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 that combines both learning and action. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend sessions led by experts in the areas of professional development, community and civic engagement, and personal growth. The Summit will create positive change by educating young professionals and connecting them with influential business leaders, the community, and each other.

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.

Congratulations to the 2019 ChangeMakers!

Meet the 2019 ChangeMaker Finalists!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank You to Our Chamber Partners

Thank You to Our Community Partners

2019 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 Panel

  • Living Your Values - Rowling Hall Auditorium 1.400

    As we continue to blur the lines between work and life, how can we bring our true selves into the workplace? Let’s learn from this panel of Austin Young Chamber Advisory Board Members and distinguished Austin leaders on how they put their whole selves into all aspects of their lives and the role their values have played in their success at work, home, and in the community.

    Patricia Hayes | Principal/Owner | PVH Consulting Group, LLC
    Heather McKissick | SVP, Community Impact | University Federal Credit Union
    Earl Maxwell | CEO | St. David’s Foundation

    Moderator: Koy McDermott | Millennial Leadership Consultant

Morning Breakouts

  • ChangeMaker: Beyond Disruption - Rowling Hall Rm. 5.402

    Millennials have been dubbed the generation that wants to change everything. Let’s go beyond being labeled the disruptors and hear from panelists who are creating impact and innovation by being their authentic selves. Gain valuable insights on how you can create change today in your industry or workplace.

    Sujata Ajmera | Member | Clark Hill Strasburger
    Adelfino Palacios | Supply Demand Manager
    Hayley Wakefield | Founder | The Refinery

    Moderator: Frances Jordan, Esq. | Engagement and Communications Manager | Bazaarvoice | Young Women’s Alliance President

  • Why Leadership Matters - Rowling Hall Rm. 4.314

    We’ve heard the term all our lives. We seem to “know” it when we see it. We all seem to think it’s important. This thing we call “leadership” is vast, amorphous, slippery, and desperately important. As we look from me to we, from self to team, from community outward, let’s explore some elements of leadership and learn a little bit more about ourselves.

    Presenter: Dr. Tom Sechrest | Director of the Master of Science in Leadership & Change Program | St. Edward’s University

    About Tom
    TomSechrestDr. Tom Sechrest has had a long career in leadership development as an entrepreneur, in the public sector, in the private sector, in the nonprofit sector, and in higher education. He currently is a professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he is Director of the Master of Science in Leadership & Change Program.

  • The More You Know - Rowling Hall Rm. 5.408

    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, and transportation.

    Affordability: Greg Anderson | Director of Community Affairs | Austin Habitat for Humanity
    Transportation: Caitlin D’Alton, AICP | Senior Planner | Capital Metro
    Diversity/Inclusion: Jenny Hawkins | Director, Diversity | Seton Healthcare Family

    Moderator: Alex Villa | COO | American Red Cross | AYC Board Member

  • Leading From Your Values - Rowling Hall Rm. 4.402

    “What is it that I value most and am I living my life in a way that brings those values to life?” This is a question that exceptional leaders ask themselves regularly, sometimes even daily. When was the last time you reflected on the “why” behind the choices you make and the way you show up every day? This session will offer you the opportunity to step back and assess how well you are living in alignment with your personal values. You’ll also learn how to better connect with others through shared values. Come ready to learn about yourself and leave better equipped to lead others.

    Presenter: Julie Smith | Director of Learning & Engagement | Leadership Austin

    About Julie
    Julie Smith is the Director of Learning and Engagement at Leadership Austin, a non-profit leadership development organization that increases and improves civic engagement. In this role, Julie creates experiences that bring people together to transform how they see and interact with the world around them. Leadership Austin’s programs guide participants through exploring complex community issues, deepening the essential leadership skills that are needed to address those issues and building meaningful relationships with other leaders who will challenge each other’s views while finding shared values and working toward the common good. Prior to joining the Leadership Austin Team in July of 2012, Julie served as the Development Manager at Austin Habitat for Humanity. She began her service with Austin Habitat as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2007. During her time at Austin Habitat, Julie raised more than $3 million and engaged nearly 3500 volunteers in the fight to eradicate poverty housing in Austin, Texas. Julie has a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University focused in leadership and organizational development. She has been a foster parent since September 2017 and serves as the past chair of the Austin Young Chamber Foundation.

  • Stop Networking…Start Connecting - Rowling Hall Rm. 5.420

    Do you have a love/hate relationship with networking like I do? Perhaps it’s time we started thinking of it differently. With a full day of networking ahead of you, join me for some practical tips so that you can make the most of your networking during LEAD Summit 2019 and after. This is not the same old “you should network more” discussion. If you have you ever felt like networking was a waste of time or wondered what the next step was after making a connection, this session will help you know just what to do. I don’t want you to waste another minute networking just to count the number of new business cards you collected. There’s a better way.

    I hope you’ll stop in. There will be options for everyone – both the introvert and the extrovert. I’d love to get to know you.


