Fidelity Investments Presents
TO THE POINT: A North Texas Commission Speaker Series
Fidelity Investments presents TO THE POINT, a luncheon series brings regional leaders and business executives together to dive deep into informative, regional topics. TO THE POINT has become a staple on everyone’s calendar to keep them informed on timely and buzz-worthy issues.
A strong workforce is the foundation for continued growth and sustainability of a vibrant North Texas. Training and retaining talent in the region is critical to our successful economy. Join us as we explore the many ways the talent pipeline is being built for a sustainable future.
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Past 2019 TO THE POINT Events
Sharing the stage for the first time in our region, the North Texas Commission hosted our newly elected federal legislators to discuss the 116th Congress, DACA, transportation infrastructure, the future of NAFTA/USMCA and trade deals.
Past 2018 TO THE POINT Events
The 2018 series launched with the announcement of the North Texas Commission’s advocacy plan ahead of the 86th Legislative Session. Following a press conference, the luncheon focused on engaging employees in voting, especially the state’s primaries. To see news coverage on this event, click here.
The North Texas Commission welcomed Speaker Joe Straus to discuss the future of politics in Texas prior to the primary election. To see news coverage on this event, click here.
The North Texas Commission gathered regional leaders from across North Texas to discuss the three factors that determine future success.
2017 TO THE POINT Series
The 2017 series of the North Texas Commission’s TO THE POINT presented by Fidelity Investments featured discussions on current issues and opportunities facing North Texas.
TO THE POINT: Education
Is your workforce what you need it to be today? Will it be what you need tomorrow? More than ever before, communities are pulling together to strengthen early learning programs that can ultimately change economic outcomes and provide the skills that will be needed in the future. Michael Williams, former Texas Education Agency Commissioner, and Kent Eastman, Dallas Market President for Capital One Bank, explored the challenges North Texas educators are facing as they strive to change the future of the workforce.
TO THE POINT: Cybersecurity
What’s keeping CISO’s across North Texas awake at night? Security experts from Alliance Data, Collin College, Texas Capital Bank and TorchMark Corporation participated in a moderated conversation exploring evolution and emerging challenges associated with managing cybersecurity threats and protecting organizational information.
TO THE POINT: State of the Region
On the heels of a special session, Texas State Senator Royce West and Representative Giovanni Capriglion reflect on the 85th Texas Legislative Session and speak about priorities moving forward.
2016 TO THE POINT Series
The 2016 series of the North Texas Commission’s TO THE POINT presented by Fidelity Investments focused on The Presidents, honoring men and women in leadership roles across North Texas and the country.
TO THE POINT: Secret Service
To launch the luncheon series, Robert Caltabiano, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Secret Service, spoke about what goes into protecting our country’s leaders.
TO THE POINT: Federal Reserve
The second event in the series was a special event hosted by the Dallas Regional Chamber, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and North Texas Commission. We gave a presidential welcome to the new Dallas Federal Reserve President, Robert Kaplan, in a fireside chat setting with Scott Orr of Fidelity investments. Kaplan spoke to his previous experience and future plans for the Dallas Federal Reserve.
TO THE POINT: Opiods – The Silent Epidemic
This timely event was co-hosted with the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation. The panel discussion with Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources and Dr. Paul Hain, the newly announced North Texas Market President for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, discussed the growing epidemic of opioids in the workplace and how it impacts a company’s bottom line.
2015 TO THE POINT Series
TO THE POINT: Manufacturing
To celebrate possibly the most iconic relocation in 2015, the North Texas Commission hosted a sold-out luncheon with Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing President & CEO Osamu “Simon” Nagata. Mr. Nagata shared the company’s excitement with moving to North Texas and received a warm welcome from fellow business leaders and elected officials.
TO THE POINT: High Speed Rail
The North Texas Commission welcomed newly appointed Texas Central Partners CEO Tim Keith to speak about the next steps involved in connecting North Texas and Houston with the high-speed rail.
TO THE POINT: Energy
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick spoke about what happens when the worlds of government and energy collide during a TO THE POINT luncheon.
2014 TO THE POINT Series
TO THE POINT: Commerce with BNSF
The newly appointed CEO of BNSF Railways, Carl Ice, took the stage with NTC CEO, Mabrie Jackson, for a Q&A on BNSF’s role in moving America’s commerce and its presence in North Texas. Highlighting key innovations and investments to rail safety, BNSF leads the way to faster, more efficient rail transportation.
