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Saturday, September 24
 

8:45am

Energy Keynote: Are Texas Jobs the Next Endangered Species? with U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Speakers
avatar for John Cornyn

John Cornyn

Cornyn, a Republican, was re-elected to his second term in the U.S. Senate in 2008. The current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, he sits on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget committees. Cornyn is also a member of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, the Congressional Oversight Group on Trade and the President’s Export Council.


Saturday September 24, 2011 8:45am - 9:45am
AT&T Grand Ballroom 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

10:15am

San Antonio is Energy City
Speakers
avatar for Julían Castro

Julían Castro

Castro was elected mayor of San Antonio in 2009 at age 36 and is currently the youngest mayor of a major American city. He previously served as a city councilman from 2001 to 2005. His initiatives in office include the city's "Mission Verde" sustainability plan, which focuses on workforce training and the development of energy-efficient technologies.


Saturday September 24, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

10:15am

The Case Against Obamacare
Speakers
avatar for Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

Burgess, a Lewisville Republican, has represented the state's 26th District in the U.S. House since 2003. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and is the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Burgess, a medical doctor, founded the Congressional Health Care Caucus in 2009 and currently serves as its chairman.


Saturday September 24, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

10:15am

A Conversation About Higher Education Reform
Speakers
avatar for Bill Powers

Bill Powers

Powers became president of the University of Texas at Austin in February 2006, previously serving as dean of the university's law school. He has also held teaching appointments at the law schools of the University of Washington, the University of Michigan and Southern Methodist University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1973.


Saturday September 24, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

10:15am

Criminal Justice and Illegal Immigration: How Much is Too Much?
Speakers
avatar for Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar

Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, has represented the state’s 28th District in the U.S. House since 2005. In 2001, Gov. Rick Perry appointed him Texas secretary of state. He currently serves on the Agriculture Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee, where he is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
avatar for Blake Farenthold

Blake Farenthold

Farenthold, a Corpus Christi Republican, is serving his first term as congressman for the state’s 27th District in the U.S. House. Farenthold serves on the Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Government Oversight and Reform committees. He is also a member of the House’s Republican Study Committee and the Tea Party Caucus.
avatar for Lisa Graybill

Lisa Graybill

Graybill has served as the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas since 2005. In 2009, the organization successfully fought the detention of immigrant children at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a U.S. Immigration and Customs detention facility in Taylor. A Texas native, she graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.


Saturday September 24, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

11:30am

The Coming Crisis Over Water
Speakers
avatar for Laura Huffman

Laura Huffman

Huffman is the Texas state director of the Nature Conservancy, a national environmental organization that works to preserve natural systems. She served as the assistant city manager of Austin from 2002 to 2008, focusing on watershed protection and economic development.
avatar for Thomas Mason

Thomas Mason

Mason served as general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority from 2007 until July of this year. He previously served as assistant counsel for the Texas Department of Water Resources and as director of the Water Quality Division of the Texas Water Commission.
avatar for Allan Ritter

Allan Ritter

Ritter, a Nederland Republican, has represented District 21 in the Texas House since 1999. He chairs the House Natural Resources Committee and sits on the Ways and Means Committee, of which he is a former vice chairman.
avatar for Andrew Sansom

Andrew Sansom

Sansom is the executive director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University in San Marcos. He is a former executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Nature Conservancy and founded the Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas. His writing has appeared in Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer and Texas Highways.


Saturday September 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

11:30am

Has Tort Reform Been Good for Health Care?
Speakers
avatar for Jay Harvey

Jay Harvey

Harvey is a partner at the Austin-based law firm Winckler & Harvey, L.L.P., where he specializes in medical and legal malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and personal injury. A former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, he received his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1982.
avatar for Michael Hull

Michael Hull

Hull is a partner at Hull Hendricks, L.L.P., an Austin law firm, where his trial experience has included tort work in product liability litigation, defense of pharmaceutical firms and health insurance carriers, and medical negligence matters. A member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, he received his law degree from Texas Tech University Law School in 1981.
avatar for David Hyman

David Hyman

Hyman is the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign, where he is also director of the college's Epstein Program in Health Law and Policy. His work focuses on medical malpractice, managed care and professional responsibility. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Law & Medicine.
avatar for Howard Marcus

Howard Marcus

Marcus serves as chairman of the Austin-based Texas Alliance for Patient Access, an organization that lobbies for medical malpractice tort reform. Since 2001, he has practiced as an internist at Austin Regional Clinic, one of the state's largest multi-specialty health care groups. He has been named on Texas Monthly's annual list of "Super Doctors" each year since 2007.


