Closing Keynote and Brunch

Friday, October 11
10:30-11:45 a.m.

A Conversation About Community and Resilience 

Evan Smith, Founder and CEO, The Texas Tribune

Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, sixteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine’s editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.

Dee Margo, Mayor, City of El Paso

Mayor Dee Margo moved to El Paso in 1977 from Nashville where he attended Vanderbilt University, to join his father-in-law at John D. Williams Company (JDW). In February of 1981, six days after Dee’s 29th birthday, his father-in-law suffered a fatal heart attack. Dee purchased JDW from the estate, and expanded the company from 6 employees to 70, in the span of 30 years.

During these years, Dee served as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, participated in the founding of the Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), became the Chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and gave his time to several non-profits, including Operation Noel. Dee was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, in 2013 he was appointed President of the EPISD Board of Managers, and most recently Dee was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee.

El Paso has been Dee’s home for 40 years, and he is committed to the roots he has established in this community. Dee and Adair have raised their sons in El Paso, and their granddaughters are fifth-generation El Pasoans.