Join the Texas Lyceum for their 2024 Public Conference
hosted in Houston, Texas


Download the Conference Program HERE


Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

Primer Session, Space 101: The Space Horizon
This session will be recorded and provided in the "Know Before You Go" email for all PubCon registrants.

Thursday, April 4th, 2024

2:30 PM Leadership Workshop #2: Public Speaking & Moderating
The Thompson Hotel - Capella B Room
Directors and Alumni additional programming only
4:30 PM Texas Lyceum Candidate Informational
The Thompson Hotel - Celeste Room
4:30 PM VIP Sponsor Reception
The Thompson Hotel - Vesper Ballroom
By Invitation Only
5:00 PM

Welcome Reception

The Thompson Hotel - Vesper Ballroom


President's Welcome

Molly Quirk, President, The Texas Lyceum, Lyceum Class of 2018


Cosmic Musical Exploration

Musical Exploration by Jazz Houston Youth Orchestra All-Star Quintet


Chair's Welcome & Introduction

Jessica Attas, CEO, Prosper Waco, Lyceum Class of 2021


Houston: A Legacy of Discovery
Michael Heckman, CEO, Houston First

Launching into the Future of Space
Jim Szczesniak, Director of Aviation, Houston Airport System


Opening Plenary: Texas' Leadership in Investment, Education,
and Policy to Support Developing the Space Sector

Moderator: Merrill Davis, Vice President, Communications, Texas 2036,
   Lyceum Class of 2013 

The Honorable Dr. Greg Bonnen, Chairman of Appropriations, Texas House of

Adriana Cruz, Executive Director, Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office
Dr. Harrison Keller, Commissioner of Higher Education, State of Texas;
   Lyceum Class of 2004

7:30 PM Auction
7:45 PM Salon Dinners/Dinner On Your Own
9:30 PM

Hospitality Suite Networking
The Thompson Hotel - Sol 7 Restaurant

Friday, April 5th, 2024

7:30 AM Breakfast
The Thompson Hotel - Vesper Ballroom
8:10 AM - 12:45 PM Morning Programming
The Thompson Hotel - Vesper Ballroom

Chair's Welcome

Jessica Attas, CEO, Prosper Waco, Lyceum Class of 2021
Elizabeth McGee, General Manager State/Local Government and Education, Intel
Lyceum Class of 2021
Darrell Davila, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor of Texas; Lyceum Class of 2019


Official Welcome to our Host City

The Honorable John Whitmire, Mayor, City of Houston


Texas Launchpad: Exploring Commercial Opportunities in the Final Frontier

Moderator: Brad Morrison, CEO, Atlantis Industries, Inc., Lyceum Class of 2013
Jack "2fish" Fischer, Vice President Production & Operations, Intuitive Machines
Kathy Lueders, Starbase General Manager, SpaceX


Spaceonomics: Texas' Orbital Opportunity for Economic Growth

Moderator: Brian Freedman, President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
The Honorable Carol Alvarado, Senator, Texas Senate
Sam Gunderson, Manager, Business Development, NASA Johnson Space Center
Matt Ondler, President, Axiom Space
Eddie Seyffert, Director of Government Affairs, Blue Origin




Cognitive Cosmos: Exploring Space & The Tech Industry's Virtuous Cycle of Innovation

Moderator: Harvin Moore, Principal, Frontera Technology Ventures, 
   Lyceum Class of 2003
Dr. Niall Gaffney, Director Data Systems, Texas Advanced Computing Center,
   University of Texas

Dr. Melvin Greer, Fellow and Chief Data Scientist, Intel Corporation

John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager, International Space Station,

Kirk Shireman, Vice President of Lunar Exploration Campaigns, Lockheed Martin Space


Launching Careers: Building the Space Industry Workforce through Education

Moderator: Justin Yancy, President & CEO, Texas Business Leadership Council,
   Lyceum Class of 2004

Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., CEO, Vesalius Ventures

Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher, Chancellor, Houston Community College
Mike Reeser, Chancellor, Texas State Technical College
John Sharp, Chancellor, Texas A&M University System; Lyceum Class of 1987

12:00 PM -
12:45 PM

The Thompson Hotel - Vesper Ballroom


Lunch with the Lieutenant Governor

Speaker: The Honorable Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor, State of Texas

3:00 PM - 8:45 PM Afternoon Programming
Space Center Houston

Houston's Space Legacy: Welcome to the Space Center Houston

William Harris, President & CEO, Space Center Houston


Frontiers of Exploration: NASA's Vision for the Future of Space

Vanessa Wyche, Director, NASA Johnson Space Center 

3:30 PM
5:00 PM -
7:45 PM

Spotlight: EDGE Center for Aerospace Training

Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District


The Accessibility of Space: Making the Texas Space Industry Accessible to Rural High School Students

Moderator: Cary Dupuy, Texas Regional Director, National Parks
   Conservation Association, Lyceum Class of 2021
Speaker: Keilly O'Reilly, Texas Lyceum Fellow, Bush School of Government and
   Public Service,Texas A&M University


Safeguarding the Earth and Skies: The Intersection of National Security, Defense, and Space Exploration

Moderator: Joseph Kopser, Military Liaison for Military & Veterans Affairs, University of  
  Texas at Austin, Lyceum Class of 2017


Cameron Chehreh, Vice President & General Manager, US Public Sector,
   Intel Corporation

Major General (retired) Clint Crosier, Director, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions,
   Amazon Web Services

Dyan Gibbens, Founder & CEO, Trumbull

7:45 PM

Fireside Chat

Lila Flores, US Commercial Leader, Palantir Technologies;
   Lyceum Class of 2021
Speaker: The Honorable
Ted Cruz, Senator, United States Senate;
   Lyceum Class of 2004

10:00 PM

Galactic Gateway Lounge
The Thompson Hotel - 5th Floor Lobby

Saturday, April 6th, 2023

8:00 AM Breakfast
The Thompson Hotel - Capella Ballroom
9:00 AM

Board Meeting
The Thompson Hotel - Capella Ballroom

Limited to Texas Lyceum Directors and Alumni only.

11:00 AM Lunch
The Post
12:00 PM Drinks and Eats