal Story"
March 29, 2017 Marjorie Mulanax, Executive Director of Hospice Austin
March 22, 2017 Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge
March 15, 2017 Peter Strople | "Building Trust in Divided Times"
March 08, 2017 David Lallier, ROI Consulting| "TWIST: The Way I See Things"
March 01, 2017 Jim Duncan, Chair of the CodeNEXT Citizens Advisory Group
February 22, 2017 Teresa Sansone Ferguson, Executive Director of AustinUP| "The Future of Aging in Austin"
February 15, 2017 Dicky Grigg, personal injury lawyer | “Life of a Plaintiff’s Lawyer: Robbing from the Rich and Giving 2/3 of it to the Poor"
February 08, 2017 Mike Robertson, Is This Mike On? | The Art of Readiness: Creatively Saying Yes To Success
February 01, 2017 Catherine Morse, General Counsel and Senior Director for Samsung Austin Semiconductor
January 26, 2017 MBC Happy Hour
January 25, 2017 Marny Lifshen | Author, Speaker, Communications Consultant | Define Yourself! What Do You Want Your Brand to Be in 2017?
January 18, 2017 Thom Singer, Speaker and Conference Catalyst | Purposefully Powerful Podcasting
January 11, 2017 Chris Plonsky, UT Austin Women's Athletic Director | Navigating Intercollegiate Athletic Challenges
January 04, 2017 David Wallace, COO of AngelouEconomics | How Smart Are We?
December 28, 2016 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MBC!
December 21, 2016 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MBC!
December 14, 2016 UPDATE! Tom Britton | Customer Magic
December 07, 2016 Hugh Brown, CEO of St. David's Hospital Georgetown
November 30, 2016 Gregory Abbink, Austin Police Department | Diversity in the Austin Police Department
November 23, 2016 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Plus MBC and Coffee Connection on November 30
November 16, 2016 Matt Mackowiak, Political & Communications Consultant | 2016 Election: What Just Happened?
November 09, 2016 Nelson Guda, Ph.D. | Creativity—The Elusive and Powerful Force That Drives Our Economy
November 02, 2016 Kim Barnes, Media Consultant | Lights, Camera, Action! How to Get the Media's Attention
October 26, 2016 Ally & Jeff Davidson, Camp Gladiator | The CG Story: Better Together
October 19, 2016 Sally Hernandez and Joe Martinez, Travis County Sheriff Candidates | A New Sheriff in Town
October 17, 2016 MBC@Night Dinner w/Jeremi Suri: 15 Years After 9/11: What Have We Learned?
October 12, 2016 Sarah Hernholm | Youth Entrepreneurship
October 05, 2016 Roger Falk and Michael R. Levy | $720 Million Mobility Bond: Go Big—Big Deception
September 28, 2016 SPEAKER CHANGE: JOHN-MICHAEL CORTEZ | The Smart Corridor Mobility Bond
September 21, 2016 Evan Smith, Texas Tribune | Trump, Clinton, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going
September 15, 2016 MBC@HappyHour!
September 14, 2016 Professor Eytan Gilboa | Middle East Update: Major Events & Implications for the West
September 07, 2016 Goodwill of Central Texas | How does Goodwill turn 84 million pounds of donations into employment for Central Texas?
August 31, 2016 Leslie Hyland Rodgers | The Healing Power of Music
August 24, 2016 Kent Cummins, Magician | A Magical Life
August 17, 2016 Grace Miller, Community Outreach Specialist @ Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas | Planned Parenthood’s Role in Community Health
August 10, 2016 Ewe Blab, Pro Basketball Player | Olympic Basketball 1984 vs 1992 — Oh, What a Difference!
August 03, 2016 David Brooks, Public Speaker | Successfully Speaking
July 27, 2016 Philip Huang, M.D., M.P.H. -- What You Need to Know about the Zika Virus
July 20, 2016 Thierry Daupin -- Topic: READY FOR RUGBY, AUSTIN?
July 13, 2016 Janet Zaretsky: Elevating Your Conversational Intelligence: The Power of Responding Versus Reacting
June 23, 2016 June MBC Happy Hour

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