    What to Expect:

    • Learn how to connect like a Pro
    • We’ll explore ways to move the conversation beyond small talk.
    • Discover practical ways to sustain new contacts and relationships



    • You’ll leave ready to connect over today’s lunch.
    • Ready for meeting a mentor this afternoon
    • Convinced that future networking will be different and never be a waste of time again


    Presenter: Stacy McCracken | Director | Baylor Executive MBA Program Austin

    About Stacy
    TomSechrestStacy McCracken is the Director of the Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin. She is also an executive coach and the founder of a business consulting and personal growth company called Impact and Lead.

    Stacy has spent more than 20 years making connections and building a professional network around the world. Since 1992, Stacy has served people working in a variety of industries including non-profits, high-tech, automotive, manufacturing, and higher education. Her inquisitive nature, love of people, and listening skills allow her to rapidly build trust with people. Stacy advises out of genuine concern, inspires possibility, and brings a calm presence to even the most stressful situations. Stacy truly believes – one person and one action can make a REAL difference.

    Stacy loves adventure especially if it involves travel or scuba diving. Her fall weekends are filled with cheering for her favorite football teams. She is 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.

Afternoon Breakouts

  • Maximizing Mentor Relationships - Rowling Hall Rm. 5.420

    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 with session mentors ready to guide you on your career journey.

    Kendall Antonelli | President | Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
    Jeremiah Bentley | Vice President, Marketing & Customer Engagement | Texas Mutual Insurance Company
    Jaden Felix | Senior MBA Recruiting and Admissions Officer | McCombs School of Business
    Kristie Gonzales | President & General Manager | KVUE-TV
    Alice McMillan | Director of Strategic Initiatives | Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Jonny Rodgers | Partner Agent | DEN Property Group
    Geronimo Rodriguez | Chief Advocacy Officer | Seton Healthcare Family
    Mandi Thomas | Director of Strategic Partnerships | Downtown Austin Alliance
    Delfo Trombetta | Partner | New Waterloo
    Madge Vásquez | CEO | Mission Capital

    Rachel Brownlow Lund | Owner, Millennial Leadership + Empowerment Coach | Me2Lead

  • Building Skills Growing Careers Panel - Rowling Hall Rm. 4.314

    Multi-passionate, multi-talented, multiple-hats. There’s numerous ways to say you have multiple skills. But how do we leverage our different experiences in the workplace? Hear real examples from our panelists on the techniques they used to build skills in various facets of their lives to advance their careers. Leave with a better understanding of the ways you add value and how to communicate that value to earn your next promotion.

    Ruben Cantu | Director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship | The University of Texas at Austin
    Nachele Groomes | Director of Human Resources | Omni Houston Westside Hotel
    Emmy Hill | Head of Retail Deposit Products Department | University Federal Credit Union

    Moderator: Tricia Tumlinson | Global Real Estate Advisor | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

  • Building A More Functional Democracy... By Becoming A Leader Within It - Rowling Hall Rm. 5.408

    These days, it seems like everyone is upset with the state of our political system. People of all stripes are anxious about the future of our country, economy, education, justice system, healthcare, environment, immigration, defense, war, Hollywood, the NFL, mainstream media, Facebook, Netflix, the internet… So basically everything. We’re stressed about everything.

    Then where do we go from here?

    Let’s start by changing the conversation and focusing on what’s happening in our own backyards. Right here in Austin, you have the opportunity to create change and influence policy on economic development, equity, gender rights, climate change, affordability, traffic, the live music industry, police community relations, gentrification, homelessness, tacos, barbeque… So basically everything. You have the opportunity to change everything.

    But how? That’s what we’ll be going over in this workshop session. We’ll teach you the basics of how Austin’s local government system works, explain why it’s so important for young people to get involved, and give you concrete steps you can take to become the leaders of today.

    Presenters: Amy Stansbury & Hal Wuertz | Co-Founders | A Functional Democracy

    About Amy

    AmyStansburyAmy Stansbury is the co-founder of A Functional Democracy, a nonpartisan organization that teaches millennials in Austin how to get involved in local government and make a difference in their community. She is also the co-author of “A Beginner’s Guide To Local Government,” an activity book/zine that harnesses the power of art and comedy to teach the basics of Austin’s local government system. She is also a local journalist and a member of the Austin Young Chamber.


  • Stop Thinking About What Others are Thinking About You - Rowling Hall Rm. 5.402

    Be honest – how much time do you spend thinking about what other people are thinking about you? How ridiculous does that last sentence sound? Ridiculous as it is, everyone (even the most effective and self-aware leaders) falls prey to the distracting time-suck that is our obsession with what others think about us. Let’s figure out a way to get this weird human quirk under control – how about it?


    Look forward to an interactive discussion covering:

    • The psychology behind our obsession with the thoughts of others
    • Why our fears about almost everything are irrational
    • What we’re really looking for when we worry about what others think
    • How to navigate work and life with more clarity and confidence moving forward


    You’ll walk away with a written reflection we’ll craft together containing:

    • The new beliefs and mindsets you’ll adopt about the power of what others think
    • A clear and compelling vision for what that new perspective will look like in your life
    • Specific actions you can implement the day after this session to gain more internal freedom


    Presenter: Reagan Pugh | Founding Partner | Assemble

    About Reagan
    ReaganPughReagan Pugh is concerned – very concerned – about what you think about him. Which is why he created this workshop to help young professionals free themselves from the silly internal blocks preventing all of us from doing our best and most fulfilling work. He’s pumped to return to the AYC LEAD Summit this year after his 2018 presentation, “Does Our Best Work Have to Kill Us?”