Saturday September 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

11:30am

Different is Better: Innovations in Public Education
Speakers
avatar for Alex Cranberg

Alex Cranberg

Cranberg is the chairman of Aspect Holdings, a Denver-based private energy investment and exploration company, and founded the Alliance for Choice in Education, which provides scholarships for private and parochial schooling for children from low-income families. In February, Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
avatar for Steven Farr

Steven Farr

Farr is the chief knowledge officer for Teach for America, where he has been a staff member since 2001. A University of Texas graduate, Farr authored Teaching as Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher's Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap. As a Teach for America corps member in 1993, he taught high school English and English as a Second Language for two years in the Rio Grande Valley.
avatar for Mike Feinberg

Mike Feinberg

Feinberg co-founded the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, a national network of public charter schools, in 1984. A former Teach for America corps member in Houston, where he taught fifth-grade bilingual education, he currently serves as superintendent of the city's 20 KIPP schools.
avatar for Jeanne Goka

Jeanne Goka

Goka is the current and first principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, which opened in Austin in 2007. She previously directed the Austin Independent School District's Kealing Middle School Magnet Program for Advanced Academics. She began her career in education at Cullen Junior High, an urban school in the Houston Independent School District.


Saturday September 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

11:30am

Why the US Needs Mexico and Vice Versa
Speakers
avatar for Tony Garza

Tony Garza

Garza served as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. Previously, he served as Texas railroad commissioner from 1999 to 2002 and Texas secretary of state from 1995 to 1997. He is currently a partner and chairman at Vianovo Ventures, a management and communications consultancy, and is counsel in the Mexico City office of the law firm White & Case.


Saturday September 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

2:00pm

Is Green Energy an Oxymoron?
Speakers
avatar for Michael Webber

Michael Webber

Webber is the associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas. He is also the co-director of the university's Clean Energy Incubator and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.


Saturday September 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

2:00pm

Can Texas Cure Cancer?
Speakers
avatar for Joseph Bailes

Joseph Bailes

Bailes, an oncologist, has served as vice chairman of CPRIT, a state-established foundation that works to eradicate cancer, since 2008. He formerly served terms as president, chief executive officer, and chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Government Relations Council and is a partner in Texas Oncology, one of the country's largest oncology practices.
avatar for Raymond DuBois

Raymond DuBois

DuBois is the provost and executive vice president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. A professor of cancer biology and cancer medicine at the center, DuBois focuses on improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of colorectal cancer. He earned his doctorate at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
avatar for Doug Ulman

Doug Ulman

Ulman is president and chief executive officer of Livestrong, an Austin-based nonprofit foundation founded by cyclist Lance Armstrong to advocate for cancer sufferers. A three-time cancer survivor himself, Ulman founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults before joining Livestrong in 2001.


Saturday September 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

2:00pm

The 82nd Session and Education: Lessons Learned
Speakers
avatar for Dan Branch

Dan Branch

Branch, a Dallas Republican, has represented District 108 in the Texas House since 2003. He is chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education and co-chairman of the Joint Oversight Committee of Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency.
avatar for Rob Eissler

Rob Eissler

Eissler, a Republican from The Woodlands, has represented District 15 in the Texas House since 2003. He has served as chairman of the House Committee on Public Education since 2007. He was previously president of the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees.
avatar for Florence Shapiro

Florence Shapiro

Shapiro, a Plano Republican, has represented District 8 in the Texas Senate since 1993. She chairs both the Senate Committee on Education and Subcommittee on Public Education Funding and is a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education Funding.
avatar for Judith Zaffirini

Judith Zaffirini

Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat, has represented District 21 in the Texas Senate since 1987. She chairs the Senate Committee on Higher Education; co-chairs the Joint Oversight Committee of Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency; and sits on the subcommittees on Fiscal Matters and Higher Education Funding.


Saturday September 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

2:00pm

A View From Mexico: What Could Possibly Come Next?
Speakers
avatar for Alejandro Junco

Alejandro Junco

Junco de la Vega is the president and chief executive officer of the Mexican news media company Grupo Reforma and publisher of many of Mexico’s leading newspapers, including Reforma, El Norte and Mural. He also sits on an advisory council for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.


