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The LEAD Summit is the first conference for young professionals in Central Texas.

The LEAD Summit was created to provide critical development for young professional leaders in our community.

The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is a one-day conference for young professionals hosted by the Austin Young Chamber. Combining both learning and action, the Summit strengthens the pipeline of leaders in Central Texas through education, connection and engagement.

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors

AscensionSetonRGK Center

2020 Sessions and Speakers

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LEAD Summit Emcee

  • Koy McDermott - Millennial Leadership Consultant

    KoyMcDermottKoy McDermott is the Millennial Leadership Consultant helping Fortune 500 companies attract, motivate and retain millennials in a multi-generational workplace. Koy helps companies discover increased efficiency, productivity and employee satisfaction by teaching leaders and their teams how to bridge the communication gap across generational differences and cultural divides.

    After years of traveling weekly to present workshops on leadership and sales strategies for hundreds of F500 companies like Johnson and Johnson, Oracle, and ExxonMobil, Koy found that helping businesses grow was a worthy investment, but helping PEOPLE GROW is where his contributions create the greatest impact.

    By combining his education in management and sales with strong training skills and a charismatic speaking style, Koy inspires his clients and audiences to take action toward their desired results.

Opening Keynote

with David W. Springer, Ph.D. | Director, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at UT Austin

  • 2020 Vision: Leading with Intention | Innovation | and Integrity

    We all have the capacity to lead. Professor Springer’s philosophy of leadership is grounded in the intricate integration of scientific research and practice of effective leadership, happiness, strengths, design thinking, values, and ethics. He uses an interdisciplinary perspective to examine strategies for enhancing our network of close relationships, discovering meaning in our work, and nurturing gratitude. Using a strength-based and authentic model of servant leadership, Professor Springer believes that we collectively hold the potential to transform individuals, our places of work, and our communities.

    About Dr. Springer
    David W. Springer, Ph.D. is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a Fellow to the Sid Richardson Chair of Public Affairs in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University, he joined the faculty at UT Austin in 1997.

    Professor Springer began his career as a clinical social worker, providing mental health treatment to adolescents and their families in inpatient, community, and school settings. Bridging direct practice and public policy, today his research and teaching coalesce around cultivating effective leaders, nonprofits, and systems to strengthen communities. He serves on several national and local nonprofit and foundation boards.

    Dr. Springer leads the RGK Center team in preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. Through research and education, the RGK Center seeks innovative and sustainable solutions to some of today’s most pressing global challenges.

    Springer’s recent UT courses include a graduate seminar, Leadership as a Catalyst for Community Change, and a Freshman seminar, Designing a Happy and Meaningful Life. Professor Springer provides executive leadership and life design mentoring for professionals.

    He has co-authored or co-edited 14 books and over 100 articles, book chapters, and monographs. He is recognized among the 100 most influential social work authors by the British Journal of Social Work.

    Professor Springer has been recognized for his leadership in the field and impact on society: Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, a national list of the top working executives in the nonprofit sector; Distinguished Alumni in Social Policy and Administration by the Florida State University College of Social Work; the Public Service Matters Spotlight Award by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) for his work on crime reduction and neighborhood revitalization in Austin; and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Social Worker of the Year for his work on juvenile justice system reform.

Closing Keynote

with Brian Reaves | Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Dell Technologies

  • How To Be an Inclusive Leader and Why It’s Important

    Join Brian Reaves, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Dell Technologies for a discussion on inclusive leadership. Brian will share tips to mitigate bias, conduct equitable interviews and more. He will also explain why losing sight of inclusive leadership is bad for business.

    About Brian Reaves | Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer | Dell Technologies
    Brian is an engineer, seasoned executive and leader in advancing diversity and inclusion within the tech industry. Over the past 30 years, he has held executive software development and management roles at companies ranging from established firms to startups, and across industries including cloud computing, supply chain, healthcare, finance, telecommunications and utilities. Before joining Dell, Brian led Diversity and Inclusion within the Office of the CEO at SAP.

    Brian strongly believes that diversity and inclusion is a business imperative. The value it brings in both business and social value is arguably as important to a company’s continued market leadership as any other core element of its strategy and execution capability.

    Brian is responsible for Dell’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives. He partners with leaders and team members across the globe to deepen and advance Dell’s culture of inclusion as a fundamental business imperative. Brian leads creation of D&I strategies and initiatives that continue to focus on innovation and driving sustainable business success which will ultimately position Dell Technologies as the global employer of choice for all demographic groups.

    Brian’s passions include international travel and professional/amateur sports. Brian holds a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • Designing Your Life Presented by Baylor Executive MBA Austin

    Are you ready to learn the principles of Design Thinking in a fun, useful, and meaningful way? You can take charge of the direction of your own life by applying “design thinking,” a dynamic process for approaching tough-to-solve questions.

