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

Millennials recently passed baby-boomers as the largest segment of the workforce and are expected to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. Yet only 20% of organizations identified the millennial leaders segment as critical for development. In response, the LEAD Summit was created to convene like-minded young professionals in Central Texas and connect them with leadership building opportunities.

The LEAD Summit (Learn | Explore | Act | Develop) is a one-day event that combines both learning and action. The summit will create positive change by educating and connecting young professionals with influential business leaders, the community, and each other. The LEAD Summit is where the best get better.

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ChangeMaker Awards

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. Sound like yourself or someone you know? Nominate a ChangeMaker today!

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. Sound like yourself or someone you know? Nominate a ChangeMaker today!

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

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2018 Sessions and Speakers

  • Millennials: Our Growing Workforce Value

    General Session
    Millennials are now the largest living generation and will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. This generation must be prepared for their growing roles as leaders of strategy, creative ideas, teamwork and problem solving. But how are millennials uniquely qualified to meet the always-evolving needs of communities and enterprises? Learn the answers to these questions and others from a panel of executives spanning industries and backgrounds in this one-of-a-kind session that will help you prepare for a successful future as leaders in the community and careers.
    Ellen Wood, CEO, vcfo
    Dr. Don Christian, President and CEO, Concordia University Texas
    Cindy Lo, DMCP, Owner and Event Strategist, Red Velvet Events, a DMC Partner
    Nathan Green, Co-founder and VP of Growth, College ConsortiumModerator:
    Yvette Ruiz, Immediate Past Chair, Austin Young Chamber Foundation

  • Say Hey the Right Way

    Morning Breakout
    Why are Millennials so entitled? Why are older generations so rigid and set in their ways? The answer? Neither of these statements is true. In this session, father/son and Millennial/Baby Boomer duo, Bill and Billy Moyer, will discuss their differences and how they have embraced them to achieve more. Their secret? Communication! Understanding foundational communication techniques that transcend generations, backgrounds, expertise, and departments is critical to success in every aspect of your life. Learn tactics and tips that will help take your communication and your leadership to the next level and prepare you for conversations spanning the spectrum of your career. Learn to say “hey” the right way!
    Bill Moyer, Chairman and CEO, SOS Leadership
    Billy Moyer, Founder and President, SOS Leadership Institute

  • How to LEAD in the Workplace

    Morning Breakout
    Building off the general session, this panel of HR professionals will share expertise on how you can Learn, Explore, Act, and Develop – or as we like to say, LEAD. They will discuss how you can become the leader your employer needs by learning from others, exploring new challenges, taking action, and continuing to develop as a professional. There’s no better person to be the driver of your career than you!
    Crystal Palomino, Learning and Development Specialists, University Federal Credit Union
    Suzin Sciabarasi, Senior HR Consultant, vcfo
    Beth Ley, Compensation and Benefits Director, Kendra Scott
    Andreá Smith, Sr. Global HR Business Partner, HomeAway
    Stacy McCracken, Director of Executive MBA Program, Baylor Austin

  • The More You Know

    Morning Breakout
    PSAs of the past taught us the importance of buckling up and how we can prevent forest fires- but what can we do now to improve our lives and the lives of our Central Texas neighbors? Hear from local leaders on top community issues and why shaping change in these areas should be important to you. Topics include affordability, diversity, education, transportation, and poverty & homelessness.
    Affordability: John-Michael Cortez, Special Assistant to the Mayor of Austin, City of Austin
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Virginia Cumberbatch, Director of the Community Engagement Center, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
    Education: Matt Pope, Chief Transformation Officer, E3 Alliance
    Transportation: Lonny Stern, Community Involvement Coordinator – Special Projects, Capital Metro
    Poverty & Homelessness: Ann Howard, Executive Director, ECHO
    Tricia Tumlinson, Casino Social Co-Chair, Austin Young Chamber
    Julie Smith, Chair, Austin Young Chamber Foundation

  • Does Our Best Work Have to Kill Us?

    Morning Breakout
    When it comes to doing our best work, we’re taught that long, brutal hours, stressful days and nights, and constant competition are things we just have to accept as reality if we want to be successful. While there is great value in the decision to work hard for something, we must not fall prey to the belief that our best contributions should beat us down. To truly offer our best work, we must align what we value and where we find identity with our job’s expectations and definition of success. This session will cover: The Myth of Hard, The Fear of Easy, Flowing Where the Water Already Flows, Creating Your Own Standards, and Redefining the Hardest Part of Work.
    Reagan Pugh, Co-Founder, Assemble

  • Maximizing Mentor Relationships

    Afternoon Breakout
    Do you have a burning question that you’ve always wanted to ask? Need some advice on how to make that next career jump? Looking to connect with someone you always wanted some face time with? Find your answers at this session designed to give background on what a mentor/mentee relationship looks like and tips for how to build one of your own. After a short introduction, you will have the opportunity to spend 5-10 minutes of valuable one-on-one time with session mentors ready to guide you on your career journey.
    Thomas Miranda, Founder and CEO, Sparkovation Advisors
    Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, St. David’s Foundation
    Stacy McCracken, Director of Executive MBA Program, Baylor Austin
    Christopher Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Austin
    Bill Moyer, Chairman and CEO, SOS Leadership
    Geronimo Rodriguez, Chief Advocacy Officer, Seton Healthcare Family
    Colin Pope, Editor, Austin Business Journal
    Kim Folsom, Co-Founder, Founders First Capital Partners, LLC
    Jenny Magic, Senior Digital Strategist, Springbox
    Patricia Hayes, Principal/Owner, PVH Consulting Group
    Facilitator: Patricia Hayes, Principal/Owner, PVH Consulting Group

