Speaker Date Topic
Mike O'Krent Jul 07, 2022 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON & ZOOM MEETING: How to Listen Your Way to Better Relationships
IN-PERSON & ZOOM MEETING: How to Listen Your Way to Better Relationships
Think of your close relationships. Imagine if you could better engage, understand, connect, empathize and develop those relationships.
Using his experience interviewing Holocaust survivors and hundreds of moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas, Mike shares with you some of the lessons he's learned to gain a trust that results in better conversations and, thus, better relationships with people. You'll walk away from his talk with tools you can apply immediately and have fun using them! 



About Mike O'Krent:

Mike O'Krent is the founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC a business specializing in the making of personal history "legacy" videos for families , businesses and non-profit organizations.

In a life-changing experience, from 1996 through 2000 Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation.  It was through that experience he discovered the significance and technique of recording the life stories of loved ones, which forms the basis for his LifeStories business.

Since founding the business in 2006, Mike has expanded its expertise beyond capturing personal histories for families to now include recording the histories of businesses and non-profit organizations. The professionally produced videos can be used externally to promote the organization or internally as a training tool for new employees/volunteers.


Pam LeBlanc Jul 14, 2022 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON & ZOOM MEETING: A life full of Adventures!
IN-PERSON & ZOOM MEETING: A life full of Adventures!

I'll talk about my life as an adventure writer, unless you have a specific topic you'd like me to focus on.

About Pam LeBlanc:

Adventure journalist Pam LeBlanc grew up in Austin and attended Texas A&M University. She worked at the Plano Star-Courier and The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, before joining the staff of the Austin American-Statesman in 1998. During a nearly 21-year career at the Statesman, she launched the weekly Fit City column, ran a naked 5K and rappelled down a 38-story building as part of her Year of Adventure, and wrote about travels that took her from the John Muir Trail in California to the rivers of West Texas and the oceans surrounding Fiji and the Galapagos Islands.

She’s on the loose today as an Austin-based freelance writer who specializes in stories about outdoor adventure, travel and recreation. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Texas Highways Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, AARP Magazine, Texas Coop Power Magazine, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Real Simple and more. Her first book, “My Stories, All True: J. David Bamberger on Life as an Entrepreneur and a Conservationist,” was published in September 2020. And in March 2021, she and two other veteran travel writers, Kristin Finan and Mauri Elbel, launched an online travel magazine called Austin Travels, which focuses on travel from Austin to all corners of Texas and beyond.


Pam LeBlanc
Freelance Writer



Shannon Coleman Aug 11, 2022 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON & ZOOM MEETING: District Governor 5870 Visit - Shannon Coleman


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Morgan DuBose Aug 18, 2022 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON & ZOOM MEETING: Caritas of Austin



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