Sept. 27–29, 2018
Downtown Austin



Presenting Sponsor

Walmart  Ttf18 Logo

Celebrating over 40 years of doing business in Texas, Walmart is proud to be the state's largest private employer with nearly 170,000 Texas associates and 584 stores. Walmart spent more than $50.7 billion with Texas-based suppliers in 2016, supporting an additional 146,759 Texas jobs. At the heart of Walmart's culture is our commitment to serving the needs of our customers and the communities we call home. In 2016, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed nearly $114 million in cash and in-kind donations to support programs such as hunger relief and healthy eating, assistance for veterans and military families, sustainability initiatives, career development and women's economic empowerment in Texas.

Major Sponsors

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AT&T brings it all together, from an industry leading smartphone portfolio to next-generation home automation services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses. For more than a century, AT&T has provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas, serving 5 million members in all 254 counties. BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.

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In the United States, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries have 57,000 professionals with a single focus: serving clients and helping them solve their toughest problems. Deloitte LLP works in four key business areas — audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting — but their real strength comes from combining the talents of those groups to address clients’ needs.

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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

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The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation supports programs and activities that will result in an increased understanding by the public of the benefits of individual freedom and civic and personal responsibility, and the corresponding threat to liberty posed by a lack of informed, active participation by citizens at all levels of government.

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H+K is a full-service communications firm with Texas offices in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. Our Austin office is home to experienced communication professionals who counsel clients across a range of industries, as well as former political professionals with experience working for high-profile campaigns and key regulatory agencies.

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The mission of Houston First Corporation is to enhance quality of life, advance economic prosperity and promote the Houston region by inspiring: The world to think Houston first; Houstonians to believe in Houston first; and, Houston to deliver first class hospitality.

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Lobby Days is the first and only software that helps your staff set up and run a lobby day at the capitol. Through patent-pending automation software, we help save you time and money so you can focus on what matters during a legislative session: your issues.

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Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.

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The Meadows Foundation strives to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering, protecting the environment, providing cultural enrichment, encouraging excellence and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.

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A nonpartisan nonprofit organization, Texas State of Mind identifies and encourages implementation of mental health policies and practices so Texans get help when and where they need it. An initiative of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, TSOM finds best practices, explores promising approaches and analyzes issues toward efficient and effective mental health care.

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Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas.

Micthell Foundation  Ttf18 Logo

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is a mission‐driven grantmaking foundation that seeks innovative, sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems. The foundation works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity and economic vibrancy.

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Oncor operates the largest electric transmission and distribution system in Texas, delivering power to nearly 10 million customers each and every day and operating approximately 121,000 miles of power lines across the state. Oncor delivers safe, reliable electric service at some of the lowest delivery rates in Texas.

Pearson  Ttf18 Logo

As the world’s leading learning company, Pearson’s mission is to improve lives through learning. We are driven by our efficacy commitment—to make a measurable impact on learning outcomes. By combining our deep experience in education and creating engaging content with innovative technologies and digital delivery, we partner with institutions and faculty to help people learn and teach more effectively.

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Raise Your Hand Texas is reinventing public education by igniting fiercely innovative leadership and advocacy for our state's 5 million+ students. We are unique among education organizations because of the investments we make spanning research, programs, and advocacy in pursuit of a high-quality public education for every single Texas student.

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In its 44th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary customer service delivered by more than 47,000 employees to more than 100 million customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,600 flights a day, serving 94 destinations across the United States and six additional countries.

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UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including six who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. The faculty of almost 2,800 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments.

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Zachry Group is North America’s pace-setter in turnkey construction, engineering, maintenance, turnaround and fabrication services to the power, energy, chemicals, manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Supporting Sponsors

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, including more than 2 million in Texas. AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.

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As America’s leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch proudly brews more than 100 brands in the U.S., and with the help of their flagship beers, Budweiser and Bud Light, holds a 45.8 percent share of the beer market. Anheuser-Busch has been brewing iconic beers in the Lone Star State for more than 50 years since opening their Houston Brewery in 1966. Today, the company employs over 670 hardworking Texans and contributes over $125.5M to the state’s economy annually.

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The Annette Strauss Institute envisions a democracy where all citizens are informed, vote, and are actively involved in improving their communities. Through nonpartisan research, education, and outreach, the Institute seeks to understand and overcome obstacles to civic engagement.

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The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordableaccess, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.

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The Beer Alliance of Texas is a trade association representing malt beverage distributors across the state. The wholesale beer business employs more than 39,000 Texans with a $2.6 billion payroll, contributing over $1.3 billion in state, local and federal taxes. Our members are driving Texas’ economy and delivering for consumers.

Centerpoint Energy  Ttf18 Logo

CenterPoint Energy, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years.

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Comcast NBCUniversal shapes the future at the intersection of media and technology. We create world-class experiences that people love and trust and drive innovation that builds value. We bring millions TV and Internet, entertainment, sports and news, communications and home management, theme parks, television and movies. Comcast NBCUniversal brings to life the best of what’s to come.

Educate Texas  Ttf18 Logo

A leading catalyst for progress, Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, is an innovative alliance of public and private groups that share a common goal: strengthening the public education system so that every Texas student is prepared for success in school, in the workforce and in life.

Greater Texas Water  Ttf18 Logo

For offices with staffs large or small, Greater Texas Water exclusively distributes water distillers that provide pure, safe and more affordable drinking water, without the hassle of bottles. Distilled water systems mean significant savings, often cutting an office's water expenses in half when compared with the cost of renting bottles plus coolers.

