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GOVERNING Texas: A Leadership Forum – 2011

Sep. 7, 2011 | Hyatt Regency Austin | Austin, TX






This leadership forum offers public leaders an opportunity to examine the challenges – and opportunities – involved in governing in the 21st century.

The forum will be a highly interactive format, created by and for Texas state and local government leaders.



Adam Schrager - Author and Journalist

The Principled Politician – A Story of Courage

Ralph Carr was drafted to run for governor in 1938 even though he tried everything he could think of to get out of the candidacy. Yet, he won overwhelmingly and quickly rose to national fame as a budget balancer and humanitarian. He turned down the chance to run as a vice presidential candidate with Wendell Willkie in 1940, running for re-election as governor and winning overwhelmingly. Carr was being discussed as a “future presidential candidate” by newspapers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Carr became a national figure when, after Pearl Harbor, he defended the Constitutional rights of Japanese-Americans. He told crowds, if we “imprison American citizens without evidence or a trial, what’s to say six months from now, we won’t follow them into that same prison without evidence or a trial.” His outspoken and unpopular stance would cost him greatly, both personally and professionally. The story of one man’s courage offers timeless lessons for us all, more than 60 years later.
Adam Schrager covers politics for Wisconsin Public Television. His career spans two decades with stops at KUSA-TV in Denver, CO as well as stations in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Schrager is the author of The Principled Politician, a biography of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr whose stand on behalf of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor would cost him his political career. The book led state lawmakers to name the new state justice center after the former Colorado chief executive and it has also been recognized by the National Archives in the nation’s capital as well as the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles for its historical importance. During his journalism career, he has won numerous journalism accolades, including more than twenty Emmy awards. He served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver and at Marquette University, teaching journalism classes and he has also conducted dozens of seminars with lawmakers on the impact of the media on politics. Schrager has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University.

  Neil Howe

 Lunch Keynote

Neil Howe, Founding Partner and President, LifeCourse Associates

America Enters a New Season of History: What are the New Rules?


 The mood across America is changing rapidly, and our country seems to be entering a new period of national urgency. The old rules for leading, legislating, taxing, spending, policy-making, managing, and even parenting no longer work.  More than a decade ago, Neil Howe discovered a remarkable pattern in American history, a cycle of recurring eras driven by generational changes, and predicted many of these changes in what he called “the fourth turning”. What are the new rules of the “fourth turning” era? How will it transform the working environment of every public servant and government leader?









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If you represent a Private-Sector organization and are interested in attending the Forum, please contact Fred Kuhn, Publisher, 202-862-1455.



If you are interested in attending, please contact Lee Vang, Registration, 916-932-1300 ext. 1407.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Leadership Forum, please contact
Fred Kuhn, Publisher, 202-862-1455.





Government Registration is free.






Who should attend: Texas state and local government executives, managers and elected officials.


An historian, economist, and demographer, Neil Howe is a founding partner of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. He has spoken and written extensively on the collective personalities of today’s generations.  He is also a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where he helps direct the CSIS Global Aging Initiative.  He is a recognized authority on global aging and long-term fiscal policy. Howe has co-authored ten books, including Generations, The Fourth Turning, Millennials Rising, The Graying of the Great Powers, and Millennials in the Workplace.


With his insight on generations, Howe offers a road map that truly explains where America is today—and, more importantly, where it is heading—as team-playing Millennials enter young adulthood, pragmatic Gen-Xers take over as midlife managers, and visionary Boomers move into elder leadership roles.


Morning Keynote


Produced in Partnership with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin


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Phone: 916-932-1300 ext. 1407

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