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Thursday, September 22
 

6:30pm

Franklin Barbecue Feast

Skip the line and join us at the legendary Franklin Barbecue for an intimate dinner and lively discussion with Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Tickets to this event are sold out and will not be available at the door.

Presented by The Monument Group


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Baron

Martin Baron

Executive Editor of The Washington Post
Baron joined the Post as executive editor in 2013. Under his leadership, the Post has won three Pulitzer prizes. Previously, Baron worked as an editor at The Boston Globe, where he led the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Boston Catholic Church's molestation scandal, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight.


Thursday September 22, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Franklin Barbecue 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
 
Friday, September 23
 

4:00pm

Pre-Festival Student Summit
Enjoy a kickoff session with your fellow classmates, meet Tribune staff and find out how to get the most out of your Festival experience.

Learn more about the Festival student experience here.

Presented by AT&T, Okay to Say, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the New Politics Forum and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation 

Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cactus Cafe 2247 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78712

5:00pm

Live TribCast Recording
Before the opening keynote, Festival attendees are invited to join us for a special pre-Festival live recording of the Texas Tribune TribCast and The Ticket 2016, featuring Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; state Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall; Sarah Isgur Flores, deputy manager for Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign; and Erick Erickson, conservative blogger and radio host, with music from the Bad Precedents. After the recording, walk over to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium for the opening keynote with Gov. John Kasich.

Supported by Pearson 

Moderators
avatar for Ben Philpott (mod.)

Ben Philpott (mod.)

Senior Editor at KUT-FM
Philpott has covered state politics and other topics for KUT, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate, since 2002. He is also co-host of The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by KUT and The Texas Tribune covering the presidential election. Previously, he worked in public radio and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Philpott has been named Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club three times.
avatar for Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE’s Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and a general excellence award from the Online News Association. Previously, Ramshaw spent six years as a political and investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News.
avatar for Jay Root (mod.)

Jay Root (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root, an investigative reporter, co-hosts The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by the Tribune and KUT News covering the 2016 presidential race. Previously, he worked for The Associated Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Post. Root is the author of Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, an insider’s account of then-Gov. Rick Perry’s collapse in the 2012 presidential race.
avatar for Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly, as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and as a radio reporter in Dallas and Denton. He also served as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications at the state comptroller’s office.

Speakers
avatar for Erick Erickson

Erick Erickson

Conservative Blogger and Radio Host
Erickson is a journalist and host of Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson on 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. He is also the founder and editor of the conservative site, The Resurgent, a guest host for the Rush Limbaugh Show and a Fox News contributor. Previously, Erickson was editor-in-chief of RedState.com and a member of the City Council in Macon, Georgia.
avatar for Sarah Isgur Flores

Sarah Isgur Flores

Deputy Campaign Manager, Carly for America
Isgur Flores, before working on Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign in 2016, served as the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee. She was a legal adviser to Mitt Romney’s PAC, Romney for President and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Isgur Flores was also the political director for Ted Cruz’s 2010 campaign for Texas state attorney general.
avatar for Chris Paddie

Chris Paddie

State Representative
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and sits on the Administration and Transportation committees. Paddie previously served on the Marshall City Commission and as mayor of Marshall.
avatar for Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston
Turner was elected Houston’s mayor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, Turner served three terms as Speaker Pro Tem, on the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Budget Board. Before his career in public service, Turner also founded the Houston law firm Barnes & Turner.


Friday September 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

7:00pm

One on One with John Kasich
Supported by Emerus 

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for John Kasich

John Kasich

Governor of Ohio
Kasich is the governor of Ohio and most recently ran as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. He was first elected governor in 2010 after taking a hiatus from public office, during which he served as a managing director at Lehman Brothers and hosted Fox News’ Heartland with John Kasich. Previously, Kasich served in the U.S. House from 1983-2001 and the Ohio Senate from 1979-1982.


Friday September 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

8:00pm

Opening Night Party
Join us for a welcome reception under the tower lights on the UT Main Mall directly after Friday’s opening keynote. Mingle with the Festival’s speakers and moderators and the Tribune’s staff while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided by an array of restaurants.

Bites provided by Capra Lamb, Liberty Kitchen, Natural Epicurean, Hillside Farmacy, Uchiko, Freedmen's and Maudies. Beverages provided by Messina Hof Winery, the Beer Alliance of Texas and Tito's Vodka.

Presented by Toyota 

Friday September 23, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Main Mall 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705
 
Saturday, September 24
 

7:45am

Breakfast & Photo Gallery
Join us for breakfast, coffee and a portrait gallery from The Heart Gallery of Central Texas in the Lone Star Lounge before the day's first panels.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a portrait exhibit and community education initiative featuring children in Central Texas who are waiting for adoption.

A larger Heart Gallery exhibition will be on display at the AT&T Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8am-4pm.

Hosted by Partnerships for Children 

Saturday September 24, 2016 7:45am - 8:30am
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

7:45am

Morning Coffee
Grab a cup of coffee ahead of the day's first panels.

Hosted by ETS 

Saturday September 24, 2016 7:45am - 8:30am
FAC Lounge

7:45am

Morning Coffee
Grab a cup of coffee ahead of the day's first panels.

Hosted by Walmart

Saturday September 24, 2016 7:45am - 8:30am
AT&T Lounge

7:45am

Morning Coffee
Grab a cup of coffee ahead of the day's first panels.

Hosted by UnitedHealthCare 

Saturday September 24, 2016 7:45am - 8:30am
Jessen Lounge

8:00am

Lone Star Lounge — Student Headquarters
The Lone Star Lounge is your Festival headquarters. Network with other students, meet Festival speakers or sit back and enjoy refreshments before heading to the next panel.

Learn more about the Festival student experience here.

Presented by AT&T, Okay to Say, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation 

Saturday September 24, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

8:30am

One on One with Gary Johnson
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Dowd (mod.)

Matthew Dowd (mod.)

Chief Political Analyst for ABC News
Dowd serves as chief political analyst for ABC News and is the founder of Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund focused on for-profit social good companies. Previously, he served as chief political strategist to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. Dowd also served as a senior adviser to the Republican National Committee.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

2016 Libertarian Candidate for President
Johnson was selected in May as the Libertarian nominee for president. The former Republican served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, and his running mate is William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts. Johnson was the Libertarian candidate during the 2012 presidential election.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Race and Law Enforcement
Moderators
avatar for Johnathan Silver (mod.)

Johnathan Silver (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Silver reports on the state’s criminal justice system for The Texas Tribune. Previously, he was a Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Buster Haas intern and staff reporter at the Victoria Advocate. Before that, he was a contributor to Latino Leaders Magazine in Dallas. Silver also reported for The Shorthorn, the campus student newspaper at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Speakers
avatar for Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo

Chief of the Austin Police Department
Acevedo first joined the Austin Police Department in 2007 and is the first Hispanic to serve as the department’s chief. He serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as president of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Acevedo began his career in law enforcement with the California Highway Patrol, where he was eventually promoted to chief.
avatar for Marc Levin

Marc Levin

Director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Levin works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. He is also an attorney and author on legal and public policy issues who has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Previously, Levin served as a law clerk for a federal judge on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
avatar for Shakira Pumphrey

Shakira Pumphrey

Policy Director for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Pumphrey joined the Coalition as its first-ever policy director, where she holds strategic and operational responsibility for guiding and coordinating the organization’s research and policy work. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. Pumphrey also worked as a civil rights investigator to the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission.
avatar for Royce West

Royce West

State Senator
West, D-Dallas, has represented Senate District 23 since 1993. He serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Administration and Finance committees. Additionally, West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and is a partner at West & Associates, LLP.
avatar for James White

James White

State Representative
White, R-Woodville, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues and Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement committees. Previously, White served as an instructor at the U.S. Infantry School and a professor of government at Angelina College.


8:30am

Energy Prices and the Economy
Supported by NRG Energy

Moderators
avatar for Russell Gold (mod.)

Russell Gold (mod.)

Senior Energy Reporter at The Wall Street Journal
Gold has been a reporter in Texas for The Wall Street Journal since 2000. He covers fracking and the U.S. energy industry and is the author of the book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold has previously worked for the San Antonio Express-News and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Currah

Tom Currah

Chief Revenue Estimator for the Texas Comptroller
Currah has worked at the Texas Comptroller’s office since 1999, most recently serving as senior adviser and data analysis director. As the chief revenue estimator, Currah is responsible for producing the biennial revenue estimate, which informs how much money is available to be appropriated in the state budget, before each legislative session.
avatar for Drew Darby

Drew Darby

State Representative
Darby, R-San Angelo, has represented House District 72 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Darby is also the owner of Surety Title, a title and escrow services company, and is of counsel to the energy and real estate practice group at the Jackson Walker law firm.
avatar for Chris Paddie

Chris Paddie

State Representative
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and sits on the Administration and Transportation committees. Paddie previously served on the Marshall City Commission and as mayor of Marshall.
avatar for Ryan Sitton

Ryan Sitton

Texas Railroad Commissioner
Sitton was elected to his first term on the Railroad Commission in 2014. He is the co-founder of Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies, an engineering and technology company focused on programs for the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. Sitton has also served on the boards of several energy trade associations and currently serves on the board of the Texas A&M University Energy Institute.
avatar for Mine Yücel

Mine Yücel

Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Yücel has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 1989. She is an adviser to the bank’s president on regional and energy issues. Yücel serves on the board of the National Association for Business Economics and the Global Interdependence Center. Previously, Yücel served as president of the International Association of Energy Economics and the United States Association of Energy Economics.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

8:30am

Fixing Foster Care
Supported by Upbring

Moderators
avatar for Edgar Walters (mod.)

Edgar Walters (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters covers health and human services for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as an editor for The Daily Texan.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Klick

Stephanie Klick

State Representative
Klick, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 91 since 2013. She is a member of the House Human Services and Pensions committees. Klick is a registered nurse and works as a case manager and health consultant for long-term care facilities and legal firms. Previously, Klick served as chairwoman of the Tarrant County Republican Party and as a nursing supervisor at North Hills Medical Center.
avatar for Madeline McClure

Madeline McClure

Founder and CEO of TexProtects
McClure founded TexProtects, an advocacy group for child abuse prevention, in 2004. Previously, she worked as a clinical therapist for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition, McClure has served as chairwoman of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board and worked in finance on Wall Street.
avatar for Susan McDowell

Susan McDowell

Executive Director of LifeWorks
McDowell has served as executive director of LifeWorks, a youth and family service organization in Austin, for nearly 15 years. She currently serves as board treasurer for the Children’s Optimal Health Coalition. Previously, she served on the boards of the Community Action Network and Leadership Austin. McDowell was named Best Community Visionary by the Austin Chronicle in 2008.
avatar for Richard Peña Raymond

Richard Peña Raymond

State Representative
Raymond, D-Laredo, has represented House District 42 since 2001. He serves as chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee. Previously, he passed legislation that helped to create the Texas Tomorrow Fund, a prepaid college tuition program. Prior to representing Laredo, Raymond served three terms representing several rural counties that include much of the Eagle Ford Shale.
avatar for John Specia

John Specia

Former Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Specia was a founding member and jurist-in-residence for the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission during his tenure as commissioner from 2012 to May 2016. He served as vice chairman of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and chairman of the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care. Specia established the Bexar County Children’s Court.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

A Cure for Cancer
Moderators
avatar for Jake Silverstein (mod.)

Jake Silverstein (mod.)

Editor in Chief of The New York Times Magazine
Silverstein became the editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine in 2014. Previously, he was the editor in chief of Texas Monthly and also worked as a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter for the Big Bend Sentinel. Silverstein’s first book, Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction, was published in 2010.

Speakers
avatar for Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Former Professional Cyclist and Cancer Survivor
Armstrong, a former professional cyclist, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, now called the Livestrong Foundation, in 1997 to provide support for people affected by cancer. He also campaigned for the passage of Proposition 15 along with former President George H. W. Bush, which created the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Armstrong is a cancer survivor himself who has been in remission since 1997.
avatar for Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

State Representative
Davis, R-West University Place, has represented House District 134 since 2011. She serves on the House Public Health, Calendars and Appropriations committees and is chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency & Reform. She is also secretary of the Women’s Health Caucus. Davis is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and specializes in personal injury lawsuits.
avatar for Ronald DePinho

Ronald DePinho

President of the MD Anderson Cancer Center
DePinho was appointed as president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center began in 2011. Prior to joining MD Anderson, he spent 14 years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston. DePinho is a founding director of the Belfer Institute of Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber and was an American Cancer Society research professor at Harvard.
avatar for James Willson

James Willson

Chief Scientific Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Willson was named chief scientific officer in January, where he leads the agency’s academic research program in supporting innovation in cancer research and recruiting researchers to Texas institutions. Previously, he served as director and associate dean of oncology programs for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center. Willson is also a practicing oncologist.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

The Remaking of the Alamo
Moderators
avatar for Stephen Harrigan (mod.)