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H-E-B operates over 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. The company is recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. It strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 100,000 partners.

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Huston-Tillotson University nurtures a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values.

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IBC Bank was founded in 1966 to meet the needs of small businesses in Laredo, Texas. Today, it serves as the flagship bank of International Bancshares Corporation. Since its opening, IBC has grown from less than $1 million in assets to more than $11.8 billion, making it one of Texas’ largest holding companies. IBC now serves 88 communities throughout Texas and Oklahoma with 204 branches and more than 310 ATMs providing full service banking seven days a week.

Jpmorgan  Ttf18 Logo

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is committing $250 million for workforce training as part of its New Skills at Work initiative, the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the skills gap that exists across our state and nation. The effort will unite industry groups, the public sector, academic institutions and other workforce training partners who will collaborate to equip local students with skills they need for jobs that are readily available in Texas and across the nation.

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Inspired by President Lyndon B. Johnson's vision, the LBJ School of Public Affairs engages in contemporary public policy challenges–sustainability, security, development, diversity, effective governance and public accountability, among others–through rigorous graduate degree programs and innovative policy research.

Messina Hof  Ttf18 Logo

Messina Hof is a leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry and one the fastest-growing and most award-winning wineries in the state. Established in Texas in 1977, the rich winemaking heritage of the Bonarrigo family dates back six generations to Messina, Sicily. The Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan, the Messina Hof Hill Country Winery and Manor Haus in Fredericksburg and the Messina Hof Grapevine Winery are dedicated to producing premier, award-winning wines and offering tourism destinations based on tradition, romance and family.

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NRG Energy is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy by developing cleaner and smarter energy choices: whether as one of the largest solar power developers in the country, or by building the first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use.

Quest  Ttf18 Logo

Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world's largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 45,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives.

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Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) is a values based and community centric sports and entertainment company that provides premier live and digital experiences to a global fan base across our portfolio of teams and venues. All supported by a passionate staff of more than 1,000 employees. SS&E owns and operates the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Austin Spurs (NBA G-League), San Antonio FC (USL) and San Antonio Rampage (AHL) and also manages day-to-day operations of the AT&T Center, Toyota Field and STAR Complex. The SS&E ownership group is led by Chairman and CEO Julianna Hawn Holt.

St Davids Foundation  Ttf18 Logo

St. David's Foundation invests in a healthy community through funding, hard work, and initiatives to better care for the underserved and uninsured in Central Texas. We help people in every corner of the community through our signature programs and collaborations with more than 60 nonprofit partners.

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St. David’s HealthCare (SDH)—one of the largest hospital systems in Texas—is a unique partnership between St. David’s Foundation, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Georgetown Health Foundation. With locations throughout Central Texas, SDH operates six hospitals, six ambulatory surgery centers, four free-standing emergency departments, four urgent care clinics, rehabilitation facilities and numerous physician practices.

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The Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) is a funders’ collaborative created in 2012 to unify grantmakers around a multi-year effort to protect and improve public education in Texas. TEGAC fills data holes by funding objective research that informs the most important public education policy debates in Texas.

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What began in 1876 as the state’s first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University has become one of the largest research universities in the U.S. Our students experience transformational learning on campus and across the globe, with more Aggies studying abroad than any other public university in the nation. Known for its focus on service as well as academics, Texas A&M is developing fearless leaders of character dedicated to serve the greater good.

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The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 140,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year.

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The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) is a nonprofit advocacy organization serving all 50 public community college districts across the state. Texas community colleges enroll almost one-half of all students in higher education. TACC's core mission is to advocate for community colleges and the students we serve.

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With more than 100,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policy that benefits property owners.

Texas Central  Ttf18 Logo

Texas Central is a private company bringing high-speed rail to Texas to connect North Texas and Houston in less than 90 minutes, using state-of-the art technology for a safe, affordable and reliable transportation option.

Texas Exes  Ttf18 Logo

The Texas Exes, the alumni association for the University of Texas, was founded in 1885. The core purpose of the Texas Exes is to formally organize alumni and friends of the University of Texas at Austin to be its champions and advance its interests. Today there are more than 103,000 members.

The Nature Conservancy  Ttf18 Logo

The Nature Conservancy works across Texas to conserve and protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. Their on-the-ground conservation work is guided by science and propelled by partnerships, striving to create a broad coalition of people who understand a simple truth: conservation makes people’s lives better.

Uber  Ttf18 Logo

From Uber Eats to Uber Freight to Uber Elevate, our investment in Texas is just beginning. Uber's mission is to make transportation available everywhere for everyone. Uber operates in over 20 Texas cities and is rapidly expanding. Uber empowers millions of Texans with economic opportunity at the tap of a button.

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A publisher of international scope, the University of Texas Press serves the University of Texas at Austin community, the people of Texas and knowledge seekers around the globe by identifying valuable and relevant information and publishing it in books, journals, and digital media.

Upbring  Ttf18 Logo

Upbring is a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Each year, we serve nearly 30,000 families through our life-changing programs—including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services.

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Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,000 people, and assets include 15 petroleum refineries, 11 ethanol plants, and a 50-megawatt wind farm. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio.

The Texas Tribune invites all who share a passion for a better Texas to come engage with our growing, forward-thinking community of business, legislative and policy leaders at the annual Texas Tribune Festival. We are excited to welcome a select number of premiere sponsors and supporters to participate in the Festival as partners.

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