Upcoming events

    • December 02, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom

    The Advantages of Deafness

    It’s common to talk about “overcoming” a disability. But what about making it into a positive advantage? Michael, a UT-Austin PhD grad, will discuss how his deafness and cochlear implants have shaped how he wrote his two books and novel-in-progress. Being deaf, and having technology integrated into his body, gives him a fresh perspective that has proven to be fascinating and valuable.

    About our speaker:

    Dr. Chorost is a book author and public speaker. His first book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) is a memoir of going deaf and getting a cochlear implant. It won the PEN/USA Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2006 and was applauded by the L.A. Times as “the first cyborg memoir.” His second book, World Wide Mind Free Press, 2011) is about the science of brainscanning and the prospect of enabling direct communication from one brain to another. He has written for Wired, Technology Review, New Scientist, Slate, the Chronicle for Higher Education, among others. He has a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in 2000 he worked at a dot-com in San Francisco and then at SRI International, a research institute in Silicon Valley. He now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their two cats. He is working on his third book, a science-fiction novel with a deaf protagonist.

    • December 09, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom

    A Fertile Imagination — Family Planning in the 21st Century

    Maureen will share recent developments in the field, including her and her husband's journey trying to conceive, and how it led them to create the first and only syringe designed for home insemination. 

    About our speaker:

    After struggling to conceive their first child, Maureen and her husband Marc received a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. Desperate to avoid invasive and costly procedures at the doctors office, they looked for an at-home way to inseminate. When they couldn’t find it, they decided to make it. And that’s how Mosie was born (pun fully intended)!

    Mosie is the first syringe designed to help you get pregnant at home. Simple, safe, private, affordable, and MD endorsed, Mosie has helped thousands of people inseminate at home, including Maureen. After getting pregnant with a prototype, she gave birth to the world's first Mosie Baby in 2016.

    Maureen Brown is Co-Founder & CEO of Mosie Baby

    • December 16, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom

    The Poop Diaries: An Inside Look at Plumbers' Most Awkward, Hilarious and Memorable Service Calls

    They come inside our homes. They see us in our most private, and sometimes embarrassing moments. They know us inside and out, but have you ever asked to learn more about them? The Poop Diaries is a nonfiction, humorous book that features stories from plumbers—men and women—about their most awkward, hilarious, memorable and frightening service calls. Abby Ross, an Austin-based former journalist, current marketing professional and first-time author spent two years interviewing plumbers. She was inspired to write the book after her toilet clogged on a Wednesday evening. One eye opener from the book—it is not only about poop. Drugs, nudity, ghosts, sex toys, rats...The Poop Diaries has a little bit of everything. Join Abby's live reading of some of the best stories and bring your questions!

    About our speaker:

    Abby Ross has specialized in communications, public relations and marketing since 2003. She began her career as a television news reporter, transitioned into public relations, and is currently a marketing leader, specializing in cybersecurity. Throughout her windy career journey, writing has always been her favorite part of the job. In 2018, a clogged toilet inspired Abby to write her first and only book (so far), The Poop Diaries. The book was published by Black Rose Writing in February 2020. Shortly after its release, the book was listed as the #2 top new release on Amazon in the humor and business section. The audio version is currently in narration and will be released soon.

    When she is not working, Abby loves boxing, kickboxing and HIIT training. She also loves spending time with her husband and two boys, Felix and Heller.

    • December 16, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CST)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    Imagination House by Lee Walker 

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

    When twenty-one-year-old Michael Dell asked E. Lee Walker to be the president of his fledgling computer company, PC’s Limited, Walker, in his mid-forties, immediately thought about all the people who had helped him through life—as an undergraduate at Texas A&M (class of ’63), a graduate student at Harvard, and a once-young entrepreneur himself. As he and Dell created the foundation of what would become one of the most successful companies in the world, Walker was guided by the lessons of his past business ventures, by his belief in the power of imagination, and by his relationships with people who had provided encouragement when he most needed it. When he left Dell Computer Corporation to teach, Walker discovered that the stories he took with him—of his aspirations, of his failures and triumphs, and of his friends and mentors—were the key to engaging and inspiring his students.

    Here, Walker records those stories in a memoir that spans five decades and reveals a man whose curiosity, resourcefulness, and luck led him out of South Texas and into corporate boardrooms, university lecture halls, and community activism. In fast-paced tales about life as a high-tech entrepreneur, adjunct professor, civic leader, and environmental advocate, Walker manages to convey the importance of creative thinking and communal effort in all his endeavors.