Stephen Harrigan (mod.)

Author and Screenwriter
Harrigan is an author and longtime writer for Texas Monthly. He has written 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Gates of the Alamo, a novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836. Harrigan was a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Awards for his commentary on film and television for Texas Monthly.

Speakers
avatar for George P. Bush

George P. Bush

Texas Land Commissioner
Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. Previously, he co-founded St. Augustine Partners LLC, an investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions, and Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm. In addition, Bush has worked as a lawyer, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and taught at a public high school in Florida.
avatar for Phil Collins

Phil Collins

Musician and Alamo Enthusiast
Collins is an award-winning musician who was a member of the British rock band Genesis for 25 years. In 2014, he donated one of the largest private collections of Alamo artifacts to the Texas General Land Office. Previously, Collins wrote The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey, and starred in the documentary Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier, which chronicled his book tour through Texas.
avatar for José Menéndez

José Menéndez

State Senator
Menéndez, D-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 26 since 2015. He is a member of the Senate Criminal Justice, Higher Education and Intergovernmental Relations committees. Menéndez previously spent 14 years in the Texas House, representing House District 124. He has also served as a San Antonio city councilman for District 6 and was chairman of the city’s Community Revitalization Action Group.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Grading the STAAR Test
Moderators
avatar for Kiah Collier (mod.)

Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on public education for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times, where she covered the city council, water issues and the 83rd Legislature.

Speakers
avatar for Jimmie Don Aycock

Jimmie Don Aycock

State Representative
Aycock, R-Killeen, has represented House District 54 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Public Education Committee and is a member of the Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Previously, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army and sat on the Killeen Independent School District Board. Aycock is also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau.
avatar for Donna Bahorich

Donna Bahorich

Chairwoman of the State Board of Education
Bahorich was appointed chairwoman of the State Board of Education by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015. She was first elected to the board as the District 6 representative in 2012. Bahorich serves on the board’s Committee on School Initiatives and has also served as a member of the board’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.
avatar for Mary González

Mary González

State Representative
González, D-Clint, has represented House District 75 since 2012. She serves on the House Public Education and Agriculture & Livestock committees. Previously, González worked for state Reps. Paul Moreno and Richard Peña Raymond, at the National Hispanic Institute and as the assistant dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University.
avatar for Thomas Ratliff

Thomas Ratliff

Vice Chairman of the State Board of Education
Ratliff was first elected to the board in 2010. He serves on the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund. Ratliff operates Ratliff Company, a governmental relations, consulting and lobbying firm. Ratliff announced in 2015 he would not seek re-election to the board.
avatar for Theresa Treviño

Theresa Treviño

President of the Board, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment
Treviño joined Texans Advocating for Meaningful School Assessment as a founding member in 2012 and currently serves as the board president. She is also a governor appointee to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Accountability and Assessments. Previously, Treviño worked in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry and had private practices in San Antonio and Austin.


8:30am

One on One with Dan Patrick
Supported by Toyota

Moderators
avatar for Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly, as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and as a radio reporter in Dallas and Denton. He also served as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications at the state comptroller’s office.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick

Lieutenant Governor
Patrick was sworn in as Texas lieutenant governor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 7 in the Texas Senate and served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He was also a member of the Higher Education, Transportation, Criminal Justice, Finance and Redistricting committees. Patrick is the owner of conservative talk radio stations in Houston and Dallas.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

8:30am

Ballpark Figures: Inside Big-Time College Sports
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Watkins (mod.)

Matthew Watkins (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he covered local government as the Dallas County government reporter at The Dallas Morning News and was a staff writer at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, covering a variety of topics, including natural disasters and college football games.

Speakers
avatar for Renu Khator

Renu Khator

Chancellor of the University of Houston System; President of the University of Houston
Khator has served as University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president since January 2008. During her tenure, the system has experienced record-breaking research funding and enrollment. Previously, Khator served as board chair for the American Council on Education and worked as provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida.
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Columnist for The New York Times
Nocera is a sports business columnist for The Times, which he joined in 2005. He has written the “Talking Business” column and, until recently, an Op-Ed column. He also writes on business topics for the New York Times Magazine. Nocera’s latest book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA, co-authored with Times contributor Ben Strauss.
avatar for Sanya Richards-Ross

Sanya Richards-Ross

Olympic Gold Medalist and NCAA National Champion in Track & Field for the University of Texas at Austin
Richards-Ross is a four-time Olympic champion. Most recently, she won the gold medal in the 400-meter sprint and the 4x400-meter relay during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Previously, Richards-Ross founded the Sanya Richards Fast Track Program children’s charity and competed in the 2004 and 2002 Olympic Games.
avatar for Daron K. Roberts

Daron K. Roberts

Founding Director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin
Roberts joined the Center as its founding director in 2014, where he utilizes the university’s expertise in academics and success in athletics to change the culture of athlete behavior and responsibilities. Previously, he spent seven years as an NFL and college football coach. Roberts is also a lecturer in the humanities at UT Austin.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

One on One with Glenn Hegar
Supported by IBC Bank

Moderators
avatar for Aman Batheja (mod.)

Aman Batheja (mod.)

Editor & Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Batheja has covered politics, transportation and economic issues for the Tribune since 2012. Before that, he worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he covered state and local politics. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Hegar

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014, previously served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. He serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Hegar also previously served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviews the operation and efficiency of each state agency.


9:25am

Breakfast Tacos & Coffee
Grab a breakfast taco & recharge with a cup of coffee between panels.

Hosted by Teladoc 

Saturday September 24, 2016 9:25am - 9:50am
Jessen Lounge

9:25am

Meet-and-Greet with Dr. Esteban Lopez, Chief Medical Officer for BCBSTX
Stop by the Lone Star Lounge for coffee and a meet-and-greet with Dr. Esteban Lopez, the new Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas 

Saturday September 24, 2016 9:25am - 9:50am
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

9:25am

Morning Coffee
Grab a cup of coffee ahead of the day's first panels.

Hosted by ATPE

Saturday September 24, 2016 9:25am - 9:50am
FAC Lounge

9:30am

Meet-and-Greet with Comptroller Glenn Hegar
Join us for refreshments & a meet-and-greet with Comptroller Glenn Hegar in the AT&T Lounge immediately following his panel.
 
Hosted by IBC Bank

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Hegar

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014, previously served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. He serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Hegar also previously served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviews the operation and efficiency of each state agency.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:30am - 9:50am
AT&T Lounge

9:50am

The Future of Conservatism
Moderators
avatar for Erica Grieder (mod.)

Erica Grieder (mod.)

Senior Editor at Texas Monthly
Grieder was previously the southwest correspondent for The Economist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Spectator, The Atlantic, The New Republic and Foreign Policy. Grieder is the author of Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas.

Speakers
avatar for Erick Erickson

Erick Erickson

Conservative Blogger and Radio Host
Erickson is a journalist and host of Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson on 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. He is also the founder and editor of the conservative site, The Resurgent, a guest host for the Rush Limbaugh Show and a Fox News contributor. Previously, Erickson was editor-in-chief of RedState.com and a member of the City Council in Macon, Georgia.
avatar for Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

Founder and Editor of The Weekly Standard
Kristol is the founder and editor of The Weekly Standard as well as a political commentator for ABC. He appears on the network’s program This Week as well as contributes to special events and election coverage. Previously, Kristol was a columnist for The New York Times and Time and served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during George H. W. Bush’s presidency.
avatar for Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis

Senior Contributor at The Daily Caller and Commentator for CNN
Lewis is a journalist and author of Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). Lewis’ work has been published in GQ, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, the Guardian and the Washington Post.
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Avik Roy

Opinion Editor for Forbes and President of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Roy is the opinion editor for Forbes and the author of Transcending Obamacare. In September, he helped form The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a think tank devoted to expanding economic opportunity to low-income individuals. Previously, he worked as a policy adviser for three presidential candidates: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Immigration and the Cities
Moderators
avatar for Jay Root (mod.)

Jay Root (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root, an investigative reporter, co-hosts The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by the Tribune and KUT News covering the 2016 presidential race. Previously, he worked for The Associated Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Post. Root is the author of Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, an insider’s account of then-Gov. Rick Perry’s collapse in the 2012 presidential race.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hamilton

Greg Hamilton

Travis County Sheriff
Hamilton is serving his third term as Travis County sheriff. He is a national speaker and trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Before becoming sheriff in 2005, Hamilton served as chief of enforcement at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education and corrections officer.
avatar for Lupe Valdez

Lupe Valdez

Dallas County Sheriff
Valdez is serving her third term as Dallas County sheriff. She is the only Hispanic female sheriff in the U.S. and one of only four female sheriffs in Texas. Before becoming sheriff in 2005, Valdez had over three decades of experience in law enforcement, including work in homeland security and anti-terrorism investigations.


9:50am

What We've Learned About Renewables
Moderators
avatar for Michael Webber (mod.)

Michael Webber (mod.)

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
Webber is the Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Webber’s research focuses on policy and technology as they relate to energy and the environment.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Gold-Williams

Paula Gold-Williams

President and CEO of CPS Energy
Gold-Williams was named president and CEO of CPS Energy in July. Since 2008, she has served various administrative roles at CPS including group executive vice president of financial and administrative services and CFO. Gold-Williams joined CPS in 2004 after holding various positions in several San Antonio businesses, including regional controller for Time Warner Cable and vice president of finance for Luby’s.
avatar for Cheryl Mele

Cheryl Mele

Chief Operations Officer of ERCOT
Mele became ERCOT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer in January. She also serves as board member and chairwoman of the Austin Science Education Foundation. Prior to joining ERCOT, she served as deputy general manager and COO for Austin Energy. Before joining Austin Energy in 1991, Mele worked for General Electric as both an engineer and system programmer.
avatar for Greg Wortham

Greg Wortham

Founder and Executive Director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse
Wortham is the founder and executive director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse, a wind energy recruitment and education organization. Additionally, he serves as president of New Amsterdam Global Solutions, a consulting firm for evaluation and development of renewable energy opportunities. Previously, he served as mayor of Sweetwater, Texas, from 2007 to 2014.
avatar for Maura Yates

Maura Yates

Vice President of Sustainable Solutions at MP2 Energy
Yates works for MP2 Energy, a full-service power company serving Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Before joining MP2, she served as director of government affairs at SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer. Previously, Yates was a member of the Department of Energy’s Solar Advisory Board for codes and Standards and worked for Arizona Public Service, an Arizona investor-owned utility.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

9:50am

Why Are We Fighting About Vaccines?
Moderators
avatar for Morgan Smith (mod.)

Morgan Smith (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Smith is an enterprise reporter at the Tribune, where she specializes in politics and profiles. Previously she covered public education, including school finance reform and accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Dragsbaek

Anna Dragsbaek

President and CEO of The Immunization Project
Dragsbaek is a public health attorney and the president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, a Houston-based organization working to eradicate vaccine preventable diseases. Previously, she was the manager of the Immunization Project at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Before pursuing her law degree, Dragsbaek served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.
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Jackie Schlegel

Director of Texans for Vaccine Choice
Schlegel leads Texans for Vaccine Choice, a political action committee supporting vaccine choice rights. The PAC was formed after a Facebook group of the same name grew to 1,300 members due to a mobilization to strike down legislation introduced in 2015 to eliminate exemptions from school immunization requirements.
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Jason Villalba

State Representative
Villalba, R-Dallas, has represented House District 114 since 2013. He serves on the House Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He founded the Freshman Delegation, a bipartisan group dedicated to building relationships through the legislative process. Villalba has also been a partner at Haynes and Boone, a Dallas law firm.
avatar for Bill Zedler

Bill Zedler

State Representative
Zedler, R-Arlington, has represented House District 96 since 2003. He serves on the House Public Health and Special Purpose Districts committees. Zedler has worked in the health care industry and previously served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of the first lieutenant.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Big Cities, Big Challenges
Supported by Houston First, Texas Central and United Healthcare

Moderators
avatar for Mike Wilson (mod.)

Mike Wilson (mod.)

