designvoice presents INSPIRING IDEAS FOR AUSTIN [Sept 24th]

AIA Austin designvoice presents INSPIRING IDEAS FOR AUSTIN

Thursday, September 24th

The North Door / 502 Brushy Street

doors at 5:30pm / ideas at 6:00pm / RSVP here

Austin is growing and changing. How do we make Austin better while preserving the unique qualities that make it the city we love? Our 2015 line­up of amazing, local thought leaders will share their visions for some brilliant, innovative and exciting ways that Austin can continue to grow and evolve into a better city while retaining the character and qualities that we cherish as the soul of Austin. 

Brandi Clark Burton
Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Adler & Founder of AustinEcoNetwork

  • Brandi is a social entrepreneur, green ambassador, writer, and personal advisor. Brandi’s commitment to personal development, personal health and wellness, and right livelihood help her be a powerful and inspiring voice for change. She sees possibilities and pathways to change, calls people into action that is right for them, and inspires people to live their lives in alignment with their values. A recognized community leader who focuses her energy on connecting people, information and resources Brandi is currently serving as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Steve Adler. Her passion for promoting healthier people, communities, businesses and planet has led Brandi to found the Austin EcoNetwork and several other green organizations and events such as Citizen Gardener, It's My Park!, and Austin CarShare

Eleanor McKinney
Landscape Architect & Green Roof Professional

  • Eleanor is an award winning Landscape Architect who followed her passion for place­making and love of nature to become one of the most significant landscape designers Austin has ever seen. Among countless other amazing landscapes her award winning work includes Austin City Hall and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Ele was the first landscape architect appointed to the City of Austin Design Commission and received a Distinguished Service Award in 2011 for 13 years of service. Currently, Ele is the Chair of the ASLA–CTX CodeNEXT Committee with a focus on Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Water Management. She was recently appointed to the COA Code Advisory Group.

Natalie Madeira Cofield
President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Natalie is one of Austin’s brightest millennials who found inspiration at the nexus of business, community and politics. Cofield has carved a niche for herself as an entrepreneur, advocate and speaker on all things business and diversity. With numerous awards and recognitions for her thought leadership in entrepreneurism and economic development she currently serves as the President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, the founder of Walker’s Legacy, a women in business collective and the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Urban Co­Lab, a co­working community for global urban innovators and change­agents that aspires to build community for companies creating sustainable, disruptive, scalable solutions to education, housing, transportation and other areas of importance to urban corridors for global communities and the local economy.

Suzi Sosa
Co­Founder & CEO of Verb

  • Suzi is a serial social entrepreneur who has made her mark in the world as a global change agent driving innovations that help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. Suzi is the Co­Founder and CEO of Verb, an international company that partners with corporate, foundation and government clients to build innovation ecosystems. Using an advanced open innovation platform, Verb produces massive entrepreneurship competitions, attracting thousands of ventures from around the world and engaging tens of thousands of stakeholders and supporters. With over ten years of experience in social entrepreneurship in both the for­profit and nonprofit worlds Suzi also co­founded several non­profits, including Innovation+, Austin Women Entrepreneurs and RISE Austin. 

Russell Cavin
Director of Special Events at Keep Austin Fed

  • Russell is an entrepreneur with a love for community, the environment, and for helping others.  His greatest passion is in support of Keep Austin Fed, a local non-profit that shares healthy, nutritious, rescued food with our food insecure neighbors.  Russell operates a real estate business as well as a web design/development agency while championing brilliant ways to reduce the environmental impact caused by food waste, feeding hungry people and bringing positive economic benefits for businesses.  Russell is also actively involved in Austin Dog Rescue and the Texas Humane Legislation Network.