    This high-impact workshop, based on the New York Times number-one bestseller and wildly popular Stanford University course, DYL applies “design thinking” to architect your own individual roadmap.

    While you, your career, and your life deserve more than 75-minutes of focus, this is a great first step in setting aside time to focus on you. You will apply design thinking principles to create three possible future paths – Odyssey Plans – for your life. You will do all this in a fast-paced collaborative community helping one another design a unique journey toward a well-lived, joyful life.

    I hope you will stop in. I’d love to get to know you.

    What to Expect:
    • Learn the Design Thinking Process
    • Understand the Mindsets of Design Thinking
    • Create 3 unique visions of your future (Odyssey Plans)
    • Discover how to move forward on your plans

    • You’ll leave with actionable ideas on how to take the next step on your favorite Odyssey plan
    • Knowledge on how to dive deeper
    • New connections, community, and support for continuing your DYL journey

    Stacy McCracken | Director, Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin

    About the Speaker
    Stacy McCracken is the Director of the Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin. She is also an executive coach and business consultant. Stacy is an accomplished professional with more than twenty years of experience building and leading teams as well as developing new leaders. She has led global teams in both union and non-union environments. Her industry expertise spans multi-national corporations including IBM, Freescale Semiconductor and General Motors prior to joining higher education.

    Stacy loves adventure especially if it involves travel or scuba diving. Her fall weekends are filled with cheering for her favorite football teams. Also an avid reader, you’ll likely to find several books on her nightstand or on her Kindle. Some of her favorite authors include Daniel Silva, Brad Thor, and Brené Brown. Stacy holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Auburn University.

  • Coming Together to Shape Central Texas Presented by Texas Mutual Insurance Company

    Central Texas is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country with more of the population residing outside of Austin’s famous city limits. With this expansive growth comes a lot of change and challenge. Gain insight into how leaders in our region are working across city and county lines and where there are opportunities to grow collaboration so that we can solve problems together.

    Tina Cannon | Executive Director, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    Jason Guiletti | Interim President, Greater San Marcos Partnership
    Jim Johnson | President & CEO, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce

    Jeremiah Bentley | Vice President Marketing & Community Affairs, Texas Mutual Insurance Company

  • Solving Community Issues through the Art of Question Finding Presented by Capital One

    Austin is described as a utopian world from the outside. But as Austinites we all have concerns about our perfect city from affordability & homelessness to workforce development & education to transportation. But are we taking the time to ask the right questions before jumping to solutions? Attendees will learn the five steps in the question finding process and practice identifying the right question with other participants. This session will help you understand the decisions being made around you through the art of question finding.

    Ashley Alaniz-Moyer and Billy Moyer | Founders, Bashley Collective

  • How to LEAD in the Workplace

    We’re bringing back one of our most popular topics for the third year in a row. Come hear from our panelists about ways to lead from where you are no matter what title you hold. Take control of your career and add value to the people around along the way.

  • Understanding Your Cornerstone Habits

    Putting an immense amount of effort into our personal and professional development is a good thing. As we’re expending all this energy we want to make sure we’re committing to the activities that will yield the results we’re after. We need to get clear on the behaviors that drive success in every other area of our lives: our cornerstone habits. Whether it be exercise, daily reflection, or a weekly meeting with a mentor – when we know our cornerstone habits we’re empowered to protect the time and space necessary to practice the activities that infuse the rest of our lives with meaning and purpose.

    In this session we’ll:
    • Define cornerstone habits and understand their effectiveness
    • Reflect on your cornerstone habits and compare notes with the group
    • Create a plan moving forward to protect the time and space for you to install your cornerstone habit on a weekly basis

    Reagan Pugh | Founder, Assemble

    About the Speaker
    Reagan delivers workshops and keynote speeches on personal effectiveness and leadership development around the country under the banner of Assemble, the consultancy he co-founded in 2016.

    Before Assemble he guided initiatives on storytelling, culture, and leadership development at companies like Nike, Pepsico, Western Digital, and Kimberly Clark as Chief Storyteller with the innovation consulting firm, Kalypso. Reagan has designed leadership courses for Texas State University, Trinity University, and Angelo State University, and as a Teach for America corps member on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota taught high school English and launched a theater program. In the program’s inaugural year he led the school to win the state one-act play competition for the first time in school history.

    Reagan is invested in the work of the Epilepsy Foundation, occasionally performs improv around Austin, and probably knows more about Batman than you do.

  • Civics 101: A Crash Course in Government

    Thanks to Schoolhouse Rock we can all recall the Preamble and what happens to a bill on top of Capitol Hill, but where are all the jingles for city ordinances and county taxes? Get all your questions on how our government functions at the city, county, and federal levels answered. The speaker will zero in on the issues they think should be at the top of mind for our region’s young professionals.

