Upcoming events

    • June 16, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    To Worry or Not to Worry: Discussing Elections

    Updates on election legislation and comments on the federal election bill, For the People Act.

    About our speaker:

    County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has always been inspired by public service. Her interest led her to obtain a Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and ultimately to run for public office. Since her election as County Clerk in 1986, Dana has devoted herself to bringing high ethical standards, effective and cost efficient management practices, the benefits of new technology, and high quality customer service to the office of the County Clerk. The Clerk’s Office has a wide range of responsibilities including the conduct of elections; the filing and preservation of real property records; and the management of civil, probate, and misdemeanor court documents.

    Dana’s commitment to excellence in government has received nationwide acclaim. In 2009, Dana was named Public Official of the Year by the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC). The National Association of Election Officials (Election Center) also awarded Dana with the 2009 Minute Man Award for developing an effective security practice that is effective, inexpensive, and easy for election officials to adopt. In 2005, she was the national recipient of the Election Center’s Best Practices Award for her work in using risk analysis to implement security measures for electronic voting systems.
    Travis County is also recognized across the country for its groundbreaking early voting program that is centered on customer-friendly polling locations in high-traffic retail locations.

    Dana serves as a Texas Representative on the federal Election Commission Assistance Standards Board and on the Board of Directors and as the Election Committee Chair for the National Association of County Recorders, Elections Officials, and Clerks.

    • June 23, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    How to Support Asylum Seekers from Home or at the Border

    Immigration and the asylum process can be complicated, but our humanity and compassion do not have to be. In this talk you will learn the current conditions for asylum seekers, receive an overview of immigration and asylum policy that is ever-changing. You will also learn how to get involved from wherever you may live or how to travel to the border to help effectively. You will get a firsthand look at the humanitarian, legal and medical volunteer organizations providing life-saving assistance for asylum seekers. We can all do better with our awareness and our actions to create a humane path for those who are fleeing persecution, violence and the effects of climate change.

    About our speaker:

    Hello, I am Jenny Sevilla, the director of Austin Border Relief.  I am originally from Mexico City and then grew up in McAllen, Texas on the South Texas Border. I work in the dental field, have 3 fun dogs and am also a violinist. I am now also a student at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio to focus on public health. I visit my family in Mexico as often as possible. I enjoy making volunteer opportunities available for volunteers to access to assist asylum seekers at the border. As difficult as these situations are, I find that the best way to move forward is to get to know the organizations on the ground and find out where they need help. Effective support comes from being knowledgeable and responding with relevant assistance. I believe that migration and asylum are human rights and that we can help shape a much more compassionate system that welcomes those who seek safety, opportunity and life.

    • June 29, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    It's Tuesday Twilights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    With the pandemic winding down, it's time for our relationships to bloom in person again! Whether you're new to Austin or a native Austinite, you'll enjoy a great happy hour with energetic and fun people. Come enjoy a long summer evening with friends, future friends, and music in this beautiful venue. 

    There's no MBC charge for the evening, just use this special link to register at the Wildflower Center.

    We'll rally around 5pm to the left of the entrance gate (near the gift shop). If you're late, just look for us near the music!

    Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, or plan to buy some at the on-site food truck.  This special evening features:

    Please note

    • Parking is limited, even with some extra options on La Crosse Avenue and in the streets of the nearby neighborhood. We suggest carpooling or using a rideshare to help keep the chill vibes of the evening going.
    • Please refrain from bringing in alcoholic beverages. There will be a bar on site for your convenience.
    Register now!

    • June 30, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Too Much or Too Little: When Do Empathy and Assertiveness Limit Success?

    As professional coaches who use the lens of emotional intelligence to coach our clients towards greater professional success, we notice a consistent struggle to successfully employ both empathy and assertiveness for greater influence and advancement.

    During this presentation we will look at  the latest research on the topics of empathy and assertiveness and suggest a new mental model for using these two social-emotional skills towards better relational outcomes. We will engage in group discussion to more clearly define our terms and learn how empathy and assertiveness when jointly employed exert greater influence in any system.

