Upcoming events

    • April 21, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
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    Civic Engagement - Where are we?

    Each of us are community trustees working to make this place we call home the best it can be. We are living in a time that has much more information, much more diversity of thought and a pace of change that continues to accelerate. Join us for a conversation as we explore civic engagement research and trends driving participation.

    About our speaker:

    Christopher Kennedy is a community engager focusing on building the interpersonal and communication skills that forge successful working relationships with clients, consumers, boards, public-private partnerships and community leaders. He is the CEO of Leadership Austin and is a small business owner. Before starting his businesses and working at Leadership Austin, he had a 22-year career at the Lower Colorado River Authority responsible for managing all administrative functions that supported the public utility needs in the 58 county Central Texas service area. He serves as Board Chair for Association of Leadership Programs nationwide and site on the advisory councils for the Austin Young Chamber, Young Women’s Alliance of Austin and the Junior League of Austin, a member of Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) and is an avid, some call rabid, Texas Longhorn fan.


    • April 28, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
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    Texans Can Academies

    "We are firmly committed to the belief that every young person can learn. Our combination of a rigorous yet nurturing environment, outstanding teachers, and a unique teaching method allows us to help young people most would regard as the least likely to succeed."

    About our speaker:

    At Texans Can, Ponce has guided the school toward innovation and excellence, and is proud of Texans Can’s recognition as D CEO’s 2019 Organization of the Year at its annual Nonprofit and Citizenship Awards.

    For Ponce, Texans Can is a place where students find hope. Driven by a passion to reignite that hope, Ponce seeks to influence his staff and community to see how, through the mission of Texans Can, people change lives, change communities, and ultimately change the State of Texas.

    Ponce’s past community involvement includes serving in numerous roles with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, RGV Linking Economic and Academic Development Board of Directors, United Way of South Texas Board of Directors, McAllen Education Foundation Board of Directors and RGV Focus-Collective Impact Leadership Team.

    A three-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ponce earned a Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance and Management in December 1990, a Master’s in Educational Administration in December 1998, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration through the prestigious Cooperative Superintendency Program in May 2009. 

    Dr. Ponce currently serves as Scoutmaster for Troop 905, where he has served since 2009, is member of the Boy Scouts of America Circle 10 Executive Board, and volunteers as an assistant coach to the Grapevine Colleyville Target Team. He and his wife, Katherine, have three sons: Julian, Mathew and Gabriel.



    • April 28, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    MBC 7th Floor Club Level  Zoom Rooms

    8:30 on Zoom after our meeting.

    Virtually ride up to the club level, the 7th floor of the MBC Zoom Rooms, following our regular meeting. Members only.

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    • May 05, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
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    Central Texas Water Coalition

    CTWC is an organization dedicated to protecting our drinking water and the economic viability of the Highland lakes region. We believe in sound science, straight-talk based on facts, and conservation. We believe in transparency, accountability, and better communication between agencies, academia, and citizens. We believe in grassroots organizing: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has—Margaret Mead



    • May 05, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    MBC 7th Floor Club Level  Zoom Rooms

    8:30 on Zoom after our meeting.

    Virtually ride up to the club level, the 7th floor of the MBC Zoom Rooms, following our regular meeting. Members only.

    Join Zoom Meeting

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    Meeting ID: 893 2101 5538

    Passcode: 412783

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    • May 12, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
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    Global Hotspots: A New Administration, Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities

    Admiral Inman returns to MBC to give us his highly-educated views on the challenges facing America and the world in the third decade of the new millennium. 

    About out speaker:

    Admiral Inman's long and storied career defies condensation; his quarter-century in Naval Intelligence culminated in simultaneously serving as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and deputy director of the CIA. 

    A graduate of Mineola Texas High School and University of Texas, after retiring from the Navy, Admiral Inman returned to Texas to serve as director of MCC in Austin and later as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. For the past 30 years he has been active in the venture capital scene in Texas, and for the past 20 Inman has held the LBJ Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School at UT Austin.

    • May 12, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by [Bill Gates]How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    by Bill Gates. Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

    8:30 on Zoom after our May 12th meeting.

    • May 19, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom
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    The Anti-Fragile Playbook: The Power of Soft Capital to Change Our Shared Future

    The Anti-Fragile Playbook is about investing in the productive capacity of places & populations with historically diminished access to opportunities to build & keep wealth. Financial investment seeds the story, but what’s really needed is access to the tools to seed, root, grow & sustain that wealth locally.

    About out speaker:

    Ruth Glendinning is the Founder of Future Story Lab, a company with the mission of identifying & activating sense making tools for the unfolding future. The core of her work is building ecosystems of relationships, connections and creative partnerships in projects that are mapped to real needs in the market, catalyzed by expanding technology and activated by personal relationships. As a natural product of the ecosystems built, she designs & implements platforms and systems to develop, product & sustain local wealth. It was here that I emerged the cultural strategy model which demonstrates the importance of creating a balance between community, culture and commerce for sustainable economy and trademarked the “SLOW Tech Incubator” (Sustainable Local Organic Work + Technology) concept in which specific technology is added to no- or low-tech community-based human-scale businesses to better equip them to thrive.

    Ruth brings a complex network of connections at the local, national & global level, all based on trust capital & shared values. Her passion is for inclusion & accessibility, seeking the simple entry point to the complexity of the world, recognizing the patterns of past, present & future events & weaving them into a complex story with a wide variety of elements leveraging the power of the who, what, where, how & why of what's next. This emerges in many forms including language, underlying architecture of ideas, consumer products and locally rooted economic engines.

    All of these decades of lived experience have culminated in the Anti-Fragile Playbook, a step-by-step guide directed towards investing in the productive capacity of these places & populations with historically diminished access to opportunities to build & keep wealth. Financial investment seeds the story, but what’s really needed is access to the tools to seed, root, grow & sustain that wealth locally


    • May 19, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    MBC 7th Floor Club Level  Zoom Rooms

    8:30 on Zoom after our meeting.

    Virtually ride up to the club level, the 7th floor of the MBC Zoom Rooms, following our regular meeting. Members only.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89321015538?pwd=SFl0QkI1V0Nock1Bb3FFRE8vSEQ1QT09

    Meeting ID: 893 2101 5538

    Passcode: 412783

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    • May 26, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Upcoming Speakers in May and June

    Our speakers are always engaging, informative, and insightful (and often inciteful). Our members are too! Become a member and make MBC your midweek pick-me-up every week.

     May 26th  Christina Gorczynski Impact Austin 
     June 2nd  Patti Tauber  

    Aging in Central Texas 

     June 9th   Mikki Marinelli  The Fooled Brain 
     June 16th  Dana de Beauvoir  Travis County Elections 
     June 23rd  Jenny Sevilla  Austin Border Relief Volunteers 
     June 30th  Kelley Russell-DuVarney  Empathy and Assertiveness 
    • June 09, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting