CEO @ Sol Marketing
Deb Gabor is a wizard at unf*cking other people’s businesses and brands. She is the founder and CEO of Sol Marketing, a brand strategy consultancy obsessed with solving major business and marketing problems for clients in every industry and author of the bestselling book, Branding is Sex. Deb and her team at Sol Marketing have led brand strategy engagements for organizations ranging from international household names to exciting emerging brands. She’s a frequent contributor and expert commentator in major news outlets. Business and marketing organizations alike frequently call on Deb as a keynote speaker and workshop leader to inspire their executives to embrace the power of branding for creating customer and shareholder value.
Senior Vice President, Global Technology and Innovation @ Austin Chamber
Leigh Christie leads the development and execution of the Greater Austin Chamber’s vision for Central Texas as a top global region for innovation, which includes executing on Opportunity Austin programs and initiatives. Her legal background combined with a deep understanding of the business community, venture capital investment, and the significance of Austin startups provide a strong foundation to expand the Chamber’s role in growing innovation and global technology. Prior to joining the Austin Chamber, Ms. Christie was the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas where she spent more than eight years working with Austin area tech companies and CEOs on entrepreneurial and community focused projects.
Founder & President @ Color Arc Productions
Christine Hoang is playwright, performer, producer, screenwriter, and storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She is also the Founding Artistic Director of Color Arc Productions, an artistic nonprofit organization whose mission is to shine light on diverse stories through theatre, film, and music. In June 2017, the Austin Critics Table awarded her the David Mark Cohen Award for Best New Play for her play A Girl Named Sue. In December 2017, Christine’s play People of Color Christmas was the first production to tour the City of Austin’s Cultural Centers (Asian American Resource Center, Mexican American Cultural Center, and Dougherty Arts Center).
Executive Director @ Jolt Texas
Cristina Tzintzun is a nationally recognized advocate and leader in the Latino community. She was named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and hailed by the New York Times for her success with Workers Defense Project (WDP). At just 24, Cristina co-founded WDP and helped pass half a dozen local and state laws to protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of workers, guaranteeing them higher wages and safer working conditions. Cristina was also named a “changemaker” by the Texas Observer, and her work has been featured on NPR, USA Today, Univision and MSNBC’s Up Late with Alec Baldwin. Cristina is the author of the book “Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice” and other works on race, class and gender.
President & Chief Event Strategist @ Red Velvet Events
When Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP started Red Velvet Events, Inc. (RVE) just shy of 16 years ago, she did so with the mission to Outplan, Outplay and Outparty! Red Velvet Events is a full-service creative events agency and has earned multiple international event management/planning awards. Cindy is a recent author of Behind the Red Velvet Curtain, which is available via Amazon and BookPeople in Austin. Cindy calls Austin, Texas home with her husband of 13 years and their 2 children.
Co-Founder @ Hustle for the Cause
Denise D. Hernandez is a Texas lawyer and Co-founder of Hustle for the Cause, a social impact production firm owned and operated by LGBTQ women of color. Starting from humble beginnings, Denise is the first person in her family to obtain a college degree. This fueled her passion for community activism in underserved communities. She was later nationally recognized by PBS for her social impact work. Since launching Hustle for the Cause, Denise has produced multiple social impact events including Chingona Fest ATX, a music festival that highlights and celebrates Latina entrepreneurs and creatives. Denise holds a Juris Doctorate from the Texas Tech School of Law, and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of the Incarnate Word. Denise uses her legal background, her passion for community service, and her love for event production to create spaces of empowerment. Her vision is to produce events and content that inspire young women of color to become ChangeMakers!
Co-CEO & Co-Founder @ Camp Gladiator
Ally Davidson, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Camp Gladiator, has a passion for fitness and creating a one-of-a-kind, life-changing product and experience for both CG Campers and Trainers. Ally is a lifelong athlete with an honors degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Science from Texas State University. After becoming Grand Champion on the American Gladiators TV show in 2008, she used the unique opportunity as a platform to launch Camp Gladiator. Ally has since grown the CG Trainer team from one Trainer to over 850 certified partner Trainers and impacted more than 300,000 lives to date. In 2016 she was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year and has won fittest CEO for in 2017 and 2018 by Austin Fit Magazine.
Lead Design Strategist @ IBM & Co-Founder @ Austin Design Week
Amber Atkins is a Lead Design Strategist at IBM Design for Services where her team delivers on delightful experiences for clients who are curious about becoming a design lead entity and breaking free from “business as usual”. For almost 10 years, she has helped build creative communities as Vice President for AIGA Colorado and more recently as the Director of Education and Mentorship for AIGA Austin and co-founder of Austin Design Week. Amber believes in the power of what a diverse and empowered group of humans can do when they challenge one another to think – and then do.