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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Thursday, September 27
 

8:00am CDT

Speaker & Sponsor Badge Grab Breakfast
Speakers and sponsors are invited to kick off the Festival by picking up credentials over breakfast tacos and coffee at our Festival Hub. Speakers and sponsors will enjoy this exclusive window before registration opens to the public.

Presented by Southwest Airlines

Thursday September 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

9:00am CDT

Members-only "How to #TribFest18" Breakfast
Join Texas Tribune co-founder Evan Smith and a special Festival guest for a Tribune members-only preview of the Festival. Over breakfast tacos and coffee, get an insider peek at Evan's top panel picks, meet other members and get all of your questions answered about How To Fest. Find out more about Members at the Fest.

This breakfast is open to Texas Tribune members, who will receive an invitation and RSVP link in September. 

This event is supported by Bumble Bizz, the official networking app of The Texas Tribune Festival.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox

Host of the "With Friends Like These" Podcast
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She previously conducted 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... Read More →
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Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder 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.


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune

12:00pm CDT

Women at #TribFest18 Lunch
The Texas Tribune invites women registered for Festival to grab their badges and network over light bites and tea at our Festival Hub, located at 800 Congress.

This special lunchtime reception, hosted by Texas Tribune Editor-in-chief Emily Ramshaw, will bring together some of the top women shaping politics, business, technology and public policy in Texas. Pick up your Festival credential and meet fellow ladies leading their fields, including several political candidates on the November 2018 ballot.

This event is open to Festival attendees. RSVP here.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a program of Partnerships for Children, features portraits of Central Texas children in the foster care system who are available for adoption. Working together, our community raises awareness around adoption, foster care and permanency

This event is supported by Modcloth, Austin Community College, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Southwest Airlines – the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. It is hosted by Panacea Collection.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress
 
Friday, September 28
 

7:00am CDT

Breakfast & Meet-and-Greet with 'Speakers Speak' Panelists
Kick off the day with breakfast & conversation with the panelists of Speakers Speak in the sixth floor lobby of the Texas Public Policy Foundation just before their panel.

Presented by the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Ben Barnes

Ben Barnes

Former Speaker of the Texas House and Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Barnes served as lieutenant governor of Texas from 1969 to 1973, the youngest person to hold the office. Prior to his election as lieutenant governor, he served as the youngest speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 1965 to 1969. After leaving office, Barnes worked as... Read More →
avatar for Tom Craddick

Tom Craddick

State Representative, R-Midland, and Former Speaker of the Texas House
Craddick, R-Midland, has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 1969. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the first Republican speaker of the House from 2003 to 2009. Craddick serves on the House Energy Resources and State Affairs committees and is the owner of Craddick Properties... Read More →
avatar for Pete Laney

Pete Laney

Former Speaker of the Texas House
Laney, D-Hale County, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 2007. In 1993, he was unanimously elected speaker of the Texas House, serving until 2003. During his tenure, Laney served as chair of the House Administration and State Affairs committees. He is a practicing... Read More →
avatar for Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

Sponsors
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Texas Public Policy Foundation

Major Sponsor
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research organization based in Austin that promotes liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility. TPPF initiatives include criminal justice reform, improving educational outcomes and defending taxpayers.@TPPF... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, 6th Floor

7:00am CDT

Breakfast & Meet-and-Greet with 'The Diversity of Diversity' Panelists
Kick off the day with breakfast & conversation with the panelists of The Diversity of Diversity in the Driskill Hotel mezzanine just before their panel.