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Leading with Confidence

    So many of us are committed to excellent performance as a means to professional success, but how often do we think about how that can undermine us? This workshop will discuss how a preoccupation with perfection and a fear of failure can leave us feeling “not good enough” — and how to change that. Through self-reflection and group activities, the audience will learn and apply strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome and lead with a mindset that is healthy, productive, and inspires growth.

    Alisha Cahue | Assistant Director for Experiential Learning and Internship Programs, Leadership and Ethics Institute at UT Austin
    Nali Shah | Student Development Specialist, Leadership and Ethics Institute at UT Austin

    About the Speakers
    Alisha Cahue and Mrinalini (Nali) Shah are higher education professionals dedicated to developing student leaders through experiential learning programs, presentations, and 1-1 mentorships at the University of Texas at Austin. Alisha brings 10 years of professional experience working on student leadership programs and Nali has spent five years in the public sector serving organizations such as the United Nations and the Brookings Institution.

The ChangeMaker Awards is an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to those who are doing extraordinary things to make our community a better place. ChangeMakers are thought-leaders and do-ers who create innovative solutions to community or industry challenges. They identify the need for change, and through their inspiring efforts, proactively and successfully make that change happen. Meet the 2019 ChangeMaker Finalists here.

Congratulations to the 2019 ChangeMakers!

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  • Lewis Conway Jr.

    Founder | Equally Yoked Marketing


    Lewis Conway Jr., is a serial entrepreneur, with almost two decades of experience in the broadcast and music industry, real-life, in-the-trenches experience as a sought after speaker and lecturer, author of three books, mentor and criminal justice organizer, his strategic vision is radically different.

    Lewis has built a cachet of servant-leadership through several campaigns in municipal and state political theaters. On July 23, 2018, Conway filed to become the first formerly incarcerated person in Texas to have their name on an electoral ballot. On November 6, 2018, he garnered 11% of vote, ultimately losing his first bid for political office.

    Prior to his political, leadership and entrepreneurial efforts, Lewis Conway Jr. spent 2,095 days in Texas prisons and 4,012 days on parole for Voluntary Manslaughter.

  • Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

    Owner | Lincoln-Goldfinch Law


    Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch is the owner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, with offices in Austin and Waco. She was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. Her project served the asylum-seeking families detained at the Hutto Detention Center. After her fellowship and during the federal hiatus from family detention, Kate opened a boutique immigration practice, where she offers family-based immigration and removal defense, including humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA.

    Kate serves as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association TX, OK, and NM chapter and serves on the boards of Casa Marianella and the Civil Rights and Immigration Section of the Austin Bar Association. She regularly mentors and trains attorneys in an effort to encourage pro bono work outside of the immigration bar, including hosting a monthly pro bono trip to the Karnes Family Detention Center. She was active in working to reunite separated families during the Zero Tolerance policy implemented by the Trump Administration during the summer of 2018 and she has appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio as an immigration expert.

    Her most important accomplishment of all is her family: her daughters Nora and Winslow, and her husband Josh.

  • Karen Ranus

    Executive Director | NAMI Austin


    After 30 years as a volunteer-run organization, Karen Ranus became NAMI Austin’s first Executive Director in 2014. During Karen’s four-year tenure of dynamic leadership and commitment to program growth, NAMI Austin has increased the number of persons participating in its programs by more than 3000%, grown its staff from 2 to 7 and more than doubled its budget. Her passion for NAMI Austin’s mission and work stems from her own family’s mental health journey, having almost lost a daughter to suicide in 2011. Encountering families like her own through NAMI, she recognized the powerful role of no-cost education and support programming for families and individuals living with mental illness as well as the schools, places of worship, workplaces and communities where they live, work, play and learn.

    Her vision of changing the mental health conversation is reflected in the most recent and successful programming she developed which focuses on providing people with the information and simple tools they need to have positive and proactive conversations about mental health at home, school, work and in faith communities. In addition, her commitment to developing partnerships with law enforcement has ensured officers in Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff are receiving mental health training rooted in a deeper level of empathy, compassion and understanding for persons in mental health crisis.

    Karen holds invited positions on the Board of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the University of Texas Center for Youth Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Austin State Hospital System Redesign Steering Committee and the Psychiatric Stakeholder’s Group. Most recently, she was appointed to serve as a co-chair of the Austin Police Department’s Mental Health Stakeholder’s Group. She has been featured as a guest columnist on mental health issues in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin MD Magazine and The Daily Texan and is a frequent speaker in the community on mental health topics. Because she firmly believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways our community can overcome the stigma and shame associated with mental illness, she often shares her own family’s journey and inspires others to do the same. Karen’s deepest commitment is to changing the mental health conversation and create the potential for people impacted by mental illness to feel empowered and confident in getting the help and support they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

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