To conclude a busy month for Smith Soc, our Texas chapters convened in downtown Austin to discuss entrepreneurship and innovation. Members from our student chapters at SMU, Baylor, UT Austin, and Rice gathered with our professional chapters in Austin, Dallas, and Houston for two days of interacting and learning.
The event kicked off with a rooftop cocktail reception on Thursday evening, where members were able to converse over drinks and food.
On Friday morning, Adam Smith Society senior director Alison Mangiero joined entrepreneurs John Nantz (Redwood Advisors), Kevin Renois (@kevinrenois), and Jason Chicola (@jasonchicola) for a panel discussion on innovation "ecosystems" (see this new Austin report from John Nantz's team) and the prospects for Texas. The panelists shared their enthusiasm for young entrepreneurs, and how Texas can make its cities more hospitable to start-ups. Over breakfast, our members got the chance to chat with and learn from these speakers.
Bud Brigham (@bmbrigham), energy innovator and chairman of Brigham Resources, then delivered the keynote on his company and career, economic freedom and growth, and more. He drew from his impressive career and experience to share advice with our attendees.