    Originally offered to a small group of college students in Italy for study abroad, this affecting memoir will introduce to a wider audience not only a seasoned executive and philanthropist but also a wise and delightful storyteller.

    8:30 on Zoom after our December 16th meeting.

    • December 23, 2020
    • (CST)

    No more meetings until January 6th, 2021. Enjoy the holidays, and see you soon!

    • January 13, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CST)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    Evil Geniuses by Kurt Andersen 

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

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When did America give up on fairness? The author of Fantasyland tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change—and charts a way back to the future.

    8:30 on Zoom after our January 13th meeting.

Past events

November 25, 2020 Happy Thanksgiving!
November 18, 2020 November Book Club
November 18, 2020 Harvey Kronberg, Quorum Report
November 11, 2020 Cathy McHorse, Success by 6 Coalition
November 04, 2020 Bob Crouch, National Mounted Warfare Foundation
October 28, 2020 Melissa Love, Everybody Up!
October 21, 2020 October Book Club
October 21, 2020 Caroline C. Jones, Commissioner, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending
October 14, 2020 October 14th Zoom Rooms
October 14, 2020 Jonathan Alba, IC2 Institute
October 07, 2020 October 7th Zoom Rooms
October 07, 2020 Randy Clarke, Capital Metro
September 30, 2020 September 30th Zoom Rooms
September 30, 2020 Jim Spencer, KXAN Meteorologist
September 23, 2020 September 23rd Zoom Rooms
September 23, 2020 Anne Boysen, Generational Futurist
September 16, 2020 September Book Club
September 16, 2020 Lee Walker, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire
September 09, 2020 September 9th Zoom Rooms
September 09, 2020 Dr. Jeff Yorio, Texas Oncology-Austin Central
September 02, 2020 September 2nd Zoom Rooms
September 02, 2020 Rebecca Contreras, AvantGarde
August 26, 2020 August 26th Zoom Rooms
August 26, 2020 Bridget Lott, Public Safety Training Center at Austin Community College
August 19, 2020 August 19th Zoom Rooms
August 19, 2020 Ms. Katharine "Kate" Kelley, Army Futures Command
August 12, 2020 August Book Club
August 12, 2020 Paula Pierce, P. Pierce Law
August 05, 2020 August 5th Zoom Rooms
August 05, 2020 Matt Curtis, Smart City Policy Group
July 29, 2020 July 29th Zoom Rooms
July 29, 2020 Melinda Garvey, Founder of Austin Woman Magazine and On the Dot
July 22, 2020 July 22nd Zoom Rooms
July 22, 2020 Dr. Peniel Joseph, LBJ School of Public Affairs
July 15, 2020 July 15th Zoom Rooms
July 15, 2020 Elizabeth Rogers, Partner at Michael Best
July 08, 2020 July Book Club
July 08, 2020 Lisa Copeland, CarsHerWay
July 01, 2020 Enjoy the 4th of July!
June 24, 2020 June 24th Zoom Rooms
June 24, 2020 Scott Hinson, Pecan Street
June 18, 2020 June Advisors at Large Panel
June 17, 2020 June 17th Zoom Rooms
June 17, 2020 Merlin Tuttle, Bat Conservation
June 10, 2020 June Book Club
June 10, 2020 Jeremi Suri, LBJ School for Public Affairs
June 03, 2020 June 3rd Zoom Rooms
June 03, 2020 Ed Latson, Austin Regional Manufacturers Association
May 27, 2020 May 27th Zoom Rooms
May 27, 2020 Jimmy Flannigan, Austin City Council District 6
May 21, 2020 May Advisors at Large Panel
May 20, 2020 May 20th Zoom Rooms
May 20, 2020 Kim and Mike Barnes, Barnes Team Media
May 13, 2020 May Book Club
May 13, 2020 Richard Avery, Titanium Computing
May 06, 2020 Doug Baum, Texas Camel Corps
April 29, 2020 Moira Dolan, MD
April 22, 2020 Caroline Valentine, Valentine HR
April 15, 2020 Dr. D. Clark Wernecke, The Gault Site
April 08, 2020 Reconnection Meeting
April 03, 2020 MBC Zoom Training
April 03, 2020 MBC Zoom Training