Saturday September 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

3:15pm

An Energy Plan for Texas
Speakers
avatar for James L. Keffer

James L. Keffer

Keffer, an Eastland Republican, has represented District 60 in the Texas House since 1997. Keffer chairs the Energy Resources Committee and sits on the Natural Resources and Calendars committees.
avatar for Jerry Patterson

Jerry Patterson

Patterson is serving his third term as Texas Land Commissioner. He previously served as a state senator for six years and as a state representative for eight years. A 1969 graduate of Texas A&M University, Patterson served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 20 years before retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve as a lieutenant colonel in 1993.
avatar for Barry Smitherman

Barry Smitherman

Smitherman was appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission on July 8, 2011. He previously served as chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas for four years. He is currently vice chairman of the Governor's Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulation and has been a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electric Advisory Committee since 2008.


Saturday September 24, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

3:15pm

Texas and the Transformation of Medicaid
Speakers
avatar for Tom Suehs

Tom Suehs

Suehs was appointed executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in September 2009, after serving as HHSC's deputy executive commissioner for financial services since 2003. He is a former executive director of the Texas Health Care Association and past president of the American Society of State Health Care Executives.


Saturday September 24, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

3:15pm

How to Pay for Public Education?
Speakers
avatar for Talmadge Heflin

Talmadge Heflin

Heflin serves as director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based conservative research institute. A former state representative for Harris County's District 149, Heflin sat on the House Ways and Means Committee and chaired the Appropriations Committee.
avatar for Scott Hochberg

Scott Hochberg

Hochberg, a Houston Democrat, has represented District 137 in the Texas House since 2003. He is the vice chairman of the House Public Education Committee and chairs the Education Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Joint Select Committee on Voter Identification and Voter Fraud.
avatar for F. Scott McCown

F. Scott McCown

McCown is the executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an Austin-based policy institute that focuses on the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. Before joining the center in 2002, he served as a district state judge, where he presided over all of Texas's public school finance cases from 1990 to 2002.
avatar for Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick

Patrick, a Houston Republican, has represented District 7 in the Texas Senate since 2007. He is currently the vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a member of subcommittees on Fiscal Matters, Public Education Funding and Higher Education Funding. He hosts a daily talk show on AM700 in Houston.


Saturday September 24, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

3:15pm

Was the 82nd Legislative Session Good for Hispanics?
Speakers
avatar for Jose Aliseda

Jose Aliseda

Aliseda, a Beeville Republican, is serving his first term in the Texas House for District 35. His current committee assignments include Criminal Jurisprudence, Environmental Regulation, and Voter Identification and Voter Fraud. A former Bee County judge, he has also served on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
avatar for Jessica Farrar

Jessica Farrar

Farrar, a Houston Democrat, has represented District 148 in the Texas House since 1995. She is the House Democratic Caucus leader, vice chairwoman of the Environmental Regulation Committee and serves on the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. She is also the founder and vice chairwoman of the House's Women's Health Caucus.
avatar for Veronica Gonazles

Veronica Gonazles

Gonzales, a McAllen Democrat, has represented District 41 in the Texas House since 2004. She currently chairs the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, sits on the Public Health Committee, serves as general counsel to the House's Mexican American Legislative Caucus and chairs the Immigration Task Force.
avatar for Dee Margo

Dee Margo

Margo, an El Paso Republican, is serving his first term in the Texas House for District 78. He is currently a member of the Appropriations and Land and Resource Management Committees. He is also chairman and chief executive officer of El-Paso based JDW Insurance.


Saturday September 24, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

5:15pm

Race and Immigration Keynote with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Saturday September 24, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
LBJ Auditorium 2313 Red River Street Austin, TX 78705

7:30pm

Special Screening: Haynesville: A Nation's Hunt for an Energy Future
Speakers
avatar for Gregory Kallenberg

Gregory Kallenberg

Kallenberg is the director of the documentariesHaynesville: A Nation's Hunt for an Energy Future, which examines the discovery of a vast natural gas field in Louisiana, and Eating Levi, about the world tamale-eating champion. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and the Austin American-Statesman’s XL magazine.


Saturday September 24, 2011 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Spirit Theatre at Bob Bullock Museum 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
 
Sunday, September 25
 

8:45am

Education Keynote: Old School - Losing Our Kids in the Adult War Over Education with Margaret Spellings
Speakers
avatar for Margaret Spellings

Margaret Spellings

Spellings served as President George W. Bush's secretary of education from 2005 to 2009, leading the implementation of the administration's education reform initiatives. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of Margaret Spellings and Company, a Washington-based public policy and strategic consulting firm.