Presented by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Speakers
avatar for Salman Bhojani

Salman Bhojani

Euless City Councilman
Bhojani is a member of the Euless City Council, representing Place 6. He was elected in May 2018 and is the city’s first Muslim elected official. Bhojani also works as an attorney and entrepreneur, serving as managing partner of Bhojani Law, PLLC & Allegiance Title of Irving.
avatar for Theresa Chang

Theresa Chang

Harris County Court at Law Judge
Chang serves as the presiding judge of the Harris County Civil Court at Law. She previously worked as an assistant county attorney and division chief of revenue and compliance for the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Chang serves on the commission for lawyer discipline of the State... Read More →
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Bruno "Ralphy" Lozano

Mayor of Del Rio
Lozano was elected mayor of Del Rio in May 2018, becoming the city’s first openly gay official and youngest mayor. He previously served as a security forces patrolman in the U.S. military. Prior to his election, Lozano also worked as an activist in Del Rio helping to clean local... Read More →
avatar for James White

James White

State Representative, R-Hillister
White, R-Hillister, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Previously, White served as a professor of government at Angelina College. He is an... Read More →

Sponsors
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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Supporting Sponsor
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas operates Naskila Gaming, an entertainment center offering electronic bingo on its tribal lands. Naskila Gaming is an alcohol-free gaming venue just an hour north of Houston that has proven to be a boon to the regional economy. The Alabama-Coushatta... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Mezzanine

7:00am CDT

Yoga on the Lawn
Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for morning yoga on the southwest corner of the Texas State Capitol lawn. And come early! A free Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas yoga mat will be given to the first 25 attendees.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Sponsors
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Major Sponsor
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas, serving 5 million members in all 254 counties. BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Texas State Capitol Lawn 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

7:00am CDT

Breakfast with Walmart
Come kick off Friday of the Texas Tribune Festival with Walmart at the company's new technology center, Walmart ATX, recently voted one of Austin's coolest work spaces by the Austin Business Journal.

Walmart executives will share how Texas' largest private employer is reinventing retail as we know it.

Breakfast tacos from Taco Deli and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to this event here.

Presented by Walmart

Sponsors
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Walmart

Presenting Sponsor
Celebrating over 40 years of doing business in Texas, Walmart is proud to be the state's largest private employer with nearly 170,000 Texas associates and 596 stores. Walmart spent more than $52.4 billion with Texas-based suppliers in FY 2018, supporting an additional 285,000 Texas... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am CDT
Walmart Technology – ATX

8:00am CDT

Student BreakFest
On Friday and Saturday mornings, students are invited for tacos and coffee to pre-game the day and connect with other #TTFStudents. Meet Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life staff and our social media ambassadors, get highlights of the day and inside information on what’s happening. Learn more about Students at the Fest.

Students at the Fest is presented in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Supporting sponsors include the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, Pearson, Texas Exes, Austin Community College and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Sponsors
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Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Supporting Sponsor
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Austin was founded in the year 2000 on the belief that active, engaged citizens are made, not born, and that society benefits from increased citizen participation in civic life... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

9:00am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'Mending the Safety Net' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Mending the Safety Net in the lobby of St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall immediately following their panel.

Presented by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Speakers
avatar for Mary Agnes Carey

Mary Agnes Carey

Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News
Carey covers health reform and federal health policy for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she served as associate editor of QC HealthBeat, a daily report on health care policy for Congressional Quarterly. Carey has also covered budgets, economics and health care for Dow Jones News... Read More →
avatar for Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan

Former Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President George W. Bush
McClellan is a professor and founding director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He previously served as director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative and the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. McClellan... Read More →
avatar for Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services under President Barack Obama
Slavitt oversaw Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace programs under President Barack Obama. He is the founder and a general partner in Town Hall Ventures, which invests in innovative health care businesses. Slavitt also... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Supporting Sponsor
The mission of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives. Through innovative projects and advocacy, we work to improve the lives of Texans... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall Lounge (Third Floor)

10:45am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with Kathleen Sebelius
Join us for refreshments & conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall lounge immediately following her panel.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sebelius served as secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2014, where she oversaw the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She currently serves as CEO of Sebelius Resources, where she advises companies, investors and nonprofits... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Major Sponsor
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas, serving 5 million members in all 254 counties. BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall Lounge (Third Floor)

11:00am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with Comptroller Glenn Hegar
Join us for a meet-and-greet with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in the Executive Lounge immediately following his Festival panel.

This meet-and-greet is open to Executive Conference Pass holders only.

Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Speakers
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Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014, serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Previously, he served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. Hegar also served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximillian Room

11:30am CDT

One Veteran’s Journey: A Luncheon
How do veterans transition from active duty to the workforce? Join The Boeing Company and retired Capt. Jason Pak in the Driskill's Grand Ballroom for a conversation on transitioning to civilian life and how you can help our nation’s veterans. In 2012, an improvised explosive device blast claimed both his legs and two of his fingers. Today, he is a senior manager of veterans outreach at The Boeing Company and speaks on veterans issues and encouraging communities in Texas and around the U.S. to work together to assist our nation’s heroes.

An additional ticket is required to attend this event. This luncheon is included with an Executive Conference Pass and individual tickets are available to purchase for this luncheon here.

Presented by The Boeing Company

Sponsors
avatar for Boeing

Boeing

Major Sponsor
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in over 150... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

11:30am CDT

Executives at #TribFest18 Luncheon
Get out of the heat and enjoy lunch with colleagues on the mezzanine of the historic Driskill Hotel. Discuss panels, further professional development and build strategic alliances with fellow attendees. This unique environment is a gathering place for individuals with diverse levels of professional experiences to come together during the busy Festival.

An additional ticket is required to attend this event. This luncheon is included with an Executive Conference Pass and individual tickets are available to purchase for this luncheon here.

Supported by Chariot and Spurs Sports and Entertainment 

Sponsors
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Chariot

Major Sponsor
When it comes to making traffic less of a nightmare, the goal has become increasingly straightforward: change the one person to one car culture. At Chariot, we're focused on creating a transit solution that relieves congestion while offering a comfortable, personalized commuting experience... Read More →
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Spurs Sports and Entertainment

Supporting Sponsor
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is the premier provider of sports and entertainment in South Texas. SS&E owns and operates the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Rampage (AHL), Austin Spurs (NBA Development League), San Antonio FC (USL), and also manages the day-to-day operations of... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Mezzanine

2:30pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'A Test for the New Texas' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of A Test for the New Texas in the lobby of St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall immediately following their panel.

Presented by the Texas Association of Community Colleges

Speakers
avatar for John King

John King

Former U.S. Secretary of Education
King served as secretary of education under President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. deputy secretary of education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education and innovation. He currently serves as president and... Read More →
avatar for Raymund Paredes

Raymund Paredes

Texas Commissioner of Higher Education
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... Read More →
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder 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.

Sponsors
avatar for Texas Association of Community Colleges

Texas Association of Community Colleges

Supporting Sponsor
The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) is a nonprofit advocacy organization serving all 50 public community college districts across the state. Texas community colleges enroll almost one-half of all students in higher education. TACC's core mission is to advocate for community... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall Lounge (Second Floor)

2:30pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'So Did We Clean Up Foster Care?' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of So Did We Clean Up Foster Care? in the sixth floor lobby of the Texas Public Policy Foundation immediately following their panel.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a program of Partnerships for Children, features portraits of Central Texas children in the foster care system who are available for adoption. Working together, our community raises awareness around adoption, foster care and permanency

Presented by Upbring

Speakers
avatar for Kristene Blackstone

Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner of Child Protective Services at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Blackstone has served as associate commissioner of Child Protective Services since 2016. She has spent 17 years working with CPS, first as a caseworker and later as a supervisor, program director and regional program administrator. Blackstone has also served as deputy director for... Read More →
avatar for James Frank

James Frank

State Representative, R-Wichita Falls
Frank, R-Wichita Falls, has represented House District 69 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. In the 85th legislative session, Frank sponsored House Bill 5 and House... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Rubin

Stephanie Rubin

CEO of Texans Care for Children
Rubin has served as CEO of Texans Care for Children since 2015. She previously served as senior officer of campaigns for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she coordinated state policy and advocacy strategies for Pew’s early education, health and justice initiatives. Rubin was also... Read More →
avatar for Edgar Walters

Edgar Walters

Investigative Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters is an investigative reporter 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... Read More →
avatar for Gene Wu

Gene Wu

State Representative, D-Houston
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations and Human Services committees. In the 85th legislative session, Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a Child Protective Services overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure... Read More →

Sponsors
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Upbring

Supporting Sponsor
Upbring is a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Each year, we serve nearly 30,000 families through our life-changing programs—including foster care, adoption, education, residential... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, 6th Floor

4:00pm CDT

Texas Exes Happy Hour
Come say cheers and hook ’em at the Texas Exes #TribFest18 Happy Hour, hosted by Texas Exes executive director Chuck Harris,, and enjoy the company of fellow Longhorn speakers and attendees!

The Texas Exes boasts more than 106,000 members across the world. Join today!

Presented by Texas Exes

Sponsors
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Texas Exes

Supporting Sponsor
The Texas Exes, the alumni association for the University of Texas, was founded in 1885. The core purpose of the Texas Exes is to formally organize alumni and friends of the University of Texas at Austin to be its champions and advance its interests. Today there are more than 103,000... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

4:15pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'Code Red at HHSC' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Code Red at HHSC in the lobby outside the St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall immediately following their panel.

Presented by Ascension – Seton

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

State Representative, R-West University Place
Davis, R-West University Place, has represented House District 134 since 2011. She serves as chairwoman of both the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II and General Investigating & Ethics Committee. She is of counsel with the law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edleman... Read More →
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Kyle Janek

Former Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Janek served as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his appointment, he represented Texas Senate District 17 from 2003 to 2008 and served on the Senate Public Health and Health Services committees. Janek has been a practicing... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Watson

Kirk Watson

State Senator, D-Austin
Watson has represented Senate District 14 since 2007. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, and Higher Education committees. Previously, Watson served as chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and as mayor... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ascension Seton

Major Sponsor
In Texas, Ascension operates Providence Healthcare Network and Seton Healthcare Family, which includes Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Serving Texas for 115 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 4:15pm - 4:45pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall Lounge (Second Floor)

4:45pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'Bail and Pot Are Only the Beginning' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Bail and Pot Are Only the Beginning in the sixth floor lobby of the Texas Public Policy Foundation immediately following their panel.

Presented by the Charles Koch Institute

Speakers
avatar for Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo

Chief of the Houston Police Department
Acevedo joined the Houston Police Department in 2016. Previously, he led the Austin Police Department for nearly 10 years, serving as the department’s first Hispanic chief. Acevedo also serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as... Read More →
avatar for Christina Melton Crain

Christina Melton Crain

Founder, President and CEO of Unlocking Doors and Former Chairwoman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice
Crain is president and CEO of Unlocking Doors, an advocacy nonprofit dedicated to reducing recidivism and helping incarcerated individuals re-enter society. She previously served as chairwoman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the only woman to hold the position. Crain also... Read More →
avatar for Doug Deason

Doug Deason

Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
Deason has served as president of Deason Capital Services LLC and the Deason Foundation since 2009. Previously, he was the CEO of a family-owned commercial builder. Deason is an active political donor, serving on the finance committee of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign... Read More →
avatar for Alice Marie Johnson

Alice Marie Johnson

Federal Clemency Recipient and Buried Alive Project Fellow
Johnson is an advocate for criminal justice reform. She was sentenced in 1997 to mandatory life without parole for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case — her first ever arrest and conviction. After serving more than 21 years in prison, she was granted clemency in June 2018... Read More →
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Mimi Marziani

President of the Texas Civil Rights Project
Marziani is the president of the Texas Civil Rights Project and an election law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, 6th Floor
 
Saturday, September 29
 

8:00am CDT

Breakfast & Meet-and-Greet with 'The Republican Wish List' Panelists
Kick off the day with breakfast & conversation with the panelists of The Republican Wish List in the sixth floor lobby of the Texas Public Policy Foundation just before their panel.

