Monday, September 10, 2012

Future and Current Challenges in STEM Education

"Math and science are the engines of innovation. With these engines, we can lead the world." - Dr. Michael Brown, former Nobel Prize winner for medicine.

It is a critical time for the U.S.: our standard of living will change unless we change our way of living and produce more workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We all must take part. Come hear a panel discussion on STEM efforts in the U.S. and Austin's role in shaping a better future for our country.

Pre-Registration offer ends 09/14/2012

The most important resource fueling growth of the global knowledge economy is a STEM-trained and experienced professional. Georgetown University recently reported that the U.S. economy is already demanding many more STEM professionals than are currently supplied, and though only 5% of U.S. jobs today are in STEM fields, this figure should rise to more than 30% over time. As the Austin/San Antonio corridor continues to grow we are acutely experiencing this shortage.

This panel discussion will feature various regional and national voices experiencing and working to address this challenge. Panelists will present perspectives on advancements in STEM education in K-12, higher education, and non-traditional education models. It will also look at investment in this space and the challenges and demands of various technology sectors. The panel will explore critical innovations that are needed to advance STEM education, and whether Austin has the right combination of resources to adequately meet the demands of the economy moving forward.

Joel Trammell is currently the Austin Technology Council Chairman, CEO of CacheIQ, Inc and co-founder of NetQOS Inc. Mr. Trammell was also a 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and the Austin BusinessJournal's 2005 Private Company Executive of the Year. Mr. Trammell's achievements in information technology span two decades and also include... read more

Jeff Sandefer started his first business at age sixteen. After earning an MBA he founded Sandefer Offshore, an oil and gas company that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits in less than five years. He then ran Sandefer Capital Partners, a half-billion dollar energy investment fund... read more

Jeremy Robbins is a Policy Advisor and Special Counsel in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Director of the Partnership for a New American Economy, the bipartisan coalition of more than 450 business leaders and mayors making the case that smarter immigration laws will help our companies better compete and create American jobs. One of the Partnership’s primary legislative agendas is to reform our immigration laws to... read more

Allyson Peerman is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, responsible for the company’s Government Affairs, Community Affairs, and Corporate Responsibility efforts worldwide. In her role as President of the AMD Foundation, Peerman provides strategy and tactical counsel for AMD’s successful games-based learning initiative... read more

Dr. Timothy P. Scott is an associate professor of science education policy and currently serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Scott also holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Biology.  His research focuses on teaching and learning in science and student success.  Dr. Scott is co-director of... read more

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: AT&T Conference and Education Center
Salon C, third floor
1900 University Avenue, Austin, Texas 78705

Registration Fees:

Pre-Registration (Offer Ends Friday, September 14, 2012): $25.00
General Admission: $30.00
Student pre-registration with valid student ID: $5
Student walk-up registration with valid student ID: $10 (space permitting)

Register Here

Monday, August 06, 2012

Rice Alliance Austin Chapter - Distinguished Professor Event

It is Rice Alliance - Austin Chapter's great honor to have the opportunity to host this event in Austin, TX. Please join us for food, beverages and a presentation by James M. Tour on Carbon Nanotechnology.
For more information, please follow this link: 

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
6:00 - 6:45 PM: Networking and Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Presentation by Dr. James M. Tour and Q&A
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Optional Networking

Location: AT&T Conference and Education Center
Salon A, third floor
1900 University Avenue, Austin, Texas 78705

Registration Fees: (registration is limited)
Pre-Registration (Offer Ends Monday, August 20, 2012): $20.00
General Admission: $25.00
Students: $5.00

Register Here

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Small Business Health Care Option

Are you a small business owner who wants to provide health insurance for your employees but can't seem to find an affordable plan? Perhaps, you want your business to remain competitive in Austin and attract the best employees while keeping your current employees from exiting through that revolving door? Or, maybe you are a small business owner who just wants to do the right thing for your employees by offering a health plan? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, the solution is TexHealth Central Texas. TexHealth Central Texas is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses provide health benefits for its employees and owners at the lowest possible price. Wednesday, July 25th at 9AM or 6PM. 

