Upcoming events

    • January 27, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Creativity in Conservation: Making the Case for Creative Reuse

    Texans send an unsustainable 37 million tons of waste to the landfill each year. Austin Creative Reuse works to keep Austin’s creative materials out of that statistic by collecting gently used items from individuals and businesses and making them available at its creative reuse center in East Austin.

    Jennifer will share how ACR is making the case for rethinking reuse, the benefits of the circular economy and the challenge of making reuse appealing to enough of the population to make a difference, and how we can all play a role in helping Austin meet its ambitious Zero Waste and Climate Impact Goals.


    About our speaker
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    Jennifer thrives on raising up non-profit organizations as they grow into their potential. Her combined experience as an environmental attorney, environmental scientist and non-profit director makes her a unique and effective advocate in the field. Over the last 15 years, Jennifer has worked with numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations to design programs and collaborations that advanced conservation while responding to the authentic needs of individual communities. She is passionate about empowering communities through creative collaborations and making environmental conservation “cool.”

    Jennifer is the Executive Director at Austin Creative Reuse where she leads a team focused on a mission to foster conservations and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. She founded Nature Playdate in 2014 to create meaningful experiences in nature for young children and their families in the Austin area. She participates in many collaborations at the local, state and national levels, with a particular focus on conservation and environmental education advocacy. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School.
    • February 03, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Achieving Gender Equity in STEM

    While we have seen an increase in women’s representation in certain science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, engineering and technology organizations continue to struggle to attract and retain a gender-diverse workforce. While it is true that an increasing number of women are choosing STEM careers, many women experience frustrations when trying to move up into more senior positions. This calls to question, how do we achieve gender equity in STEM?

    Achieving gender equity requires addressing issues affecting women’s participation and advancement in the workplace, such as implicit bias and non-inclusive practices. The Society of Women Engineers' vision is a world with gender parity and equality in engineering and technology. SWE works to empower women to reach their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.

    About our speaker:

    Roberta Rincon, PhD, is the Senior Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She oversees the organization’s research activities on gender equity issues affecting women in engineering and technology, through education and career. In this role, she applies her expertise to influence cultural and policy changes in academic, industry, and public policy spheres.

    Before joining SWE, Roberta was a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at The University of Texas System in the Office of Academic Affairs. Roberta received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from UT Austin.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Ending the War in Your Head, and Your Heart

    Helena lived through a war in Croatia, ended in a refugee camp, and became a nun at 15, committing to a life of celibacy, simplicity, and poverty. She believed that she could stop the war if she purified her heart.

    She couldn't stop the war...but she could stop the war in her head.

    Today, she specializes in ending wars in our hearts, especially in our marriages. Helena passionately supports women in their quest for truth, authenticity, and fulfilling relationships. She helps you love your life, and your man, in a peaceful and delicious way.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CST)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett 

    Join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere, right after our meeting on Zoom!

    Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears in seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about how brains evolved).
     

    8:30 on Zoom after our February 10th meeting.

    • February 17, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Leadership Austin was founded in 1979 by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, with the mission of providing leadership training to those with a civic interest in shaping the direction of our region. A stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Leadership Austin provides programs that explore critical community issues, develop the leadership skills to address those issues, and foster relationships that help facilitate positive, collaborative change in the greater Austin community.

    About our speaker:

    A UT graduate, Christopher Kennedy culminated a 2 decade career at LCRA as the Chief Administrative Officer. Since 2011 he has been Chief Operating Officer at Lin-Mar Partners.

    In 2014 Christopher also became CEO of Leadership Austin, and it's from that perspective that he'll address us today.

    • February 24, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
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    Why I Traded the Hollywood Hills for the Hill Country