April 01, 2020 MBC Zoom Training
April 01, 2020 MBC Zoom Training
March 30, 2020 MBC Zoom Training
March 30, 2020 MBC Zoom Training
March 25, 2020 March Book Club
March 11, 2020 Chris Perry, Sandler
March 04, 2020 Dr Lila Valencia, Texas Demographic Center
February 26, 2020 February Book Club
February 26, 2020 Annie Spilman, National Federation of Independent Business
February 19, 2020 Ann Wilson, KMFA Classical
February 12, 2020 Nick Canedo, We Are Blood
February 11, 2020 Happy Hour @ The Brewtorium
February 05, 2020 Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
January 29, 2020 Amber Davis, Deeds Not Words
January 22, 2020 January Book Club
January 22, 2020 Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune
January 15, 2020 Andrew Sabola, Gelateria Gemelli
January 08, 2020 Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge
January 01, 2020 Happy New Year from MBC!
December 25, 2019 Happy Holidays from MBC!
December 18, 2019 Networking & Member Engagement Day
December 11, 2019 Jeremi Suri, LBJ School for Public Affairs
December 04, 2019 Steve Adler, Mayor of the City of Austin
November 27, 2019 Happy Thaksgiving from MBC!
November 20, 2019 November MBC Bookclub
November 20, 2019 George P. Bush, Texas Land Commission
November 13, 2019 Sylvia Holmes, Travis County Precinct 3
November 06, 2019 Julian Aguilar, Annie Hartnett, John Davidson, and Andrea Valdez
October 30, 2019 Bree Sarlati, Peak Performers Austin
October 23, 2019 MBC Bookclub
October 23, 2019 Thad Rosenfeld, Meals on Wheels Central Texas
October 16, 2019 Tammy Shaklee, CEO of H4M
October 09, 2019 Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin
October 02, 2019 Shelley Delayne, Founder of Orange Coworking
September 25, 2019 MBC Bookclub
September 25, 2019 Lois Kim, Texas Book Festival
September 18, 2019 Pooja Sethi, CEO of the Law Offices of Pooja Sethi, PLLC
September 11, 2019 Dr. Spencer Wells, Insitome
September 04, 2019 Barbara Morgan, Austin Film Festival
August 28, 2019 Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation
August 21, 2019 Tyler Sieswerda, TKS Media
August 14, 2019 Andrew Dobbs, Texas Campaign for the Environment
August 07, 2019 Delia Garza, Austin City Council Member
July 31, 2019 Greg Anderson, Austin Habitat for Humanity
July 24, 2019 Marsha Milam, Ben Milam Whiskey Distillery
July 17, 2019 Dr. Art Markman, UT-Austin Department of Psychology
July 10, 2019 Heath Riddles, Pease Park Conservancy
July 03, 2019 Happy 4th of July from MBC!
June 26, 2019 Catlin Whitington, Austin Tourism Commission
June 19, 2019 Veronica Briseño, Austin Interim Homeless Strategy Officer
June 12, 2019 Misti Potter, Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area
June 05, 2019 Donna Howard, Texas House of Representatives
May 29, 2019 Networking & Member Engagement Day
May 22, 2019 Colin Kendrick, Black Fret
May 15, 2019 Robert "Bobby" Epstein, Circuit of the Americas
May 08, 2019 Joel Baker, Austin Fire Chief
May 01, 2019 Derrick Chubbs, Central Texas Food Bank
April 25, 2019 MBC@Night: A Cheese and Wine Tasting
April 24, 2019 Adrian Farrell, Consul General of Ireland in Texas
April 17, 2019 Pam Jupe, San Juan Diego High School
April 10, 2019 Terri Burke, ACLU of Texas
April 03, 2019 Christiane Michaelis, The Dirty Easel
March 27, 2019 John Hunewell, Celltex
March 20, 2019 Sarah Ortiz Shields, Austin Tech Alliance
March 13, 2019 Peter Constant, Retirement Security Initiative
March 06, 2019 Charles Barnett, Austin Healthcare Council
February 27, 2019 Marina Bhargava, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
February 20, 2019 Dewitt Peart, The Downtown Austin Alliance
February 13, 2019 Dr Colette Burnette, Huston Tillotson University
February 06, 2019 Chief Brian Manley, Austin Police Department
January 30, 2019 Dr. Jaeson Fournier, CommUnityCare
