Thought Leaders

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

- CDT
What Ted Lasso Can Teach You About Leadership
Jeremy Karney
Jeremy Karney
Bright Health Group, Director of Digital Experience Design
Jared Stephens
Jared Stephens
Bright Health Group, VP, Head of Product Design

“Oy! What the @#$% does Ted Lasso have to do with leading a startup?” - Roy Kent* 

Join Jeremy Karney and Jared Stephens as we take you on a journey through Ted Lasso showing you that a good leader can lead ANY team if…well you have to come listen to find that out. If you are asking who is this Ted Lasso guy…go binge the first season quick! 

*Not a real quote. Please don’t sue us Apple.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

- CDT
Starting Up For Good: Launching Social Impact Organizations
H. Drew Galloway
H. Drew Galloway
BRIDGE, Founder & Executive Director
Valerie Reiffert
Valerie Reiffert
Radical Registrars, Executive Director
Eduardo Bravo
Eduardo Bravo
Irys Technologies, Inc., Co-founder & CFO

What would a seed round for a more just society look like? Starting any new venture is a challenge, but launching social impact nonprofits and civic technology companies brings its own unique opportunities. Join our panelists as we discuss founding social justice nonprofit organizations from the ground up, building innovative projects to organize our communities and government, and how philanthropy and companies must be catalysts for change.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

- CDT
Leveraging Data Science for Equitable Entrepreneurship
David Mongeau
David Mongeau
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Founding Director, School of Data Science and Professor of Practice, University College
Washington Navarro
Washington Navarro
TheEntrepreneurialWorld.com, Founder - CEO
Vanessa Sansone
Vanessa Sansone
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Join the Founding Director of UTSA's School of Data Science, David Mongeau, as he leads a distinguished panel of speakers in a conversation on the power of data science and how it will be reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape and talent funnel for decades to come.  

Joining him onstage will be Vanessa Sansone, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UTSA, and Washington Navarro, Founder of The Entrepreneurial World.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

- CDT
Our Digital Future: A Conversation on SA Digital Connects
Marina Gavito
Marina Gavito
SA Digital Connects, Executive Director
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal
Laura Cole
Laura Cole
Bibliotech, Administrator
Brian Dillard
Brian Dillard
City of San Antonio, Chief Innovation Officer

Join SASW as we welcome Marina Gavito, the newly-minted Executive Director of SA Digital Connects, to our stage alongside two board members of SA Digital Connects - Brian Dillard and Laura Cole, for a conversation on her new organization, its mission, and how she'll be working to impact the digital future of San Antonio!

From our friends at the SA Report:

"A new nonprofit launched last month called San Antonio Digital Connects has developed a road map aimed at closing this digital divide. Now it’s seeking local, state, and federal funding to fulfill its ambitious goals.

On Monday, the organization launched its advocacy effort and announced that former USAA and Rackspace executive Marina Alderete Gavito will serve as its founding executive director. Gavito will lead the charge for the public-private-community collaboration."

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

- CDT
Telling Your Brand Story
Melissa Vela-Williamson
Melissa Vela-Williamson
MVW Communications, Chief Communication Architect

As entrepreneurs, we think about our company’s brand and its position in the marketplace. But what about our own brand? How we communicate verbally, nonverbally or digitally, all tells the world who we are – even at our worst moments. As business owners or leaders, developing a personal brand that positions you for sustainable, long-term success is the foundation of having a successful business. Customers and employees want to do business with people they like, and that starts with you. Learn how to assess and manage your brand through the intentional use of communication strategies, tactics and tools from accredited public relations expert and entrepreneur Melissa Vela-Williamson. She’ll share trustworthy ways to relate to people at all levels, communicate effectively in tricky situations, and tell your brand story with purpose. 

Covering topics like:

- Why Personal Branding Matters

- Storytelling and Communication Strategies

- Verbal Communication Tips

- Nonverbal Communication Tips

- Communicating Online and Remotely

- Maximizing Media Interviews

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

- CDT
Startup Stories of Innovation from SA
Shaun Edwards
Shaun Edwards
Plus One Robotics, Founder & CTO
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

- CDT
Fireside Chat: Eric Somerville, CEO of Venture for America
Sean Attwood
Sean Attwood
greater:SATX, Vice President of Business Development

Venture for America is a nonprofit, two year Fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs. With the support of the 80/20 Foundation, VFA San Antonio was established in 2014, and has attracted young, budding entrepreneurs who have gone on to co-find major startups in the ecosystem like Pinch, FloatMe and Sendspark. Join Sean Attwood, the Vice President of Business Development at greater:SATX, as he interviews VFA's new CEO, Eric Somerville, to discuss the present and future startup environment for Millennial and Gen Z entrepreneurs.

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

- CDT
The Future of Hispanic Entrepreneurship in SA
Dax Moreno
Dax Moreno
Verity SA, Founder & Principal
Denise Hernandez
Denise Hernandez
True Flavors Catering, VP of Development
Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez
Trinity University, Director
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla
Padilla Law PLLC, Managing Partner


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- CDT
Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez
Trinity University, Director
Randy Quinn
Randy Quinn
UTSA, Executive Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Jose F. Moreno
Jose F. Moreno
University of The Incarnate Word, Co-Chair of the Beckendorf Family Center for Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship
Sergio Palacios
Sergio Palacios
St. Mary's University, Associate Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

Join Luis Martinez as he hosts the first-ever public discussion on the current and future state of entrepreneurship in San Antonio’s higher education system.  He’ll be joined by Randy Quinn of UTSA and Jose F. Moreno of UIW where they’ll share details of their respective programs as well as discuss the real-life investment and impact of their programs today and on the future of San Antonio’s entrepreneurship economy.

If you're live-streaming, tune into our YouTube Channel here.