Cultivating Growth


Cultivating a growth mindset helps people become more resilient. When challenges become difficult, folks with growth mindsets roll up their sleeves and dive in.

Taking the time to identify your mindset is an important step toward cultivating a culture of growth in yourself, your employees and your organization.

The growth mindset fosters curiosity and a passion for learning through effort and experience. People with growth mindsets respond especially well when things are not going well; they tend to stretch themselves, confront obstacles, embrace risk, and stick through the hard times. 

This event sponsored by the VETTED Foundation and Pflugerville Community Development Corporation is perfect for innovators, entrepreneurs, business enterprises, veterans, military spouses, college students,, and community leaders. 

5:30 – 6:00pm: Networking and Happy Hour

6:00 – 6:45pm: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A

6:45 – 7:00pm: Continue the conversation…..and raffle prizes!

This is a live, in-person event for our local Austin/Central Texas community AND a live-stream event for our national VETTED community.


Adria Garcia, Founder, PlantZentric Chef, Boots to Roots

As a Disabled Combat Veteran, coping daily with invisible wounds became too much. I woke up one day sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and decided to take control of my health. Through cooking and growing my own food I was able to reverse an autoimmune disorder and improve my overall health. I also found a new passion and purpose that I would not have thought of if I hadn’t stepped outside my comfort zone and allow myself to grow. Today I teach others how to heal from within through cooking and farming. @ThePlantZentricChef (FB & IG)


Jerry Briones, Business Recruitment Director, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC)

Jerry enhances and supports the recruitment effort and assists local business retention and expansion efforts at PCDC. A Brownsville native, he previously worked as the Brownsville Economic Development Council Director of Global Outreach and Development.  A Marine Corps Veteran, Jerry was recently appointed to the Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board of Directors and will serve as the veteran’s representative overseeing the interest of veterans throughout the region, as well as representing economic development.

Christian Kurtz, Director of Business Development, Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC)

At PCDC Christian assists the executive director with retention and recruitment of businesses. He launched a new program for existing business, dubbed “Business Pfirst”, the program is strengthens Pflugerville businesses, assists with expansions, and helps resolve issues that limit growth. Christian earned his BA in Critical Theory at UT San Antonio, received certifications as a Paralegal from UT Austin and BREC from Business Retention Expansion International. Christian has over 20 Years of Business Management experience.

Daniel Syptak, Strategic Account Manager, Google Cloud

serves as the Strategic Account Manager for Google’s largest enterprise clients in New England, where his focus is on customer success through the use of Google’s various cloud technologies, such as Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, and the application of Google’s machine learning and AI capabilities. As a Texas native and Army Infantry Combat Veteran, Daniel lives in Austin and participates as an active member of his church, veteran causes throughout the city, and various entrepreneurial and investment projects.

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