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Ron Kessler to be honored with Exceptional Award for Honorary Alumnus

Ron Kessler to be honored with Exceptional Award for Honorary Alumnus

By Elizabeth McGuire Of the many attributes listed on Ron Kessler’s bio, a very important one is missing: he writes bad poetry really well. Kessler takes great pride in this skill, although many of his colleagues may not know about it. One recent poem, crafted…

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Cookie Ruiz To Be Presented Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award

Cookie Ruiz To Be Presented Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award

By: Elizabeth McGuire Cookie Ruiz grew up a child of the world. The daughter of a U-2 pilot who flew high-altitude reconnaissance, she lived in remote locations all over the globe. That childhood gave Ruiz a sense of worldliness and connection that she still carries…

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How to Save a Life- Ascendant Award Honoree Lydia Clay

How to Save a Life- Ascendant Award Honoree Lydia Clay

By: Elizabeth McGuire There are many reasons a rising star professional might join a leadership development program: to build skills, expand her network, connect with the community. Saving a life is not usually one of them. But that is exactly what happened when two women…

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Best Party Ever Honoree Announcement

Best Party Ever Honoree Announcement

Three noteworthy Austinites will be honored for their contributions to the Austin community in an upcoming celebration hosted by Leadership Austin. Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, Ron Kessler of the Ron Kessler Group, and Lydia Clay of Momark Development were selected based on their…

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Bobby Jenkins: Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus

Bobby Jenkins: Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus

By Elizabeth McGuire Bobby Jenkins has networked with many accomplished and wise Central Texans over the years, but the most powerful gatherings in his life have happened when he was rubbing elbows around his own dinner table. First as a child, then as a parent, dinnertime…

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Discount BPE Tickets Now on Sale

Discount BPE Tickets Now on Sale

Join us in celebrating our 13th Annual Best Party Ever—Building Greater Austin for 35 Years—presented by H-E-B. This year’s party will be held May 9 at the W Austin Hotel, where we will be honoring three dynamic community leaders: Bobbie Barker – Polly Scallorn Community…

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