  • Overcoming Toxic Multitasking

    Afternoon Breakout
    This session, based on the book: “Make your Brain Smarter” by Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, will demonstrate our inability to multi-task effectively. We will present nine strategies for maximizing our brain’s capacity for performance. Students will become aware of the dangers of multi-tasking and how to lead their teams (and themselves) away from this toxic habit. Through the session, students will learn to engage our creative capabilities to formulate innovative strategies and solutions, provide others with necessary empowerment, resources, support, and motivation to take action, and hone their question asking skills.
    Karen Landolt, J.D., Lecturer, Dept of Business, Gov’t & Society, McCombs School of Business | The University of Texas at Austin

  • Let's Talk: Leadership Programs

    Afternoon Breakout
    The popular Austin Young Chamber “Let’s Talk” format is coming to the Summit! Take a deeper dive in various issues by exploring leadership programs throughout the community. Program leaders and past participants will lead round table discussions to help you discover which one is the best fit for you, what to expect, and how to get started.
    Table Leaders:
    Leadership Austin – Essential, Emerge, Engage
    ILHIGH Mission Capital/AYC – Austin Involved Board Internship Program
    AISD – UpClose
    City of Austin – CityWorks Academy
    Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL)
    Central Health – Community Health Champions
    Facilitator: Jeremy Young, Ambassador Committee Chair, Austin Young Chamber

  • Move Forward: Give Back – Combining Career and Community Success

    Afternoon Breakout
    Most young professionals want to “get more involved” in the community, but we all have limited time and energy as we build our careers and take care of others. If there were a way you could build professional skills, “give back” like you really want to, and still focus on caring for yourself and those who matter most, would you be interested? Join this interactive session to discover the keys to reaping the personal, professional and corporate benefits of Giving Back.

    Speaker: Heather McKissick, University Federal Credit Union

    About Heather
    HeatherMcKissickDeeply involved in community affairs in the Central Texas area, Heather McKissick serves as Vice President of Community Impact for University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), which itself is one of the most committed community organizations in Austin and Central Texas.

    When Heather joined UFCU in 2013 as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, she was already an experienced advocate and community leader after serving for seven years as a volunteer and then five years as Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Austin. For decades, Leadership Austin has trained thousands of local residents in community issues and leadership through its programs, and Heather came to know just about everyone who went through the development programs during her years of service.

    Part of Heather’s current role at UFCU is to lead the organization’s engagement with the Austin area, as well as the Coastal Region, where UFCU serves the University of Texas Medical Branch and other credit union members. A second element of Heather’s responsibilities is to lead a team that develops relationships with Central Texas colleges and universities, with the UT Dell Medical School, and with a variety of other select employment groups (SEGs) whose members want access to UFCU’s services.

    An honored community leader herself, Heather is well-qualified to head these efforts for UFCU. She is a member of the board of the American Heart and Stroke Association of Central Texas; the Young Women’s Alliance community advisory board (and their 2013 “Inspiring Leader of the Year”); and chair of the advisory council for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. She served as chair of the Heart Association’s 2017 “Go Red for Women” campaign; as honorary co-chair with Austin Mayor Steve Adler of the 2016 “Austin Under 40” awards; was the inaugural “Austin Under 40 Mentor of the Year” honoree; a “Women of Distinction” honoree in 2014 by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and a recipient of a 2010 “Profiles in Power” award. She is also a proud Credit Union Development Educator.

  • Afternoon Keynote: Heath and Alyssa Padgett


    Heath and Alyssa Padgett
    “How We Built Our Business & Lives from a Winnebago”

    During their first year of marriage, Heath & Alyssa traveled to all 50 states filming a documentary called Hourly America where Heath worked an hourly job in each state while Alyssa filmed the adventure. Their documentary work has been featured on CNN, CBS, Fox, Forbes and has led to consulting work with brands like Chick-fil-A, UPS, and Winnebago.

    Heath and Alyssa Padgett have been living, working and traveling in an RV since their wedding day in May of 2014. According to their parents, they are on permanent-vacation. According to Heath and Alyssa, they work everyday. There is probably a middle ground of truth here.

    Together they run HeathandAlyssa.com, one of the most popular RV lifestyle blogs. Heath hosts The RV Entrepreneur podcast, where he interviews fellow full-time RVers on what it’s like running a business while traveling full-time. Heath is the CEO of Campground Booking, a software company he started from their Winnebago, while Alyssa manages their production company, Padgett Creative. They also host an annual conference for nomadic entrepreneurs called The RV Entrepreneur Summit.

  • Closing Keynote: Todd Dewett



    Dr. Dewett is one of the world’s leading leadership personalities.
    Authenticity expert. Killer keynotes.
    TEDx speaker.
    Bestselling author at LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com.
    Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker.

    SHOW YOUR INK is a supremely colorful take on the importance of authenticity at work and in life. At its core, authenticity is about being “more.” More real. More honest. More credible. Above all, more human. Get ready for an emotional ride as you learn that more is always possible. Using stories as his medium, Dr. Dewett will light a fire and build your passion to achieve.

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