2009 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.

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2009 LET'S TALK!™ Conversation Leaders and Topics


Topic Discussion Leader Description
Beyond the Headlines: Inside Broadcast News Kelli Arena Senior Correspondent - CNN News 1985-2008
Coaching Skills for Leaders - Coach Your Employees to Exceptional Performance Kathleen A Bowersox, M.Ed., LPC, LPBC President of Quantum Leap Success Coaching; Executive, Career, and Licensed Professional Business Coach
Today's Crisis in K-12 Science & Math Education in Texas Schools: Can We Rise Above the Gathering Storm? William R. Brinkley, Ph. D. Senior Vice President for Graduate Sciences, BRASS Chair and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
Looking at Lincoln After 200 Years: Our Greatest President T. Tolbert Chisum Chairman, President, and CEO, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, Springfield, IL
The Globalization Debate: The Effects of Globalization and What Lies Ahead William K. "Bill" Dabaghi Managing Member, Maxima International LLC, Washington, D.C
Is the Pain Real or Psychogenic? Chronic Pain Management Alternatives James S. Flowers, Ph.D. President and CEO, Health Trust LLP
Whatever Happened to the War on Dru+A3gs? Stanley E. Furce Director, Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program.
Traditional American Cowboy Music: The Real Songs and Stories The Gillette Brothers Guy and Pipp Gillette Internationally renowned recording artists of cowboy music and poetry; Owners, Camp Street Cafe and Store, Crockett, Texas
The U. S. Banking Crisis Samuel P. Golden Managing Director and CEO, Alvarez and Marsal Financial Industry Advisory Services.
Energy Sources: The Truth about Coal, Wind, Oil and Gas Russell D. Gordy President, Gordy Oil Company; Managing Partner, SG Interests, Inc.; Managing Partner, RGGS Mineral Operations.
Patriotism, 9-11 and History: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You James L. Haley American Author and Historian.
Patterson vs Harris: The Last World Heavyweight Title Fight in Wrigley Field Los Angeles Roy R. "Cut N' Shoot" Harris 1958 Boxing Heavyweight Title Contender; 1955 Texas Heavyweight Champion; Montgomery County Clerk for 28 years; Attorney; featured in 1984 biography, "Cut 'N Shoot, Texas: The Roy Harris Story," by Robin Navarro.
Forgive Us Our Press Passes Mickey L. Herskowitz Warner Endowed Chair in Journalism, Sam Houston State University; award- winning sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle
From Victims to Criminals: How to Talk to Anyone (and Get Them to Talk to You) Jenna L. Jackson Producer, CBS News 48 Hours; co-author with correspondent Peter Van Sant, a true-crime book about one of their murder cases, "Perfectly Executed"
A Historical Perspective of Walt Disney Records and the Future of Digital Sales Ted Kryczko, Vice President, A&R Catalog Development, The Walt Disney Company
Marketing Yourself in Today's World: First Impressions and Creating Your own Value for the Ultimate Career Success Brenda J. Love-Jones President, Love Advertising, Inc.
The Unthinkable - Who Survives When Disaster Strikes?: Words of Wisdom from a Real Tsunami Survivor Janet Foltyn McAfee President, Foreign Operations
The Gallery Story Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale Owner, Gallery Furniture of Houston; Co-authored the book "Always Think Big."
The Expropriation of Russia's Largest Oil Company "Yukos" and What It Means About the Rule of Law and Doing Business in Russia Bruce K. Misamore Former Chief Financial Officer, Yukos Oil Company, Russia.
Oil and Gas - Challenges in the Marketplace John Randolph "Randy" Parten President, Parten Oil Company, Houston, and President, Acadian Railway Company
Your Favorite Films and Why Ralph W. Pease, Ph.D. Professor of English, Sam Houston State University; Recipient of the 1987 Piper Professor Award
At the Death House Door Reverend Carroll L. Pickett Former Chaplain, Texas Department of Criminal Justice; author of "Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain."
How to Create Great Art and Save the World at the Same Time Gary L. Powell Conductor and Session Producer for Walt Disney Records
Investigating the Russian Mafia Joseph D. Serio Criminal Justice doctoral student, Sam Houston State University, and Project Manager, Correctional Management Institute of Texas
Why Are the Cajuns in Louisiana? The Untold Story Terry M. Thibodeaux, Ph. D. Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sam Houston State University



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