Editor of the Dallas Morning News
Wilson has served as editor of the Dallas Morning News since 2015. Previously he worked for ESPN, where he helped launch the data website FiveThirtyEight. Additionally, Wilson worked for the Tampa Bay Times, where he eventually became managing editor, as well as the Miami Herald. Wilson started his career in journalism as a summer intern at The Boston Globe.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas
Rawlings was first elected Dallas' mayor in 2011. As mayor, he has led initiatives to increase economic development in southern Dallas and to increase the city’s international profile. Previously, Rawlings served as chairman and managing partner at CIC Partners, a private equity firm, and has also served as chairman of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston
Turner was elected Houston’s mayor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, Turner served three terms as Speaker Pro Tem, on the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Budget Board. Before his career in public service, Turner also founded the Houston law firm Barnes & Turner.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

One on One with Ken Starr
Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Starr

Ken Starr

Former Chancellor and President of Baylor University
Starr most recently served as president and chancellor of Baylor University from 2013 to June 2016 and president of the university from 2010 to May 2016. Previously, he served as dean of the Pepperdine School of Law, 39th Solicitor General of the United States and as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Starr worked as the independent counsel overseeing the Whitewater... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Best Practices from the Best Charters
Supported by the Walton Family Foundation

Moderators
avatar for Richard Whitmire (mod.)

Richard Whitmire (mod.)

Author and Contributor to The 74
Whitmire reports on education for The 74 and will publish The Founders: Inside the revolution to invent (and reinvent) America’s best charter schools in August. His work has been published by USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, Real Clear Education and Slate.

Speakers
avatar for Yasmin Bhatia

Yasmin Bhatia

CEO of Uplift Education
Bhatia joined Uplift Education in 2009. She is also a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable, the International Women’s Forum and The Dallas Assembly. Previously, Bhatia worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company for nine years during which she served the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, City of Dallas and Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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Sara Cotner

Founder and CEO of Montessori For All
Cotner founded Montessori For All in 2012 and opened its Austin flagship campus in 2014. She began her career in education as a volunteer for AmeriCorps and Teach For America. As a Teach For America volunteer in rural Louisiana, Cotner founded the Community Action and Responsibility Education Team.
avatar for Mark DiBella

Mark DiBella

CEO of YES Prep Public Schools
DiBella joined YES Prep in 2001 and held several administrative positions before becoming CEO, including school director, head of schools, vice president of operations and growth and superintendent. He began his career in education teaching fifth grade in Houston ISD as a 1999 corps member with Teach For America.
avatar for Mike Feinberg

Mike Feinberg

Co-Founder of the KIPP Foundation
Feinberg, through his work with KIPP, has built a network of more than 140 high-performing public schools in the U.S. After co-founding KIPP in 1994, he established KIPP Academy in Houston and now supports global development and other initiatives for the KIPP Foundation. Previously, Feinberg taught bilingual fifth grade in Houston with Teach for America.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 21 2304 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

The Agency Agenda
Supported by Deloitte

Moderators
avatar for Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly, as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and as a radio reporter in Dallas and Denton. He also served as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications at the state comptroller’s office.

Speakers
avatar for James Bass

James Bass

Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since January. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance Division’s Revenue Accounting Section. Bass began his career at TxDOT in 1985.
avatar for Mike Morath

Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner
Morath was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott and began serving in January. He heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Morath has served on the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees and as chairman of Morath Investments, managing a small portfolio of investments.
avatar for Raymund Paredes

Raymund Paredes

Texas Higher Education Commissioner
Paredes was appointed commissioner by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2004. He was formerly a member of the national board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and previously served as the vice chancellor for academic development at the University of California, Los Angeles. Paredes also served as vice president for programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
avatar for Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Smith began his role as executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission in June. Previously, he served as deputy for child support in then-Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office. Smith began his career as a volunteer in the attorney general’s office’s child support division in 1988.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

9:50am

The Price of Admission: Higher Ed for a Diverse Texas
Supported by Pearson

Moderators
avatar for Lauren McGaughy (mod.)

Lauren McGaughy (mod.)

Austin Bureau Reporter for The Dallas Morning News
McGaughy is a state government reporter based in Austin. She focuses on public and higher education, gun policy, LGBT issues and the court system. She has previously worked for the Houston Chronicle, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and in Washington, D.C., where she covered foreign affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Congress for The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second largest newspaper.

Speakers
avatar for Guy Bailey

Guy Bailey

President of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Bailey was named founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2014. He previously served as president at the University of Alabama and Texas Tech University and as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bailey also served on the boards of the NCAA and the Big XII athletic conference.
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Brian McCall

Chancellor of the Texas State University System
McCall has been the Texas State University System chancellor since 2010. Previously, he served in the Texas House, representing parts of North Dallas, Frisco, Allen and Plano. He also served as chairman of the House Calendars and Ways and Means committees and as a member of the House Higher Education Committee.
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Michael Sorrell

President of Paul Quinn College
Sorrell has served as president of Paul Quinn College since 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the college’s board of directors for six years. Sorrell has worked as a lawyer and a public affairs consultant. In addition, he served as a special assistant in the executive office of President Bill Clinton.
avatar for Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Cynthia Teniente-Matson

President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Teniente-Matson is the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Prior to her appointment at Texas A&M, she served as vice president for administration and chief financial officer for California State University, Fresno. Previously, Matson held a number of administrative positions at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, culminating in her role as vice chancellor of administrative services.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Rideshare's Road Forward
Supported by The Monument Group

Moderators
avatar for Aman Batheja (mod.)

Aman Batheja (mod.)

Editor & Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Batheja has covered politics, transportation and economic issues for the Tribune since 2012. Before that, he worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he covered state and local politics. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Adler

Steve Adler

Mayor of Austin
Adler has served as the mayor of Austin since 2015. He is co-founder of the Barron, Graham and Adler law firm and previously sat on the board of the Austin Ballet and The Texas Tribune. Adler spent eight years working in the Texas Legislature as the chief of staff and general counsel to state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso.
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Jeff Leach

State Representative
Leach, R-Plano, has represented House District 67 since 2012. He serves on the House Criminal Jurisprudence and Government Transparency & Operation committees. Leach practices law with Gray Reed & McGraw P.C., where he specializes in general business, real estate and construction law. Previously, Leach served on the steering committee for the Baylor Business Network in Dallas.
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Nelda Martinez

Mayor of Corpus Christi
Martinez was elected mayor of Corpus Christi in 2012, becoming the city’s first Hispanic woman to hold the position. She is president and owner of Adlen Enterprises Inc. and previously served as president of the Texas Municipal League. In 2013, Martinez was named Communicator of the Year by the Texas Speech Communication Association.
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Charles Schwertner

State Senator
Schwertner, R-Georgetown, has represented Senate District 5 since 2012. He serves as chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and sits on the Senate Finance, State Affairs, Administration and Business & Commerce committees. Previously, Schwertner represented District 20 in the Texas House. In addition to his role in the Texas Legislature, Schwertner works as an orthopedic surgeon.


10:45am

Healthy Tips & Tricks
Stock up on water bottles, hand sanitizer and other tools and tips from Texas A&M Healthy Texas for a healthy Tribune Festival experience.

Hosted by Texas A&M Healthy Texas

Saturday September 24, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
AT&T Lounge

10:50am

Meet-and-Greet with Best Practices from the Best Charters Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Best Practices from the Best Charters in the Flawn Academic Center Lounge immediately following their panel.
 
Hosted by the Walton Family Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Richard Whitmire (mod.)

Richard Whitmire (mod.)

Author and Contributor to The 74
Whitmire reports on education for The 74 and will publish The Founders: Inside the revolution to invent (and reinvent) America’s best charter schools in August. His work has been published by USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, Real Clear Education and Slate.
avatar for Yasmin Bhatia

Yasmin Bhatia

CEO of Uplift Education
Bhatia joined Uplift Education in 2009. She is also a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Executive Women’s Roundtable, the International Women’s Forum and The Dallas Assembly. Previously, Bhatia worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company for nine years during which she served the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, City of Dallas and Annie E. Casey Foundation.
avatar for Sara Cotner

Sara Cotner

Founder and CEO of Montessori For All
Cotner founded Montessori For All in 2012 and opened its Austin flagship campus in 2014. She began her career in education as a volunteer for AmeriCorps and Teach For America. As a Teach For America volunteer in rural Louisiana, Cotner founded the Community Action and Responsibility Education Team.
avatar for Mark DiBella

Mark DiBella

CEO of YES Prep Public Schools
DiBella joined YES Prep in 2001 and held several administrative positions before becoming CEO, including school director, head of schools, vice president of operations and growth and superintendent. He began his career in education teaching fifth grade in Houston ISD as a 1999 corps member with Teach For America.
avatar for Mike Feinberg

Mike Feinberg

Co-Founder of the KIPP Foundation
Feinberg, through his work with KIPP, has built a network of more than 140 high-performing public schools in the U.S. After co-founding KIPP in 1994, he established KIPP Academy in Houston and now supports global development and other initiatives for the KIPP Foundation. Previously, Feinberg taught bilingual fifth grade in Houston with Teach for America.


Saturday September 24, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am
FAC Lounge

10:50am

Meet-and-Greet with Mayor Sylvester Turner & Mayor Mike Rawlings
Join us for refreshments & a meet-and-greet with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in the Lone Star Lounge immediately following his panel, Big Cities, Big Challenges.
 
Hosted by HoustonFirst

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas
Rawlings was first elected Dallas' mayor in 2011. As mayor, he has led initiatives to increase economic development in southern Dallas and to increase the city’s international profile. Previously, Rawlings served as chairman and managing partner at CIC Partners, a private equity firm, and has also served as chairman of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
avatar for Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston
Turner was elected Houston’s mayor in 2015. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, Turner served three terms as Speaker Pro Tem, on the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and on the Legislative Budget Board. Before his career in public service, Turner also founded the Houston law firm Barnes & Turner.


Saturday September 24, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

10:50am

Meet-and-Greet with The Agency Agenda Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of The Agency Agenda in the Jessen Lounge immediately following their panel.
 
Hosted by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Speakers
avatar for James Bass

James Bass

Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since January. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance Division’s Revenue Accounting Section. Bass began his career at TxDOT in 1985.
avatar for Mike Morath

Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner
Morath was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott and began serving in January. He heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Morath has served on the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees and as chairman of Morath Investments, managing a small portfolio of investments.
avatar for Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Smith began his role as executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission in June. Previously, he served as deputy for child support in then-Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office. Smith began his career as a volunteer in the attorney general’s office’s child support division in 1988.


Saturday September 24, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am
Jessen Lounge

11:10am

2016: Brought to You By Donors
Moderators
avatar for Dave Levinthal (mod.)

Dave Levinthal (mod.)

Senior Political Reporter at the Center for Public Integrity
Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, in 2013 and leads a reporting team investigating the influence of money in federal politics. Previously, he reported on campaign finance and lobbying issues for Politico and co-wrote the daily Politico Influence column, and he edited OpenSecrets.org. Additionally, he covered politics for The Dallas Morning News from 2003 to 2009.

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Boone Cunningham

Aimee Boone Cunningham

Political Donor
Cunningham is an Austin-based philanthropist who has worked to raise money for Democratic candidates and organizations. She serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, Annie’s List and The Boone Family Foundation. Cunningham founded Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and contributed to former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign for Texas governor in 2014.
avatar for Doug Deason

Doug Deason

Political Donor
Deason has served as president of Deason Capital Services, LLC, which manages his family’s assets in an array of investments including oil and gas, since 2009. Previously, he was the CEO of a family owned commercial builder. After contributing to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign for president in 2015, Deason joined the national finance committee of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
avatar for Amber Mostyn

Amber Mostyn

Political Donor
Mostyn is a Houston-based trial lawyer and shareholder at Mostyn Law who practices in the fields of personal injury law and wrongful death. She has contributed to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and was a founding member of the Ready for Hillary PAC. Previously, Mostyn served as the chairwoman of Annie’s List, a group dedicated to funding Democratic female candidates.
avatar for Toby Neugebauer

Toby Neugebauer

Political Donor
Neugebauer co-founded Quantum Energy Partners, an energy investment firm, in 1998. He currently serves as senior adviser and sits on the firm’s investment committee. Additionally, Neugebauer co-founded Windrock Capital Ltd. and worked in the energy investment banking group of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Before supporting Donald Trump’s run for president in 2016, he contributed to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Is the Death Penalty Working?
Moderators
avatar for Maurice Chammah (mod.)

Maurice Chammah (mod.)

