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

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.

    David has a 16-year-old son Aidan, who is in 10th grade at Austin High School. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running with his Australian Shepperd, Coco, playing the guitar and drums, traveling, surfing where he can find waves, and paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake.

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • 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 Giulietti | 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

  • 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.

    Kristie Gonzales | President & General Manager, KVUE-TV ABC, TEGNA
    Joy Legan | Director of Human Resources, University Federal Credit Union
    Tricia Tumlinson | Director of Sales, Williams Team powered by Xperience Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty

    Justus Murimi | Founder & Coach, Under the Influence Coaching & Consulting

  • 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 with this interactive discussion. Join this session to zero in on the issues that should be at the top of mind for our region’s young professionals.

    Tom Visco | Advocacy Manager, Austin Parks Foundation

    About the Speaker
    Tom Visco is the Advocacy Manager at the Austin Parks Foundation. He’s worked at the intersection of public policy and political advocacy at the Texas Legislature and Austin City Hall for over six years. He’s passionate about government, history, and gardening.

  • Your Role in Diversity & Inclusion

    The words diversity and inclusion are showing up in more and more spaces throughout the community and within the workplace. Let’s explore the meaning behind those words and the power they hold. This discussion will explore why diversity and inclusion efforts have become one of the most important things organizations are talking about and why you should be part of it.

    Brion Oaks | Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin
    Janice Omadeke | CEO, The Mentor Method
    Mando Rayo | Co-Founder & Managing Director, The New Philanthropists

    Sylvia Butanda | Deputy Executive Director, Latinitas

Power Lunches

It is time to turn a boring lunch into a Power Lunch! This is your chance to share your knowledge and expertise while learning from other attendees. These carefully curated sessions are designed to make our big city feel a little more connected.

  • Power Lunch: Biz Dev

    We’ll ignore the competition for a sec and come together as sales, marketing, business development professionals and share our favorite resources and best practices in our professions.

    Dax Patton | Business Development Manager, SXSW

  • Power Lunch: Austin IRL

    Whether you’re an OGer who remembers Leslie or you’re brand new to town, use this time to discuss all things Austin.

    Visit Austin

  • Power Lunch: Innovation

    Whether you’re employed, running a start-up or side hustle, or watching from the outside, join us for a conversation around the technologies that are changing the world around us.

    Adi Pavlović | Director of Innovation, Keller Williams Realty International

  • Power Lunch: Community Issues Brought to you by Ascension Seton

    We all know an election is around the corner, but beyond voting how do you engage in the community or create change? Learn more about the issues that most affect you and discuss the ones you are most passionate about.

    Kelly Hyten | Ascenstion Seton

  • Power Lunch: Leadership and Management

    Leadership – good and bad – is all around us. We will use this time to discuss how we influence others and are influenced by others, and nerd out on all things personal development and leadership.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • 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

    About the Speakers
    Billy Moyer and Ashley Alaniz-Moyer are a powerhouse team of two from Austin, Texas. Together, they host the I Do, We Do podcast talking about how their differences make them stronger. They partner on numerous community ventures including Central Texas Signing Day, a pep rally style event they put on every year for high school seniors. Together they run Bashley Collaborative where they provide resources for couples who want to build a more epic partnership. They are passionate about education, lifelong learning, and leadership. Ashley is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium and Billy is the President of SOS Leadership. Together, they welcomed their son, Lincoln, in September 2019.

  • 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.

  • Leading with Confidence: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    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 Barnebey | 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 Barnebey 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.

  • Be BRAVE: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

    Why are some of the most important things to discuss often the hardest conversations to have? The fear of saying the wrong thing can keep us from saying anything at all. This session will explore why having real and meaningful conversations about race, racism, and other -isms will benefit you and our society. Leave this session with a greater sense of confidence in engaging in meaningful and productive dialogue across race.

    Emlyn Lee | Founder, BRAVE Communities

    About the Speaker
    Emlyn Lee founded BRAVE Communities, a local nonprofit, in 2016. Its mission is to unite students, businesses, nonprofits, and community groups to Build Relationships, Awareness, Voices, and Engagement (BRAVE). BRAVE organizes and facilitates community conversations, youth empowerment & community engagement events, with a focus on social justice and racial equity. She plans to launch educational and cultural trips in 2020/2021 to Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma, AL; and Guatemala. She has worked in the tourism industry and has traveled to over 90 countries in 6 continents.

    As a result of the 9-11-01 attacks, she founded an experiential travel company, Cultural Embrace. Cultural Embrace provided opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer, intern, teach, and work abroad. A decade later, it was acquired by an U.S. study abroad program provider, which she then served as the VP of Outreach for 3.5 years and developed their experiential programs. She has designed programs partnering with several international NGOs and the Ministries of Education in Chile, Colombia, China, and Thailand to assist with economic empowerment and sustainable community living in underserved communities. She provides consultation services to businesses, international embassies, and the U.S. Department of State, with a focus on leadership and social responsibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and community engagement work.

