2012 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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2012 LET'S TALK!™ Conversation Leaders and Topics



Discussion Leader Description

1. On the Field with an NFL Referee

Walt Anderson

Head Referee - Super Bowl XLV

2. The Ultimate Celebrity Entrepreneur

Farouk Shami

Founder & Chairman, Farouk Systems, Inc. & Guest Judge on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

3. Inside the Pit

David Nickens

Owner, Nickens Racing & Pit Crew Chief

4. Reality Behind the Scene

Frank Bielec

Artist & Guest Consultant on TLC's Trading Spaces

5. Truly Outrageous, Over-the- Top Party Planning

Darryl Murchison,

Owner, Darryl & Co.

6. East Texas 2012

John Otto

Texas State Representative, Dist. 18

7. The Great Shale Gas Rush

Russell Gordy

President, SG Interests, Inc.

8. Powering Up! China, India & Brazil - The Next World Financial Forces

Dr. Ed Blackburne

SHSU Economist

9. The Incredible Rebirth of Furr High School

Dr. Bertie F. Simmons

Houston ISD Principal and 2011 College Board Inspiration Award Honoree

10. Winning the White House in 2012

Cindy Blaylock,

Mike Yawn

Chair - Walker County Democratic Party

Precinct Chair - Walker County Republican Party

11. Labor & Environmental Issues in the Green Industry

Jim Prewitt

Owner, Founder & CEO, Landmark Nurseries, Inc.

12. Marriages with Enduring Passion

Dr. Rick Bruhn

Marriage & Family Therapist, SHSU

13. Leaving the Bill to the Grandkids - Medicare & Social Security

Dr. Tom Saving

Former Trustee of the Social Security & Medicare Trust Fund

14. Is Weird Weather the New Normal?

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon

Texas State Climatologist

15. The Methods & Madness of Identity Thieves

Charles "Chuck" Andrews

Director of Security, USA Telecheck

16. Cyber Warfare

Dr. Christopher Bronk

U.S. Consultant on Cyber Warfare

17. Truth Along the Nile - What U-S NGO's Are Really Up To?

Kelli Arena

Journalist, Trainer, and CEO of RKC Solutions

18. Arab Spring - Uprising of the Arab Nations

Dr. Masoud Kazemzadeh

Middle East Political Science Specialist, SHSU

19. The Present Threat of Terrorism

Dr. Stephen Sloan

Terrorism Expert, SHSU

20. Dope & Money

Nate Fountain

Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration - U.S. Department of Justice

21. Superbugs & Superdrugs: It's War

Dr. Todd Primm

Microbiologist, SHSU

22. The Road to Frisco

Willie Fritz

SHSU Football Coach

23. Burning Up the Kitchen for Troops in Afghanistan

Charles Carroll

Executive Chef of the River Oaks Country Club

24. Water Reclamation - Emerging Technology for Wastewater Treatment 

Peter Bernard

CEO-Active Water Science



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