Sunday September 25, 2011 8:45am - 9:45am
AT&T Grand Ballroom 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

10:15am

Big Oil and National Security
Speakers
avatar for Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe

Jaffe is the director of the Baker Institute Energy Forum at Rice University, where she is also the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies. She served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Iraq Study Group in 2006 and co-authored Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Curse of Black Gold in 2010.


Sunday September 25, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

10:15am

Governance and Health Care: Who Decides?
Speakers
avatar for Charles Begley

Charles Begley

Begley is a professor of management, policy and community health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, where his research interests include disparities in health care access and the performance of health care safety net systems. He is also co-director of the university’s Center for Health Services Research and director of its Houston Health Services Research Collaborative.
avatar for Spencer Berthelsen

Spencer Berthelsen

Berthelsen is the chairman of the board and managing director of the Kelsey-Sebold Clinic, a Houston-based medical clinic, where he has also served as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and medical director for the Primary Care and Managed Care departments. A past chairman of the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Legislation, Berthelsen received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
avatar for Leo Linbeck

Leo Linbeck

Linbeck is the president and chief executive of Aquinas Companies, a Houston-based firm whose enterprises include construction, real estate and health care products. He is also the vice chairman of the Health Care Compact Alliance, which seeks to limit federal government intervention in medical care, and is an adjunct professor at the business graduate schools of Rice University and Stanford University.
avatar for Arlene Wohlgemuth

Arlene Wohlgemuth

Wohlgemuth is the executive director and director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. While representing District 58 in the Texas House for 10 years, she served as chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee’s Article II Subcommittee, which oversees health and human services, and was also a member of the Select Committee for Health Care Expenditures.


Sunday September 25, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

10:15am

What Now for the State Board of Education?
Speakers
avatar for Don  McLeroy

Don McLeroy

McLeroy represented District 9 on the Texas State Board of Education from 1998 to 2010, acting as board chairman from 2007 to 2009. During his time on the board, he also served as vice chairman and sat on the Planning Committee and Permanent School Fund Committee.
avatar for Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

Miller is president of the Texas Freedom Network, which works to limit the influence of religious groups on public institutions. She previously served as communications director for the Texas Council on Family Violence and as public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Federation of Austin.
avatar for Thomas Ratliff

Thomas Ratliff

Ratliff was elected to represent District 9 on the Texas State Board of Education in 2010. He currently serves on the board's Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund. He co-founded Ratliff Company, an Austin-based governmental consulting and lobbying firm. Previously, he served as director of external affairs for AT&T Wireless in Texas and eight other states.
avatar for Jonathan Saenz

Jonathan Saenz

Saenz is an attorney and director of legislative affairs at the Liberty Institute, a Plano-based conservative advocacy group. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, he frequently presents testimony in defense of conservative values before the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education.


Sunday September 25, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

10:15am

Violence in Mexico: Perception vs. Reality
Speakers
avatar for Fred Burton

Fred Burton

Burton is the vice president of intelligence at STRATFOR, a private, Austin-based intelligence firm, where he monitors drug traffickers in Mexico. Burton is the author of the books Ghost and Chasing Shadows, which recount his investigative work as a special agent for the U.S. State Department. He has also served on Gov. Rick Perry’s Border Security Council.


Sunday September 25, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

11:30am

The EPA vs. Texas
Speakers
avatar for Trip Doggett

Trip Doggett

Doggett is the president and chief executive officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages 85 percent of the state’s power grid and delivers electricity to 23 million Texans. Before joining ERCOT, he worked as an independent project management consultant in the Texas market and chaired the Texas Nodal Transition Plan Task Force from 2005 to 2008.
avatar for James Marston

James Marston

Marston is the director of the National Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund, an environmental advocacy group. While at the Defense Fund, he helped create the Pecan Street Project, a coalition of Austin research, business and nonprofit groups that studies efficient energy delivery systems.
avatar for Bryan Shaw

Bryan Shaw

Shaw has served as chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality since 2009. He is an associate professor in the biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M University and holds a doctoral degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
avatar for Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Smith has been director of the Austin office of Public Citizen, a national consumer rights advocacy group, since 1985. The group lobbied the Texas Legislature to create the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan in 2001. He also serves on the boards of Clean Water Action and the Texas Wind Power Coalition.