Register at

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Seminar: Designing the Future of Your Business

You're invited

Business Seminar: 
Designing the future of your business

We are living and working in a rapidly changing world. Business tactics put in place 10 years ago have no place in this new fast paced world. 

Adaptation is the key for your business's continued success, but how will you plan for the future? How did early adopters successfully set the course for their business?

This seminar will address how your company can break down the barriers to collaboration, and introduce the tools you need for a successful transition into this future. We will cover the new aspects of attracting and retaining the best employees, and how technology will influence your business strategies. 

Join turnstone and Cospace to learn more about working in the future. 

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Where: University of Texas Club

Meet the Speakers

Founder and Brand Futurist
Nancy has spent her career building, shaping and reviving many of the country's most prestigious brands. As a brand futurist, she sees the powerful possibilities that exist at the intersection of cultural, demographic, and values trends. 

Director and Designer
Jeff guides organizations to unlock their creativity and develop implementable and sustainable solutions, allowing them to adapt and to lead in our exponentially shifting world.
Jeff Sharpe

Group Director 
Aaron is a blogger, video podcaster, serial tweeter and co-author of Location-Based Marketing for Dummies.  In addition to his knowledge of the interactive and social media landscape, Aaron has more than 18 years of online marketing and advertising experience. 

CEO, Co-Founder
Ray has successfully launched multiple new technology businesses and has led them all to profitability. He has a 25+ year track record of achieving business success globally.
Ray Wolfe

Lekan currently manages Digital Strategy and New Media for the small-business focus of Steelcase Inc.  He has built and managed a network of content creators around the country and continues to search for technology tools, platforms and partnerships for turnstone.

CEO and Co-Founder 
Paul has led interactive marketing for HP's eCommerce business, and directed advertising programs at Yahoo!. He has been involved in the launch of start-ups in crowdsourcing, mobile payments, and online communities, and is currently a Director at Cospace.

Paul O

Chief Strategy Officer 
Peter is a leading advisor on social business and drives global industry discourse on the topic through blogging and Twitter. He co-authored the book Social Business By Design
Peter Kim

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Leadership Austin Recruiting Events

During the Essential Class recruiting season, Leadership Austin is hosting a number of receptions at which potential applicants can learn more about the program, speak to past participants and Leadership Austin Board members about their experiences, and get guidance on the application process. RSVP to a recruiting event below, or find additional program information in the Class of 2013 Recruiting Packet.

Wednesday, May 9

5:30 - 7:00 pm
National Instruments (11500 North Mopac)
RSVP for May 9

Wednesday, May 23

5:30 - 7:00 pm
Catellus at Mueller (4550 Mueller Blvd)
RSVP for May 23

Tuesday, June 5

5:30 - 7:00 pm
Whole Foods Downtown (525 North Lamar Blvd)
RSVP for June 5

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Getting Connected Business Resource Fair (4/12/2012) Save the date!

This is a unique opportunity to meet, network, and learn from local organizations that assist business owners. Whether starting out or looking to expand your existing business, Getting Connected is a great opportunity! Exhibitors will include non-profit organizations, government programs and agencies, area chambers of commerce, and community development corporations whose mission is to help business owners succeed.

Date: April 12, 2012
Time:  3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:  Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX
Fee:  Free
For Information:   512-974-7800 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge

Want to change the world? Start here.

The 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge is looking for big ideas from students who want to change the world! The Challenge is open to university students worldwide, in any discipline, at any level of study. Students can compete for $140,000 in cash prizes and one-of-a-kind mentorships and networking opportunities. 
Student teams that want to compete in our Grand Prize Awards must complete their project pages by February 13, 2012 to be eligible for the $50,000 Grand Prize. Projects are also eligible to win one of 17 People’s Choice Awards, chosen by public votes.

Visit today to post projects, join university groups, and vote for your favorite social innovation ideas!