Great Conversations

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Great Conversations
March 22, 2022 6:30pm

Great Conversations 2022: The Future of Texas

Please join the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin on the evening of March 22nd at the Zlotnik Ballroom for Great Conversations 2022: The Future of Texas.

Great Conversations is the Annette Strauss Institute’s signature, annual fundraising event to benefit our education, outreach, and research programs. At the event, we will celebrate a commitment to civic involvement with a panel conversation among distinguished speakers, the presentation of the Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award, and table conversations led by prominent statewide and community leaders. 

Over the years, Great Conversations has become an annual convening of elected officials and staff, community and student leaders, university faculty and administrators, and members of the presst.

This year our Event Co-Chairs Denise Davis, Linda Moore and we gather to discuss The Future of Texas. Our state is at an inflection point, facing both challenges and opportunities concerning topics from the economy to public health to local media. The event will ask guests to think with each other about the role of our great state in the years to come.

We are excited to be back together again in person to discuss important topics facing our state, including the pandemic. For everyone’s health and wellbeing, we continue to champion getting vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 for those who are eligible. We also recommend tried and tested prevention measures such as mask wearing and hand washing. Finally, we encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 prior to the event if they are experiencing any symptoms or if they are exposed to someone positive, and to stay home if they test positive.


Platinum Level

The Ryan Foundation


Gold Level


Linda & Max Addison

Silver Level



Davis Kaufman, PLLC

Dell Technologies

Edward S. Knight

The Hunt Family Foundation



Stefanie Sanford

Susser Bank

Texas Electric Cooperatives

Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Toyota Motor North America & Gulf States Toyota

The Honorable Jim & Ginny Turner


Carlos Zaffirini, Jr.

Bronze Level

The Jack Brooks Foundation

Foley & Lardner LLP

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce


Anniversary Supporters

Blackridge / Rusty Kelley

CPS Energy

Janie & Cappy McGarr

Lower Colorado River Authority

Linda Moore

Rodney & Cristie Schlosser