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2016 Texas Leadership Forum

State and local government gather to share their successes and inspire action at this one-day forum.


Thursday, May 19, 2016
Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street – 6th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

The Lone Star State is a national leader in job growth and economic diversification, yet faces challenges that come with prosperity and uncertainty. Nearly 600 new residents call Texas home each day, testing state and local leaders to find solutions to infrastructure financing, labor supply, and educational disparities. Public sector retirements, technology investments, and citizen engagement bring new opportunities for government transformation. Texans are resilient and their citizens are ready for a future of lively debate followed by innovative solutions.

Governing will invite leaders from state and local government to share their successes and inspire action by every attendee. Plenary sessions will include inspirational speakers with an eye on the future. Concurrent sessions will explore today’s current public policy issues and make recommendations to secure a dynamic future in Texas.

Luncheon Keynote

I Learned About Leadership in the 2nd Grade – I Hope it Wasn't Too Late


Julia Burrows, Director, Governing Institute

Peter Hutchinson, Management Consulting Strategy Lead – State, Provincial and Local Government, Health & Public Service, Accenture

Time:                  12:45 p.m.


Concurrent Speaking Session

Government Disrupted: A Digital Public Demands Digital Public Services


  • Steve Hurst, North American Lead for Digital Government, Accenture
  • Chad Darbyshire, Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Innovation R&D, Chaotic Moon

Time:                 1:50 p.m.

Description: According to a recent survey by Accenture, citizens are ready, willing and waiting for government to match the digital capabilities they experience in the rest of their lives. How can we close this digital gap? Featuring real-world cases, this hands-on session will illustrate how user-centered design and innovation (and a little chaos theory) can help governments rethink the citizen service experience and meet the expectations of digital public.

This year’s topics include:

  • The Texas Economy: Prosperity, Diversity and Uncertainty
  • Financing Critical Infrastructure: Long-term Solutions to Serve a Fast-Growing Population
  • Hiring and Retaining Great Employees in the Public Sector
  • Data: An Essential Tool for Problem-Solving
  • Innovation in Government: Executing Great Ideas
  • Healthy Populations: Serving the Citizens of the Lone Star State
  • Government Disrupted: A Digital Public Demands Digital Public Services

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