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Each year, amazing new innovation and forward thinking trends emerge from SXSW event presentations and  identify where we are on a global scale and where we are potentially headed. From the advancement and implementation of AI and technology based solutions to the push for greater workplace diversity and inclusion ~  so many events- yet no one has the time to get to every presentation or participate in every event- so let’s continue the conversations and connections….

The diversity of ideas creates previously unimagined opportunities like the exploration of the potential of AI in the fashion industry, blockchain technology’s impact on the arts, or how individual and collective community empowerment creates lasting positive social change. We live in an age where creative and innovative minds can come together and engage in creative conversations and connections around education, tech, entertainment and culture. Deep dialogue and interaction between individuals can increase your ability to innovate and expand.

This Free event sponsored by Vetted Foundation and W2O is perfect for innovators, veterans, college students, entrepreneurs, business and community leaders.                

Bring plenty of business cards for networking and a raffle.

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 livestream event for our national VETTED community.

Hope Young, CEO, Biomedical Music Solutions Inc.

Is a leading innovator and driving force behind the concept and development of Biomedical Music ™ . She speaks and consults nationally and internationally on music and Biotechnology design and integration. Her team was a 2018 SXSW Innovation Awards Finalist and 2017 IHA (Intelligent Health Association) Award Winner. She is a board certified music therapist and is the founder and president of the Board for Center for Music Therapy. Ms Young is an active member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences. She is also the Executive Producer of the Movement Tracks Project merging music and biotechnologies as a health solution for Austin and the world.

Scott Van Valkenburgh, CMO, Ploom Style Inc.

After beginning his career at Intel Corporation, where he, literally, answered one of the very first IP phone calls, Scott has spent just under 20 years in Management Consulting in both Silicon Valley and Austin, helping mostly start-ups with their marketing needs. He’s started or bought and sold three of his own companies, and currently splits his time between consulting and his latest venture, Ploom, which uses a proprietary form of Artificial Intelligence to provide online women’s fashion advice, then finds clothes based on the advice — essentially automating a salesperson in the largest worldwide e-commerce category, apparel.  

Dr. Leanne Field,  Clinical Professor, College of Natural Sciences, and Director, Digital Health Innovation, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Field is the director of the public health program in the College of Natural Sciences, and leads research in digital healthcare and the development of new digital health educational programs for McCombs School of Business. She is an experienced public health scientist and educator, who has been nationally recognized as a leader in workforce development for public health and health information technology.  She created and led for eight years the Health Informatics and Health IT (HIHIT) Professional Education Program for the university, a public-private partnership with industry that has trained more than 1300 individuals.  Ninety percent of the graduates of the HIHIT program, who have sought jobs in the field, are employed with >170 healthcare and industry organizations around the country. The HIHIT program has satellite locations in Dallas at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and the U.S. Army Garrison at Ft. Hood. The HIHIT program trains transitioning soldiers as an official Ft. Hood Army Skills Development Program since 2018, and has been educating veterans from its inception. On May 8th, 2019, Dr. Field is launching a focused Leadership in Healthcare Privacy and Security Risk Management Professional Certificate Program to help meet acute workforce needs in healthcare cybersecurity with the goal of helping to protect our nation’s critical healthcare infrastructure from cyber-attacks.  

Pieter Velzeboer, Sales Manager, GoDaddy

Pieter Velzeboer served in the Marine Corps for 4 years. He is currently a sales manager at GoDaddy and a member of the employee resource group GDVet. He is passionate about supporting local businesses, helping them connect with their customers, economic growth, and improving communities across the country. His time with GoDaddy has had incredible impact on his life as well as his transition out of active duty. Being able to work in an environment that is both challenging and rewarding as well as being a part of a culture whose core values similar to that of the armed forces allowed him to use what he learned in the Marines to his advantage and apply it directly to his position to advance his career.

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