2014 LET'S TALK!™ Topics

“Wisdom Begins in Wonder” - Socrates


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Each year renowned guests are invited to attend LET'S TALK!™

to speak about a topic that they are an expert on.

Topics vary from year to year but all are unique and creative.


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2014 LET'S TALK!™ Conversation Leaders and Topics


Topic Discussion Leader Description

1. The Affordable Healthcare Act: What it Means to Texas

Charles Schwertner

State Senator Distritct 5; and Orthopedic Surgeon

2. The Game of My Life


Dave Elmendorf

Los Angeles Rams, Retired All Pro Safety; 1980 Super Bowl XIV Team; TX A&M Sports Network Color Commentator; Texas High School Hall of Fame; TX A&M Hall of Fame; College Hall of Fame; and NFL Hall of Fame

3. The Real McCoy

Neal McCoy 


4. Freedom From Testing

Michael Williams

Texas Education Agency, Commissioner of Education

5. Crime and Coffee


Steven Wood '90, '93


Starbucks®, Senior Manager of Corporate Investigations and Channel Development

6. Beating Swords into Plowshares: Using Nuclear Energy for Positive and Peaceful Results

Sam Dominey '52


President of General Nucleonics, Inc.

7. Right to Bear Arms: Preventing Violence or Crushing Constitutional Rights

Bill Zedler "65, '67

State Representative District 96

8. Chefs4Kids


Eric Justice '92


Managing Culinary Partner, Mexican Sugar; Culinary Concepts Group, VP of Culinary Operations; Chefs4Kids, Founder; and Former Executive Chef of Pei Wei Asian Diner and PF Chang's China Bistro

9. All Things Culturally Texan

Jake Silverstein

Texas Monthly, Editor

10. Keeping Texas on the Right Budgetary Track

John Otto

State Representative, District 18

11. American Violet: When Justice is Not Just

David Moore '98

David Moore Law Firm, Owner

12. Conference Realignment: Backyard Brawls to Cash Cows

Christian Dennie '01

Barlow Garsek & Simon LLP, Sports Attorney

13. The Future of Offshore Oil and Gas

Mark Burns '80

ENSCO PLLC, COO and Executive Vice President

14. Restoring Justice by Reducing Crime

Terry Bienhunko '73

Danny Billingsley '72

Terry - FBI, Special Agent and iidon Security Associates, Former President

Danny - Harris County Sheriff's Office, Retired Chief Deputy Field Operations Commander

15. Traveling the World with George W. Bush Laura Crawford

TaleGate, Founder; JDA Frontline, Inc., Executive Vice President; and Media Consultant, and Director, Executive Producer and Ad Editor for George W. Bush

16. Fraud, Corruption and Government Waste Brian Collister '91 KTRK Channel 13, Investigative Reporter
17. Messina Hof Uncorked: The History, Success, and Future Paul Bonarrigo Messina Hof Winery and Resort, CEO
18. Meaty Musings: Leona General Stores Steakhouse Jerry and Cynthia House Leona Country Store, Owners
19. Discovering America's Hidden Treasures David Lackey David Lackey Antiques and Arts, Owner who has appeared on PBS Antiques Roadshow®
20. The Scout: Searching for the Best in Baseball Mike Capps '73 Round Rock Express, Director of Broadcasting
21. Downtown Abbey/Manor of Speaking Ernie Manouse Houston PBS, Host
22. JFK Conspiracy: The Lost Files Jim Bowles '74 Retired Dallas Police Investigator Assigned to the Kennedy Assassination
23. Can You Spot a Terrorist Before They Act? Phillip Lyons Executive Director of the Center for Policing Innovation at Sam Houston State University

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