Staff Writer at The Marshall Project
Chammah joined The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the American criminal justice system, in 2014. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic. Chammah was also a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt.

Speakers
avatar for Elsa Alcala

Elsa Alcala

Judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Alcala was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2011. Previously, she served nine years as a justice on the state’s First Court of Appeals, presiding over criminal and civil cases. Before becoming a judge, Alcala spent nine years working as an assistant district attorney, serving under Harris County District Attorney Johnny Holmes.
avatar for Joe Deshotel

Joe Deshotel

State Representative
Deshotel, D-Beaumont, has represented House District 22 since 1999. He serves as chairman of the House Land & Resource Management Committee and sits on the Public Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Educator Quality. Previously, Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and as vice president for administration and legal counsel at Lamar University.
avatar for Kathryn Kase

Kathryn Kase

Executive Director of the Texas Defender Service
Kase joined the Texas Defender Service in 2002 after working in private practice in San Antonio and Albany, N.Y. She has represented capital clients at trial in the Texas and New York state courts and has served as learned counsel in federal court. Kase is also a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Georgia.
avatar for Jarvis Parsons

Jarvis Parsons

District Attorney of Brazos County
Parsons was elected as the Brazos County district attorney in 2012. He is on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Central Texas Police Academy. Parsons began his career at the Brazos County district attorney’s office in 2002.
avatar for Jordan Steiker

Jordan Steiker

Professor and Co-Director of the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Steiker teaches constitutional law, criminal law and death penalty law at UT-Austin, where he is also a co-director of the Capital Punishment Center. Previously, he served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.


11:10am

One on One with Boone Pickens
Supported by Oncor

Moderators
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Columnist for The New York Times
Nocera is a sports business columnist for The Times, which he joined in 2005. He has written the “Talking Business” column and, until recently, an Op-Ed column. He also writes on business topics for the New York Times Magazine. Nocera’s latest book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA, co-authored with Times contributor Ben Strauss.

Speakers
avatar for T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens

Chairman and CEO of BP Capital Management
Pickens founded BP Capital Management, an energy investment firm, in 1997, and currently serves as its chairman and CEO. Previously, he led Mesa Petroleum and in 2008, he launched the Pickens Plan, a grassroots campaign aimed to reduce the United States’ dependence on OPEC oil. Pickens also authored The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

11:10am

Getting Out Ahead of Your Health
Supported by Texas A&M Healthy Texas and The Texas A&M University System

Moderators
avatar for Corrie MacLaggan (mod.)

Corrie MacLaggan (mod.)

News Editor at The Texas Tribune
MacLaggan has previously worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman.  She has also worked in Mexico City, where she wrote for publications including the Miami Herald's Mexico edition.

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Cooper

Kenneth Cooper

Chairman Emeritus of the Cooper Institute Board of Trustees and Founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center
Cooper resigned from a 13-year military career in 1970 to establish the Cooper Institute in Dallas. While he was an Air Force flight surgeon and director of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory in San Antonio, he developed the 12-minute test and Aerobics Point System to help determine and evaluate one’s own aerobic strength and exercise regimen. Today, the U.S. military and many others use Cooper’s program.
avatar for Clay Johnston

Clay Johnston

Dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
Johnston is the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he worked at the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as associate vice chancellor of research, professor of neurology and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Healthcare Value.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Can the Center Hold?
Supported by the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Moderators
avatar for Alex Wagner (mod.)

Alex Wagner (mod.)

Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Wagner joined The Atlantic in 2016 after hosting MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she was a reporter for The Huffington Post, the White House correspondent for Politics Daily and the editor-in-chief of Fader magazine. From 2007 to 2008, Wagner served as executive director of Not on Our Watch, an advocacy and grant-making nonprofit.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Davis

Tom Davis

Former U.S. Representative
Davis, R-Va., was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 and served seven consecutive terms. During his tenure in Congress, he was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and the House Committee on Government Reform. Davis co-authored The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis and currently serves as managing director for Deloitte.
avatar for Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Former U.S. Senator
Hutchison, R-Texas, served as a U.S. senator from 1993 to 2013. During her tenure in Congress, she eventually became the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator. Hutchison previously served as the Texas state treasurer and as a member of the Texas House. She currently works as a senior counsel at Bracewell.
avatar for Ed Rendell

Ed Rendell

Former Governor of Pennsylvania
Rendell served as Pennsylvania’s governor from 2003 to 2011 and as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000. He currently serves as co-chairman of Building America’s Future, a partnership among American political leaders focused on promoting infrastructure investment. Rendell also serves as a news analyst for NBC and as special counsel for the Ballard Spahr law firm.
avatar for Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Richardson served as New Mexico's governor from 2003 to 2011. He has also served as a U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton. Richardson founded the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, which focuses on conflict resolution and prisoner release strategies.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Is Texas Good for Women?
Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE’s Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and a general excellence award from the Online News Association. Previously, Ramshaw spent six years as a political and investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Combs

Susan Combs

Former Texas Comptroller
Combs, a Republican, was first elected as state comptroller in 2006 and served until 2015. Previously, she served as Texas agriculture commissioner and represented Travis County’s District 47 in the Texas House. Most recently, Combs formed The Anywhere Woman Project, a women’s advocacy nonprofit, and is working to design an online networking platform called Herdacity.
avatar for Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

2014 Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor and Founder of Deeds Not Words
Davis was the 2014 Democratic candidate for Texas governor, losing in the general election to Gov. Greg Abbott. In March, she founded Deeds Not Words, an online engagement initiative focused on women’s rights. Previously, Davis served in the Texas Senate for six years, representing parts of Fort Worth, and on the Fort Worth City Council.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Paying for Higher Ed
Supported by H+K Strategies

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Watkins (mod.)

Matthew Watkins (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he covered local government as the Dallas County government reporter at The Dallas Morning News and was a staff writer at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, covering a variety of topics, including natural disasters and college football games.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Branch

Dan Branch

Former State Representative
Branch represented Texas House District 108 from 2003 to 2015. He ran for Texas attorney general in 2014. During his legislative tenure, Branch served as chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education and was the author of the “Tier One Universities” bill, which incentivized emerging Texas colleges to compete for funding to become nationally recognized research universities.
avatar for Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan

Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
Duncan became chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014. Previously, he spent 18 years in the Texas Senate, where he served as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and as president pro tempore. Duncan also served in the Texas House and was a partner at the Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam law firm in Lubbock.
avatar for Gregory Fenves

Gregory Fenves

President of the University of Texas at Austin
Fenves began serving as the president of UT-Austin in 2015. He previously served as the university’s executive vice president, provost and as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering. Fenves is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest national honor awarded to engineers in the United States.
avatar for Helen Giddings

Helen Giddings

State Representative
Giddings, D-DeSoto, has represented House District 109 since 1993. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House State Affairs Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Calendars committees. She also serves as vice chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III. Giddings is president of Multiplex Inc., a specialty concessions company she founded in 1989.
avatar for Kel Seliger

Kel Seliger

State Senator
Seliger, R-Amarillo, has represented Senate District 31 since 2004. He serves as chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and sits on the Finance, Education, Business & Commerce and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. He is also a member of the Select Committee on Government Facilities. Before joining the Legislature, Seliger served four terms as mayor of Amarillo.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 21 2304 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

The Senate Agenda
Supported by Gulf States Toyota

Moderators
avatar for Jim Henson (mod.)

Jim Henson (mod.)

Director of the Texas Politics Project
Henson directs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-source statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. Henson is also the co-author of a Texas politics web-based textbook used at several universities throughout the state.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Buckingham

Dawn Buckingham

Republican Candidate for Texas Senate District 24
Buckingham, a practicing oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon, has served as vice chairwoman of the State Board for Educator Certification. In addition, she has served as the lieutenant governor’s appointee on the Sunset Advisory Commission and as a trustee on the Lake Travis Independent School District board.
avatar for Konni Burton

Konni Burton

State Senator
Burton, R-Colleyville, has represented Senate District 10 since 2014. She is vice chairwoman of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice, Higher Education and Nominations committees. Prior to her election, Burton served on the steering committee of NE Tarrant Tea Party and was later elected vice president of the NETTP Board.
avatar for Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia Garcia

State Senator
Garcia, D-Houston, has represented Senate District 6 since 2013. She is a member of the Senate Education, Intergovernmental Relations, Transportation and Veteran Affairs & Military Installations committees. Garcia previously served as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System and was later elected as the Houston city controller. In 2002, Garcia was elected to the Harris County Commissioners Court.
avatar for Chuy Hinojosa

Chuy Hinojosa

State Senator
Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has represented Senate District 20 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice, Natural Resources & Economic Development and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Hinojosa served in the Texas House and in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
avatar for José Rodríguez

José Rodríguez

State Senator
Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He is a member of the Senate Education, Nominations, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Health & Human Services and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Rodríguez served as vice chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.
avatar for Van Taylor

Van Taylor

State Senator
Taylor, R-Plano, has represented Senate District 8 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, Transportation and Education committees. Previously, he served in the Texas House. Taylor also works as the director of Churchill Capital Company, a real estate financing firm, and manages other small businesses.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

11:10am

Bordering on Insecurity: How Safe are We, Really?
Moderators
avatar for Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was a staff writer for the Laredo Morning Times and the Rio Grande Guardian.

Speakers
avatar for Antonio Garza

Antonio Garza

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Garza served as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. Before his appointment, he served two years as the Texas secretary of state and as chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. He is currently counsel in the Mexico City office of White and Case.
avatar for Carlos González Gutiérrez

Carlos González Gutiérrez

Consul General of Mexico
González Gutiérrez has served as the consul general of Mexico in Austin since 2015. He has served in the Mexican Foreign Service since 1987, holding the posts of counselor for Latino affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., executive director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consul general of Mexico in Sacramento.
avatar for Oscar Leeser

Oscar Leeser

Mayor of El Paso
Leeser was first elected mayor in 2013. Previously, he served more than 10 years as owner and president of Hyundai of El Paso. In addition to serving as a member of the UMC El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, Leeser is president of the Hyundai South Central Region and a member of the National Dealer Council.
avatar for Tan Parker

Tan Parker

State Representative
Parker, R-Flower Mound, has represented House District 63 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Investments & Financial Services Committee and sits on the Redistricting, Ways & Means, and State & Federal Power & Responsibility committees. Before being elected to the Legislature, Parker served as chairman of the Texas Industrial Development Corporation.
avatar for Filemon Vela

Filemon Vela

U.S. Representative
Vela, D-Brownsville, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 34 since 2013. He sits on the House Agriculture and Homeland Security committees and serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Border Caucus. Previously, Vela served as an attorney in both state and federal courts in South Texas for over 20 years.


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:10am - 12:10pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

The Best Budget for Texas
Supported by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)

Moderators
avatar for Karina Kling (mod.)

Karina Kling (mod.)

Anchor of Time Warner Cable News’ Capital Tonight
Kling has worked for TWC News since 2008 and most recently served as a senior political reporter and Williamson County bureau chief. She spent her last semester in graduate school interning in Washington D.C., as the D.C. correspondent for KMID-TV in Midland, Texas. Previously, Kling was a reporter and anchor at KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Speakers
avatar for Giovanni Capriglione

Giovanni Capriglione

State Representative
Capriglione, R-Southlake, has represented House District 98 since 2013. He serves on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Investments & Financial Services committees and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Bond Indebtedness. Capriglione is also president of Texas Adventure Capital LLC, which provides services to small businesses.
avatar for Larry Gonzales

Larry Gonzales

State Representative
Gonzales, R-Round Rock, has represented House District 52 since 2011. He sits on the House Appropriations, Redistricting, Local & Consent Calendars and Government Transparency & Operation committees. Previously, Gonzales served as an aide to then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and was the assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations for the Texas State University System.
avatar for Donna Howard

Donna Howard

State Representative
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2006. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Administration and Appropriations committees. Additionally, she serves on the Article III Subcommittee (Education Funding). Previously, Howard worked as a critical care nurse.
avatar for Justin Rodriguez

Justin Rodriguez

State Representative
Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 125 since 2013. He is a member of the House Appropriations, Rules & Regulations and Pensions committees. Previously, Rodriguez served on the San Antonio City Council and on the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees. Rodriguez works as a San Antonio-based attorney, focusing on education policy issues.


12:00pm

Innovation Showcase
During the Food Truck Lunch, check out hands-on demonstrations of the latest research and technology on campus at the UT Innovation Showcase, happening on the Tower plaza.

Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin

Saturday September 24, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Mall 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705

12:15pm

Food Truck Lunch
Austin may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it’s also known for its diverse and gourmet food trucks. The Texas Tribune Festival is providing the adventure of eating at a food truck court. Be sure to bring cash for lunch and dessert from some of Austin’s most iconic food trucks at this special lunch curated by Austin’s own Tiffany Harelik, author of the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook series.

During the lunch, check out hands-on demonstrations of the latest research and technology on campus at the UT Innovation Showcase, happening on the Tower plaza!

Presented by The University of Texas at Austin

Saturday September 24, 2016 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Main Mall 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

Latinos and the Presidential Race
Supported by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Ura (mod.)

Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers women's health and LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Garza

Daniel Garza

Founder of the Libre Initiative and Libre Institute
Garza is the founder of the Libre Initiative and Libre Institute — two nonprofits that work to inform and empower the U.S. Hispanic community. He currently serves as executive director of the Libre Initiative and chairman of the Libre Institute. Previously, Garza served as associate director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House during the George W. Bush administration.
avatar for Ana Hernandez

Ana Hernandez

State Representative
Hernandez, D-Houston, has represented House District 143 since 2005. She serves on the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and Pensions committees and previously served on the House County Affairs Committee. Hernandez works as an attorney at Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson, LLP, a Houston-based law firm specializing in civil litigation.
avatar for Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez

Co-Founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas
Hernandez is a political strategist who, in August, joined Gary Johnson’s 2016 presidential campaign as chair of Hispanics for Johnson Weld. He is a of the founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and has worked on political campaigns ranging from Vicente Fox in 1999 to John McCain in 2008. Fox appointed Hernandez head of the Presidential Office of Mexicans Abroad, making him the first U.S. citizen to serve in the Mexican Cabinet.
avatar for Eddie Rodriguez

Eddie Rodriguez

State Representative
Rodriguez, D-Austin, has represented House District 51 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the House Environmental Regulation Committee and sits on the Calendars, Economic & Small Business Development and Federal Environmental Regulation committees. Rodriguez is also the chairman of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus and vice chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

Texas vs. the Feds
Moderators
avatar for Jay Root (mod.)

Jay Root (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root, an investigative reporter, co-hosts The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by the Tribune and KUT News covering the 2016 presidential race. Previously, he worked for The Associated Press, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Post. Root is the author of Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, an insider’s account of then-Gov. Rick Perry’s collapse in the 2012 presidential race.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Creighton

Brandon Creighton

State Senator
Creighton, R-Conroe, has represented Senate District 4 since 2014. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice, State Affairs and Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Creighton served in the Texas House and as chairman of the House Federalism Committee and of the Texas House Republican Caucus.
avatar for Ina Minjarez

Ina Minjarez

State Representative
Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 124 since a 2015 special election. She sits on the House State Affairs, Transportation and Federal Environmental Regulation committees. She has her own private law practice where she represents child abuse victims in Child Protective Services cases. Previously, Minjarez worked as an assistant district attorney in Bexar County.
avatar for Armando Walle

Armando Walle

State Representative
Walle, D-Houston, has represented House District 140 since 2008. He serves as vice chairman of the House Government Transparency Committee, sits on the Appropriations Committee and serves on the select committees on State and Federal Power and Responsibility and Transportation Planning. Previously, Walle served on the House Committees on Insurance, Homeland Security and Public Safety and Business and Industry.
avatar for Paul Workman

Paul Workman

State Representative
Workman, R-Austin, has represented House District 47 since 2011. He is a member of the House Insurance and Natural Resources committees and serves as vice chairman of the State & Federal Power & Responsibility Select Committee. Previously, Workman served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is also the founder of the Austin-based Workman Commercial Construction Services, Ltd.


1:45pm

The Future of the Grid
Supported by CPS Energy

Moderators
avatar for Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Malewitz primarily covers the intersection of energy and the environment for the Tribune. Previously, he spent two years covering energy and environmental issues for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Austin

Joel Austin

Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Oncor Electric Delivery
Austin is a leader at Oncor Electric Delivery, a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas. He has more than 30 years experience in the energy, finance and software industries, at Informix, Enserch, Deloitte & Touche and Texas Utilities.
avatar for Bob Hall

Bob Hall

State Senator
Hall, R-Edgewood, has represented Senate District 2 since 2015. He is a member of the Senate Transportation, Natural Resources & Development, Veteran Affairs & Military Installations and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Additionally, he serves as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Border Security. Previously, Hall worked as an independent proposal consultant to aerospace and defense corporations and served in the... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Lippincott

Elizabeth Lippincott

Executive Director of the Texas Clean Energy Coalition
Lippincott is a leader at Texas Clean Energy Coalition, which supports Texas’ clean energy economy by promoting affordable and reliable clean technology. She also serves as a vice president of Vianovo, an advisory firm. Previously, Lippincott served as chief of staff for former state Rep. Juan M. Garcia III in the Texas House.
avatar for Brandy Marty Marquez

Brandy Marty Marquez

Public Utility Commissioner
Marquez was appointed a public utility commissioner in 2013 by then-Gov. Rick Perry. Previously, she held several positions in the governor’s office during Perry’s tenure, including chief of staff, director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division, and deputy legislative director. Additionally, Marquez served as policy director for Perry’s 2010 gubernatorial primary campaign.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

1:45pm

The Battle Over Bathrooms
Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, IRE’s Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and a general excellence award from the Online News Association. Previously, Ramshaw spent six years as a political and investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Anchia

Rafael Anchia

State Representative
Anchia, D-Dallas, was first elected to represent House District 103 in 2004. He serves as chairman of the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Energy Resources Committee. Anchia is also a managing partner of Civitas Capital, a private equity firm, and is of counsel for the Haynes and Boone law firm.
avatar for Matt Krause

Matt Krause

State Representative
Krause, R-Fort Worth, was first elected to represent House District 93 in 2012. He serves on the House Corrections and Land & Resource Management committees and works as a constitutional attorney, college professor of American history and government and as a public speaker. Krause and his business partner also consult organizations on ways to creatively reward and retain key employees.
avatar for Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

President of the Texas Freedom Network
Miller, who joined the Texas Freedom Network as president in 2005, previously served as the network’s deputy director. She served as the organization’s spokeswoman before the Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress and on cable news networks. Miller has also served as communications director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
avatar for Jonathan Saenz

Jonathan Saenz

President of Texas Values
Saenz heads Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing a culture of family values in Texas. He assisted in the passage of Texas laws to protect religious liberty and Bible curriculum in public schools. Previously, Saenz was the director of legislative affairs and an attorney for the Liberty Institute.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

The State of Black America
Moderators
avatar for Touré (mod.)

Touré (mod.)

Author and Cultural Critic
Touré is the author of five books, including I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now. Previously, he worked for MSNBC as co-host of The Cycle and a contributor to the Dylan Ratigan Show. In addition, Touré served as host of Fuse’s The Hip Hop Shop and On the Record.

Speakers
avatar for Kasim Reed

Kasim Reed

Mayor of Atlanta
Reed was first elected as mayor of Atlanta in 2009. His administration has largely focused on fiscal reform. He is the chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is also on the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Previously, Reed served in the Georgia House and Senate.
avatar for Ivy Taylor

Ivy Taylor

Mayor of San Antonio
Taylor was elected mayor of San Antonio in 2015 after serving as interim mayor. Previously, she served as the District 2 councilwoman and as vice president of Merced Housing Texas. Taylor began her career working for the city in the Housing and Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Action Department.
avatar for Allen West

Allen West

Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis
West is currently executive director of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based public policy research organization focused on promoting free-market alternatives to government regulation. Previously, he served one term in the U.S. House, representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. West also served 22 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel and several honors, including a Bronze Star.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

What's the Matter with Congress?
Supported by Emerus

Moderators
avatar for Abby Livingston (mod.)

Abby Livingston (mod.)

Washington Bureau Chief for The Texas Tribune
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Previously, Livingston pitched and produced political segments for CNN’s John King, USA, worked as a TV editor for The Hotline and was a political researcher at NBC News.

Speakers
avatar for Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

U.S. Representative
Castro, D-San Antonio, was first elected in 2012 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 20. He serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and in 2013 was elected president of the freshman Democratic class. Previously, Castro served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature.
avatar for Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar

U.S. Representative
Cuellar, D-Laredo, was first elected in 2005 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 28. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittees on Homeland Security and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Cuellar served as secretary of state of Texas and in the Texas Legislature.
avatar for Bill Flores

Bill Flores

U.S. Representative
Flores, R-Bryan, was first elected in 2010 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 17. He serves as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Previously, Flores worked in the energy industry as president and CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company and served as commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Commission.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

Community College Pathways
Supported by ETS HiSET and the Gulf Coast Community Colleges Consortium

Moderators
avatar for Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Managing Editor of The Texas Tribune
Mittra joined the Tribune after more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked as a copy editor, assistant political editor and as a night city editor supervising the coverage of late-breaking news. He was also on the editing team for the 2009 and 2011 Texas legislative sessions. Mittra is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s journalism school.

Speakers
avatar for Glenda O. Barron

Glenda O. Barron

President of Temple College
Barron is serving her ninth year as president of Temple College. Previously, she worked for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board serving as assistant commissioner for the Participation and Success Committee as well as assistant commissioner for Community and Technical Colleges. She has taught at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin.
avatar for Jo-Carol Fabianke

Jo-Carol Fabianke

Vice Chancellor for Academic Success at the Alamo Colleges
Fabianke has served as a vice chancellor for the Alamo Colleges since 2012. During her tenure, she has served in a number of administrative positions, including executive assistant to the chancellor and associate vice chancellor for academic partnerships and initiatives. Previously, Fabianke was a professor at San Antonio College for 24 years.
avatar for Brenda Hellyer

Brenda Hellyer

Chancellor of San Jacinto College
Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College in 2009. Since first joining the college in 1996, she has served in a number of executive positions including director for the San Jacinto College Foundation, executive vice president for resource development, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, chief financial officer and executive vice chancellor. Previously, Hellyer worked as an accountant in both the private and public arenas.
avatar for Jeremy P. McMillen

Jeremy P. McMillen

President of Grayson College
McMillen has served as president of Grayson College since 2012. Previously, he worked in several administrative roles at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas including associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Planning and Institutional Research. McMillen began his career in higher education as an adjunct sociology professor at Texas A&M-Commerce.


1:45pm

One on One with Tim Dunn
Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn

CEO of CrownQuest Operating and Chairman of Empower Texans
Dunn has worked in the oil and gas industry since the late 1970s and is currently the CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC and CrownRock LP. In addition to serving as chair to Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, he is the vice chairman of the board at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

1:45pm

The Politics of Prevention: The Abortion Battle, Cont’d
Moderators
avatar for Morgan Smith (mod.)

Morgan Smith (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Smith is an enterprise reporter at the Tribune, where she specializes in politics and profiles. Previously she covered public education, including school finance reform and accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Busby

Heather Busby

Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
Busby joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in 2012. Previously, she was an assistant Travis County attorney, working to procure protective orders for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Busby was a founding board member of The Lilith Fund, a pro-choice nonprofit, and served on the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
avatar for Emily K. Cook

Emily K. Cook

Political Director of Texas Right to Life
Cook serves as political director of Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group. Previously, Cook served as vice president of the Baylor Law Federalist Society Chapter, founded the first anti-abortion student organization at Stephen F. Austin State University, and established a pregnant and parenting scholarship program for women juggling both school and parenthood.
avatar for Jessica Farrar

Jessica Farrar

State Representative
Farrar, D-Houston, has represented House District 148 since 1995. She serves as vice-chairwoman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and is a member of the Committee on State Affairs. In addition, Farrar serves as chairwoman of the Texas House Women’s Health Caucus and previously served as leader of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
avatar for Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes

Republican Candidate for Texas Senate District 1
Hughes has represented House District 5 since 2002 and is a Republican candidate for Texas Senate District 1. He serves on the Appropriations and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues committees. Previously, Hughes served as vice chairman of the Rural Caucus and was the briefing attorney for a U.S. district judge. Hughes has his own private law practice in Mineola where he represents families and small businesses.


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

The Republic of Taxes
Supported by The Boeing Company

Moderators
avatar for Peggy Fikac (mod.)

Peggy Fikac (mod.)

Austin Bureau Chief for the San Antonio Express-News
Fikac is the Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express-News and covers politics and public policy in areas including the state budget. Previously, she was the Austin bureau chief for both the Houston Chronicle and the Express-News when the two combined their Austin operations. Fikac also worked for the Associated Press.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bettencourt

Paul Bettencourt

State Senator
Bettencourt, R-Houston, has represented Senate District 7 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee and sits on the Education, Finance and Higher Education committees. Bettencourt also serves as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief. He is the CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC, which he founded in 2009.
avatar for Dennis Bonnen

Dennis Bonnen

State Representative
Bonnen, R-Angleton, has represented House District 25 since 1997. He serves as chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Natural Resources Committee. He was appointed co-chairman of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Border Security. Additionally, Bonnen is the CEO and chairman of the board of Heritage Bank.
avatar for Trey Martinez Fischer

Trey Martinez Fischer

State Representative
Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 116 since 2001. He serves on the House Special Purpose Districts and Ways & Means committees. Additionally, Martinez Fischer serves as chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and practices law at his own firm, specializing in real estate, insurance and family law.
avatar for Dick Lavine

Dick Lavine

Senior Fiscal Analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities
Lavine joined the Center in 1994. He focuses on state and local revenue issues. Additionally, Lavine serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Travis Central Appraisal District and is a member of the executive board of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Texas Retirees.


2:40pm

Meet-and-Greet with David Weigel and Lawrence Wright
Join us for a meet-and-greet with The Washington Post's David Weigel and The New Yorker's Lawrence Wright.
 
Hosted by Texas Tribune Membership

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Wright (mod.)

Lawrence Wright (mod.)

Staff Writer at The New Yorker
Wright is an author, screenwriter and playwright who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. His book on the history of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, was translated into 24 languages and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He performed his one-man play, “My Trip to Al-Qaeda,” off-Broadway before turning it into an HBO documentary.
avatar for David Weigel

David Weigel

National Political Reporter for The Washington Post
Weigel rejoined the Post in 2015 after spending three months with the publication in 2010. Previously, he helped launch Bloomberg Politics as a roving reporter and worked as a political reporter for Slate, where he also hosted the podcast WeigelCast. Weigel has also written for Reason and USA Today.


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:40pm - 3:05pm
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

2:40pm

Yogurt Parfait Snack Break
Join Texas A&M’s Healthy Texas for a yogurt parfait snack break and learn how they're improving the health of Texans.

Hosted by Texas A&M Healthy Texas

Saturday September 24, 2016 2:40pm - 3:05pm
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

2:45pm

Meet-and-Greet with Community College Pathways Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Community College Pathways in the Flawn Academic Center Lounge immediately following their panel.
 
Hosted by ETS HiSET

Speakers
avatar for Glenda O. Barron

Glenda O. Barron

President of Temple College
Barron is serving her ninth year as president of Temple College. Previously, she worked for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board serving as assistant commissioner for the Participation and Success Committee as well as assistant commissioner for Community and Technical Colleges. She has taught at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin.
avatar for Jo-Carol Fabianke

Jo-Carol Fabianke

Vice Chancellor for Academic Success at the Alamo Colleges
Fabianke has served as a vice chancellor for the Alamo Colleges since 2012. During her tenure, she has served in a number of administrative positions, including executive assistant to the chancellor and associate vice chancellor for academic partnerships and initiatives. Previously, Fabianke was a professor at San Antonio College for 24 years.
avatar for Brenda Hellyer

Brenda Hellyer

Chancellor of San Jacinto College
Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College in 2009. Since first joining the college in 1996, she has served in a number of executive positions including director for the San Jacinto College Foundation, executive vice president for resource development, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, chief financial officer and executive vice chancellor. Previously, Hellyer worked as an accountant in both the private and public arenas.
avatar for Jeremy P. McMillen

Jeremy P. McMillen

President of Grayson College
McMillen has served as president of Grayson College since 2012. Previously, he worked in several administrative roles at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas including associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Planning and Institutional Research. McMillen began his career in higher education as an adjunct sociology professor at Texas A&M-Commerce.


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
FAC Lounge

2:45pm

Meet-and-Greet with What's the Matter with Congress? Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of What's the Matter with Congress? in the AT&T Center Lounge immediately following their panel.
 
Hosted by Emerus

Speakers
avatar for Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

U.S. Representative
Castro, D-San Antonio, was first elected in 2012 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 20. He serves on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and in 2013 was elected president of the freshman Democratic class. Previously, Castro served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature.
avatar for Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar

U.S. Representative
Cuellar, D-Laredo, was first elected in 2005 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 28. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittees on Homeland Security and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Cuellar served as secretary of state of Texas and in the Texas Legislature.
avatar for Bill Flores

Bill Flores

U.S. Representative
Flores, R-Bryan, was first elected in 2010 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 17. He serves as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Previously, Flores worked in the energy industry as president and CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company and served as commissioner of the Texas Real Estate Commission.


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
AT&T Lounge

3:05pm

The Trumping of the Republican Primary
Moderators
avatar for Patrick Svitek (mod.)

Patrick Svitek (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Svitek is the Tribune’s breaking news political reporter. Previously, he worked for the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau and interned at The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Huffington Post Politics and the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Svitek is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Isgur Flores

Sarah Isgur Flores

Deputy Campaign Manager, Carly for America
Isgur Flores, before working on Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign in 2016, served as the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee. She was a legal adviser to Mitt Romney’s PAC, Romney for President and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Isgur Flores was also the political director for Ted Cruz’s 2010 campaign for Texas state attorney general.
avatar for Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Chief Strategist, Cruz for President
Johnson owns a political consulting firm and has worked with Ted Cruz’s campaigns for office — first for the U.S. Senate in 2011 and 2012 and then for president in 2015 and 2016. In addition, he served as chief of staff to Greg Abbott during his time as attorney general and was the communications director for former state Sen. Todd Staples.
avatar for Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

Senior Adviser, Perry for President
Johnson owns an Austin-based communications firm and worked on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign for president, both in 2012 and 2016. He has been named a top Texas influencer by Campaigns & Elections magazine and most recently was the senior adviser for Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign.
avatar for John Weaver

John Weaver

Senior Strategist, Kasich for America
Weaver is a campaign strategist who has worked on various Republican presidential campaigns. Before joining Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign in 2016, Weaver was an adviser to U.S. Sen. John McCain during his presidential runs in 2000 and 2008. More recently, he served as chief political strategist to Rick Snyder’s campaign for governor of Michigan in 2010 and Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign in 2012.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

Supreme Court Confidential
Moderators
avatar for George Haj (mod.)

George Haj (mod.)

Editorial Director of ALM
Haj serves as editorial director for ALM, which owns 33 national and regional magazines and newspapers specializing in business and legal news. He oversees reporters, editors and copy editors across the brand’s legal, finance, insurance and real estate verticals. Previously, Haj was a senior editor of local news for the Houston Chronicle.

Speakers
avatar for Eva Guzman

Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Justice
Guzman was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2009. Previously, she served as an associate justice on the Houston-based 14th Court of Appeals and as a trial court judge on the 309th Family District Court. Guzman also serves as the Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission.
avatar for Nathan Hecht

Nathan Hecht

Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
Hecht was appointed chief justice by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. First elected to the state high court in 1988, Hecht is the longest-serving Supreme Court member in Texas history. He has also served as a district court judge and appeals court justice. Previously, Hecht was a partner in what is now known as Locke Lord LLP, practicing mainly in the area of general business and commercial litigation.
avatar for Don Willett

Don Willett

Texas Supreme Court Justice
Willett was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2005. Before joining the court, he served as a deputy Texas attorney general and chief counsel to then-Attorney General Greg Abbott. Willett has also worked as a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general and as a lawyer for Gov. and President George W. Bush.


3:05pm

One on One with Katharine Hayhoe
Moderators
avatar for Neena Satija (mod.)

Neena Satija (mod.)

Investigative Reporter and Producer for The Texas Tribune and Reveal
Satija works for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter for the Tribune. Satija has also worked for a number of East Coast news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, the Connecticut Mirror and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio.

Speakers
avatar for Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Hayhoe is an associate professor at Texas Tech University, where she is also the director of the Climate Science Center. She is a lead author for the National Climate Assessment and her research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. Hayhoe has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People and Foreign Policy 100 Global Thinkers.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

3:05pm

Obamacare After Obama
Supported by Legacy Community Health

Moderators
avatar for Julie Rovner (mod.)

Julie Rovner (mod.)

Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News
Rovner is the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news organization covering health care policy. Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 15 years as a health policy correspondent for NPR. In 2005, Rovner was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act and its aftermath.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

U.S. Representative
Burgess, R-Lewisville, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 26 since 2003. He serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade. He is also a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. While in Congress, Burgess founded and currently serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Health Caucus.
avatar for Gene Green

Gene Green

U.S. Representative
Green, D-Houston, has represented Texas' Congressional District 29 since 1993. He currently serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee as well as the Health, Energy & Power, Environment & Economy and Oversight & Investigations subcommittees. Previously, Green served in the Texas Senate from 1987 to 1993 and the Texas House from 1973 to 1985.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

One on One with Ted Cruz
Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator
Cruz, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, ran as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. He serves on the Senate Judiciary, Rules and Administration, Armed Services, and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees. Previously, Cruz served as solicitor general of Texas and worked as a top litigator for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

The LGBTQ Agenda
Moderators
avatar for Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox

Senior Political Correspondent for MTV News and Founding Editor of Wonkette
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has contributed to a variety of outlets, including Time magazine, GQ and The Guardian. Previously, Cox was an editor at Mother Jones.

Speakers
avatar for Annise Parker

Annise Parker

Former Mayor of Houston
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to January 2016. She was the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Prior to serving as an elected official, Parker worked over 20 years in the oil and gas industry as well as co-owned a bookstore and an income tax company.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

Lessons from Urban Public Ed
Supported by Raise Your Hand Texas

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Ura (mod.)

Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers women's health and LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Cabrera

Juan Cabrera

Superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District
Cabrera was named head of El Paso ISD in 2013. He previously worked as a school law attorney and served as general counsel to more than 20 Texas school districts. Cabrera is a certified K-8 bilingual teacher and has worked as an international general counsel, litigator and corporate executive with publicly traded technology firms.
avatar for Richard Carranza

Richard Carranza

Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District
Carranza was named superintendent of Houston ISD in August. Previously, he served as superintendent and deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice of San Francisco USD. Prior to joining San Francisco USD, Carranza was a high school principal in Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas and has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Council of the Great City Schools.
avatar for Paul Cruz

Paul Cruz

Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District
Cruz was named head of Austin ISD in 2015, after serving nine months as interim superintendent. He previously served as chief schools officer for AISD, supervising four associate superintendents and more than 120 campus principals. Cruz also served as the deputy commissioner for dropout prevention at the Texas Education Agency.
avatar for Michael Hinojosa

Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District
Hinojosa was named head of Dallas ISD in 2015. Previously, he served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including the Cobb County School District in Atlanta, Georgia. Hinojosa is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and served as an educational consultant for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
avatar for Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez

Superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District
Martinez was named head of San Antonio ISD in 2015. Previously, he served as superintendent in residence for the Nevada Department of Education, where he advised the governor’s office and others on education policy decisions. Martinez also served as superintendent for Nevada’s Washoe County school district and as chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools.


3:05pm

The House Agenda
Supported by Uber

Moderators
avatar for Jim Henson (mod.)

Jim Henson (mod.)

Director of the Texas Politics Project
Henson directs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-source statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. Henson is also the co-author of a Texas politics web-based textbook used at several universities throughout the state.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Alvarado

Carol Alvarado

State Representative
Alvarado, D-Houston, has represented House District 145 since 2008. She serves as chairwoman of the House Urban Affairs Committee and vice chairwoman of the Special Purpose Districts Committee and is a member of the Rules & Resolutions Committee. Previously, Alvarado served on the Houston City Council.
avatar for Linda Koop

Linda Koop

State Representative
Koop, R-Dallas, has represented House District 102 since 2015. She is a member of the House Appropriations and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs committees as well as the Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement. Before her time in the Texas Legislature, Koop served on the Dallas City Council.
avatar for Drew Springer

Drew Springer

State Representative
Springer, R-Muenster, has represented House District 68 since 2013. He is a member of the House Agriculture & Livestock, Local & Consent Calendars and Way & Means committees. Previously, Springer did accounting work at a Texas railcar company and managed agricultural futures at his father’s financial services company. Springer has also served as a volunteer firefighter.
avatar for Jonathan Stickland

Jonathan Stickland

State Representative
Stickland, R-Bedford, has represented House District 92 since 2012. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Special Purpose Districts committees. Additionally, Stickland owns and operates a consulting firm that provides data-management, marketing and sales services to local oil and gas companies.
avatar for Chris Turner

Chris Turner

State Representative
Turner, D-Grand Prairie, has represented House District 101 since 2013. He also served as the district’s representative from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the House Higher Education, Ways & Means, and General Investigating & Ethics committees, as well as the Higher Education Subcommittee on Post-Secondary & Workforce Readiness. Turner also works as a communications consultant.
avatar for Gene Wu

Gene Wu

State Representative
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Energy Resources committees. He is also an attorney in private practice and previously served as a prosecutor in the Harris County district attorney’s office. He is the past president of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee and a board member of the for the community advocacy organization OCA Greater Houston.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

3:05pm

Mental Health Matters: What More Should We Do?
Supported by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Moderators
avatar for Edgar Walters (mod.)