    What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.—Daniel Goleman

    Learning outcomes:

    • Gain better working definitions for both terms
    • Identify behaviors that represent healthy use of empathy and assertiveness
    • Learn how to better balance empathy and assertiveness, especially during conflict
    • Identify your own areas for improvement

    About our speakers:

    A person smiling for the camera Description automatically generated with low confidenceKelley Russell-DuVarney, MA, PCC, is an executive coach working in a variety of industries including higher education, healthcare, technology, government, and the non-profit space. She is trained as a certified positive psychology coach (CPPC), appreciative inquiry practitioner and she is a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is certified to administer the EQ-i suite of individual and 360 assessments of emotional intelligence.

    Kelley's background in sociology keeps her curious about the interplay of agency and structure and helps her to notice both institutional and self-imposed barriers to success. She served on her local ICF Board for four years and is now Past President of the Greater Austin Chapter.

    When she’s not coaching you will find her out for a run, volunteering in her community, spending time with friends, family and neighbors and traveling to explore new places. Originally a native New Englander from Massachusetts, Kelley, her husband, and two adult sons have called Austin, TX home for the past 20 years.

    A person with blonde hair Description automatically generated with low confidenceMarilyn OrrMA, CEC, PCC Many coaches find a niche - for Marilyn, that niche is emotional intelligence and resilience. She published How Resilient Are Your Shocks?, a practical workbook on increasing resilience and loves helping clients increase their capacity.

    Marilyn is the training partner for the world leader in emotional intelligence assessments, MHS, for South/Central Texas both completing assessments with clients and equipping other professionals to use the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ-i 360 tools.

    You might catch the odd word or phrase that lets you know Marilyn has Canadian roots (eh!). Marilyn and her husband Bill realized a long-held dream last year in the completion of their sustainable, modern wellness and event center in the Texas Hill Country. 

    • July 07, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    What's Happening on the East Side of Austin

    About our speaker:

    Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is the President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University—Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  She is a mother, a wife, an engineer, a lover of music, dogs, books, and champagne.  Dr. Pierce Burnette has combined her entrepreneurial spirit, and technical knowledge to forge successful careers in engineering, information technology, and higher education.   She is a staunch believer that education is the great equalizer and not an option.  Since President Pierce Burnette’s 2015 arrival to our Capital City, she has been a woman on a singularly focused mission—ensuring that any and all barriers to her students’ success are elucidated, deconstructed, and ultimately, obliterated.  Her unwavering commitment to this mission has resulted in Huston-Tillotson University forging strong reciprocal and sustainable partnerships such as Apple, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Bank of America, and University Federal Credit Union. Her roots of community engagement for the City of Austin run deep for she proudly serves on the boards of Austin Community Foundation, Leadership Austin, Austin Transit Partnership, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Austin Area Urban League, and Waterloo Greenway.  She is the Chair of the Board of the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Austin Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

    President Pierce Burnette received her high school diploma in Cleveland, Ohio, from John F. Kennedy High School, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science in Administration from Georgia College.  She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

    President Pierce Burnette is married to retired Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Daarel Burnette, and they have two adult children (Daarel II of Washington, DC and Daana of Los Angeles, CA).

    • July 14, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Journalism Challenges in a Post-Pandemic World

    As society resumes the daily rhythm of life after the disruptions of the pandemic, journalism in general, and local news in particular, still have to face a series of challenges to fulfill our mission to inform communities.

    About our speaker:

    Teresa Frontado is the Executive Editor at KUT in Austin, TX. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of professional experience, she specializes in helping newsrooms navigate the complexities of digital transitions and audience engagement.

    Teresa has worked with news organizations in the U.S. and Latin America, including WLRN South Florida Public Media, Univision Network and The Miami Herald Media Company. She was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan (Class of 2016) as well as a participant in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative (Class of 2020) by ASU and CPB.

    Teresa is an avid reader and mom to two children and a very cute terrier. She can be reached at tfrontado@kut.org or Twitter @tfrontado