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Dennis Passovoy

Session #1 Speaker

Passovoy, Dennis S., Lecturer, Department of Management, McCombs School of Business. In addition to teaching at the McCombs School since 2002, Dennis has a 35-year successful business career where he founded 5 companies and worked as an executive for Dell. His research and teaching interests include organizational behavior, negotiations, strategy, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and the workplace environment.

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Meeta Kothare

Session #1 Speaker

Meeta Kothare is the Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative at McCombs School of Business, where she teaches social innovation and impact investing courses. She is the founder and principal of Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact. Kothare has over two decades of academic, business, and social sector experience. Her research on corporate finance, governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic journals.

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Kristin Scheel Downes

Session #2 Speaker

Managing Partner of Scheel Legal, Kristin Scheel Downes, is passionate about the impact of entrepreneurship and building sustainable local economies. She brings over a decade of corporate counsel and business experience to her clients, having successfully advised Fortune 100 companies in complex commercial negotiations, small to medium-sized businesses in periods of high growth and major change, and thriving social enterprises.

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Amy Looper

Session #2 Speaker

Amy Looper, Co-Founder & COO, OneSeventeen Media, PBC. Amy is a pioneer social venture entrepreneur. Before OneSeventeen Media, Amy was a co-founder of tech consulting firm, Align Solutions, Inc. helping grow the company 8,164% in 35 months. Today, she and her company’s research has been featured in USAToday, TIME, People Magazine; CNN and A&E. She has previously participated in the White House Conference on School Safety, been a Capital Factory Women’s Office Hours mentor and is currently a SXSWedu Advisor and Startup Launch Mentor.

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Beth Carls

Session #2 Speaker

Beth Carls, Co-founder, CEO, OneSeventeen Media. Beth is one of the first pioneers in the social entrepreneurship movement. In 1996, Beth helped found an Internet professional services firm – the fastest growing private company in Houston from 1996-1999. From 2000-2008, she and her team produced online interactive tools to help almost 200 schools and 500,000 kids stay in school and develop their character skills. More recently, Beth started her fourth and latest venture with co-founder Amy Looper, OneSeventeen Media, which helps kids self-discover to make sense of their world with online tools.

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Myra Dioquino

Session #2 Speaker

Myra Dioquino is passionate about the impact that innovation and creativity can have in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs grow from an idea. She brings her experience in intellectual property law and corporate compliance to her clients, having successfully represented business owners and companies of all sizes in protecting their business assets and obtaining patents and trademarks. Myra graduated from South Texas College of Law and received bachelor degrees in Biology and Public Health from the University of Texas at Austin. She is admitted to practice before the State of Texas and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Kristie Loescher

Session #3 Speaker

Kristie J. Loescher, MPH, DBA, SHRM-SCP. Dr. Loescher is a Senior Lecturer at the McCombs School of Business where she teaches management, organizational behavior, human resources, and healthcare system classes. In addition to being a Senior Certified Professional in human resources, she has her doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in human resources management. Prior to her career in academia, she earned an MPH from the University of Michigan and worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research.

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Carl Thomsen

Session #3 Speaker

Carl taught Algebra and Geometry at Kimball High School in Dallas, TX, where he coached tennis, led the math department, and observed and coached teachers as a Instructional Coach. He recently completed his MBA at McCombs in 2016, where he focused on entrepreneurship and finance, with the hope of working in EdTech. Carl's MBA internship was with Civitas Learning in Austin, Texas, as a part of the Education Pioneers graduate summer fellows program. After graduation, he joined Civitas full-time as a Product Manager. Carl manages three products at Civitas, including the flagship product, Illume, and is leading the development of a cutting-edge behavioral nudging initiative.

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Matt Fajkus

Session #3 Speaker

A native of Austin, Matt Fajkus is an innovative practitioner, teacher, and researcher of architecture. He is currently a Tenure-Track Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. His teaching has won many awards, recognizing his teaching for addressing ideas of social, economical, and environmental sustainability. Professor Fajkus also has significant experience in architectural practice. Fajkus is the Principal Architect of Matt Fajkus Architecture, LLC, Matt is a licensed architect in the state of Texas, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional, possessing advanced knowledge in sustainable design strategies and techniques. His designs, research and writing, have been published in Architectural Record, National Public Radio, Dwell Magazine, and Texas Architect, among others. In all of his work, Fajkus strives to affect a positive change through design, across all building scales, all budgets, and diverse types of design.<br />

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Kevin Shepherd

Session #4 Speaker

Kevin is a native Texan and a graduate of Louisiana State University. He is a CPA and spent three years with KPMG Peat Marwick in Houston, and an additional 25 years in healthcare working with physicians to run their practices more efficiently. After serving as long-time volunteer with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Kevin joined the MLF team in a full-time capacity in the fall of 2016.

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Ryan McKeeman

Session #4 Speaker

Ryan has been working in entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem in Austin, TX for the past three years after completing his graduate degree in Architecture. Ryan currently is the Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad and previously worked across the globe in design firms, venture labs, and start-ups. His interests include entrepreneurship, design, creativity, music, film, management consulting, and horizontal integration.