    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.

  • Comprehensive Calendar - Rowling Hall Rm. 4.402

    Built around the ‘big rocks, little rocks’ philosophy, Blue Sky Partner’s Comprehensive Calendar workshop is designed to help leaders create a calendar system that works for them, not against them. One that provides a solid, reasonable, structural base to ensure they are acting on their most important long-term priorities and commitments, while still providing the flexibility they need to respond to day-to-day responsibilities. The presentation will walk through the basics for how leaders can put together their own Comprehensive Calendar.

    Presenters: Nathan Ryan & Tim Seaton, Blue Sky Partners

    About Nathan & Tim
    NathanRyanNathan Ryan is an entrepreneur, business leader, and organizer. For more than a decade, his work has been influential in the creative and consulting services industry, where his experience includes collaboration with and founding of startup organizations like Omaze and Genee, as well as multinational enterprises like Verizon and The Walt Disney Company.

    Today, Nathan’s work is all about helping people and communities build better habits. As co-founder and CEO of a new consultancy called Blue Sky Partners, he is focused on helping leaders and their businesses put systems in place so they can scale. As co-founder of Good Politics, he is focused on connecting disengaged voters with politicians who will put public service over politics. He also serves as president of Friends of Austin Neighborhoods, sits on the board of advisors for Life & Thyme, Doing W.I.T., and on the fundraising and events committee for Texas Civil Rights Project. Nathan lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Amanda, and dogs, Max and Rory.

    TimSeatonTim Seaton is a co-founder and COO of Blue Sky Partners, a consultancy based in Austin, Texas, that’s focused on helping leaders and their companies build better habits. He has spent the better part of a decade working passionately with companies and on projects related to technology, design and online marketing. Having previously managed Operations at Toi, he oversaw relationships for such clients as Verizon Digital Media Services and Red Bull. He is currently working on a degree in psychology and volunteers with local organizations like Bluebonnet and Integral Care. Tim has been said to work faster than just about anyone, and he’s passionate about helping individuals and their organizations improve their productivity.

Closing Keynote

  • Thom Singer - Cooperative Significance: Being an Influential Leader at Work (and Beyond) - Rowling Hall Auditorium 1.400

    Most people want to feel significant: at home, at work, in their community, etc…. But you cannot feel significant alone. You need others. A person can fake success, but they cannot fake significance. Showing others their importance and significance is key if you desire the same in return. Too often in our busy world we get overly focused on our own “Stuff”, and that keeps us from recognizing what is going on with the people around us in our daily lives. Discovering what is important and interesting to other people is more important now than ever before. This keynote is designed to educate and inspire anyone to make people a priority while learning to maximize influence and effectiveness.

    About Thom
    ThomSingerThere is a gap between potential and results. Thom Singer helps individuals and companies find their way across.

    Building influence and unlocking potential requires plans, purpose, and people. Thom has become obsessed with helping people take the leap across the gap that exists between potential and results. Thom’s presentations educate, challenge, and inspire while encouraging practical actions through relatable content and engaging stories.

    The answer to your problem may not be what you think. You don’t need more training – you need results. Thom Singer has 20 years of practical business experience and his interactive style provides your audience with high-energy and content-rich presentations that will immediately change how they focus on success.

    Thom has interviewed over 300 CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, solopreneurs, and others on his popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast (named on INC.com as one of 8 business podcasts to listen to in 2018). Through these in-depth conversations he learned that there is no single thing that holds people back from achieving more, nor is there one solution to reaching the top levels of success. It is unique for each person.

    Thom has had an eclectic career in sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies, Law Firms, and small companies. He has written 12 books and when he was 21-years-old he was a five day returning champion on the $25,000 Pyramid game show.

    Thom and his wife, Sara, make their home in Austin, Texas and are the parents of two highly-spirited daughters.

Invest In Your Talent | Build Your Leaders | Strengthen Our Community

We welcome the opportunity to customize a sponsorship package based on your goals and budget.

Please contact katherine@austinyoungchamber.org for more info.

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!

Click on their name below to learn more.

  • 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

Click on their name below to learn more.

2018 Sessions and Speakers

  • LEAD Summit Emcee

    Koy McDermott
    KoyMcDermottKoy is the Generation Architect and a National Millennial Keynote speaker.

    Working for Apple at one of the best times ever, afforded him an opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at over a hundred Fortune 500 company cultures.

    As a Millennial managing Millennials at one of the most valuable companies in the world, Koy brings a rare perspective on the tremendous opportunities of this multi-generational workforce.

    When he isn’t on stage he does commercial sales at Google.

  • 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 Consortium
    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.
    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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