Aug 20, 2015

Governing Leadership Forum: Texas 2015


The Texas Governing Leadership Forum brings together officials and decision makers from Texas state and local government, public sector advisors and industry experts from around the nation, along with thought leaders from Governing's award-winning editorial team to discuss leadership and management in general and learn about innovative strategies and transformative solutions to address the specific challenges facing the state. The day’s sessions will highlight cutting edge technologies and modern tools for more effective, efficient public sector management and policy making. Gain the information, skills, and connections to become a leader in government transformation.

Topic Highlights:

Leadership:  Aspirational and Practical (A View from the Top)
Managing A New Breed: Workforce Development Strategies for 21st Century Government
Smart Government: Catching Up With The Digital Revolution (Digital Solutions for Public Administration)
Facts, Figures & Trends: Predictive Analytics for Informed Decision-making
Measuring Up: Use of Performance Data and Benchmarking to Achieve Better Outcomes
For the People – By the People: Engaging the New Citizen (Open Data, Social Media, Digital Engagement Strategies)
Partnerships for Social Impact: A New Framework for Cross-Sector Collaboration (Public-Private Partnerships)
  • Elevating Texas as a National Leader
  • Creating Resilient Communities
  • Data, Mobility and Technology
  • Innovative Financing 
  • Great People | Great State: Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting
  • Looking Ahead – the Future of the Lone Star State
  • Texas’ Natural Resources: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Performance & Innovation: What Every Government Employee Needs to Know
  • Shared: The New Economy
  • Healthy Populations


Featured Keynote Speakers: 

Joe_Straus_headshotOpening Keynote: A Vision to Build a Better Future for Texas

The Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the House, Texas House of Representatives

 Joe Straus is a State Representative from San Antonio who has also been elected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker of the Texas House.

Under the leadership of Speaker Straus, the House has helped the Texas private sector build the strongest economy in the country. He and his colleagues have worked to improve college and career readiness in public schools, to improve mobility throughout the state, to provide tax relief, and to make state government more efficient and transparent. Speaker Straus also led the successful push in 2013 to address the state’s growing water crisis.

Speaker Straus encourages his colleagues to build consensus around innovative solutions. He believes Texans want government to be limited, but that they also want it to work effectively and to address the state’s challenges in a thoughtful and effective way.
Speaker Straus is a fifth-generation Texan, a San Antonio native and small businessman. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters.



Building a Better Future for Texas Through a Focus on People

Mike Salvino: Group Chief Executive, Accenture Operations

How do you attract the best talent, build a better future for your employees and develop better leaders for Texas? How do you create a style of leadership that allows you to be yourself but also inspires your people? How do you create a mindset where recognition and reward goes beyond the norm and where people feel inspired to both make the work life choices they need and to pursue their passions? Mike is an Accenture leader who runs a 90,000-strong global organization that has to not only attract the best millennial talent but inspire and retain its existing talent. In this session he will share his leadership journey and learnings.


Evan_Smith_headshotLuncheon Speaker: Do Mess With Texas: Five Ways My Great State Can Be Even Better

Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief, CEO and Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune

Evan Smith is the Editor-in-Chief, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website,, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including sixteen Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief. 


Billy_Hamilton_headshotLeadership & Ethics:  Transparency & Accountability

Billy Hamilton, Executive Vice Chancellor and CFO, The Texas A&M University System and former Texas Deputy Comptroller

 From the rising cost of healthcare to financing Texas’ public education system, there’s very little Billy Hamilton didn’t touch on during his tenure as the Texas Deputy Comptroller. Hamilton (MPAff 1975) is known in the world of public service as an insightful and compassionate manager. A long-time employee of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, Hamilton answered over 14,000 employee questions in six years on his “Ask Billy” blog. A member of the third graduating class of the LBJ School, Hamilton has risen through the ranks of state government with a reputation as a public servant dedicated to flattening communications between employees and top-level administrators. 
As Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, Hamilton is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of The Texas A&M University System Offices operations, plans, goals, programs, policies, and services with special attention to the management of financial operations. He has direct oversight for all A&M System departments, including the vice chancellors, chief business development officer and chief financial officers.


Registration Information


Open to Public Sector only.

Registration – Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Heather Earney, (916) 932-1435.


Contact Us


For registration and general assistance contact:

Katie Howard
Phone: (916) 932-1421

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Phone:  (916) 932-1435