Conversations with...Speaker Series

Fall 2014

 Karen Hughes

11/20/2014 - Ambassador Karen Hughes

Chief Counsel under President George W. Bush

"Ten Minutes from Normal" 

Karen Hughes served President George W. Bush during his administration and was described as "the most powerful woman ever to serve in the White House" by The Dallas Morning News. Karen Hughes was born in Paris, France. She started her career as a television news reporter and worked as the Texas press coordinator for the 1984 presidential elections for the  Reagan-Bush campaign. In 1994, Hughes began work for George W. Bush as director of his campaign for governor of Texas. Following a successful presidential campaign for Bush in 2000, Hughes was given the prominent position of senior advisor to the president. After returning to Texas in 2002, not only did Hughes publish her book, Ten Minutes from Normal, but she became the Undersecretary of State for public diplomacy, toured the Middle East, and has been an advocate for breast cancer research. She is currently working for the public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller as their Global Vice-Chair. Plan to join Karen Hughes and the College of Business in a conversation that will focus on passion, priorities, and life "ten minutes from normal."


Building A, Auditorium

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12/11/2014 - Alexia Rodriguez

Vice President of Immigrant Children's Services 

Sponsored by Regions Bank

Hosted by the University's College of Business, this talk is part of the "Conversations With..." Speaker Series sponsored by Regions Bank, which is open to the greater Austin community.  A different speaker is featured each month, focusing on professionals from the Austin area who model leadership through their chosen vocation. 

The Series runs from Noon -1pm on the campus of Concordia in the Auditorium located in Building A (Campus map) on the campus of Concordia University Texas located on Concordia University Drive off of RR 620, just north of FM 2222 and south of Anderson Mill Road. (Directions to CTX) No reservations or tickets required.

If you have questions, please contact the College of Business at 512.313.5302 or



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2/6/14 Donna DeBerry, CEO of Brand Inclusion
"Diversity as Strategy" Flyer(PDF)

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  3/6/14 Mark McClain, CEO of Sailpoint & Steve Semelsberger, Founder StrongLight Productions
"Mind of the Entrepreneur" Flyer(PDF) 

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 4/3/14 Dr. Larry Meissner, Professor of Biology, Concordia University Texas
"Defining Servant Leadership" Flyer(PDF)
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9/11/2014 Jason Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, NuSmile
"Scaling Innovation"  Flyer (PDF)

10/2/14 Mack Brown, Former UT Head Football Coach
"Heartbeat of Leadership" Flyer (PDF)



2/7/13  Ken Schiller, Founder and co-owner of K & N Management (Rudy's BBQ and Mighty Fine Burgers)
"Values Matter: Creating Quality One Interaction at a Time" (Video) Flyer(PDF)

3/7/13  Kevin Benz, Media and Marketing Strategist
"Media: Storyteller" (Video) Flyer(PDF)

4/4/13  Evan Smith, Austin Journalist/TV Personality & CEO of The Texas Tribune
"Overheard: Lessons Learned Listening to Others" (Video) Flyer(PDF)

9/5/13 Lew Little, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Harden Healthcare
"Casting A Wider Net" (Video)  Flyer(PDF)

10/3/13 Norine Yukon, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas
"Women in Leadership" (Video) Flyer(PDF)

11/14/13 Drayton McLane,former Chairman and CEO of the Houston Astros
“Greatness Redefined” Flyer(PDF)

12/5/13 Dr. Donald Christian, Dean of the College of Business, Concordia University Texas
"Lessons Learned: Reflections on 50 Speaker Series"  Flyer(PDF)



12/6/12 Huston Street, Scott Linebrink and Chad Qualls, former pro baseball players
"Passion and Persistence" Flyer(PDF)

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