Communication and Leadership: Events

Spring 2023 Events

Leading Positive Change: Collaborating to End Homelessness

The Inaugural Ann and David Chappell lecture will feature a panel with the following guests from non-profit organizations in the Forth Worth area who are working to end homelessness:

Toby Owen is the CEO of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, with over 25 years of experience in the social services sector. He has overseen multiple expansions of the shelter’s housing programs, facilities and services, and partnered with Ham to launch UpSpire, an employment-focused social enterprise.

Kirsten Ham is the Vice President of Workforce & Career Development at the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, and is the founder of UpSpire. UpSpire’s mission is to create employment opportunities that remove or reduce barriers that contribute to homelessness.

Kenneth Barr is a governmental relations and public affairs consultant with BC Collaborations. Barr was elected Mayor of Fort Worth four times, serving from 1996 until retiring in 2003. Before being elected Mayor he served three years as a member of the City Council.

Gary Patterson is a celebrated UT football coach who co-founded The Big Good with Grammy Award-winning artist Leon Bridges. The Big Good is an annual fundraising event that benefits nonprofits that promote brighter futures for North Texas.

Kelsey Patterson is the secretary and treasurer of the Gary Patterson Foundation, and a Fort Worth native who has served in a variety of roles and organizations to help her community, by strengthening public education in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Fort Worth, and managing the concept and formation of The Big Good.

Date: Tuesday, February 28th
Time: 11:00 - 12:15 pm
Room: DMC 2.106 (Dealey Center Auditorium)

The guests of the above lecture event will also be hosting open Q&A sessions during the following classes, and all are welcome to attend:

Seminar for Communication and Leadership Q&A
Date: Tuesday, February 28th
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Room: DMC 5.208 (Dean's Briefing Room)

Communicating for Philanthropy and Development Q&A
Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Room: DMC 5.208 (Dean's Briefing Room)

Spring 2021 Speaker Series


Leading Positive Change: Social Entrepreneur Leadership

Guests include:

Originally from the small town of Rio Hondo, Texas, Jane Hervey (she/her) is a creative director, entrepreneur and recording artist, living and working in Austin, Texas. She is the founding director of bbatx, and actively designs communication strategies and experiences for other arts and entertainment organizations, nonprofits and creative start-ups.

Xochi Solis (she/her) is a mixed media artist born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed from paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. As an accomplished artist and leader in her community with over 15 years of experience, Solis is enthusiastic about continuing to transform her practice as a cultural producer into a vehicle for active citizenship and civic responsibility.


Ethical Theory X Practice Panel Series: Public Relations, Political Crisis and Leading with Principle

Lee Ann Kahlor, Associate Professor in Advertising and Public Relations

“Theory” Presenters:
Meme Drumwright, Associate Professor in Advertising and Public Relations, Director of Communication and Leadership Degree
Erica Ciszek, Assistant Professor in Advertising and Public Relations

“Practice” Respondents:
Lisa Dobias, Associate Professor of Practice, Advertising and Public Relations, Director of TexasMedia sequence
Nicole Bernard, Public Relations Manager for Texas Instruments, ADV alumna (’13)
Clarissa Ruiz, current student, Public Relations, PRSSA President
Danny Huyhn, Universal McCann, SVP Client Business Partner, BMW Brand Lead, ADV alumnus

Spring 2019 Speaker Series

#What Now: Pressing Forward in the Workplace

CNN "New Day" Co-Host Alisyn Camerota and Press Forward leaders, Dianna Pierce Burgess and Carolyn McGourty Supple, joined us for a discussion of the #MeToo movement and how to make workplaces safe, civil, and equitable.

Spring 2018 Speaker Series

Carol Williams: Leading Positive Change

In February 2018 we welcomed Carol H. Williams who gave a talk about her experience as a leading professional in the advertising industry. She is the CEO and chief creative officer of Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA), a multicultural advertising agency that has continued to push the boundaries of marketing by asking the question, “Whose eyes are you looking through when you view the world?”

Ronnie Robinson: Leading Positive Change

On April 11, 2018, alumnus and former captain of UT Austin’s football team Ronnie Robinson spoke about the leadership lessons that he learned in sports, and lessons he learned as an international sales executive for EDS. He was drafted by the NY Jets but was injured and never played. While recuperating, Robinson started a business that he sold to EDS, where he ultimately worked for a number of years.

Inaugural Speaker Series

Chancellor William H. McCraven

On February 21, 2017, The Moody College of Communication hosted UT System Chancellor William H. McCraven for the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series. At the event, McRaven spoke about the relevance and importance of communication and the unique role higher education plays in developing tomorrow’s leaders.

Caroline Boudreaux

On March 22, 2017, Miracle Foundation founder Caroline Boudreaux visited Moody College as part of the inaugural Communication and Leadership Speaker Series. Boudreaux is founder of the Miracle Foundation, a nonprofit that has transformed the standards for orphanages in India since its inception in 2000. Before launching the Miracle Foundation, Boudreaux was a highly successful media salesperson. During a trip to India she visited an orphanage, which proved to be a transformative experience and led to her founding the organization.

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