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ATX Leader Joe Bland

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Joe Bland

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…

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ATX Leader Brent Dusing

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Brent Dusing

“As Christians you should see a difference.” Join us for a challenging and practical conversation with Brent Dusing, Managing Partner of Gideon Ventures.   In the midst of the dot-com crash and right before one of the country’s greatest tragedies, 9-11, Brent began his career.  On September 4th, 2001, at 23 years old, Brent began…

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ATX Leader Ken Schiller

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Ken Schiller

What would Texas be without BBQ!?!  How do Texans function without wide open access to gather and enjoy some brisket? If you don’t work in the restaurant industry it can be difficult to really see how shelter-in-place mandates impact the staff and leader within those businesses.  We get a quick peek behind the scenes with…

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ATX Leader Craig Foster

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Craig Foster

“I feel a little bit like the third little pig” shares Executive Director of Job Seekers Network, Craig Foster.  His organization emerged during a previous season of high unemployment rates, during the financial crisis of 2008. A job search framing and networking organization, Job Seekers hosts weekly gatherings, not shifting to weekly Zoom meetings across…

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ATX Leader Daryl Horton

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Daryl Horton

“This is an opportunity to go beyond myself and to continue to be an extension of who God wants me to be.”  As churches look to re-open there are conversations about restrictions, religious rites, and a respect for both the community and government.  Reverend Daryl Horton of Mt. Zion Church of Austin joins us for…

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ATX Leader Tom Diviney

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Tom Diviney

For many, framing a post pandemic culture with a “new normal” feels a bit premature, but all leaders are looking to what moving forward means for their groups and organizations.  Pastor Tom Diviney of Bethany United Methodist Church is remaining attentive to how his church will be shaped through this pandemic. Even while a handful…

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Peace Amidst the Pandemic Blog

Peace in the Pandemic

What comes to mind when you think of the word ” peace ?” As I was preparing to write these thoughts I looked up synonyms for both “peace” and “panic.” Here’s what I found: Synonyms of Peace: tranquility, calm, calmness, stillness, silence, restfulness, Synonyms of Panic: be alarmed, be scared, be nervous, be afraid, overreact, become panic-stricken,…

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ATX Leader Nick Alter

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Nick Alter

You know it’s going to be a fun conversation when someone’s ZOOM background is a scenic photo, providing us with a brief virtual escape. President and Founder of Alter Endeavors, Nick Alter, joins ABBA Executive Director Rich Carney for an inspiring conversation. When you are naturally a people person, this isolation requires you find new…

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ATX Leader Patricia Hayes

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Patricia Hayes

“You are not alone.  You are not crazy.”   Patricia Hayes, a frequent guide and coach for Austin leaders, is a lawyer by trade. Years ago she made a decision to move from a “C-suite” role to step out on her own.  “I don’t need to see the entire staircase to take the next step.”…

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ATX Leader Alan Graham

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Alan Graham

“Let’s talk about the reality of where we are today with the economy.” Join us for a sobering conversation with CEO & Founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Alan Graham. “I think it’s time for people to be realistic about what’s happened.”   Some experts say an invention of a vaccine today would still require…

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