Communication and Leadership: Events

Spring 2022 Events

Professional Development Workshop Series

Strategizing Your Internship and Job Search

We are offering TWO Professional Development Workshops for CLD majors focused on skills and strategies for completing a successful internship or job search.

We know that searching for an internship or job can seem overwhelming at times and we want to make sure you have all the information you need to plan, start, and complete a successful search! We’ve asked Ladd Flock, Director of the Moody College Career Center, to offer skills and strategies that you can start using right away in your internship or search. Additionally, current and former CLD students will share insights about their own experiences searching for internships and jobs. We will also talk about the details for CLD 351 which is the CLD required internship course (offered in spring, summer, and fall). 

If you are worried that you are behind on your internship or job search, please know that you aren’t! That is why we are offering these workshops now! And if you’ve started already, that is great too! We think this workshop will help you do even more in your search.

Workshop 1: April 21, 5:00 - 6:30 pm (DMC 5.102) Pizza and drinks will be provided, so please RSVP!
Workshop 2: April 28, 3:30 - 5:00 pm (DMC 5.208) Snacks will be provided!

The Challenge of Leading Digital Transformation in Newsrooms

Please join us for a talk with Andrew Morse, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of CNN Worldwide and Head of CNN+. Mr. Morse will lead a lecture and discussion of adaptation and innovation in the age of digital media in journalism and newsrooms.

Morse is responsible for CNN's global digital business, including CNN+, the organization's direct-to-consumer platform, the core CNN Digital editorial product and business, CNN Audio and CNN Underscored. Morse also oversees the CNN Español television network and digital business.

This talk is co-hosted by the School of Journalism and Media.

Date: Thursday, March 10th
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Room: DMC 5.208 (Dealey Center 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
Kate Pounders, Associate Professor in Advertising and Public Relations
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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