Presented by Entergy

Speakers
avatar for Travis Clardy

Travis Clardy

State Representative, R-Nacogdoches
Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, has represented House District 11 since 2012. He serves as vice chairman of the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee and sits on the Higher Education and Energy Resources committees. In August 2018, Clardy announced his candidacy for House speaker for the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Paddie

Chris Paddie

State Representative, R-Marshall
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He sits on the House Calendars, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and State Affairs committees. He is also a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition and serves as vice chairman of the Young Texans Legislative... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Pollock

Cassandra Pollock

Engagement Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Pollock has served as an engagement reporter for The Texas Tribune since 2017 after serving as a fellow during the 85th Texas legislative session. She has also reported for The Daily Texan and The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C. Pollock is a graduate of The University of Texas... Read More →
avatar for Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons

State Representative, R-Carrollton
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He sits on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Transportation committees. He also serves on the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute Board of Directors. Simmons is also co-founder and... Read More →
avatar for Drew Springer

Drew Springer

State Representative, R-Muenster
Springer, R-Muenster, has represented House District 68 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House County Affairs committee and sits on the House Redistricting and Ways & Means committees. Previously, Springer worked as an accountant and president for a Texas rail car company... Read More →
avatar for John Zerwas

John Zerwas

State Representative, R-Richmond
Zerwas has represented House District 28 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Legislative Budget Board. In 2017, he announced his candidacy for House speaker for the 86th legislative session. Zerwas is a practicing anesthesiologist... Read More →

Sponsors
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Entergy

Supporting Sponsor
Entergy Texas generates and delivers electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 27 counties across Southeast Texas. We are committed to ensuring a bright future for our customers by providing reliable and affordable power, while growing the communities we serve. Together, We... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, 6th Floor

8:30am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House
Join us for a meet-and-greet with Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House, in the Executive Lounge preceding her Festival panel.

This meet-and-greet is open to Executive Conference Pass holders only.

Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Speakers
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Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader of the U.S. House
Pelosi has served in Congress since 1987, representing California’s 12th Congressional District. She has served as House Democratic leader since 2002 and as speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, becoming the first female party leader and speaker of the House.


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximillian Room

8:30am CDT

Tacos and #txlege
Grab breakfast tacos and a cup of coffee courtesy of Entergy Texas before starting day two of the Festival.

Presented by Entergy

Sponsors
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Entergy

Supporting Sponsor
Entergy Texas generates and delivers electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 27 counties across Southeast Texas. We are committed to ensuring a bright future for our customers by providing reliable and affordable power, while growing the communities we serve. Together, We... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, 6th Floor

10:00am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'From Deployment to Employment' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of From Deployment to Employment at Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune immediately following their panel.

Presented by the Texas Tech University System

Speakers
avatar for Jodey Arrington

Jodey Arrington

U.S. Representative, R-Lubbock
Arrington, R- Lubbock, has represented Texas’ 19th Congressional District since 2017. He is a member of the House Agriculture, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs committees and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Arrington previously served as an adviser... Read More →
avatar for Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado

Director of Military Affairs for Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Delgado, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has served as director of military affairs and ROTC at Texas A&M University-San Antonio for nearly 10 years, where he has helped facilitate training for faculty and staff on military cultural competence and built community partnerships.
avatar for Ruth Ruggero Hughs

Ruth Ruggero Hughs

Chairwoman of the Texas Workforce Commission
Hughs was appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, and was named chairwoman in August 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as director of defense litigation for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, where she oversaw 11 civil litigation divisions... Read More →
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Paul Rieckhoff

Founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Rieckhoff has served as founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America since 2004. He served as an Army first lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Rieckhoff is a regular contributor to The New York... Read More →
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Alana Rocha

Multimedia Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as a multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and Texas and traveled the country reporting from the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaign trails. In her five years... Read More →

Sponsors
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The Texas Tech University System

Major Sponsor
The Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion enterprise encompassing Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and TTUHSC El Paso. The TTU System is on a mission to serve the needs of the state through comprehensive, innovative... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune

11:30am CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'The Way Forward is Urban' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of The Way Forward is Urban in the mezzanine of The Driskill Hotel immediately following their panel.