    Since January 2018, she started working for the City of Austin as the Community Services Program Manager for the Development Services Department. She was born and raised in Maryland and has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Maryland-College Park, and has been living in Austin since 2001.

  • Stop Collaborate and Listen

    How often do you take a moment to follow the words of the wise Vanilla Ice? This collaborative mindset is needed now more than ever. In this session, you will explore the style you bring into collaborative environments and identify the ways that you work best with others. Amp up your collaboration skills to improve your performance at work, increase your impact, and accomplish big things in all areas of your life.

    Julie Smith | Training Consultant and Facilitator
    Erin Ryan Mazcko | Employee Experience Designer, Coreisma Consulting

    About the Speakers
    Julie Smith is an Austin-based trainer and facilitator who focuses on developing values-driven leadership practices and has been helping individuals increase their impact in the community for more than 10 years. As a curriculum designer and community builder, Julie creates transformative learning experiences that connect people and create shared purpose.

    Erin is a futurist with a unique ability to operationalize leaders’ hopes and dreams through employee programs and communications. She brings 15 years of people-centered HR and communications experience, a love for collaborating in large global technology teams, a Masters of Science in Communication from Northwestern University, and a full career of telling it like it is.

    Erin loves helping leaders lean in to more authentic, courageous communication so they can motivate and engage their teams, foster commitment, and create environments where collaboration and innovation can flourish. She feels a sense of urgency to support leaders in creating workplaces that prioritize self-awareness, wholeheartedness, and human-centered leadership because she believes that workplaces that do will thrive through times of change and offer environments where people can flourish regardless of what the future has in store.

Closing Keynote

with Reagan Pugh | Founder, Assemble

  • The Most Effective Leaders are the Most Reflective Leaders

    Are you making better decisions about your life and career today than you were a year ago? Wouldn’t it be nice to know whether or not your actions, thoughts and behaviors now are helping you become more effective at work and in your personal life?

    The most effective leaders have one thing in common: clarity. Clarity about who they are, what they want, and where they are going. In order to achieve that clarity, the most effective leaders are the most reflective leaders; they have a process they follow to learn from experiences and make improvements as they go. This is Reflective Action.

    Join keynote speaker, Reagan Pugh for an interactive session where you’ll learn strategies to be more reflective, and walk away with tools to help you take Reflective Action each day to increase your effectiveness and fulfillment in work and life.

    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.

8:30AM – 9:30AMCheck-In, Networking, BreakfastLBJ Auditorium
9:30AM – 10:00AMWelcome RemarksLBJ Auditorium
10:00AM – 11:00AMOpening Keynote
2020 Vision: Leading with Intention, Innovation, and Integrity
LBJ Auditorium
11:00AM – 11:15AMBreak
11:15AM – 12:30PMMorning Breakout SessionsThompson Conference Center
12:30PM – 1:00PMExtended Break + Grab-&-Go LunchThompson Conference Center
1:00PM – 2:00PMPower LunchesThompson Conference Center
2:00PM – 2:15PMBreakThompson Conference Center
2:15PM – 3:30PMAfternoon Breakout SessionsThompson Conference Center
3:30PM – 3:45PMBreak
3:45PM – 5:00PMChangeMaker Award

Closing Keynote
The Most Effective Leaders are the Most Reflective Leaders
LBJ Auditorium
5:00PM – 6:30PMLEAD Unplugged MixerLBJ Library

Thought-leader. Do-er. ChangeMaker.

The ChangeMaker of the Year is a person who has achieved extraordinary business success and strengthened a deep rooted passion for community. ChangeMakers pave the way for the future by driving innovation, changing the status quo, and bringing our community closer together.

Congratulations to the 2020 ChangeMaker of the Year, Malini Rajput!

Presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Austin Market President | Capital One


With over 18 years experience in the financial services industry, she leads the Banks overall commercial banking strategy and community
engagement in the Austin market.

A native Australian, she is passionate about giving back to the local Austin community she, her husband and two children now call
home. She serves on the boards of United Way (where she is chair-elect), Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Thinkery. She is also
a member of the Seton Fifty.

Malini was nominated as one of Austin’s Profiles in Power & Women of Influence by Austin Business Journal in 2013 and 2019. She was also named to the Business Journals 2019 list of national Finance Influencers.

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

Click on their name below to learn more.

  • Lewis Conway Jr. - 2019

    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 - 2019

    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 - 2019

    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.

  • Katie Ford - 2018

    Katie Ford

     Executive Director | Truth Be Told

    Click here to learn more about Katie

  • Casey McPherson - 2018

  • Laura Maniccia - 2018

    Laura Maniccia

    Owner Pediatric Healthcare Connection

    Click here to learn more about Laura.

  • Chelsea Elliott - 2017

  • Sam Killermann - 2017

  • Laurie Loew - 2016

  • Mike Nellis - 2016

  • Gregario Casar - 2015

  • Heather McKissick - 2014

    Heather McKissick

    Vice President, Community Impact and Business Development | University Federal Credit Union

    Click here to learn more about Heather.