Great Conversations

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Great Conversations

Great Conversations 2023

Save the Date for Tuesday, February 7, 2023. 

Great Conversations 2022: The Future of Texas

On March 222022, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life hosted Great Conversations 2022: The Future of Texas at the AT&T Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Great Conversations is the Annette Strauss Institute’s signature, annual fundraising event to benefit our education, outreach, and research programs. At the event, we 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 press.

Facilitated by the Event Co-Chairs Denise Davis and Linda Moore, we discussed The Future of Texas, including both challenges and opportunities in topics ranging from the economy to public health to local media. The event asked guests to think with each other about the role of our great state in the years to come. Watch videos that highlighted a year of the Institute's events, the evening's panel discussion, and the acceptance speech for the Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award.


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