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“Wisdom begins in Wonder.” - Socrates

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

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

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


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Topic Discussion Leader Description

1. Running Start: Women, Power, and Politics

Nancy Bocskor

George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, Professor, Consultant, Speaker, and Internationally renowed expert in applied democracy

2. Peace and Prosperity


Bill Lawson

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Founding Pastor

3. Houston Methodist: Leading Medicine


Mauro Ferrari



Houston Methodist, President and CEO

Ernest Cockrell, Jr., Presidential Distinguised Chair

4. Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Texas Central Railway


Robert Eckles


Texas Central Railway, President

5. Breaking the Code


Gayle Fallon '80


Houston Federation of Teachers, President

National Security Administration (NSA), Former Code Breaker

6. Houston: The City With No Limits



 Bob Harvey


Greater Houston Partnership, President and CEO

7. Unquenchable: The Texas Water Crisis


Kevin Ward

Trinity River Authority of Texas, General Manager

Texas Water Development Board, Former Executive Director

Texas Water Planning Group Member, Regions C and H

8. Enter the Dragon: The Strength of Nations and Total Global Power Levels


Wade Shol


Retired Marine and Master Training Specialist of Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape

Lone Star College, Adjunct Professor of Government

9. From Testing to Textbooks: Everything You Need to Know About Texas Schools


Barbara Cargill


State Board of Education, Chair

10. Killing the President: Assassinations, Attempts, and Rumored Attempts on the U.S. Commanders-in-Chief


Willard Oliver

Former Police Officer

Retired Military Police Officer

Academy of Criminal Justice Science's Official Historian

SHSU College of Criminal Justice, Professor

11. Business Es Very Good



Stan Hold '67

The Original Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurant Founder and Owner

12. Held at Gunpoint by the Cartel: The FBI and the Real World of Mexican Cartels


Daniel Fuentes '87


FBI Special Agent

13. Center for Innovation and Technology: Where Compassion and Innovation Collide


Pam Zelbst


Center for Innovation and Technology, Director

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