Upcoming Events

    • March 06, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Partnership in Bloom: The Past, Present, and Future of the Zilker Botanical Garden

    The Zilker Botanical Garden came to fruition through advocacy and partnership 60 years ago. The Conservancy is a non-profit stewarding the growth and evolution of this public asset through collaboration to ensures the Garden continues to thrive for another 60 years.

    About our speaker:

    Holly Hawk is the Director and a driving force in Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy’s growth and transformation. In 2023 alone, she broke ground on their first capital project, established an endowment, secured a botanical collection and expanded community programing. With her leadership, Austin can anticipate an exciting chapter of growth for our beloved Garden.  

    Holly's passion for the Zilker Botanical Garden and her deep roots within the Austin community have been evident throughout her career. Having served in various leadership positions within non-profit organizations across Austin, she possesses a unique understanding of the local landscape and a profound commitment to the betterment of her hometown. 

    Agenda:

    6:50am - Coffee & Networking
    7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
    7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
    7:50am - Speaker Introduction
    8:20am - Q&A

    8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • March 13, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Ghost: A Look at the Global Threat Landscape

    About our speaker:

    Fred Burton is a former police officer,  special agent and New York Times best-selling author.  He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.

    His best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America.

    Burton was selected by Security Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Security in 2021 and his books have been featured in thrillers by Brad Thor, Jack Carr and Tom Clancy’s Target Acquired by Don Bentley.   Burton also appears in the film SNIPER: G.R.I.T., released in 2023, by Sony Pictures.  

    Agenda:

    6:50am - Coffee & Networking
    7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
    7:25am - Adoption of revised MBC bylaws by the members
    7:30am - Introductions & Announcements
    7:50am - Speaker Introduction
    8:20am - Q&A
    8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • March 13, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • UT Club 7th floor after our meeting

    The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing our Humanity

    by Sandy Kohn.

    Plan to join fellow MBC members for a lively discussion in a relaxed atmosphere on the 7th floor.

    8:30 at the UT Club, 7th floor after our March 13th meeting.

    • March 20, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    The Heat Will Kill You First

    Jeff will describe the risks of extreme heat and climate change and how they are reshaping our world (and the state of Texas).

    About our speaker:

    Jeff Goodell’s latest book is the New York Times bestseller (and a selection of the MBC Book Club), The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet. He is the author of six previous books, including The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, which was a New York Times Critics Top Book of 2017. He has covered climate change for more than two decades at Rolling Stone and discussed climate and energy issues on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, and Fox News. He was a 2016 New America Fellow and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.

    (Ed. note: MSNBC and Fox News? What's his secret? Could it be...Journalism?)

    Agenda:

    6:50am - Coffee & Networking
    7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
    7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
    7:50am - Speaker Introduction
    8:20am - Q&A

    8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • March 27, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712
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    Trends from SXSW 2024

    Hugh will give us an overview of some of the bigger trends that emerged at this year's SXSW.

    About our speaker:

    Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). In this role, he oversees content for the SXSW Conference, as well as the SXSW Music Festival, the SXSW Film Festival and SXSW EDU.

    Forrest was named "Austinite of the Year" in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2018 from Kenyon College, his alma matter.

    In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin-based accessibility company Knowbility.

    Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small monthly alternative publication called The Austin Challenger. He also wrote for several other newspapers and publications, including the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Sports Chronicle, the West Austin News, Willamette Week and the Seattle Weekly.

    SXSW 2025 is scheduled for March 14-23. 

    Agenda:

    6:50am - Coffee & Networking
    7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
    7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
    7:50am - Speaker Introduction
    8:20am - Q&A

    8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Directions and Parking

    Breakfast Fees & Policy

    • April 03, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712

    Our speakers are always engaging, informative, and insightful (and often inciteful). Our members are too! Is there a person or organization you'd like to hear from at MBC? Nominate a speaker and we'll try to set that up.

    Upcoming Speakers in April

    • Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune
    • AUS Airport Expansion Committee, Journey with AUS
    • TIffany AnschutzSage Recovery
    • Ryan Bohl, Middle East Analyst



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