TO THE POINT: Energy with ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil’s Dr. Ted Pirog brought the ExxonMobil report “The Outlook for Energy – A View to 2040” to life on stage with in depth discussion on the future of energy across the globe and in North Texas. With exponential population growth worldwide, the future of energy will continue to drive innovation and sustainability.
TO THE POINT: Demographics with Steve Murdock
Dr. Steve Murdock, previous Director of the U.S. Census Bureau and the first state demographer of Texas, brought new demographic insights to life while discussing his new book Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge. He took the data a step further for the audience and explained the social and economic impact population change will have on the future of Texas growth and workforce.
TO THE POINT: Infrastructure with Speaker Straus
Over 300 people attended the sold-out 2014 North Texas Water Summit. The Summit was divided into two blocks; Water Policy and Water Innovations. Highlights from the day included a TO THE POINT keynote address from Hon. Joe Strauss, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives; a presentation on using big data for water resource management by Dr. David Lary of UTD, and a panel discussion about Texas water policy featuring TCEQ Commission Toby Baker and TWDB Deputy Executive Administrator Dr. Robert Mace, moderated by Neena Satija of the Texas Tribune. The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and the Texas Tribune provided coverage of the summit.
2013 TO THE POINT Series
TO THE POINT: Sports
The 2013 series, presented by Fidelity Investments, kicked off with a VIP representation of the North Texas sports industry. Held on the arena floor of the American Airlines Center, the Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars not only had a seat at the table, but were joined by Ty Votaw from the PGA Tour. With Chuck Cooperstein moderating, the panel discussed how a region with personalities as diverse as “Ginger and Mary Ann” comes together so that serious sports translates to serious business.
TO THE POINT: Emergency Response
Regional leaders heard directly from first-responders in April on the importance of connectivity and readiness just days into a historic tornado season that impacted the regional economy. “An emergency is never a good time to exchange business cards,” said T.D. Smyers of the American Red Cross. Leaders stayed connected and informed with a follow-up series of webinars.
TO THE POINT: Infrastructure
Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoke in August on the strength of the region’s levies, roads, bridges, and the engineering workforce who provide the intangible support. The program led to a discussion on public-private partnerships that will drive the growth of the workforce and the emerging opportunity to invest in the skills of returning veterans.
TO THE POINT: Unmanned Aerial Systems
The 2013 series ended with a highly debated, newsworthy focus on unmanned aerial systems – commonly referred to as drones. The diverse panel of experts reached across the table to dispel myths on the issue and emphasize how collaboration and communication are essential to exploring new technologies with the potential to change the North Texas economic landscape.
2012 TO THE POINT Series
TO THE POINT: Regionalism
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tackled the topic of regionalism in January. The two mayors engaged challenging topics and issues while participating in an interview-style discussion. Price and Rawlings pointed out some of the major challenges the region faces, including transportation, water supply and education. The mayors also emphasized the importance of diversity among the many cities that make up the North Texas region. Rawlings and Price both agreed the region needs to work on branding itself to the world. Speaking to a sold out crowd, more than 15 municipalities and 70 businesses were represented at the event, along with more than 20 elected officials.
TO THE POINT: Global Integration
T. Michael Glenn of FedEx and SMU economist Bernard Weinstein discussed global integration, focusing on citizenship, access and sustainability. Glenn demonstrated that never before have we had so much access to global markets, innovative ideas, and creative people – all crucial to a robust economy. In our interconnected world, low barriers to trade and improved communication will ensure the success of our businesses and region for many years to come.
TO THE POINT: Research
Moderated by state Rep. Dan Branch, a panel of researchers examined investment in higher education and its impact on the North Texas economy. The program focused on the research industry and university partnership, both actionable topics for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. As discussed in the program, the competition for Tier One status and the growth of research talent in our region is a marathon and not a race. The business panelists discussed reasons why investment in the cause is essential to our region.
TO THE POINT: The Future
Carolyn Corbin, president of the Center for the 21st Century, presented on the future of North Texas. In her presentation, Corbin, who specializes in understanding how present issues will shape the future, covered a wide range of trends that will impact the future of North Texas, including the need for leadership development, how regional collaboration is crucial to maintaining North Texas’s competitive edge in an increasingly globalized world, and the potential for the region to become a leader in the emerging field of private-sector space flight.
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