Building High-Performance Government: A Texas Governing Leadership Forum 2018

Sep 6, 2018
Austin, TX


Governing magazine’s Leadership Forums provide transformational leadership and management strategies to help state and local government elected officials, appointees and senior-level agency executives build high-performance government organizations. Faced with unique demands, government leaders have made these annual events their “must attend” day to exchange valuable ideas and spearhead industry partnerships that advance government forward. With the theme of building high-performance government, the Advisory Board will assemble a speaker lineup with national thought leaders and local subject matter experts who understand the challenges in serving citizens and businesses who expect first class service, transparency and financial efficiency.

Topics may include:

  • Building World Class Teams: A Roadmap for Success
  • Focusing on Citizen/Government Experience
  • Disruptive Trends
  • High Performance Data – Case Studies on Effective Programs
  • The Modern Government Office and Who Will Work There
  • Rapid Process Improvement Comes to Government
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Innovation in the Government Sphere

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Hilton Austin Hotel

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-8000

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Jeff Archer
Executive Director
Legislative Council
State of Texas

Ann Bright
Chief Operating Officer
Parks & Wildlife
State of Texas

John Colyandro
Sr. Advisor and Policy Director
Office of the Governor
State of Texas

Charles Cooper
Banking Commissioner
Finance Commission
State of Texas

Brian Guthrie
Executive Director
Teacher Retirement System
State of Texas

Glenn Hegar
Comptroller's Office
State of Texas

Lacey Mase
Associate Deputy for Administration
Attorney General
State of Texas

Jeffrey C. Mateer
First Assistant Attorney General
State of Texas
Attorney General

John Miri
Chief Administrative Officer
Lower Colorado River Authority
State of Texas

Bentley Nettles
Executive Director
Alcoholic Beverage Commission
State of Texas

Dan Patrick
Lieutenant Governor
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
State of Texas

Ken Paxton
Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
State of Texas

Mike Reissig
Deputy Comptroller & Chief Clerk
Comptroller's Office
State of Texas

Ed Serna
Deputy Executive Director
Workforce Commission
State of Texas

Larry Temple
Executive Director
Workforce Commission
State of Texas

Jeff Walker
Executive Administrator
Water Development Board
State of Texas

Ken Welch
Deputy Director
Teacher Retirement System
State of Texas

Cecile Young
Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner
Health and Human Services Commission
State of Texas

Industry Representatives

Jon Andrews
West Region Sales Leader
Benefits Delivery & Administration
Willis Towers Watson

Traci Curran
Area Marketing Manager
Information Builders

Kathaleen Ford Smith
Senior Vice President, Market Lead
Public Sector Banking
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Brent Hamilton
Account Manager

Chris Matthieu
Regional Sales Executive
Public Sector Division
SAP Concur

Steve Vermette
Vice President
Colonial Life

Summit Exhibitors Made Possible by Our Corporate Partners

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: September 6, 2018

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Andrea Kleinbardt, (916) 932-1338.

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Brittany Roberts
Phone: (916) 932-1388
E-mail: broberts@governing.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Andrea Kleinbardt
Phone: (916) 932-1338
E-mail: akleinbardt@governing.com


Austin, TX


Hilton Austin Hotel

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-8000

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Rate: $229/single
Cut-off date: August 3, 2018
Governing has secured a small block of rooms at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Please reference “Governing TX Leadership Forum” or the group code “GTL905” when making your reservation.
Online Room Reservation Link here.
The room block is contracted for Sept 5-6. If you are requesting dates outside the contracted dates, these are subject to best available rate. The room block rate may sell out before the cut-off date. Once the rooming block is sold out, rate will be based on availability/best available rate.


Hotel parking garage is located on Red River between 5th and 4th street.
Hotel parking is based upon availability on a first come, first served basis.
Self-parking (6 hours or less): $15.00
Self-parking (6 or more hours): $32.00
Valet parking (event/less than 24 hours): $20.00
Valet parking (overnight): $41.00
Kiosks for payment located in the PARKING GARAGE accept credit cards only. Cash and credit card are accepted at both kiosks located in the lobby on level two.


Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Distance from Hotel: 7 mi.
Drive Time: 15 min.
Bus Service: 1.75 USD
Super Shuttle: 16.00 USD
Taxi: 30.00 USD