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This event occurred on
February 20, 2010
12:00pm - 12:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Austin, Texas
United States

The world is changing and power is taking a turn. From bloated bureaucracies to agile companies with a fresh approach. From traditional mega-centers of influence to those with a 21st Century view. And from one eager generation to the next. It

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Austin, Texas
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United States
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Rip Esselstyn

Firefighter, Author, Nutrition Guru: An Austin fire fighter and former UT athlete, Rip transformed the health & wellness of the entire Austin Fire Dept through his Engine 2 Diet program and book of the same name. Currently a consultant with Whole Foods, he

Doug Ulman

President/CEO the Lance Armstrong Foundation: Founder of the Ulman Foundation for Young Adults A three time cancer survivor by the age of 20 and a nationally recognized cancer advocate, Doug is determined to fight the #1 killer in the world by making cancer issues a global priority. Especially attuned to the toll the disease takes on the young, he and his LIVESTRONG team are raising awareness of the warning signs and finding ways to leverage

Steven Tomlinson

Business educator & coach, theatre artist, co-founder of Acton School of Business: Steven's inspiring career blends economics, theatre and ministry. Oh, and he

Christopher E. Mueller Ph.D

Scientist, Life Technologies Inc. With a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D. in computer science, Chris is well armed to take on the vast task of creating automated data systems that acquire and process public genomic content. However, as we contemplate all the advances genome science will bring, Chris is facing a big obstacle: the computer industry isn

Chris Shipley

Chairman and CEO, Guidewire Group, Inc. Chris Shipley is a leading technology and product analyst and has helped technology companies bring more than 1,000 new products to market. She consults with emerging tech companies in the U.S. and around the world and Fortune Small Business Magazine placed her on its "Top 10 Minds in Small Business

Suzanne + David Armistead

Parents, Artists, Producers After the death of her son Davis, Suzanne prayed to turn only to love, beginning a journey with her husband David in which choosing love has lifted them in grief from darkness to light in love

Janet Maykus

Principal/College of Pastoral Leaders. Janet deftly weaves curiosity, compassion and leadership in her roles as theologian, spiritual care and bereavement services specialist. Founding principal of the Seminary's College of Pastoral Leaders, she was recently awarded two grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.,is currently is studying the dramatic shift in well-being among pastoral leaders and has a theory on what that could mean to each of us.

Dr. William Merrell

Professor, Texas A&M Galveston Chairman and chief scientist at the Institute for Oceans and Coasts, Bill saw first-hand the devastation left by Hurricane Ike and has since been a tireless evangelist for a

Mark Rolston

Chief Creative Officer, frog design An early web pioneer, Mark was founder of frog

John Pointer

Musician, Actor, Cultural Entrepreneur A vibrant

Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

Prenatal + Perinatal Psychologist, A nationally recognized early parenting coach, consultant, speaker, educator and author who has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Radio, NPR and in publications such as Time Magazine, Carrie

Turk + Christy Pipkin

Founders of The Nobelity Project. Author & Filmmaker. Producer. A couple with a wide range of talents, Christy and Turk have worked in the world of books, television and film, and are the founders of the global education nonprofit, The Nobelity Project. Their latest film, One Peace at a Time, looks at the possibility of providing basic rights to every child, and has inspired viewers around the world to pick an issue and take action for a better future.

Robert D. Hunt

Theoretical Physicist, Inventor, Clean energy pioneer. Bob is a man difficult to summarize: he helped designed the nuclear reactor for U.S.S. Nimitz, invented the Gravity Plane that flies without fuel, revolutionized the aquaculture industry and created a large chain of successful music stores. Now, he

Richard Garriott

Astronaut, Entrepreneur, Space Visionary After a successful career in video game development, Richard now sits on the NASA advisory committee and is actively working with his peers at the forefront of the space economy. One of a handful of privately funded astronauts to actually go into space and the second in his family (his father was an astronaut, too), he has a front row seat to the future and is boldly going where no one has gone before (oh, we just couldn

John Phillip Santos

Filmmaker, Journalist, Author The first Latino Rhodes Scholar, a recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction and a 2009 National Book Award finalist for non-fiction. In his new book, The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, he ponders how new identities emerge at the intersection of culture, genetics and information technology. He says it

Philip Berber

Founder, (with his wife, Donna) The Glimmer of Hope Foundation An entrepreneur turned venture philanthropist commando, Philip is changing the way international aid and development are implemented and was recently ranked the 6thmost effective philanthropist in the world. He made his fortune cutting out the middleman for day traders and now is bypassing traditional aid inefficiencies to fund projects directly led and implemented by those most in need -- thus creating more immediate, relevant and sustainable solutions in the places that need it most.

Mark McKinnon

Vice Chairman, Public Strategies, Inc. Solving complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, Mark has helped engineer five winning presidential primary and general elections and is the co-chair of Arts + Labs, a collaboration between technology and creative communities. He was also a songwriter for Kris Kristofferson. We

Organizing team


Austin, TX, United States
  • Nancy Giordano
    Chief Ideas Wrangler (Purple Telescope)
  • Jen Spencer
    Event Producer + Sponsorship Maven (Jen Spencer Coaches)
  • Stacy Weitzner
    Social Media + External Communications (Bold Muse Creative)
  • Christopher Justice
    A/V + Production Tech Genius (Sparksight)
  • Mary Baird-Willcock
    Event Planning Rockstar (The Simplifiers)
  • Shannon Mehner
    Data Mgmt + Internal Communications Extraordinare
  • Kelley Burrus
    Event "Shine" Goddess (volunteers, signage, program)
  • Sunni Brown
    Sponsorship + Event Idea Muse
  • Jerry Giordano
    Dude-of-All Trades Event glue