First Annual Gathering of Central Texas Leaders

December 4th, 2023 | 8am–6pm | Austin TX

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center

2023 CTX Catalyst Summit logo TRANSPARENT

AM Breakout


Building Healthy Communities presentation

Cultivating Resilience presentation

Powering the Future: Advanced Manufacturing presentation

Water Sustainability presentation

PM Breakout


Housing Central Texas presentation

Advancing Social Equity presentation

Environmental Considerations and Vulnerabilities presentation

Mobilizing the Central Texas of Tomorrow presentation

Speaker Bios

  • Dr. Art Markman

    Vice Provost, University of Texas at Austin Two Guys on Your Head
  • Dr. Bob Duke

    Professor of Music & Clinical Professor at Dell Medical School at UT Austin Two Guys on Your Head
  • Rebecca McInroy

    Creator, Host, and Executive Producer for KUT, KUTX, and KUT.ORG Two Guys on Your Head, Moderator
  • Dr. Kaylyn Levine

    Assistant Professor at East Carolina University Research Presentor
  • David Smith

    CEO, United Way for Greater Austin Supporting Central Texans Through the Model Healthy Community Initiative
  • Sari Vatske

    President & CEO, Central Texas Food Bank Growing Food Security Through Food Systems
  • Ed Latson

    CEO, Opportunity Austin Powering the Future: The Semiconductor Ecosystem in Central Texas
  • Sharlene Leurig

    CEO, Texas Water Trade Leveraging Market-Based Solutions to Ensure Access to Water
  • Ginger Goodin

    Partner, Blue Door Strategy and Research Mobility Discussion
  • Raul Alvarez

    Executive Director, Community Advancement Network Social Equity Discussion
  • Nora Linares-Moeller

    Executive Director, HousingWorks Austin Housing Affordability Discussion
  • Dr. Robert Mace

    Executive Director & Chief Water Policy Officer at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Environment Discussion
  • Victor Vandergriff

    Executive Director, Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition Regionalism - DFW
  • Judge Andy Brown

    Travis County Judge Austin-San Antonio Super Region
  • Judge Peter Sakai

    Bexar County Judge Austin-San Antonio Super Region

2023 Catalyst Award

Dr. W. Neal Kocurek, a towering figure in the development of Central Texas, was born at St. David’s Hospital in 1936. Neal’s leadership prowess played a pivotal role in shaping the region’s landscape, leaving an indelible mark on vital sectors such as health care, education, transportation, water, social equity, and regional stewardship. 

In posthumously recognizing Neal Kocurek at this summit, we reflect on his contributions, from founding Tracor, Inc., Unitech, Inc., and Radian International LLC., to his distinguished tenure as President and CEO of St. David’s Health Care System. He served as a catalyst for the creation of the St. David’s HealthCare and related foundations (St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation) and Envision Central Texas. He was pivotal to the successful establishment of landmarks such as the Austin Convention Center, West Austin Youth Association, State Highway 130 and the Austin History Center building. 

With the presentation of this award, we acknowledge an unwavering commitment to confronting long-term challenges with years of dedicated effort, celebrating the life and enduring impact of Neal Kocurek, a true catalyst for positive change in Central Texas.

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Thank you for making the first annual Central Texas Catalyst Summit a success.  

See you in Round Rock, December 9, 2024