Conversations with ATX Leaders

Expanding a business to just paying bills.

By Lauren Mendez | January 12, 2022

Pre-pandemic, the dream was to expand our businesses; but, with lost revenue, we realized we needed to put those plans on hold, or in some cases, abandon the business altogether. I let those circumstances force me to become very myopic on surviving month to month. I wouldn’t let myself dream for fear of being disappointed.…

Illusion of Work + Life Balance

By Lauren Mendez | December 16, 2021

Years ago, I gave up the aspirations of balance and picked up the idea of work/life integration. It is the most freeing, and liberating, move I’ve made. When you take on a posture of work/life integration, it creates an opportunity to lean into how life actually happens versus how society norms manufactures that it should;…

Britt Harris ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part III: Britt Harris

By ABBA Admin | June 29, 2020

For the first time in world history the words were uttered, “Shut everything down.”  The US economy had no precedence, no model to apply for the economic impact of our response to COVID-19. “The numbers were outside anybody’s reason,” Britt Harris, President, CEO, and CIO of The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Company (UTIMCO), remarks…

Jurie Kriel ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part III: Jurie Kriel

By ABBA Admin | June 29, 2020

“Petrol and wood are different elements but when you add a match they both ignite.” remarks Jurie Kriel, Pastor of 5 Twelve City Church. The pandemic and racial tension may seem like separate issues but few would deny they are feeding into one another.  How are Christian leaders supposed to respond?   “Leadership is essentially…

Jurie Kriel ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part II: Jurie Kriel

By ABBA Admin | June 1, 2020

As we dive in to part two of an ongoing conversation with Jurie Kriel, we explore how communities of faith will respond during this season.  Pastor of 5Twelve Church in downtown Austin, Jurie reflects on his this crisis has forced the church to answer the question, “What is the church?”  This rethinking of Church has…

Britt Harris ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part II: Britt Harris

By ABBA Admin | May 27, 2020

If someone had told you fifteen years ago that you would be taking off your shoes, your belt, and having your whole family be searched in order to be admitted to the airport, you most likely would not have believed them. Now those practices are assumed and accepted as safe and essential.  When society passes…

ATX Leader Richard Dooley

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Richard Dooley

By ABBA Admin | May 16, 2020

We are told over 150 times through scripture to “remember” or “recall” God’s faithfulness.  What does that have to do with strategic investments, treasury management and working capital?  Let’s find out.  Join us for a refreshing conversation with Co-Owner and Partner of Pope, Shamsie & Dooley, LLP, Richard Dooley. “Ironically we built a new building…

Mark Westerfield and Keith Ferguson

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Mark Westerfield & Keith Ferguson

By ABBA Admin | May 13, 2020

Have you ever asked yourself, “Can churches actually work together?”  Join us for a challenging conversation about what it looks like to be the Church with an uppercase “C”.  Joined by Mark Westerfield of Central Baptist Church and Keith Ferguson of CityView Church we get a glimpse into the work God is doing in Round…

ATX Leaders Christie and David Gonzales

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Christie and David Gonzales

By ABBA Admin | May 12, 2020

When was the last time you had your hair cut? Behind the pandemic memes about hairdressers and barbers are real employees being guided by real leaders. Christie and David Gonzales, Owners of Academy Hair Design & BeVelle Barber School, join ABBA for a candid conversation as we examine how you lead in a sea of…

ATX Leader Joe Bland

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Joe Bland

By ABBA Admin | May 9, 2020

During this time, most construction companies are considered essential business, but remaining open during a time when approvals and financing are delayed or inaccessible, creates a challenge for leadership.  Joe Bland, CEO of Joe Bland Construction and Central Texas Stone joins ABBA Executive Director, Rich Carney, for a great conversation about Biblical leadership during this…