Agenda

9:15 AM

DOORS OPEN

Please arrive by 9:45 AM CT for security screening and networking.

9:15 AM CT | 8:00 AM MT

Location: 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

 

10:00 AM

WELCOME

THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATION SUMMIT
The future of conservation, just like Texas’s beautiful landscape and leadership role in industry, is ever evolving. Texan by Nature’s annual Future of Conservation Summit explores new models, return on conservation metrics, and best-in-class collaborations with the goal of inspiring new partnerships and driving conservation innovation and impact. Each year, leaders from all sectors gather to imagine, discuss, and enact a future that benefits Texas’ people, prosperity, and natural resources.

10:00 AM CT | 9:00 AM MT

Remarks from Texan by Nature CEO, Joni Carswell

Location: Auditorium

 

10:20 AM

THE HUMAN DIMENSION

PANEL 1
As our population grows, the broad impact of human interaction with natural resources becomes clearly visible. From stewarding our resources to realizing the full health and economic benefits of working with and engaging with nature, new models and opportunities are emerging. The human aspect of conservation is multidimensional including coalition building, community engagement, urban planning, workforce development, health & healing, entrepreneurship, personal stewardship, and more.

10:20 AM CT | 9:20 AM MT

SPEAKERS:

  • Steve Jimenez, Hives for Heroes
  • Shaun Clinton, Texas Health Resources
  • Sarah Schlessinger, Texas Runs on Water
  • Carla Ibarra, NRG Energy

Location: Auditorium

 

11:40 AM

LUNCH

Buffet Style

11:40 AM | 10:40 AM MT

Location: Hall of State

1:05 PM

ECOSYSTEM THINKING

PANEL 2
Conservation and industry leaders often think and speak of ecosystems in similar yet very different ways. Conservationists most often refer to natural systems while industry leaders may refer to their supply chain or internal processes. Few entities look at the entire ecosystem and the interaction between industry and nature. With the rise in circularity discussion and goals, the need to view the entire ecosystem inclusive of industry and nature, creates a significant opportunity for impact, engagement, and economic growth.

1:05PM CT | 12:05 PM MT

SPEAKERS

  • Hughes Simpson, Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Devin Hotzel, Enbridge
  • Meghna Tare, University of Texas, Arlington
  • Robert Horton, DFW Airport

Location: Auditorium

2:30 PM

BREAK

Networking & Exhibition

2:30 CT | 1:30 MT

Location: Cross Hall

3:00 PM

MODELS OF SUCCESS

PANEL 3
The future of conservation relies on sound science, collaboration, metrics, prioritization, and reporting. There are projects and initiatives across Texas modeling these characteristics. From supporting our natural world and generating tourism, to feeding our population, to managing our waste, to collectively solving challenges, these projects and initiatives can be replicated in Texas and around the globe creating a thriving future for people and natural resources alike.

3:00 CT | 2:00 PM MT

SPEAKERS

  • Edan Dionne, IBM
  • Dr. Michael Wetz, Bringing Baffin Back
  • Abraham Tueme, Coca Cola Southwest Beverages

Location: Auditorium

 

4:40 PM

CLOSING REMARKS

TxN President & CEO, Joni Carswell

4:40 PM CT | 3:40 PM MT

Location: Auditorium

 

5:00 PM

NETWORKING 

Location: Cross Hall

5:00 PM CT | 4:00 PM MT

6:00 PM

CELEBRATION DINNER

Location: Hall of State

6:00PM CT | 5:00 PM MT

Attendees must have a dinner ticket to be seated.

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