Presented by Ascension – Seton

Speakers
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David Brown

Host and Managing Editor of “Texas Standard”
Brown is the host and managing editor of “Texas Standard,” a statewide public radio program produced in the studios of KUT in Austin. He is a former host of the business program “Marketplace” and a longtime public radio correspondent who has covered national and international... Read More →
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Beth Van Duyne

Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Van Duyne was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as a HUD regional administrator in May 2017. Previously, she served as mayor of Irving. Van Duyne was a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, the Texas Municipal League and the North Central Texas Council... Read More →
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Dee Margo

Mayor of El Paso
Margo was elected mayor in May 2017. Previously, he represented District 78 in the Texas House and served as chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Margo also helped found the Regional Economic Development Corporation and served as president of the El Paso ISD Board... Read More →
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Ron Nirenberg

Mayor of San Antonio
Nirenberg has served as mayor of San Antonio since 2017. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Council, where he chaired the city’s Quality of Life and City Council Comprehensive Planning committees and served on the board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ascension Seton

Major Sponsor
In Texas, Ascension operates Providence Healthcare Network and Seton Healthcare Family, which includes Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Serving Texas for 115 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Mezzanine

1:45pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'Trade Winds' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Trade Winds in the sixth floor lobby of the Texas Public Policy Foundation immediately following their panel.

Presented by H+K Strategies

Speakers
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Julián Aguilar

Immigration and Border Security Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune from the Texas-Mexico border. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was... Read More →
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Rafael Anchia

State Representative, D-Dallas
Anchia, D-Dallas, has represented House District 103 since 2005. He serves as chairman of the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and sits on the Pensions Committee and the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility. Anchia also serves as... Read More →
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Jack Martin

Global Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Martin has served as global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies since 2011. He founded Public Strategies Inc., a communications consulting firm, now part of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Martin has managed the communications, government affairs and investor relations strategy... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Major Sponsor
With 85 offices in 45 countries -- including right here in Austin -- H+K offers senior counsel, insightful research and strategic communications throughout the world.facebooklinkedin@HKStrategies... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, 6th Floor

4:00pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with MSNBC's Garrett Haake
Join NBC News & MSNBC for a meet-and-greet with Garrett Haake, Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, immediately following his panel.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by NBC News & MSNBC

Speakers
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Garrett Haake

Washington Correspondent for MSNBC
Haake covers national politics and breaking news for MSNBC, where he is a two-time regional Emmy winner for environmental and documentary reporting. Previously, he worked as a television reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and was an embedded reporter on the 2012 presidential... Read More →

Sponsors
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NBC News and MSNBC

Media Partner
More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News is a global leader in news across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," "TODAY," "Meet the... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

4:30pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with Evan McMullin and Stand Up Republic Texas
Stand Up Republic is working to grow a nationwide community of Americans to defend democratic ideals, norms and institutions. Come meet Evan McMullin and the Stand Up Republic Texas team to learn more about the work we're doing and how you can be a part of it.

Speakers
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Evan McMullin

Former CIA Officer and Co-Founder of Stand Up Republic
McMullin was an independent candidate for president in the 2016 election. In 2017, he co-founded Stand Up Republic, a nonpartisan political advocacy organization, with his former running mate Mindy Finn. McMullin previously served as a senior adviser for the House Committee on Foreign... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
The Paramount Theatre, Mezzanine

4:45pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with 'Family Values' Panelists
Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Family Values in the Central Presbyterian Church sanctuary lobby immediately following their panel.

Presented by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Speakers
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Julián Aguilar

Immigration and Border Security Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune from the Texas-Mexico border. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was... Read More →
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Daniel Garza

President of The LIBRE Initiative
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... Read More →
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Ali Noorani

Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
Noorani has led the National Immigration Forum since 2008. Previously, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Noorani was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, most recently, is the author of “There... Read More →

Sponsors
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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Supporting Sponsor
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas operates Naskila Gaming, an entertainment center offering electronic bingo on its tribal lands. Naskila Gaming is an alcohol-free gaming venue just an hour north of Houston that has proven to be a boon to the regional economy. The Alabama-Coushatta... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church, Lobby 200 E. 8th St., Austin, TX 78701