Louis Black
Co-Founder, Austin Chronicle and South By Southwest
Louis Black, Co-Founder, The Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest

Louis Black is a co-founder and editor of The Austin Chronicle and is a co-founder of the annual South by Southwest festival. He also is a founding partner in Toronto's North by Northeast music and film festival. Black was an original board member of the Austin Film Society and helped establish the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

Brian Sharples
Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway
Brian Sharples, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway

Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. He raised over $400 million in private funding to build one of the most popular vacation rental websites around the world, and Sharples is basking in the glow of success yet again on the heels of a $3.9 billion buyout by Expedia.

Jessica Honegger & Travis Wilson
Noonday Collection

Jessica Honegger & Travis Wilson, Co-CEOs, Noonday Collection

Jessica Honegger and Travis Wilson lead Noonday Collection, a socially responsible fashion brand that sells an exclusive collection of handmade jewelry and accessories made by artisans across the globe. Jessica founded Noonday Collection in 2010 as a fundraiser to support the adoption of her son from Rwanda, and it was recently recognized as the 45th fastest-growing company in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.

Caryl Stern
President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Caryl Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Caryl M. Stern is President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Since joining the U.S. Fund in 2006 after helping lead the Anti-Defamation League, Stern has made it her mission to put children first, traveling to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF's work to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Caryl has spearheaded the organization's efforts to help UNICEF aid children affected by disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 East Africa drought, and the current Ebola crisis.

Marc Seriff
CEO, Long Center for the Performing Arts and Co-Founder, America Online

Marc Seriff, CEO, Long Center for the Performing Arts and Co-Founder, America Online

In 1985, Mr. Seriff became the founding CTO of America Online (AOL) leading the engineering and operations teams. In 1994, he was named the first AOL Fellow, a position he held until his retirement. After retiring from AOL he returned to Central Texas where he has been actively involved in the non-profit community. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Long Center staff as VP, Special Projects and in March, 2016 he was named the Long Center's Chief Executive Officer.


Nav Soochs
CEO, Ketra, Inc. and Chairman, Silicon Labs
Nav Sooch, CEO, Ketra, Inc. and Chairman, Silicon Labs

Nav Sooch is the co-founder of one of Austin's most successful tech companies: Silicon Laboratories, where he has served as chairman of the board since its inception in 1996 and for a few years its CEO. He is also the CEO of Ketra Inc., a private Austin-based company that creates and supplies premium digital lighting systems. Nav is also the founder and chairman of Sooch Foundation, a privately funded charitable foundation striving to make a positive and permanent change in the lives of economically disadvantaged people in Austin through increased educational opportunities.

Allen Gilmer
Allen Gilmer, Co-Founder, Drillinginfo

Prior to co-founding Drillinginfo in 1999, Allen was an independent oilman for 7 years, co-founding three profitable E&P companies. He began his oil patch career with Marathon Oil Corporation, as a geophysicist working in Research, Seismic Acquisitions, and South American exploration. Allen is active in all aspects of Drillinginfo's new product development and is widely recognized for his industry leadership and vision. He holds several patents in the field of multi-component seismology. He received his BA in Geology from Rice University and his MS in Geology from University of Texas at El Paso.