Sunday September 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

11:30am

Now What? Health Care After the 82nd Legislative Session
Speakers
avatar for Garnet Coleman

Garnet Coleman

Coleman, a Houston Democrat, has represented District 147 in the Texas House since 1991. He chairs the County Affairs Committee, serves as the senior ranking member of the House Public Health Committee and is a member and former chairman of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. He also is a member of President Barack Obama's State Legislators for Health Reform.    
avatar for Dianne White Delisi

Dianne White Delisi

Delisi is senior policy adviser for Delisi Communications, an Austin-based public relations and political consulting firm. She served as a Republican state representative for Temple's District 55 for nine terms, receiving appointments as chairwoman of the Public Health Committee and vice chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee.
avatar for Anne Dunkelberg

Anne Dunkelberg

Dunkelberg is associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an Austin-based policy institute that focuses on the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. Before joining the center in 1994, she served in the State Medicaid Director's Office at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
avatar for John Zerwas

John Zerwas

Zerwas, a Simonton Republican, has represented District 28 in the Texas House since 2006. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee as chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee and is a member of the Public Health Committee.


Sunday September 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

11:30am

Why Accountability Matters
Speakers
avatar for Robert Scott

Robert Scott

Robert represents mid-market and large enterprise companies in software license transactions and disputes with major software publishers such as Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.  He has defended over 225 software audit matters initiated by software piracy trade groups such as the BSA and SIIA.  He is counsel to some of the world’s largest corporations on information technology matters including intellectual property... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

11:30am

The Economics of Immigration Reform
Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo

Acevedo is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of CommuniCard LLC, an Austin-based company that provides bilingual communication solutions for workers and employers. In May, President Barack Obama appointed her to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She holds a master’s degree of science in industrial engineering from Stanford University.
avatar for Eddie Aldrete

Eddie Aldrete

Aldrete has served as senior vice president for the Laredo-based International Bank of Commerce since 2005 and chairs the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is also a member of the steering committee for SA 2020, a San Antonio city government planning initiative. He was appointed to the board of directors for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and also serves on the Free Trade Alliance board of directors.
avatar for Aaron Peña

Aaron Peña

Peña is serving his fifth term representing Hidalgo County's District 40 in the Texas House of Representatives, and his first since switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party in December 2010. He is the chair of the House's Technology Committee, and also is a member of the Homeland Security and Public Safety and Voter Identification and Voter Fraud Committees.
avatar for Todd Staples

Todd Staples

Staples is serving his second term as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. A Republican, he formerly served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives, and two terms in the Texas State Senate. He received a degree in agricultural economics while graduating magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1984.


Sunday September 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

2:00pm

The Pickens Plan: 2.0
Speakers
avatar for T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens

Pickens founded and chairs BP Capital Management, a private, energy-oriented investment fund based in Dallas. In 2008, he presented the Pickens Plan, a long-term policy proposal to reduce American independence on imported oil by investing heavily in wind and natural gas power. In 2009, Time included him in the “Time 100,” the magazine's listing of the world’s most influential people.


Sunday September 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

2:00pm

Is Patient Privacy Possible in the Electronic Age?
Speakers
avatar for Nora Belcher

Nora Belcher

Belcher is the executive director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, an Austin-based organization that advocates for greater adoption of health care information technology. Belcher is a former director of Healthcare Consulting for Strategic Partnerships and for five years served as a deputy director of Gov. Rick Perry’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, where she was responsible for overseeing Texas’ health and human services... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Peel

Deborah Peel

Peel is the founder and chair of Patient Privacy Rights, an Austin-based advocacy organization for health care consumers. In 2006, she formed the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy, which lobbied Congress to include privacy protections for electronic medical records. A practicing physician, Peel co-chairs the Committee on Government Relations and Insurance of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
avatar for J. James Rohack

J. James Rohack

Rohack served as president of the American Medical Association from 2009 to 2010 and was a member of the AMA's Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2011. He is currently director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and medical director for system improvement at Scott & White Healthcare, a Temple-based nonprofit health care network.
avatar for Michael Stearns

Michael Stearns

Stearns, a neurologist, is the president and chief executive of e-MDs, an Austin-based company that provides information technology and data management products to physicians. Stearns’ work in health information technology has included projects at the National Library of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute, as well as the development of SNOMED Clinical Terms, a standard that aids in the transmission of medical data.