Edgar Walters (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters covers health and human services for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as an editor for The Daily Texan.

Speakers
avatar for Garnet Coleman

Garnet Coleman

State Representative
Coleman, D-Houston, has represented House District 147 since 1992. He serves as chairman of the House County Affairs Committee and is a member of the Public Health Committee. Coleman is also the president and CEO of Apartments for America, a nonprofit affordable housing corporation.
avatar for Anne Dunkelberg

Anne Dunkelberg

Associate Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities
Dunkelberg joined the Center in 1994. She focuses on policy and budget issues related to health care access and immigrants’ access to public benefits. She also serves as a founding member of the Texas CHIP Coalition and Cover Texas Now. She previously served in the state Medicaid director’s office at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
avatar for Andrew Keller

Andrew Keller

President and CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Keller was named head of the Institute in 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy and health and human services integration. He is a founding partner of TriWest Group, a national behavioral health systems consulting firm focused on human service evaluation and community collaboration. Previously, Keller worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver.
avatar for Joe Moody

Joe Moody

State Representative
Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as vice chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and sits on the General Investigating & Ethics and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor at the El Paso County district attorney’s office. He is now a partner at the law firm Neil & Moody.
avatar for Four Price

Four Price

State Representative
Price, R-Amarillo, has represented House District 87 since 2010. He currently serves as chairman of the Select Committee on Mental Health and sits on the House Appropriations, Calendars and Human Services committees. He also co-chairs the Health and Human Services Commission Transition Legislative Oversight Committee. Price is a licensed attorney working in Amarillo.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

Taking Care of Our Veterans
Supported by Lockheed Martin and Walmart

Moderators
avatar for Alana Rocha (mod.)

Alana Rocha (mod.)

Multimedia Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She has covered politics for stations in Florida and Kansas, and was most recently YNN’s lead political reporter in Austin. Rocha received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Florida.

Speakers
avatar for César Blanco

César Blanco

State Representative
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He sits on the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs, Public Health and Rules & Resolutions committees. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and is a member of the American Legion. Previously, Blanco served as a military intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy.
avatar for Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell

State Senator
Campbell, R-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 25 since 2013. She serves as chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Military Installations Committee and sits on the Administration, Education, Health & Human Services, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. In 2013, then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed Campbell to represent Texas on the Southern Regional Education Board’s Legislative Advisory Council. She is also a... Read More →
avatar for Tony Dale

Tony Dale

State Representative
Dale, R-Cedar Park, has represented House District 136 since 2013. He sits on the House Homeland Security & Public Safety, Energy Resources and Local & Consent Calendars committees. He also serves as chairman of the House Energy Caucus and is a member of the House Manufacturing Caucus. Dale was recognized as the 2013 Lone Star Conservative Leader by the Texas Conservative Roundtable.
avatar for Carlos Uresti

Carlos Uresti

State Senator
Uresti, D-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 19 since 2006. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Administration Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. In addition, he works in a private practice with The Uresti Law Firm in San Antonio. Previously, Uresti served nine years in the Texas House.


3:10pm

Signing of Maureen Dowd's The Year of Voting Dangerously
Join us for a signing of Maureen Dowd's newest book, The Year of Voting Dangerously.

Hosted by BookPeople 

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd

Op-Ed Columnist at The New York Times
Dowd most recently wrote The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics. She became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 and is the recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Previously, she served as White House correspondent in the Times’ Washington bureau.


Saturday September 24, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm
AT&T Lounge

4:00pm

Meet-and-Greet with Alex Wagner and Abby Livingston
Join us for a meet-and-greet with The Atlantic's Alex Wagner and The Texas Tribune's Abby Livingston.
 
Hosted by Texas Tribune Membership

Speakers
avatar for Abby Livingston (mod.)

Abby Livingston (mod.)

Washington Bureau Chief for The Texas Tribune
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Previously, Livingston pitched and produced political segments for CNN’s John King, USA, worked as a TV editor for The Hotline and was a political researcher at NBC News.
avatar for Alex Wagner (mod.)

Alex Wagner (mod.)

Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Wagner joined The Atlantic in 2016 after hosting MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she was a reporter for The Huffington Post, the White House correspondent for Politics Daily and the editor-in-chief of Fader magazine. From 2007 to 2008, Wagner served as executive director of Not on Our Watch, an advocacy and grant-making nonprofit.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin TX, 78705

4:05pm

Meet-and-Greet with The House Agenda Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of The House Agenda in the Jessen Lounge immediately following their panel.
 
Hosted by Uber

Speakers
avatar for Jim Henson (mod.)

Jim Henson (mod.)

Director of the Texas Politics Project
Henson directs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-source statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. Henson is also the co-author of a Texas politics web-based textbook used at several universities throughout the state.
avatar for Carol Alvarado

Carol Alvarado

State Representative
Alvarado, D-Houston, has represented House District 145 since 2008. She serves as chairwoman of the House Urban Affairs Committee and vice chairwoman of the Special Purpose Districts Committee and is a member of the Rules & Resolutions Committee. Previously, Alvarado served on the Houston City Council.
avatar for Linda Koop

Linda Koop

State Representative
Koop, R-Dallas, has represented House District 102 since 2015. She is a member of the House Appropriations and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs committees as well as the Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement. Before her time in the Texas Legislature, Koop served on the Dallas City Council.
avatar for Drew Springer

Drew Springer

State Representative
Springer, R-Muenster, has represented House District 68 since 2013. He is a member of the House Agriculture & Livestock, Local & Consent Calendars and Way & Means committees. Previously, Springer did accounting work at a Texas railcar company and managed agricultural futures at his father’s financial services company. Springer has also served as a volunteer firefighter.
avatar for Jonathan Stickland

Jonathan Stickland

State Representative
Stickland, R-Bedford, has represented House District 92 since 2012. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Special Purpose Districts committees. Additionally, Stickland owns and operates a consulting firm that provides data-management, marketing and sales services to local oil and gas companies.
avatar for Chris Turner

Chris Turner

State Representative
Turner, D-Grand Prairie, has represented House District 101 since 2013. He also served as the district’s representative from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the House Higher Education, Ways & Means, and General Investigating & Ethics committees, as well as the Higher Education Subcommittee on Post-Secondary & Workforce Readiness. Turner also works as a communications consultant.
avatar for Gene Wu

Gene Wu

State Representative
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Energy Resources committees. He is also an attorney in private practice and previously served as a prosecutor in the Harris County district attorney’s office. He is the past president of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee and a board member of the for the community advocacy organization OCA Greater Houston.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:05pm - 4:25pm
Jessen Lounge

4:25pm

A National Security Agenda for the 45th President
Supported by The Texas A&M University System

Moderators
avatar for Lawrence Wright (mod.)

Lawrence Wright (mod.)

Staff Writer at The New Yorker
Wright is an author, screenwriter and playwright who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. His book on the history of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, was translated into 24 languages and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He performed his one-man play, “My Trip to Al-Qaeda,” off-Broadway before turning it into an HBO documentary.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Crocker

Ryan Crocker

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan under President Barack Obama from 2011-2012. Before that, he had served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. He is currently dean and executive professor at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. In 2009, Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
avatar for Will Hurd

Will Hurd

U.S. Representative
Hurd, R-San Antonio, began representing Texas’ Congressional District 23 in 2015. He is a member of the House Oversight & Government Reform and Homeland Security committees. Hurd also serves as chairman of the Information Technology Subcommittee and vice chairman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. He previously spent nine years working for the CIA.
avatar for Bob Inman

Bob Inman

Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Inman was appointed as a tenured professor at the LBJ School in 2001. Previously, he served as director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of central intelligence and served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years. Inman has served as a managing director of Gefinor Ventures and Limestone Ventures and as a trustee of the American Assembly and the California Institute of Technology.
avatar for Julianne Smith

Julianne Smith

Former Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden
Smith is currently the director of the Strategy and Statecraft program at the Center for a New American Security. From 2012-2013, she served as deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Previously, Smith served as principal director for European and NATO policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Texas Union Theater 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

Voting Rights and Wrongs
Moderators
avatar for Brian Rosenthal (mod.)

Brian Rosenthal (mod.)

Austin Bureau Reporter for the Houston Chronicle
Rosenthal covers Texas government and politics, health and human services and enterprise projects for the Houston Chronicle’s statehouse bureau, which he joined in May 2014. Previously, he covered Washington state government and the region’s mental-health system for The Seattle Times. Rosenthal is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Hasen

Richard Hasen

Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine
Hasen joined the UC Irvine School of Law in 2011 and is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. In 2013, he was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. Most recently, Hasen authored Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections.
avatar for Todd Hunter

Todd Hunter

State Representative
Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, has represented House District 32 since 2008, and previously held the seat from 1989-1997. He serves as chairman of the House Calendars Committee and vice chairman of the Urban Affairs Committee. Additionally, he sits on the Criminal Jurisprudence, Redistricting and General Investigating & Ethics committees. Hunter also works as a Corpus Christi-based attorney.
avatar for Celia Israel

Celia Israel

State Representative
Israel, D-Austin, has represented House District 50 since 2014. She is a member of the House Elections and Transportation committees and serves on the Long-Term Infrastructure Planning Subcommittee. Israel is also a real estate agent with Home and Hearth Realty. Previously, Israel served on the boards of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Public Transportation.
avatar for Poncho Nevárez

Poncho Nevárez

State Representative
Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has represented House District 74 in 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. Nevárez heads his own law firm, the Nevárez Law Group.


4:25pm

What's Next on Water?
Supported by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Moderators
avatar for Kiah Collier (mod.)

Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on public education for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times, where she covered the city council, water issues and the 83rd Legislature.

Speakers
avatar for Bech Bruun

Bech Bruun

Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board
Bruun has served on the board since 2013 and was named chairman in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott. He also serves as the board’s designated appointee to the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group. Previously, Bruun served as the director of governmental appointments in then-Gov. Rick Perry’s administration.
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Laura Huffman

Texas State Director of the Nature Conservancy
As director for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, Huffman heads a team of conservation experts whose work protects the integrity of Texas’ natural resources and some of its most iconic landscapes. She also heads the Conservancy’s North American Urban Conservation program. Before joining the Conservancy, Huffman spent 20 years in city management.
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Jason Isaac

State Representative
Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, has represented House District 45 since 2011. He is a member of the House Environmental Regulation, Local & Consent Calendars and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He also serves as chairman of the Economic & Small Business Development Subcommittee on Small Business. Isaac is the founder of the Hill Country Caucus in the House.
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Sid Miller

Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Miller was elected to his current post in 2014. Previously, he served six terms in the Texas House. During his tenure, Miller chaired the Agriculture & Livestock Committee and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees and authored the abortion sonogram bill in the 82nd legislative session. Miller also served on the State Agriculture Policy Board and was appointed to serve on the National Energy Council.
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Charles Perry

State Senator
Perry, R-Lubbock, has represented Senate District 28 since 2014. He serves as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services and Higher Education committees. Previously, Perry served in the Texas House and has served as president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

4:25pm

Texas and Zika
Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Quest Diagnostics

Moderators
avatar for Shefali Luthra (mod.)

Shefali Luthra (mod.)

