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New Speakers Bureau Offers Access to Vast Community of UT Experts

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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has launched its first-ever University-wide speakers bureau, a new program that makes it easier for organizations to learn about and hire experts and leaders from across the UT community as their event and conference speakers.

Powered by Texas Executive Education, the UT Speakers Bureau will provide exclusive access to perspectives from esteemed scholars, researchers, administrative leaders, coaches and other professionals. Organizations, professional conferences and anyone else looking for keynote speakers and subject matter experts will have only one entry point to learn about, select and hire the perfect speakers for their needs.

“At Texas Executive Education, we are often on the front lines of engagement with different companies looking to partner with the University,” said Gaylen Paulson, associate dean in the McCombs School of Business and executive director of Texas Executive Education. “One of the things we sometimes hear is how challenging it can be to navigate the University and find the right expert speakers for their events — or to know who is even available or interested in those opportunities. The new UT Speakers Bureau was designed specifically to address that challenge, and I am thrilled to provide a streamlined platform for this engagement while also shining a light on the experts and leaders in our colleges, schools and units.”

With an internationally renowned community of faculty experts, coaching legends, staff leaders, alumni executives and more, the University has provided prominent keynote speakers and other event participants to local and national organizations for decades. As Austin continues to draw more companies and host more national and international conferences, the demand for these local experts is higher than ever.

“The UT Speakers Bureau comes at a perfect time for Austin,” said Mary Kay Hackley, vice president for strategic alliances at Visit Austin and executive director of the Visit Austin Foundation. “Austin has become recognized as one of the top destinations in the U.S. for professional events and meetings, and our ability to leverage the incredible base of talent at The University of Texas makes us an even more competitive option. We’re thrilled to be working with UT to help take meetings to the next level.”

By centralizing the entry point for outside organizations, the UT Speakers Bureau will streamline the process of identifying and accessing talent from the vast roster of speakers and thought leaders across campus. Organizations can now enjoy customized speaking engagements, complete with experienced speakers, interactive presentations, seamless experiences and support in planning and logistics for corporate events, seminars or any other occasion.

As part of UT’s 10-year strategic plan, Change Starts Here, the University seeks to create stronger connections with community and industry partners and increase access for external organizations to engage with the world-class talent of the UT community. With the UT Speakers Bureau, the University established a one-stop access point to showcase more of the University’s world-class expertise across a wide range of fields and industries.

Please visit the UT Speakers Bureau website to learn more.