Communication and Leadership: Guest Speakers


This Spring:

Leading Positive Change: Social Entrepreneur Leadership

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Please join faculty and students of the Communication and Leadership Degree for a conversation with bbatx, an Austin nonprofit, about starting your own nonprofit and learning what it takes to lead positive change. Join us on Zoom at

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. Over the years, she has worked with a range of people and places—from small organizations and individual artists to projects with Bumble, The Line Hotel, Red Bull and Dr. Marten’s.

As a musician, since putting out her first four-track EP “Sour Grapefruit” in 2019, she has opened for OSHUN, Nomi Ruiz, Bunny Michael and more. Her work has been profiled in publications like Texas Monthly and Forbes, and in 2017 she was inducted into the City of Austin’s Women’s Hall of Fame. You can learn more at

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. In addition to her studio practice, she manages and spins records with Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club with a focus on the preservation and performance of Tejanx culture. She also serves as the Board President at bbatx, a 501c3 nonprofit in Austin, Texas. / @xochisolis

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

February 3 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm CST

This is the first panel in the Ethical Theory X Practice Series, a public discussion dedicated to faculty research and how that research can inform Advertising and Public Relations practices related to ethics, equity and diversity. This panel will be held over Zoom at on February 3rd at 1:30 pm and will feature the following participants:

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 Communication and Leadership 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 Communication and Leadership 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?”
The newest inductee of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Williams is the genius behind some of time’s most memorable ads including the timeless Secret antiperspirant campaign “Strong Enough for a Man, But Made for a Woman”, the highly successful Pillsbury frosting campaign “Paper Knife”, and the iconic Pillsbury campaign “Say Hello to Poppin’ Fresh Dough.”

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.
He is currently working as the founder of the non-profit Sports Academic Center, whose mission is to partner athletics and academics through mentoring and tutoring.

Inaugural Communication and Leadership 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.
The speaker series is the public showcase event of the new communication and leadership degree program in the Moody College of Communication. Launched in 2016, it is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to educate and inspire future leaders to effect positive change in our complicated world.
Before McRaven (B.J. ’77) was an admiral in the U.S. Navy, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and chancellor of The University of Texas System, he studied in the School of Journalism.
At the event, McRaven spoke about the relevance and importance of communication and the unique role higher education plays in developing tomorrow’s leaders.
In 1996, McRaven used his writing, communication and journalism training from Moody College to help author his book, “Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice,” cited as an insightful study of military engagement.
He delivered the keynote speaker at The University of Texas at Austin’s spring commencement on May 17, 2014. His speech has since been viewed more than 4.2 million times.
“There is no one better to deliver the inaugural address of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series than Chancellor McRaven,” said Jay Bernhardt, dean of the Moody College of Communication. “One of our most accomplished alumni, he is a visionary leader whose career has spanned numerous sectors and served as a testament to the value of communication education. He serves as an role model and embodies the characteristics and competencies that we hope to instill in our students.”
To view photos from the event, visit the Moody College of Communication Flickr page.

Chancellor McRaven Speech Event Poster

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.
Boudreaux’s story of the creation and evolution of the Miracle Foundation included lessons related to leadership, communication and social change. After the event, Boudreaux met with Communication and Leadership students for a small group discussion.
To view photos from the event, visit the Moody College of Communication Flickr page.

Caroline Boudreaux Speech Event Poster