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The Texas Economy: Wrecked, in Reckoning or Recovery Amidst COVID-19?
Thursday, January 28, 2021 to Saturday, January 30, 2021
Category: Public Conference

The Texas Economy: Wrecked, in Reckoning or Recovery Amidst COVID-19?

Virtual Meeting - January 28 – 30, 2021

The 2021 Texas Lyceum Pub Con will explore truths and myths of the Texas Miracle, the impact of a global pandemic on the Texas economy (trade, GDP etc) and the projected path forward for a growing economy. What are the steps necessary to safeguard and promote our economic growth? Think in essence of laying the groundwork for the success of future generations.

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PubCon Schedule

Thursday, January 28 

 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(with limited in-person attendance and virtual live-stream option.)


Frontline Profile: Commercial Real Estate
- Linda McMahon, Lyceum Class of 1995, President/CEO, The Real Estate Council

Fireside Chat
- The Hon. Dade Phelan, Speaker of the House, Texas House of Representatives, Lyceum Class of 2019

 Friday, January 29

 8:00 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.           

Virtual Public Conference with Sessions including:

The Texas Economy: A Closer Look at the Data
- The Hon. Margaret Spellings, President & CEO, Texas 2036, Lyceum Class of 1996 

Frontline Profile: Hospitals and Healthcare
- Monica Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, The Hospitals of Providence East Campus

Frontline Profile: Tourism & Hospitality
- Maura Gast, Executive Director, Visit Irving

Panel Discussion: The Texas Miracle: Economic Immunity or Imagination?
Despite the global pandemic and economic downturn, businesses continue to move to Texas. What are the factors contributing to those decisions? Is the Lone Star State enjoying “economic development immunity”?
- Adriana Cruz, Executive Director, Economic Development & Tourism - Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott
- Kelvin Walker, CEO, Dallas Citizens Council
- Jessica Breaux, Amazon
- Moderator Leona Allen, Deputy Publisher, The Dallas Morning News

The Big Picture
- Robert S. Kaplan, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Frontline Profile: Retail
- Robert Taylor, President, United Supermarkets

Frontline Profile: Small Business
- Tim League, Founder, Alamo Draft House

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Race, Equity & COVID-19
Minority communities in Texas have been more adversely impacted, economically and health-wise, by COVID-19. Why? And if not for COVID-19, would the collective conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement still have contributed to an unprecedented global racial justice movement?
- Steve Klinberg, Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University
- The Hon. Sylvester Turner, Mayor, Houston
- Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Director of Policy, Mayor Nirenberg's Office, City of San Antonio
- Gabby Saenz, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, CHRISTUS Health
- Moderator Alberta Phillips, Austin American-Statesman