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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.

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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.


  • 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.

  • Solving Community Issues through the Art of Question Finding

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 panel of experts. They’ll 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.

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.

    Thank you to Erik Carlson and ATX Video Marketing!

  • 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.

    Thank you to Erik Carlson and ATX Video Marketing!

  • 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.

    Thank you to Erik Carlson and ATX Video Marketing!

Past ChangeMaker Award Recipients

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