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Future of Texas - Unscripted: Creating a Brain Institute of Texas

Published Apr 30, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta

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In this episode of Future of Texas – Unscripted, we discuss the legislation creating the Brain Institute of Texas (BITx). Partnership Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lindsay Munoz, discusses with Partnership Director of Public Policy, Ben Melson. 

In this episode we cover:

  • Upcoming deadlines in the final days of the legislative session
  • The state budget goes to conference committee
  • Census numbers are rolled out
  • Brain Institute of Texas has its day in the Texas House

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Carolyn Lamb’s goals include the best service to clients and the community. Website    Adya Partners: Adya Partners is a multi-strategy investment and advisory firm focused on: (i) private secondary investments in late-stage Companies (ii) early-stage venture capital (seed-Series B) for energy, energy tech, climate tech, energy transition and enterprise solutions focused on the energy value chain iii) strategic advisory to founders, CEOs and Boards on growth, strategy, capital markets and M&A. Website    WAYPOINT CHANGE IMPLEMENTATION: Waypoint partners with clients to implement step changes in operational performance working with clients to develop and deliver integrated programs that deliver operational improvements that manage the logical and emotional aspects of change. Waypoint’s success is derived from a proficiency with structured frameworks like Prosci change management, Agile and Lean Six Sigma combined with sector experience in oil & gas, petrochemicals, financial services, communications and manufacturing. Website   Sanchez Management Corporation: Management Company for various family entities and investments.    Worldwide Oilfield Machine, Inc.: A globally recognized, multinational company established in 1980 with headquarters based in Houston, Texas. With over 2,500 employees, the WOM group of companies are strategically located worldwide with manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, sales offices and assembly/testing workshops all over the world. Website    Houston Regional Veterans Chamber of Commerce: Serving Houston VBO's, VSO & PBO do greater work and work to have a thriving VBO economy. 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