Sunday September 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

2:00pm

Can Public Universities Make the Grade?
Speakers
avatar for Renu Khator

Renu Khator

Khator has served as both the chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston since 2008. A native of Uttar Pradesh, India, she was named to the Indian Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council in 2009. She is the UH System’s first woman chancellor and is the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States.
avatar for R. Bowen Loftin

R. Bowen Loftin

Loftin was named president of Texas A&M University in February 2010 after serving as interim president since June 2009. A 1970 Texas A&M graduate, he was previously the vice president and chief executive officer of the university's branch campus at Galveston, where he was also a professor of maritime systems engineering. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Rice University, both in physics.
avatar for Diana Natalicio

Diana Natalicio

Natalicio has served as president of the University of Texas at El Paso since 1988. She previously worked at the university as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts, chairwoman of the modern languages department and a professor of linguistics. A graduate of St. Louis University, she earned a master's degree in Portuguese and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
avatar for Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes

Rhodes has served as president of El Paso Community College since 2001, before which he held positions at Salt Lake City Community College and New Mexico State University. He earned his doctorate in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas. In September he will assume the presidency of Austin Community College.


Sunday September 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

2:00pm

Is Our Border Secure?
Speakers
avatar for Chad Foster

Chad Foster

Foster is the former mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas, and a former chairman of the Border Coalition, a group of elected officials and leaders from communities along the Mexican border. In 2009, he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the region's homeland security and immigration reform concerns. He currently serves on the Texas Department of Transportation's Border Trade Advisory Committee.
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Michael McCaul

McCaul, an Austin Republican, has represented the state's 10th District in the U.S. House since 2005. His current assignments include the Committees on Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, as well as Homeland Security, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management. He is founded and co-chairs the Congressional High Technology Caucus.
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Silvestre Reyes

Reyes, an El Paso Democrat, has represented the state's 16th District in the U.S. House since 1997. He currently serves on the House Armed Service Committee and the Committee on Veterans Affairs and is a former U.S. Border Patrol sector chief. In 2009, he led a congressional delegation to Mexico City, where he met with Mexican president President Felipe Calderón to discuss bilateral security and drug violence.


Sunday September 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

3:15pm

How Green is My City?
Speakers
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Katherine Barnett

Sustainability and Special Projects Administrator, City of Denton
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Chris Lash

Chris Lash was appointed Renewable Resources Manager for the City of McAllen’s Public Works - Recycling Center last year. She oversees the City’s Recycling, Brush Collection, Urban Forestry and Composting Divisions. Prior to managing the Recycling Division, she was the Executive Director for Keep McAllen Beautiful , a non-profit whose mission is to educate the public on environmental preservation, sustainability, and beautification. For... Read More →
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Laura Spanjian

Spanjian joined Houston mayor Annise Parker's administration as sustainability director in April 2010. She oversees the city's environmental quality, food production, transportation and energy efficiency initiatives. Previously, she served as an assistant general manager of external affairs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and as government affairs director for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.


Sunday September 25, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Student Activities Center Ballroom 2201 Speedway Austin, Texas

3:15pm

Winning the Next Generation: Reproductive Health in the iPhone Age
Speakers
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Cecile Richards

Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Before joining the organization in 2006, she served as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a national political advocacy group that works to maximize registration, education and voter participation nationwide.


Sunday September 25, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Jessen Auditorium University Ave. and W 21st St., Austin, TX, 78751

3:15pm

Making Big City Schools Work
Speakers
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Meria Joel Carstarphen

Carstarphen has served as superintendent of the Austin Independent School District since 2009. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas. She also serves in advisory and committee roles for the Urban Superintendents Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Curtis Culwell

Culwell has served as superintendent of the Garland Independent School District since 1999. He is also a former superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District and received his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He began his career as an English teacher in the GISD.
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John Folks

Folks has served as superintendent of Northside Independent School District in San Antonio since 2002. He is a former Oklahoma State superintendent of public instruction and also served as superintendent of Spring ISD in Houston. A native of Oklahoma, he began his teaching career in Port Arthur, Texas.


Sunday September 25, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Student Activities Center Auditorium 2201 Speedway Austin Texas

3:15pm

Population Change and Immigration in the United States: Historical and Current Patterns and Impacts
Speakers
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Steve Murdock

Murdock was appointed the first state demographer of Texas in 2001 and served in the Bush administration as director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 2008 to 2009. He is currently the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University in Houston. Prior to his appointment at Rice, he was the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Demography and Organization Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the director of... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2011 3:15pm - 4:15pm
AT&T Amphitheater 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611

4:45pm