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Texas Leadership Society Annual Luncheon


Texas Leadership Society

As members of the Texas Leadership Society your future estate gifts empower “the university of what’s next.” Your selfless acts of philanthropy guarantee that UT Austin will continue to transform our students, Texas, and the world for generations to come.

Your impact:

  • 1,163 society members have pledged more than $880 million in future gifts
  • Just this year, 65 new society members have pledged $35 million
  • Realized estate gifts funded 79 endowments to support UT’s people and programs this year

Highlights from the 2016 Luncheon

Event photos by Brian Birzer/Birzer Photo Inc.

Senior Vice Provost David Laude gave a passionate talk about how UT is “Creating a Campus Culture Where Every Student Graduates.” He highlighted the critical work of the University Leadership Network. More than two-thirds of the 1,500 students in this program are the first in their families to attend college.

Dr. Erin Dolan, executive director of the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, interviewed Issac Abisola Akintitan and Ava Ibanez about their learning experiences through the Freshman Research Initiative. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Freshman Research Initiative has allowed more than 6,000 students to tap into the value of a research university from their first day on campus.

The Cordova Quartet is a group of immensely talented graduate students in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. Their performance of the 3rd movement (Largo Sostenuto) of Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 “From My Life” was a touching tribute to Haruka Weiser.

The death of this talented first-year Theatre & Dance student is a tragic loss for the UT community. Many of you have expressed interest in honoring the life of Haruka. With direction from the Weiser family, a memorial fund has been established, and you may contribute to it here.

It is in times like these that our Longhorn community comes together as a true family, and you are important members of that family. Thank you!

The University of What’s Next

Enjoy the following slideshow that was presented during the reception highlighting some of the university’s key moments in history and what’s next for programs like the University Leadership Network and the Freshman Research Initiative.

Save the Date:

20th Annual Texas Leadership Society Luncheon

Friday, April 28, 2017

We’ll meet at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on campus, and our theme will be “Rethinking Health Care,” as we learn about the new Dell Medical School and the many ways UT is leading in health.

Become a Texas Leadership Society Member

If you are interested in learning how to become a member of the Texas Leadership Society, please click here for more information.

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