January 23, 2019 Imam Islam Mossad, North Austin Muslim Community Center
January 16, 2019 Terrill Fischer, ComedySportz Austin
January 09, 2019 Kate Betz, Bullock Texas State History Museum
January 02, 2019 Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge
December 26, 2018 Happy New Year from MBC!
December 19, 2018 Happy Holidays from MBC!
December 12, 2018 Sam Tenenbaum, CoStar Austin
December 05, 2018 Leslie Wingo, Sanders\Wingo
November 28, 2018 Dr. William Inboden, Center for National Security
November 21, 2018 Happy Thanksgiving from MBC!
November 14, 2018 Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune
November 07, 2018 James R. Nowlin, Excel Global Partners
October 31, 2018 Paul H. Stebbins, World Fuel Services Corporation
October 24, 2018 Heidi Anderson, The Trail Foundation
October 17, 2018 Brent Fields, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
October 10, 2018 Jimmy Flannigan, Austin City Council
October 03, 2018 Tom Zoda, Ph.D., Syneos Health
September 26, 2018 Ed Scruggs, Texas Gun Sense
September 20, 2018 MBC@Night: Happy Hour with Austin LGBT Chamber
September 19, 2018 Evan Smith, Texas Tribune
September 12, 2018 Jon C. Yates, Boy Scouts of America
September 05, 2018 Randy Clarke, Capital Metro
August 29, 2018 Rosie Newberry, KXAN meteorologist
August 22, 2018 Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare
August 15, 2018 Phil Wilson, LCRA
August 08, 2018 Peter Mullan, Waller Creek Conservancy
August 01, 2018 Luis Rodriguez, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
July 25, 2018 Jonathan Kaplan, Numeris Capital
July 18, 2018 Christopher Laing, Capital City Innovation Executive Director
July 11, 2018 H.W. Brands, UT Austin History Professor
July 04, 2018 Happy Fourth of July from MBC!
June 27, 2018 Gay Gaddis, T3
June 20, 2018 Ben Wright, the Briscoe Center
June 13, 2018 Spencer Cronk, Austin City Manager
June 06, 2018 Peter Bay, Austin Symphony Orchestra
May 30, 2018 Mellie Price, Dell Medical School
May 23, 2018 Henry Yoshida, Rocket Dollar
May 16, 2018 Patrick Newman, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
May 09, 2018 Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker, UT School of Social Work
May 02, 2018 Mayor's Panel: Climate Change
April 25, 2018 Stacey Chang, Design Institute, UT School of Medicine
April 18, 2018 Angela Evans, Dean LBJ School of Public Affairs
April 11, 2018 Angelos Angelou, Angelou Economics
April 04, 2018 René Banglesdorf, Author, CEO
March 28, 2018 Chris Del Conte, UT Athletics Director
March 21, 2018 Susan R. Nelson, Trauma Survivor
March 14, 2018 Jan Goss-Gibson, Civility Consulting
March 08, 2018 MBC@Night: A Cheese and Wine Tasting
March 07, 2018 Bobby R. Inman Admiral, U. S. Navy (Ret.)
February 28, 2018 Jo Karr Tedder, Central Texas Water Coalition
February 21, 2018 Alan Graham, Mobile Loaves and Fishes
February 14, 2018 AJ Josefowitz, Leadership Coach
February 07, 2018 Louis Grachos, The Contemporary Austin
January 31, 2018 Anne Rodgers, Journalist and Author
January 24, 2018 Joshua Banks, City of Austin Housing Authority
January 17, 2018 Bobby R. Inman Admiral, U. S. Navy (Ret.)
January 10, 2018 Jeremi Suri, LBJ School of Public Affairs
January 03, 2018 Turk Pipkin, The Nobelity Project, Actor
December 27, 2017 Happy New Year from MBC!
December 20, 2017 Happy Holidays from MBC!
December 13, 2017 Brent Landau, UT Department of Religious Studies
December 06, 2017 Mike Geeslin, President & CEO, Central Health
November 29, 2017 Brittany Deputy, University Librarian
November 22, 2017 Happy Thanksgiving from MBC!
November 15, 2017 Roosevelt Weeks, Austin Public Library
November 08, 2017 George Cofer, Hill Country Conservancy
November 01, 2017 Michael Sarraille, founder VETTED (Veterans' transition program)