The Monday Connection
Bringing Sunday’s church experience into the world on Monday.
The theme of The Monday Connection is our need to apply what we experience in church on Sunday to the secular world on Monday. The series features one or two guest speakers sharing their stories about translating faith into works.
Monday, June 3, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Weeks Campus Center
Seminary of the Southwest | 501 E. 32nd St., Austin, TX 78705
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 and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. 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.
Before co-founding the Tribune, Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief.
Smith, a New York native, obtained his bachelor’s degree in public policy at Hamilton College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
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The Monday Connection is a gift from Seminary of the Southwest and The Monday Connection Host Committee to the Austin business and professional community. The Host Committee makes it possible for this luncheon to be offered at no charge. Contributions to Seminary of the Southwest are welcome.
John McFarland, Chair
Mary Ann Frishman
Kathleen Davis Niendorff
Jo Betsy Szebehely
January 14, 2019 | Charles Duke
Astronaut Charles Duke is the son of the late Charles M. and Willie Waters Duke, Sr., of Lancaster, South Carolina. He married Dorothy Meade Claiborne, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T. Sterling Claiborne of Atlanta, Georgia, on June 1, 1963. Mr. Duke has two sons, Charles III, born in 1965, and Thomas, born in 1967, and nine grandchildren. Upon graduating from the Naval Academy and receiving his commission in the United States Air Force, Mr. Duke entered pilot training and received his wings in September 1958. He served three years in Germany as a fighter interceptor pilot with the 526th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Ramstein Air Base. He was then assigned to MIT for a master’s degree. In 1964, he entered the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base. He has logged 4,147 hours flying time, which includes 3,632 hours in jet aircraft.
Charlie Duke is an active motivational and inspirational speaker. As an entrepreneur, business executive, military officer, and astronaut, he brings to the speaker’s platform 40 years of experience. His speeches are entertaining, informative, and sprinkled with humor. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and spoken for hundreds of associations, clubs, organizations, churches, and schools all over the world. He and his wife reside in New Braunfels, Texas.
October 15, 2018 | Robert M. Chesney
Robert M. “Bobby” Chesney is the James Baker Chair at the University of Texas School of Law, where he also serves as the associate dean for academic affairs. Separately, he serves UT as director of its campus-wide Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law (an interdisciplinary unit designed to bring different parts of the university together to further education and policy-relevant research relating to pressing national security and foreign affairs challenges).
Professor Chesney’s teaching and scholarship cover an array of national security topics. Currently he is completing the manuscript of Terrorism, Law, and the Coercive Power of the State, forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Professor Chesney previously served as a member of the Director of National Intelligence’s Advance Technology Board and as an associate member of the DNI’s Intelligence Science Board, as well as a member of the President’s Detention Policy Task Force. He is one of the three co-founders of Lawfare, and writes there each week. He also co-hosts the popular weekly show the National Security Law Podcast.
He can be reached at email@example.com and is on Twitter @bobbychesney. Bobby, his wife, Heather, and their three daughters are parishioners at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Bobby and Heather are from San Antonio.
June 4, 2018 | Doug and Thais Kilday
Professionally, Doug Kilday is a trial lawyer with Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody and has more than 23 years of experience handling complex business-related cases in a wide variety of areas, including contracts, real estate, construction, wind energy, oil and gas, fiduciary duties, and professional liability. He has tried cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has represented clients in both state and federal court and in arbitration proceedings. Thais Kilday holds two graduate degrees from the University of Texas and has worked with the Executive Team for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and its predecessor agency, the Texas Department of Human Services.
In 2017, Doug, Thais, and their three children embarked on a yearlong mission to serve others in Cambodia. While there, Doug and Thais served the International Justice Mission (IJM), the world’s largest anti-slavery organization. They assisted with the prosecution of slave traffickers, resulting in a 100% success rate and eighteen convictions over the course of eight trials.
At The Monday Connection, they shared the stories of their amazing journey including how they made this bold decision; what role faith played; what it’s like to take a family of five to the other side of the world for a year; why they are drawn to the fight against slavery and human trafficking; and much, much more.
January 22, 2018 | Judge Lora J. Livingston
Judge Lora Livingston is a 1982 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. In January 1995 she was sworn in as an associate judge for the District Courts of Travis County, Texas. After her successful election, Judge Livingston was sworn in as judge of the 261st District Court in January 1999. She is the first African-American woman to serve on a district court in Travis County. Since 2011, she has served as the local administrative judge for the Travis County Courts.
Judge Livingston has been active in local, state, and national bar association activities and has served on the boards of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, Texas Access to Justice Commission, the National Center on Women and Family Law, the National Association of IOLTA Programs, the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Board of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Travis County Self-Help Center for self-represented litigants, and she led the effort to adopt a language access plan in the civil courts. She is a passionate supporter of access to justice initiatives on the local, state, and national level.
An active member of the Austin community, Judge Livingston has served on the boards of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, The Care Communities, Trinity Episcopal School, Capital Area Food Bank, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Tenants Council, Central East Austin Community Organization, YMCA, Austin Area Urban League, El Buen Samaritano, and Seminary of the Southwest. Judge Livingston is also a graduate of the 1999–2000 class of Leadership Austin.