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Friday, September 27 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Matthew Watkins

Politics Editor at The Texas Tribune
Watkins began as politics editor for the Tribune in June after serving as the Tribune’s breaking news editor. Before becoming an editor, he wrote about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, Watkins covered local government as the Dallas... Read More →

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Alan Ledford

President of the El Paso Chihuahuas
Ledford is the president of MountainStar Sport Group, where he oversees the El Paso Chihuahuas, a minor league baseball team that is the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the El Paso Locomotive FC professional soccer team. Previously, he spent 15 seasons with the Oakland... Read More →
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Andy Loughnane

President of Austin FC
Loughnane is the president of the professional soccer franchise, Austin FC, where he oversees stadium operations, community engagement and marketing. Previously, he served as Columbus Crew SC’s president of business operations. Loughnane has also served in leadership and sales roles... Read More →
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Laura Miller

Former Mayor of Dallas
Miller served as mayor of Dallas from 2002 to 2007 after nearly two terms as a member of the Dallas City Council. Previously, she served as director of projects for Texas for Summit Power Group, a Seattle-based developer of wind, solar and gas-fired power plants. Miller also worked... Read More →
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Bobby Perez

Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Relations for Spurs Sports and Entertainment
Perez is in his sixth year as executive vice president general counsel and corporate relations for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, where his responsibilities include handling legal affairs, business development, personnel relations, soccer operations and government relations. Previously... Read More →

Friday September 27, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall