This was written originally in 2011, and I have recently updated it.
As the person who helped develop - and who personally implemented - the first Corporate Conservation Leadership Luncheon for The Nature Conservancy of Texas (Austin, 1993), I wanted to share its history. The graphic design Mike Hicks created for various aspects of this first-ever event was cutting-edge, controversial, and effective. Thanks go again to Ronald W. Kessler of Austin for his leadership, as this event would not have been possible without his determination to see it happen in partnership with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. And, I would like to thank the late Robin Shivers, one of several volunteers. In truth, she worked hardest in the trenches with me day-to-day to secure funding and to ensure a strong showing.