Web Reporter at Kaiser Health News
Luthra writes about consumer issues and patient engagement in health care for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she was a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune, covering women’s health and local implementation of federal health reform. Luthra’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, The Atlantic, CNN Health and PBS NewsHour.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes

Chief Medical Officer of Legacy Community Health Services
Barnes serves as chief medical officer of Houston-based Legacy Community Health, a nonprofit community health center providing care to low-income patients. She is an associate professor of internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of sociology at Rice University. Additionally, Barnes sits on the advisory board of the Kinder Institute.
avatar for Nicole Collier

Nicole Collier

State Representative
Collier, D-Fort Worth, has represented House District 95 since 2013. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House General Investigating & Ethics Committee and is a member of the Public Health and Business & Industry committees as well as the Texas Black Caucus. Additionally, Collier is a trial attorney and partner at West & Associates, LLP in Fort Worth.
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John Hellerstedt

Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services
Hellerstedt became commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services in January. Previously, he served as medical director for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Division. Hellerstedt has also served as chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of Medical Affairs for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
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Martha Rac

Maternal-Fetal Specialist and OB/GYN at Baylor College of Medicine
Rac is an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women where she helped develop a Zika-specific obstetrics clinic. The clinic provides care for pregnant patients exposed to or infected with the virus. Additionally, Rac serves as co-director of the High-Risk Obstetrics Infectious Disease Clinic at Ben Taub Hospital.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

The View from Elsewhere
Moderators
avatar for Robert Draper (mod.)

Robert Draper (mod.)

Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine
Draper is a writer and author who contributes to National Geographic, GQ magazine and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives and Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. Previously, Draper wrote for Texas Monthly and The Austin Chronicle.

Speakers
avatar for John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Governor of Colorado
Hickenlooper was inaugurated governor of Colorado in 2011. He previously served as mayor of Denver, where he led the campaign to pass FasTracks, the largest regional transportation initiative in U.S. history. Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial administration has created the Colorado Innovation Network and funded efforts in creating startups and early-stage technology businesses.
avatar for Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson

Governor of Arkansas
Hutchinson was inaugurated governor of Arkansas in 2015. He also serves as chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board and the Southern State Energy Board and as vice chairman of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee of the National Governors Association. Previously, Hutchinson served as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

Campus Carry is the Law. Now What?
Moderators
avatar for David Brown (mod.)

David Brown (mod.)

Host and Managing Editor of the Texas Standard
Brown is the host and managing editor of the Texas Standard, a statewide public radio program produced at the studios of KUT News in Austin in association with The Texas Tribune, NPR and media partners across Texas. Brown is a former host of the business program Marketplace and a longtime public radio correspondent who has been based in Washington, London and Los Angeles.

Speakers
avatar for Jose L. Bañales

Jose L. Bañales

Chief of the Texas State University Police Department
Bañales has served as chief of the Texas State University Police Department since May 2016. Previously, he held several positions at the the San Antonio Police Department, most recently serving as assistant chief of police. During his time with SAPD, Bañales was awarded the Aguila Statue Award, the highest national recognition from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.
avatar for Diego Bernal

Diego Bernal

State Representative
Bernal, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 123 since 2015. He is a member of the House Urban Affairs and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs committees. Bernal previously served as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio and as a San Antonio City Council member.
avatar for Mia Carter

Mia Carter

Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin
Carter is a university distinguished teaching associate professor and a 2010 recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She most recently sued UT-Austin and the state over the recently enacted campus carry law.
avatar for Steven Goode

Steven Goode

Professor and Chairman of Campus Carry Working Group at the University of Texas at Austin
Goode joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1977 and currently holds the W. James Kronzer Chair in Trial and Appellate Advocacy at the UT School of Law. He also serves as chairman of the UT Campus Carry Policy Working Group, which aims to set rules and regulations for handguns on campus.
avatar for Antonia Okafor

Antonia Okafor

Southwest Regional Director of Students for Concealed Carry
Okafor worked with Students for Concealed Carry to help pass legislation allowing Texans with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns inside public university buildings. She has interned for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. Most recently, she worked on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign.


4:25pm

Local Control – or Control the Locals?
Moderators
avatar for Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Malewitz primarily covers the intersection of energy and the environment for the Tribune. Previously, he spent two years covering energy and environmental issues for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Van Duyne

Beth Van Duyne

Mayor of Irving
Van Duyne, serving her second term as mayor, was first elected in 2011. She is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, the Texas Municipal League and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Van Duyne is also a member of the boards of the North Texas Commission and the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
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Don Huffines

State Senator
Huffines, R-Dallas, has represented Senate District 16 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and is a member of the Administration, Business & Commerce and Education committees. Previously, he served as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions. Huffines is the co-founder of the Huffines Communities, a real estate land development company.
avatar for Philip Kingston

Philip Kingston

Dallas City Council Member
Kingston was first elected in 2013 to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council. He was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as chairman of the Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee and is a member of the Police and Fire Pension Board. Kingston is also a founding member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Public Forum Committee.
avatar for Ron Nirenberg

Ron Nirenberg

San Antonio City Council Member
Nirenberg was first elected in 2013 to represented District 8 on the San Antonio City Council. He chairs the city’s Quality of Life and City Council Comprehensive Planning committees and serves on the board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Previously, Nirenberg worked as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center and general manager for Trinity University’s KRTU-FM.
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Matt Rinaldi

State Representative
Rinaldi, R-Irving, has represented House District 115 since 2015. He is a member of the House Agriculture & Livestock and Business & Industry committees. Rinaldi currently serves as senior counsel at Dykema Cox Smith and has worked at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Rinaldi also sits on the board of a publicly traded real estate investment trust.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712

4:25pm

God & Governing: Should Faith Inform Politics?
Moderators
avatar for Ben Philpott (mod.)

Ben Philpott (mod.)

Senior Editor at KUT-FM
Philpott has covered state politics and other topics for KUT, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate, since 2002. He is also co-host of The Ticket 2016, a podcast co-produced by KUT and The Texas Tribune covering the presidential election. Previously, he worked in public radio and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Philpott has been named Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club three times.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Doyle

Andy Doyle

Episcopal Bishop of Texas
Doyle was elected bishop in 2008. He has served churches in Temple and College Station and was elected deputy to several General Conventions. He is currently president of the Compass Rose Society. His writings include Unabashedly Episcopalian: The Good News of the Episcopal Church and Church: A Generous Community Amplified for the Future.
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Eddie Lucio lll

State Representative
Lucio, D-Brownsville, has represented House District 38 since 2007. He is vice chairman of the House Calendars Committee and sits on the Land and Resource Management and Natural Resources committees. In 2014, Lucio was appointed to the SWIFT Advisory Committee, which oversees the implementation of new policies for the state’s water supply. He is also a practicing attorney with the Lucio III Group.
avatar for Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons

State Representative
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He serves as vice chairman of the House Business & Industry Committee and sits on the Transportation Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Long-Term Infrastructure Planning. Simmons co-founded Retirement Advisors of America and remains its chairman, and he serves as board vice chairman for the Autism Society of America.
avatar for David Simpson

David Simpson

State Representative
Simpson, R-Longview, has represented House District 7 since 2011. He serves on the House Agriculture & Livestock and Criminal Jurisprudence committees. Previously, he served as mayor of Avinger and as an appointed member of the Ark-Tex Regional Review Committee. Simpson also serves as president and CEO of Avinger Timber.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

A Plan for Congestion
Supported by General Motors

Moderators
avatar for Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Managing Editor of The Texas Tribune
Mittra joined the Tribune after more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked as a copy editor, assistant political editor and as a night city editor supervising the coverage of late-breaking news. He was also on the editing team for the 2009 and 2011 Texas legislative sessions. Mittra is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s journalism school.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Burkett

Cindy Burkett

State Representative
Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, has represented House District 113 since 2011. She is a member of the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars, and Transportation committees, as well as the Transportation Subcommittee on Long-Term Infrastructure Planning. Burkett previously served as a legislative aide and deputy regional director to former state Sen. Bob Deuell. She is also the president and co-owner of Highline Enterprises.
avatar for J. Bruce Bugg Jr.

J. Bruce Bugg Jr.

Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner
Bugg was appointed transportation commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015. He serves as chairman and trustee of The Tobin Endowment, a charitable foundation in San Antonio, and as chairman and co-founder of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation. Previously, Bugg served as chairman and president of the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
avatar for Joe Pickett

Joe Pickett

State Representative
Pickett, D-El Paso, has represented House District 79 since 1995. He serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and sits on the Redistricting and Investments & Financial Services committees. Pickett previously served as chairman of the Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
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Betsy Price

Mayor of Fort Worth
Price was first elected in 2011 to lead the city of Fort Worth. As mayor, she has led initiatives to promote active lifestyles and further develop the city’s urban city center. Previously, Price served as Tarrant County’s tax assessor for more than a decade and was a private business owner.


5:30pm

Signing of Gov. John Hickenlooper's The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics
Join us for a signing of Gov. John Hickenlooper's newest book, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics.

Hosted by BookPeople 

Speakers
avatar for John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Governor of Colorado
Hickenlooper was inaugurated governor of Colorado in 2011. He previously served as mayor of Denver, where he led the campaign to pass FasTracks, the largest regional transportation initiative in U.S. history. Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial administration has created the Colorado Innovation Network and funded efforts in creating startups and early-stage technology businesses.


Saturday September 24, 2016 5:30pm - 5:50pm
AT&T Tejas Dining Hall

5:30pm

Courtyard Reception

Join your fellow Festival attendees directly after Saturday’s last session in the garden courtyard of the AT&T Center. Discuss the day and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This special reception is open to all Festival attendees.

Presented by The Boeing Company


Saturday September 24, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
AT&T Center Courtyard 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

7:30pm

The Washington Post's Politics & Pints with Chris Cillizza: TTF Edition
After a full day of programming at the Festival, you are invited to join The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza as he hosts the wildly popular trivia night Politics & Pints. Bring your friends and test your knowledge on everything from current events to politics. Teams of up to six will compete for first- and second-place prizes, as well as special prizes for best team names.

Doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. at Scholz Garten on Saturday, September 24. Tickets are free with a Texas Tribune Festival pass and $10 at the door for the public.

Politics & Pints is supported by the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Prizes are generously provided by The W Hotel, Uchi, Freedmen's, Independence Brewing Company and SXSW Eco.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Founder of The Fix and Reporter for The Washington Post
Cillizza writes for The Fix, a daily political blog for The Washington Post he founded in 2005. In addition to contributing to the Post, he has appeared as a guest on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News and CNN. In 2012, Cillizza wrote The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider’s Guide to a Less Than Holy World of Politics.


Saturday September 24, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Scholz Garten 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

7:30pm

TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism

We’re excited to announce our first-ever TribFeast, headlined by Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd! This great evening will bring together thought leaders and philanthropists from around the state, including several of the elected officials, policymakers and big-brand journalists on the Festival program. Join us for what should be of one of the best parties of the year.

This event is not included in the regular Festival badge and requires an extra ticket. There will not be tickets available for purchase at the door. 


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd

Op-Ed Columnist at The New York Times
Dowd most recently wrote The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics. She became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 and is the recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Previously, she served as White House correspondent in the Times’ Washington bureau.


Saturday September 24, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center 2110 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
 
Sunday, September 25
 

9:00am

2016 WTF?
Supported by AT&T

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Founder of The Fix and Reporter for The Washington Post
Cillizza writes for The Fix, a daily political blog for The Washington Post he founded in 2005. In addition to contributing to the Post, he has appeared as a guest on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News and CNN. In 2012, Cillizza wrote The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider’s Guide to a Less Than Holy World of Politics.
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Ana Marie Cox

Senior Political Correspondent for MTV News and Founding Editor of Wonkette
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has contributed to a variety of outlets, including Time magazine, GQ and The Guardian. Previously, Cox was an editor at Mother Jones.
avatar for Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

MSNBC Political Correspondent
Kornacki is the former host of the MSNBC program Up. Currently, he contributes to Capital New York and Salon, where he previously served as senior political writer and politics editor. Kornacki also co-hosted the MSNBC program The Cycle, wrote for The New York Observer and covered Congress for Roll Call.
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Jay Newton-Small

Washington Correspondent for Time
Newton-Small covers everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends for Time. She has interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and is author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works. Previously, Newton-Small was a reporter for Bloomberg News.
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David Weigel

National Political Reporter for The Washington Post
Weigel rejoined the Post in 2015 after spending three months with the publication in 2010. Previously, he helped launch Bloomberg Politics as a roving reporter and worked as a political reporter for Slate, where he also hosted the podcast WeigelCast. Weigel has also written for Reason and USA Today.


Sunday September 25, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

10:15am

One on One with Evan McMullin
Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith (mod.)

Evan Smith (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin

2016 Independent Candidate for President
McMullin declared his candidacy for president in August. In 2013, he joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor and later became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. Previously, McMullin served as an undercover operations officer for the CIA for more than 10 years.


Sunday September 25, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705