Great Futures Spring Luncheon

Great Futures Spring Luncheon

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Fairmont Austin Hotel
Program: 11:45am-1:00pm, VIP Reception 1:15pm-2:00 pm

It’s no ordinary lunch date with a group of icons such as the ones we have the pleasure of welcoming to the Great Futures Spring Luncheon hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) invites you to join us for the Great Futures Spring Luncheon, an annual event bringing Austin community leaders and philanthropists together with some of the remarkable youth served by BGCAA.

This year’s lunch programming shines a light on valuable leadership insights from our outstanding panel, addressing our favorite topic: building great futures.

Kirk WatsonTexas State Senator, Former Austin Mayor & Partner, Husch Blackwell

Kirk Watson has been a member of the Texas Senate since 2007. His law practice focuses on commercial litigation, and throughout his legal career, he has represented families, physicians, businesses and some of Texas’ major universities in a variety of disputes and transactions. He is also a mediator and involved in negotiation of a variety of business transactions. He is a highly recognized speaker on a range of legal and economic development topics, having addressed business and political leaders at public policy forums across the United States and internationally.

Watson’s priorities center on education, healthcare, economic development, 21st Century energy generation, environmental protection, transportation, budget transparency, and state employees.

Eddie Reese – Head Coach UT Men’s Swimming and Diving Team

Eddie Reese, the only college swimming coach to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades, has established a tradition of excellence in Austin and set the standard in collegiate swimming through his 39 years at Texas. A three-time United States Men’s Olympic Team head coach, Reese is the winningest coach in the sport’s history with 14 NCAA team titles, a figure that also positions Texas as the winningest NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving program.

Most recently, in his 40th season on the Forty Acres, Reese led the UT Men’s Swimming and Diving team to their fourth straight NCAA Championship title this past week, 14th National Championship title overall.

 Maurie McInnis Executive Vice President & Provost, The University of Texas at Austin

Maurie McInnis is the executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin. As the university’s chief academic officer, she leads strategic planning for the university’s academic mission, and ensures academic programs are world-class and aligned with the university’s commitment to diversity and equity. These responsibilities include leading academic programs and initiatives across the university’s 18 colleges and schools, which serve more than 51,000 students and support more than 3,000 teaching and research faculty.

In addition, McInnis oversees UT Austin’s libraries and museums, archival collections, research centers, and academic support units. McInnis is a member of the Core Crisis Management Team, Texas Exes Board of Directors, University Budget Council, Executive Compliance Committee, and is co-chair of the Strategic Information Technology Accountability Board.


Great Futures Spring Luncheon Panel Moderator

Sally Hernandez – Anchor, KXAN News Today, KXAN

Sally Hernandez is anchor of the Emmy award winning morning show on KXAN. A proud Texan, Hernandez has called Austin home for more than a decade working her way up the ladder from news intern in 2001 to morning anchor for KXAN News today. Hernandez has been recognized by The Texas Associated Press for her anchoring and reporting. She was also part of the 2010 winning team for Best Morning Newscast. She wakes up every morning at 2:30am to anchor the news and wake up Austin. You can watch Sally Monday thru Friday from 4:30am to 7:00am on KXAN News Today.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, American Campus Communities

for their support in making the Spring Luncheon a standout event.

Proceeds will help support essential programs serving our remarkable Club youth throughout the Greater Austin Area. Register today to reserve your ticket or table now!


For more information, contact Jena Eiden at or 512-444-7199.